We were in Portland for the long weekend this month, and wanted to share some of the favorite things we did while we were there!
Stay: Ace Hotel
We stayed at the Ace Hotel with the iconic HOTEL marquee sign.
The room was clean and tiny, and since we had a "shared" room, which meant there is no bathroom in the room. We needed to use the shower and bathroom down the hall, which felt a bit odd at first, but since we were there to just sleep, it didn't turn out to be so bad.
Even if you're not staying in the hotel, you should come visit the lobby and hangout - maybe get a coffee next door at the Stumptown coffee. If you are a photobooth junkie like me, you should try the retro photobooth right by the entrance. It's actually developed photograph which makes it even more special!
Ace Hotel Portland
Address: 1022 SW Stark St.
Hike: Angel's Rest
We spontaneously decided to rent a car and drive out from the city for half an hour to go hiking on the Angel's Rest Trailhead. It was beautiful there, but it wasn't an easy hike if you're a hiking n00b like me... Be sure to pack water and good walking shoes if you plan to go! After 2.4 miles going up for 2000 feet, you will see a beautiful view of the Columbia River.
Read: Powell's City of Books
Powell's City of Books is also an iconic place in Portland. It feels like an authentic version of Daikanyama T-site in Tokyo. Other than the large selection of used and un-used books, there are fun souvenirs, lots of board games, and a coffee shop inside the bookstore.
Powell's City of Books
Address: 1005 W Burnside St.
Eat: Olympia Provisions
Olympia Provisions is located in the industrial district in the South East of Portland. It's a bit difficult to find the restaurant, since it's hidden inside a huge industrial building. When you walk in, you'll be so happy you didn't give up on searching for it. Their Chef's Choice Charcuterie board is a must!
Olympia Provisions Southeast Restaurant
Address: 107 SE Washington
Drink: Pépé le Moko
We took a late night visit to Pépé le Moko on our first night in Portland. It was very dark, industrial bunker bar near the Ace Hotel. It had the 70's-ish, Berlin-ish vibe to it (in a very good way) and we loved it. Taking photos under the dim lights there made everything look even more amazing.
Pépé le Moko
Address: 407 SW 10th Ave
Shop: Milk Milk Lemonade
I bought the Spartan from OLO, which has scents of pine, cedar, sage, and tequila (!) in it. It comes in a cute roller bottle that is easy to carry around in your makeup bag. I did not get to meat Heather, but was able to chat with her husband who was greeting everyone who came in and offering a drink since it was such a hot day.
Milk Milk Lemonade
Address: 1407 SE Belmont St
Shop: Tanner Goods
Tanner Goods has a flagship store in Portland, which has the full collection, and some special things you can do, such as customizing belts, or adding a monogram. I got a camera strap here for my new camera, and I love it! I'm looking forward to getting it to age beautifully as I use it for a long time.
Address: 1308 W Burnside