5 Minute Read
Before Scott and I go international, we’re heading to Portland, OR and then down the coast to California. We’ve heard great things about the Pacific Coast Highway and we happen to have several friends in the area, so it seemed like the perfect way to kick off our trip. Plus, flying out of Los Angeles gives us the shortest flight time to New Zealand, which in my book is a big win.
So, we’re spending three days in Portlandia with my bestie Min, of The Potted Furn, taking in all the things that keep Portland weird. Here’s what’s on our clipboard of fun (a great phrase borrowed from a fellow Winonan and lover of planning!):
Things to See/Do:
Scott and I like to find out of the ordinary things to do when we travel – and bonus if it’s free or cheap! Plus, anything that has to do with history, literature or a stunning view has our names all over it.
- Hoyt Arboretum
- Oregon Rail Heritage Center
- Washington Park
- Paul Bunyan Statue (how could we not?!)
- Oregon History Museum
We like tasting beer. Portland happens to be an excellent place to do just that.
There’s no way we’re going to hit up all of the breweries, but in case you’d like to try, here’s a great roundup from Eater Portland. We’ve narrowed it down to these four contenders, but will probably only have time to visit a couple (hey, we’re only there three days). Here’s why we picked ‘em:
- Stormbreaker Brewing, because it has a righteous name and we’ve read it has really solid beers.
- Ecliptic Brewing, because it just sounds fun.
- Cascade Brewing Barrel House, because it’s supposed to be the best and we want to see if it lives up to the hype.
- The Commons Brewery, because we like farmhouse style beers and you can pair your beer with mac and cheese. Need I say more?
Researching where to eat in Portland can feel slightly overwhelming. You go from site to site ogling all the mouth-watering options, signature dishes, one-of-kind donuts and more. We’re on a budget, so we have just a handful of places on our list and plan to make meals for most of the trip.
- Ken’s Artisan Bakery, for amazing bread because carbs are my favorite
- For breakfast, we’re still debating between Pip’s Original, Blue Star Donuts, Hot Cake House or brunch at Tasty and Sons. Which one would you go with?
- Lardo, for yummy deli sandwiches with a Portland twist.
- Kachka, because you can’t get good Russian food many places and this place is going to offer an experience to remember.
- The Sapphire Hotel to get some swanky drinks.
What We’re Budgeting – For Two People
- Flights: $300.00 (remember this is a one-way ticket)
- Accommodations: $0.00 (thanks, Min!)
- Food/Drink: $150.00
- Attractions/Entertainment: $50.00
We’ll compare our budget versus actual spend in our September financial wrap up. Plus, stay tuned for a trip recap detailing what we actually did, where we ate and our new favorite Portland beers.
Have you been to Portland? What would you recommend? Let us know in the comments…we’d love your suggestions!