PORTLAND, OR

Portland is one of the most hipster, eclectic, outdoorsy cities we have ever visited. Downtown is filled with awesome restaurants, colorful buildings, numerous breweries, and tons of unique coffee shops. If you head out of town to the mountains, which we highly recommend, it is absolutely beautiful! About a half hour outside of town you will be surrounded by gorgeous trees, amazing waterfalls, hiking trails, and many wineries and breweries. We are excited to share our Portland recommendations with all of you. Below you will find our favorite Portland restaurants, bars and things to do!

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TOP AREAS TO STAY

-NOB HILL: Nob Hill is a cute neighborhood in Portland with multiple boutiques, high end stores, restaurants and bars. It is also near Forest Park, which is a great place for hiking, and it’s near the famous rose garden and Japanese garden. This is definitely a fun area to stay in! 

-PEARL DISTRICT: The Pearl District is in the heart of Portland and is home to many shops, restaurants, breweries and coffee shops. This is another great area to stay in!

TOP BREAKFAST/BRUNCH SPOTS

-MOTHERS BISTRO: Mother’s Bistro is the perfect breakfast/brunch spot. You will feel like you stepped into your grandmas house when you walk into Mothers. It has a warm, comfy, welcoming atmosphere. They are known for their homemade comfort food dishes, coffee and breakfast cocktails. Highly recommend visiting Mothers while you are in Portland. 

-STUMPTOWN COFFEE: Stumptown Coffee is one of the famous coffee houses in Portland serving high quality coffee, espresso, and lattes. This is a great place to stop in for a morning coffee and pastry. 

-PINE STATE BISCUITS: Pine State Biscuits was absolutely delicious! They serve a variety of homemade breakfast sandwiches that include a fried chicken biscuit, BBQ brisket biscuit, and more! This place was amazing and we would highly recommend visiting here for breakfast!

TOP DINNER SPOTS

-AVA GENES: Ava Genes is a chic restaurant serving delicious Italian food, wine and cocktails. It books up quickly so be sure to make a reservation! 

-RENATA: Renata is another great Italian restaurant! The restaurant has beautiful high ceilings and a great patio outside. Their dishes are delicious and they serve excellent signature cocktails. 

-AFURI: Afuri is a hip, lively, industrial restaurant serving amazing ramen, sushi and saki. We had a great time going here for dinner one night while we were in Portland. 

-TASTY N ALDER: Tasty n Alder is a lively and welcoming steakhouse known for their amazing steaks, cheese trays and small plates to share.

TOP PLACES TO GRAB A DRINK

-DOUG FIR LOUNGE: Doug Fir is a laid-back bar with live music and signature cocktails. It has a very cozy and welcoming atmosphere. We went here for a drink before dinner one night and it was great!

-PORTLAND CITY GRILL: Portland City Grill sits on the 30th floor and has amazing 360 views of Portland! They are known for their fresh seafood and steaks as well as unique cocktails. This is definitely a place you will want to at least grab a drink at to take some amazing pictures of the city. 

-DEPARTURE LOUNGE: Departure Lounge is located on top of the Meir and Frank Building and has an amazing rooftop patio with excellent views of the city. They serve signature cocktails and delicious asian dishes!

-BREWERIES: Portland is home to numerous breweries! Below are a few we would recommend:

-WINERIES: Williamette Valley is a beautiful 150 mile long valley in Oregon and is home to many amazing wineries and vineyards. Below are a few we would recommend: 

  • REX HILL VINEYARDS: Rex Hill Vineyards is a beautiful winery known for their famous Pinot Noir. They also have amazing views, which makes it a picture perfect spot for your instagram pictures! 

  • PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS: Penner-Ash is another gorgeous winery you must visit! They have delicious wines and beautiful views. 

  • THE FOUR GRACES: The Four Graces Winery has a neat story! It was started by four sisters in 2003. They make wonderful wines and have a very pretty vineyard!

TOP THINGS TO DO

-HIKE: There are so many beautiful hiking trails around Portland. A few of our favorites that also have picture worthy waterfalls are:

  • MULTNOMAH FALLS: Multnomah Falls is a magnificent waterfall only 30 mins outside of Portland. The hike to the top is only about 2.2 miles making it about a 4.5 mile hike roundtrip. The views from the top are absolutely amazing! They also have a little restaurant and visitor center at the base of the waterfall. We would highly recommend you make time to do this hike when you visit Portland!

  • BRIDAL VEIL FALLS: Bridal Veil Falls is another beautiful waterfall located near Multnomah Falls. It is about a mile hike to the top and has amazing views!

 

-BREWERIES: Portland is home to hundreds of great breweries. A few are some of the favorites:

 

-WINERIES: Williamette Valley is a beautiful 150 mile long valley in Oregon and is home to many amazing wineries and vineyards. Below are a few we would recommend: 

  • REX HILL VINEYARDS: Rex Hill Vineyards is a beautiful winery known for their famous Pinot Noir. They also have amazing views, which makes it a picture perfect spot for your instagram pictures! 

  • PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS: Penner-Ash is another gorgeous winery you must visit! They have delicious wines and beautiful views. 

  • THE FOUR GRACES: The Four Graces Winery has a neat story! It was started by four sisters in 2003. They make wonderful wines and have a very pretty vineyard!

 

-CITY BIKE TOUR: Take a bike tour of the city with Cycle Portland Bike Tours! We did this bike tour and it was an awesome way to see and learn about the city in two hours! 

-VISIT WASHINGTON PARK: Washington Park is home to the beautiful International Rose Test Garden, which is a free garden filled with over 7,000 roses! It is absolutely gorgeous! It is also home to the Japanese Gardens, which is 12 acres of gardens. The Japanese Gardens does have an admissions cost. Finally, it is home to the Oregon Zoo, which has over 2,000 animals! You could definitely spend a whole day in Washington Park!

-SHOP IN NOB HILL: Nob Hill is a super cute neighborhood with many unique boutiques, high end stores and restaurants. It is the perfect spot to spend the afternoon shopping! 

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