Thursday, April 21, 2011

Portland on the horizon

I know it's awhile away, but Charles and I booked a trip to Portland, OR for mid-September that we're really looking forward to. We're still not completely sure how we ended up with Portland as our destination (to be perfectly honest I'm blaming the Chow Tour of Portland), but the seat sale incredible seat price and killer deal on a vacation rental sure helped out. Here are some things we're looking forward to post Folk Fest craziness...

*Edited: April 23, 2011

Food Possibilities
Drink
Transit
Other things we hope to check out
I'm clearly one of those crazy itinerary people, though we've got a week so I'm going to leave some 'random' time and meals in there as well. That said, if anyone has further suggestions (and anything is very much appreciated!), please let me know and I shall add them to the list.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a good time. We enjoyed brunch at Beast and the sandwiches at Kenny & Zuke's (same block as Clyde Common). The latter is nothing fussy but it is big deli food done well - something you might appreciate after a long day in the saddle.

Marianne said...

Anon - Thanks! Definitely in need of some brunch spots so I will add Beast to the list. I think Charles will adore Kenny & Zukes so that one's on there too. Cheers and glad to hear you had a good time!

sue robins said...

We were in Portland 4 years ago and loved it! Food highlights: Portland farmer's market by the university, breakfast at Mother's Bistro downtown, and lunch at Gravy in the Mississippi area...

If you are up to a road trip, do travel down to the Oregon Country Fair. An experience not to be missed!

bluebutterflyblissfulbites said...

There was a seat sale? Who with? I missed it!Portland is awesome - I lived there for 3 years.. Mother's Bistro is great. So is Papa Haydn's on NW 23rd, they have an amazing dessert selection. And Stumptown Coffee is top notch. Happy Hours are very good too - check out Portland City Grill's HH and take in the view from the 30th floor.

Marianne said...

Su, thanks for the recs! We're definitely checking out the market, though a different incarnation than the U one which we can't hit up until our last day :(

Bluebutterfly - Sorry! - it's not a seat sale just a really great deal via Air Canada - $500 round trip! Thanks for the recs - the coffee :) and the view sound great!

Isabelle said...

So jealous! Both Seattle and Portland sound like such great food towns that I'd love to check out one day. You might want to check out this blog which was written by a photographer blogger I follow who used to live in Portland - might find some inspiration!

http://abbytrysagain.typepad.com/portlandplaces/

Marianne said...

Done and done, Isabelle! Definitely inspiring. And St. John's, the park and the bridge sound fantastic.

We're definitely stopping in Seattle for a few days as well. There will be many reports :)

Lindz said...

Hey Marianne! I noticed that the July issue of Avenue Magazine has a 2 page spread about Portland! As well, my boyfriend highly recommends the Boar Collar at Pok Pok (http://www.pokpoknoi.com/home) if you are looking for something different to eat, and Powell's Bookstore (one of the largest independent book stores in the world). Have fun!

Marianne said...

Thanks, Lindz! I saw the Avenue spread - so great! There was also a really good one in the Journal this past weekend.

I was just talking to some friends last night who were in Portland for two weeks this month - they said Pok Pok is a must and I'll add the Boar Collar to the list. Powell's is a definite!