Welcoming, eccentric, liberal, foodie heaven, and outdoor activities for every season! Portland is a nice mixture of Austin, TX  and Boulder, CO. It has a great vibe and no judgement so dress however you wish!

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I’ve compiled a “don’t miss” list to help navigate your stay, especially if you only have a day or two to explore the city and surrounding areas.

Don’t miss:

Food trucks-Located in downtown Portland these food trucks take up several blocks (“The Whole Bowl” was our favorite).

Powell’s Bookstore-Several locations throughout the city and each one puts Barnes and Nobles to shame.

Blue Star Donuts-Fantastic donuts, my personal favorites were the buttermilk and poppyseed varieties.

Olympia Provisions-family-style dining, hip atmosphere, local winery list, and trendy food.  You can’t beat it!

If you have the time/ability to rent a car I would highly suggest visiting the Columbia Gorge area. On your way out stop at Multnomah Falls about 30 minutes from Portland. Right off I-84 and only 5 minutes from the road this 611 foot waterfall is breathtaking and a must-see.

In the summer/fall months Hood River is a fantastic getaway! Only 1 hour from Portland this small city of 7,000 people expands to roughly 15,000 to accomodate visitors who come to enjoy the small wineries, delightful cafes, and a vibrant downtown scene. Hood River Winery offers delicious bread puffs, pizza, and wines; including their famous cabernet which has won numerous awards.