You know how I keep mentioning going on adventures?
Alex and I packed our bags Friday night for an early flight last Saturday from LAX to PDX. Yep, we headed up to Portland for a long weekend and didn’t really tell many people about it. Why? Because we didn’t have a solid reason for going other than, “why not?” and because there is a limit to how many times I can listen to somebody tell me how I just have to go to Voodoo Donuts.
Sometimes, you just need to book a flight and get out of town.
It was hot last week in Southern California…like, in the 90s, so we were hoping for gloomy weather in Portland. As the weekend drew near, we saw that it would be in the mid-80s all weekend, which turned out to be perfect for us considering we didn’t rent a car and ended up walking all over the city. A soggy walk in TOMS to find breakfast would not make for a happy-Kam.
We stayed in the Lloyd Center area right across the street from a MAX light-rail stop, which was an awesome deal for getting us to and from the airport ($2.50 per person rather than a $30 cab ride) and in and out of the downtown area. Our hotel was also a few blocks away from a bouldering gym, which was a huge surprise to us and a great way for us to kill some time on Monday before our flight.
Most of our photos of the weekend involved what we ate…can you blame us? It’s nice to find so many restaurants with vegetarian and vegan options without the default veggie burger. We were also thrilled to find out that the craft beers in Portland never cost us more than $3.50 a pint. That would be out of the question in our neck of the woods…oh, and no sales tax? AWESOME.
We had breakfast at:
We enjoyed lunch and dinner at:
- Sizzle Pie (Downtown)
- Frank’s Noodle House (Broadway District)
- McMenamins at Kennedy School (Near Alberta District)
What did we actually do? We walked around a ton, visited Powell’s bookstore, hit a few comic book stores, hunkered down at Ground Kontrol classic arcade and bar, spent the morning at the Portland Saturday Market, I drank plenty of iced coffee and iced tea, watched lots of basketball, went climbing at Circuit Bouldering Gym, and spent even more time walking.
Have you been to Portland?
If you were to book a long weekend right now, where would you go?