3 Day Weekend Trip to Portland

by Apr 18, 2014

Ever been to Portland?

No, but I think I’m about to…

Portland tl;dr

  • Lots of microbrew
  • There’s a tram that will take you from the airport to downtown
  • Did I mention the microbrew pairs well with food trucks?

Got a Free Weekend? Visit Portland

If you’re looking for a getaway think about taking a weekend trip to Portland. Portland is a great destination to check out and understand what all the fuss is about regarding the food and local micro brew scene. During a recent weekend in late February, we did just that, a Fri-Sun, lets leave town and explore trip to Portland. Below is a quick overview of our itinerary and what we ended up checking out during the weekend, despite the rain!

1st Day | Downtown

  • Flew into Portland Friday night
  • Used the MAX Red Line to get into the City Center
  • Checked into our hotel.
    • We stayed at the Westin Portland
      • UPDATE | Just found out that this location was closed.

Chicken Shwarma From Elmasry Food Truck in Portland

People Shopping Near the Info Desk at Powell's Bookstore

  • Located right by the famous Powell Books
    • (huge bookstore and worth seeing, don’t need to spend a lot of time unless you are very into books)

Day 2 | Downtown

A Box of Various Donuts from Blue Star Donuts in Portland

  • Ate breakfast at Blue Star Donuts
    • So good! every donut I had there was good, you really can’t go wrong.
    • I’d suggest getting there early so the line isn’t super crazy, this was walkable from our hotel.
  • Walked to Portland Saturday Market
    • The nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market opens at 10am
    • In the inside area they offer a free wine tasting
      • There are some really good local fruit wines (the blackberry wine was my favorite) that’s definitely worth trying.
    • Next to Tom McCall Waterfront Park ( a pretty area to walk around).
  • Snacked at numerous food carts row on Alder & 10th St merely steps away from our hotel.
    • One of the more impressive food carts here is the seafood hand made noodle (can’t remember the name of the truck)

Empty Rose Bushes at Portland's International Rose Garden During the Winter

  • After all that food, we decided to take a bus and check out the famous International Rose Garden.
    • While I imagine this is beautiful during the months of May to September, the best time to visit since the flowers are in bloom.
    • When we went, nothing was sprouting and it was practically all shrubs.
      • However, it was a beautiful area with a nice view of Portland.

Clyde Common's Cold Cuts Dish of Meat and Bread with Fries and a Cocktail

Day 3 | Vernon

Pine State Biscuits Breakfast Biscuit with Gravy

Nong's Khao Man Gai Chicken Rice Plate

  • We took a bus to the brick and mortar, Nong’s Khao Man Gai, literally the most famous chicken and rice “food truck”.
    • Their food truck location across the street from the hotel is unfortunately closed during the weekend.
    • If you want to try what the fuss is about, you’ll have to check out their other location further away.

Portland The Gaufre Gourmet Banana Walnut Waffle

  • Relaxed at the hotel, then went to the Alder & 10th St food carts to try the sweet waffles from The Gaufre Gourmet.
    • Basically they serve gourmet waffles, both savory and sweet and we got the chunky monkey and another with bacon.

2 Empty Beer Glasses at Bailey's Taproom in Portland

  • We tried another local tap room called Bailey’s Taproom near where we were planning on having dinner.
    • Great selection of local beers and a chill place to hangout.
    • They have the most fancy TV beer menu that we have ever seen.
    • If you check in on Foursquare, it will highlight your check in running along the top of the screen.
    • They also have another TV highlighting the bus schedule so you never miss another bus or drink.
  • We enjoyed our last dinner at Little Bird
    • A fairly small restaurant with tasty dishes:
      • foie gras
      • bone marrow
      • oysters
      • charcuterie
    • Everything was solid and you get a delicious small dessert on the house after dinner; ours was a little macaroon.

Portland is Delicious

About this weekend trip to Portland, all in all, was a wonderfully jam packed weekend filled with great sights, tasty foods and thirst quenching drinks! I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

If you’re staying in the downtown area you definitely do not need a car to get around. I’d just highly recommend putting on your walking shoes and getting ready for some exercise and maybe an umbrella.




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