Keep Portland Weird
We headed to Portland for a quick wedding getaway. I'd say Portland is a place for active, adventurous, and organic loving people. There were so many unique places you wouldn't find anywhere else. I've put together a day by day itinerary of our short weekend. I hope if you are headed here that this may help you with suggestions and must sees!
Day 1: Check-in-Hotel Lucia
Hotel Lucia is a small beautiful boutique Hotel that i highly recommend. It's the quintessential boutique hotel in Portland. Along with it being famous for its photography collection, it is a historical site and the restaurant, Imperial, is one of the top in Portland. I would say the rooms are a bit small, we asked to be upgraded from our premium room and we got placed in the superior room, much better! This is also a very pet friendly hotel, they offer all kinds of goodies for your furry children.
Portland is such a walkable city, which was one of the things that I appreciated about the city. We decided to have dinner at Mother's Bistro, which was a quick 3 block walk from Hotel Lucia. Come prepared to eat if your into down home cooking, because this place is serving it up! I heard they have a great brunch too! After Dinner we headed back to the hotel to check out the hotel bar, Imperial. It's lively and they make excellent craft cocktails, great ending to a day of traveling!
Day 2: Chinatown & Nob Hill
We put on our walking shoes and hit the streets. Hotel Lucia is in such a great location to walk form and explore the city. When in your Portland you have to go to Stumps Coffee, we started out morning here, which was a few blocks from the hotel. This one is connected to the Ace Hotel. While you wait for your coffee, take a peek in their lobby and jump in the vintage Photo Booth for fun black and white photos.
We headed towards Old Town and Chinatown with coffees in hand. There are so many instagramable stops with street art. My favorite is the cover photo to this blog. Be sure to visit the famous Voodoo donuts and Powell's Books! There are many small street carts in the area serving every type of food you can imagine. We were in the mood for Mexican, so we stopped at 'Don Jalapeño' for some lunch. It's a walk and eat kind of deal but you'll need the energy to head up toward Nob Hill.
Once you've reached Nob Hill, you will notice the beautiful trees and quaint little neighborhoods where you almost wish you lived. First stop is Washington Park! It is a big park, you could spend the whole day walking it. We had about an hour or so so we walked the North East end. But if you have the time, be sure to visit the Japanese Gardens. It is stunning! If you have time after walking the park, take a walk down 23rd Avenue for some great shopping and ice cream at Salt & Straw. We were beat so we grabbed an Uber back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at Imperial. If your up to it, after dinner check out the rooftop at Departure.
Day 3: Pearl District & Brunch
The Street art is here! There are some many colors and you won't be able to put your camera down. Take a look at some of the art we saw on our way to brunch below. There are so many restaurants to choose from for brunch. We popped into Bluehour. No complaints and the mimosas were flowing.
As always, please email me if you have any questions regarding this location.