Portland is one of my favourite cities to visit on the west coast! The city has so much charm, culture, and community behind it, with delicious restaurants, unique shops and so many breweries to explore. Each and every neighborhood has a ton of hidden gems to discover, whether it’s the colourful homes, a sweet coffee shop, a used book store – there’s something to be found here for everyone. And it’s truly a place I can say that I’ve never had a bad meal in – really! The food here is incredible!
Portland is a very bike-friendly city and it’s a great way to explore. Trekking around by foot, bike, or even Bird scooters, is my favourite, especially as Portland is fairly flat, but public transport is fairly easy to get around on as well. And if you’re in the mood, Uber or Lyft is readily available.
I would always start any city tour by starting downtown, and Portland is no exception. There’s so much to see and do in a small footprint, and it’s an easy way to further explore areas like Chinatown, Pearl District, and Nob Hill. Crossing one of the many bridges to the east to explore fun neighborhoods like Mississippi, Alberta Arts District, Hawthorne, and Belmont.
HEATHMAN HOTEL | Luxurious history in a landmark hotel, the Heathman Hotel has been wowing its’ guests since 1927. Comfort and design is always a factor in choosing a hotel, and while the impressive lobby with a fireplace, library, and gorgeous chandelier first draw you in, it’s the simple and modern aesthetic of the rooms that ultimately make you want to return. It’s a place we stay at often when we visit Portland, the complimentary wine hour is a bonus!
PROUD MARY | The most beautiful brunch you’ll ever eat, pick up some coffee beans for home, too!
NOSTRANA | Simple and delicious Italian food, including thin crust pizza.
SCREENDOOR EASTSIDE | Southern-style brunch in a lovely neighborhood of historic and colourful homes.
DEPARTURE | Pan-asian dining at the top of the Nines Hotel, with a lovely vegan menu.
IL SOLITO | Delicious Italian food, any time of day!
BLUE STAR | The best donuts in Portland? Maybe, with the all the newcomers I have yet to try, maybe not, but still a family favourite!
BREWERY TOUR | Pick a neighborhood (any neighborhood!) and start at a brewery. Then go to the next. And repeat. Portland is full of breweries, new and old, and there are multiple guided tours offered (some on group bikes!), but doing your own tour is also fun!
OREGON ZOO | A beautiful zoo that emphasizes conservation on it’s extensive 64 acres, it’s a fun way to spend the day with kids or friends.
NOB HILL | Explore the shops and restaurants of this beautiful neighborhood with tree-lined streets and historic homes.
PSU FARMERS MARKET | Every Saturday, year-round, going to the Portland Farmer’s Market is a treat. With over 200 vendors, you will surely leave with a few things extra!
VINTAGE SHOPPING | Portland is one of my favourite places to purchase vintage furniture, art, and design accessories. You could spend days on the hunt for that perfect piece coffee table or vintage rug – I will be sharing a vintage shopping guide soon!
One thing for sure, no matter where you go, be sure to have a camera readily available. Portland is a beautiful city that will surprise you!