It's been a while since I traveled to Portland but it's never too late to share my favourite things I experienced while we were there in August! First of all, driving from Southern Alberta to Portland, Oregon takes about 14 hours, and while it may be exhausting, I honestly think it's worth it. Portland is diverse and colourful, and full of great eats, great shops, and great music! If I could, I would move to Portland in a heartbeat. I will be back very soon, even if it means another 28 hours of driving.
(above) Voodoo Doughnuts - Before we left, I heard a lot of people say that Voodoo Doughnuts was overrated and not worth the long lineups so it wasn't actually on our Portland to-do list. To our surprise, we drove by Voodoo Doughnuts Too, not knowing it was there, and there was no line up! So, we popped in, grabbed some doughnuts and of course, took photos in front of their pink wall! The decor were amazing, we took photos in their photobooth, and the doughnuts were delicious! It's important to note that this was second Voodoo Doughnuts location (Voodoo Doughnuts Too) which is less busy, and pink, so it's even better than the other location that usually has lineups.
Cheese and Crack - Before I travel, I try to find places to go by scrolling and scrolling through hashtags and locations on Instagram in order to find things that may not be on popular Pinterest guides to Portland. This is how I found the amazing Cheese and Crack! - a shop that offers cheese boards, soft serve ice cream and snacks. Holy moly, it's amazing! I had a brie cheese board and a strawberry dusted soft serve ice cream cone. If I go back to Portland, I definitely will go back to Cheese and Crack.
Shigezo - If you want to try the best ramen of you life, I suggest going here, and why wouldn't you? It got to the point where I ordered way too much because everything looked so good and I got way too full. I tried the gyoza, sushi, and the ramen. I'm sad thinking about how I am not eating from Shigezo right now!
(above) Project Object - I had followed Project Object on Instagram for a few months, and was so, so excited to visit while we were there. Project Object carries a wide range of curated goods that warm my feminist, small business loving heart. I bought a beautiful Dolly Parton shaped mirror, a cat shaped pot and a pug pin by The Good Twin.
Darling Distraction - Oh goodness. Darling Distraction has been one of my favourite online shops for a year or so, and while I have ordered from them a couple times, I was so excited to step inside the Darling Distraction world and see everything in person. The shop is a magical, fun, brightly coloured dream, carrying some of my favourite designers like Bando, Rosehound Apparel and Lucky Horse Press. We were lucky enough to be in town during a pop up at Darling Distraction featuring Tuesday Bassen and World Famous Original!
International Rose Test Garden - It felt like the warmest and brightest day ever when we went to the International Rose Test Garden, but it was so beautiful that it was worth it. Walking amongst roses upon roses upon roses was one of my favourite parts of visiting Portland.
Project Pabst - We actually went to Portland for Project Pabst, a music festival put on by Pabst Blue Ribbon that had a killer line up. We spent two days at the festival and saw some of my favourite musicians, including Whitney, Iggy Pop and Lizzo! If I ever have a chance to be in town during this festival in coming years, I will definitely go again!
On the way home, we stopped at Twede's Cafe in North Bend, Washington, famously known as the RR Diner from Twin Peaks. As huge Twin Peaks fans, we were super excited to stop here. However, I'm not actually a fan of coffee or cherry pie so I had a slice of banana cream pie. The ambiance was pretty disappointing (flat screen televisions, tweety bird decorations, bad Twin Peaks merchandise) but the sign and this Welcome to Twin Peaks mural made it worthwhile.
I hope to visit Portland again as soon as possible and explore more fantastic places to eat and shop at, as well as exploring sites in and around the city. We were only in portland for a weekend, and I know there's so much more to discover.