A few years ago, my girlfriends and I decided to do a weekend girls’ trip instead of buying birthday and Christmas gifts every year. So far we have gone to Carlsbad, CA, Sedona, AZ, Las Cruces, NM, and now Portland, OR. Below is a compilation of my favorites from this year’s trip.
What To Do
The highlight of the trip for me was renting a car and driving up to the coast to Cannon Beach (where The Goonies was filmed). I had wanted to visit Cannon Beach for so long and the two hour drive was well worth it! We got some hot chocolate, laid down a blanket, and watched the sunset. 10/10 would recommend to a friend 🙂
You could honestly spend a good couple of hours in Powell’s book store downtown. It is huge and full of so many nooks and crannies. There is even a room with all original books that you have to sign in to go into (think $7,000 books).
Portland is ground central for both Nike and Adidas. So if you can get ahold of someone who can get you into the employee store, JUST DO IT. We spent so much time (and money) at the employee Adidas store because everything’s 50% off!
Hiking to Latourell Falls was also super fun. It was an easy hike of about 3 miles (round trip). You get right up to the base of the waterfall and it is gorgeous! Multnomah Falls is also beautiful and close by– you can just park and walk up to it.
We didn’t do this on this particular trip, but three additional things I love in Portland are the Saturday Market, The Rose Garden, and The Children’s Museum! I grew up doing those three things with my family and always loved it.
Lastly, just walking around downtown is entertaining enough! They don’t say “Keep Portland weird” for nothing!
WHAT TO EAT
Mother’s Bistro for Brunch! Probably my favorite place we ate the whole trip– We ate outside with perfect weather and lots of pups about. But try and make a reservation otherwise you might wait an hour+ to be seated!
Pastini Pastaria for dinner. I am drooling as I write this– the Macaroni and cheese is to die for.
We ate at Screen Door for dinner because so many people had suggested it. To be completely honest, it was good, but it wasn’t my favorite!
The Roxy is a super eclectic 24 hour diner. The food was your typical, classic breakfast food, but the atmosphere is so interesting. Are you at a bar? An old church? A diner? Yes.
You cannot go wrong with the food trucks in Portland either. There are so many!
WHERE TO STAY
We ended up staying at the Hilton Downtown because the rates were really low (cheaper than most Airbnbs for that weekend). It was totally conveniently located downtown, and was very nice. I’d absolutely stay there again!
But if you can find a low rate at the Monaco downtown, I highly suggest it! It is my dad’s favorite hotel and we grew up going to it. The rooms are colorful and the hotel is very pet friendly. They have a few hotel pups who rotate and greet the guests! And if you didn’t bring a pet, they will bring you up a goldfish for the duration of your stay–Super cute.