where do we even start with portland? jenna currently resides in nw portland and ashley called the city of roses her home for five years. this is just a small sampling of all that oregon has to offer so if you want our complete guide, feel free to send us a note.
to do and to see.
- portland farmers market is a must do on saturday mornings. grab some coffee and stroll through the stalls of oregon’s best produce.
- the international rose test garden in washington park is home to over 10,000 roses blooming april through october.
- the nines is a luxury experience in the heart of the city.
- the ace hotel truly captures the hipster essence of the city in a central location.
- hotel monaco is right downtown and pet friendly.
brunch: there are hundreds of places to get brunch in stumptown, but these are our favorites.
- verde cocina has arguably the best brunch in portland if you are looking for mexican food.
- harlow provides a fresh take on vegetarian and vegan friendly breakfast favorites.
- besaws is a classic portland brunch spot famous for their long lines but worth the wait.
dinner: you could spend years in portland and not eat at every place so we picked our top three.
- the woodsman tavern is a rustic, neighborhood spot paying homage to the great pacific northwest.
- ava gene’s a neighborhood italian spot in a chic setting serving house-made pasta with the perfect wine pairing.
- tusk uses the flavors of the northwest to inspire their middle eastern menu that is complemented with the perfect cocktail.
- while most go here for the dinner, stop by clyde common for a delicious cocktail.
- pépé le moko it is not really a speakeasy, but it feels like one as you descend the stairs into this cozy cocktail bar.
- multnomah whiskey library has a sophisticated and vintage vibe with their leather club chairs and brick walls, but prepared for a long wait (sometimes 3+ hours) to enjoy over 1,500 spirits in this whiskey forward lounge.
- 10 barrel gets crowded on a hot oregon day when the rooftop is open and the beer is flowing.
- deschutes is a quintessential oregon beer experience.
- barista is a chic coffee experience in any of their three locations.
- stumptown started in portland and has now grown to various locations throughout the us, but stop by one of their four shops to a fresh cup of joe.
- union way is a collection of shops adjacent to the pearl district filled with clothing stores, sweet shops and food.
- powell’s city of books is just that- a city of books. it is the largest independent bookstore in north america and an icon in portland.
- manor is a fine wares and curious goods shop on nw 23rd.
- alder & co. is a boutique for products from around the world, including accessories, home goods & candles.
- wm goods is a women’s clothing boutique filled with local and indie designers plus gifts and home decor.
- get outside the city and explore the columbia river gorge with vast views, thousands of hiking trails and gorgeous waterfalls. stop in hood river for pizza at solstice and then grab a beer at double mountain brewery. notable hikes include oneonta gorge, angel's rest, tunnel falls and toketee falls.
- oregon's wine region is also exceptional. the rainy winters and warm summers make the area perfect for growing pinot noir. check out a few of our favorites are sokol blosser, ponzi and hawks view.