Wow, Portland! You stole my heart. In short, you could some up our weekend there it would be food, coffee, whiskey, weird encounters straight of of Portlandia scenes, and bikes. Truly, I could even potentially see myself living there one day. So many parts of it were reminiscent of home, but a lot more foilage, which definitely made my soul content.
First off, let's note fall is my favorite season. As our plane was landing, you could see trees for days... all in the midst of their colorful transformation. When I got there leaves were falling, and boy, we just don't get that same feeling in the bay. I knew at that point I was in for a treat.
Through a recommendation Tigran received from a lyft passenger, we booked a room at the Jupiter Hotel. It is a boutique hotel with hipster vibes, and it was right near the heart of downtown PDX. Each room comes equipped with a chalkboard door (front and back) and wall mural of some sort. We didn't get lucky enough to book the Spiderman room, but the corkboard themed walls and ceilings had Portland written all over it. The hotel is also connected to the Doug Fir lounge, a great bar spot to hit up in the area, and had a campfire going every night.
Clippers v. Trailblazers Game at the MODAcenter
One of the main reasons we went to Portland was to watch this game. I think I've finally found my way to get Tigran and I to travel... find a city that has an NBA team, and book it the same weekend as a Clippers game. Noted. We got great seats for the game. As expected, the teams were a great match. They were neck-and-neck the whole time, and Tigran the LA Clippers fan left happy, which meant it was good for me too.
We got some much needed rest after the long day of traveling and basketball. The next morning we woke up refreshed, and I was eager for adventure.
Downtown PDX Nike Bikes
I don't I think I would have considered using the bike share system in San Francisco, only because I am so comfortable using the muni system and lyft. But we wanted to really wanted to do something different. The bike sharing system in downtown Portland is managed by Nike, and the stations were literally everywhere. For $12 a day, you could catch me ridin' dirty. We took the bikes between bars (yes, safely lol), amongst other places all around the city.
Powell's City of Books
Of course, we couldn't leave Portland without visiting the well-known Powell's City of Books. I told him to put aside a few hours, because I could be in there all day. I got lost in there for hours, and so did he, no joke.
Romantic Dinner at Portland City Grill
30 stories up in Portland's big pink building, we made reservations for dinner with a breathtaking city skyline view. It was a romantic setting, a much needed way to spend our Friday night after a long day of biking around downtown Portland. The food and whiskey was just as delightful as the view, and I'll post more about my good eats in another post. Yeah, we ate that much.
Outside the restaurant's building, we found more Nike bikes and took them to our next stop, a rooftop bar called Departure.
Departure Restaurant and rooftop bar
Wow, Departure was probably my favorite spot of them all. As soon as you walk in the decor is reminiscent of Tron. Electronic vibes and spaceship windows and all. Departure also has a rooftop bar with heaters, which had to be the best part of all. I felt at home when I walked in seeing the decor, and hearing "Reverse Sky Diving" by Hot Natured on the speakers.
We loved it so much, we went back again the next day.
Portland... This isn't the last you'll see of me. Take my word.