hitting the road #PNWpilgrimage

It’s almost time! I’m hitting the road and heading north to Seattle this Friday. Just me, a friend, my houseplants, and Noodle. I’m so freaking excited. We are splitting the trip into two legs: a super long trek to Portland where we’ll spend the weekend exploring that city and staying in this super-Portlandia Airbnb. Then on Sunday, it’s time to drive up to Seattle and settle into my new home. We even started a new hashtag for the trip: #PNWpilgrimage. Be sure to follow along on instagram for all the highlights.

So tell me… what are your recommendations for Portland??

Right now, I’ve got Blue Star donuts and Voodoo Doughtnuts, Powell Books, and a few boutiques on my list… but I know you’ve got lots more. Leave ’em below in the comments, please!

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  1. 2.26.15
    Vaishali Parekh said:

    you have to have to have to have to go to Pok Pok try their drinking vinegars for drink. Also salt & straw is right next to it so two for one deal with that place :)

  2. 2.25.15
    Lindsey Solomon said:

    My sister and I went last year, and we loved Tasty n Alder for brunch. One of our greatest regrets in life (no exaggeration) is that we missed visiting Salt & Straw due to…getting lost. Long story. Anyway, don’t make our mistake – take a cab and get the ice cream.

  3. 2.24.15
    Sara said:

    It’s actually going to be sunny in Portland this weekend (yay!) so do be sure to check out Salt & Straw; they are doing a partnership with local chocolatiers and the flavors are ammmaaaazing.

    As a snobby local, I say skip Voodoo in favor of Blue Star (if you only have time for one doughnut shop). Voodoo might be the “weirdest” but their doughnuts leave a LOT to be desired in terms of taste. Blue Star is a bit more expensive, but SO worth it for their flakey brioche-style doughnuts, AND they serve Stumptown, so you’ll get to cross two things off at once :-)

    Enjoy our wonderful city!

    • 2.25.15
      Katey Dutton said:

      100% correct!

  4. 2.24.15
    Katey Dutton said:

    -E Burnside – Sizzle Pie for vegan metal pizza, Doug Fir for a show, hh or breakfast, Palace Store for the most beautiful things, Heart Coffee, Cedar Mountain Drums (you have to push the doorbell – native american drums, tarot cards, antlers, sage), Screen Door (go on a weekday), Luce (upscale italian diner), Rad Summer and Smut next door on 28th for rad vintage.
    -Once you hit 28th on the east side, head south for Artemisia for epic terrarium making, Bamboo Sushi (expensive but worth it) and the best woodfired pizza at Kens Artisan bakery right next door, Canteen for my favorite smoothies, juices and bowls.
    -Once you hit 28th on the east side, head north for Angel Face (awesome french feeling bar – great snacks and cocktails) for something divy get pbrs and do photo booth photos at BeulahLand. Further north is Dove Vivi pizza. Get the Corn slicce…I’m not kidding. it’s amazing. At 28th and Sandy is Hollywood Vintage – a HUGE vintage warehouse
    -Walk all of N mississippi, both sides, too many good things to name. Burgers and Truffle fries from little big burger are awesome. But… you may want to Save your eating for N Williams a couple blocks away and go to Tasty & Sons – they do a great happy hour but are excellent for all meals. There is a little strip of shops next to Tasty’s worth checking out including the neatest toy store called Spielwerk. Ristretto coffee is also tops and has the nicest baristas. A few blocks away from both Williams and Missippi are two AMAZING shops, Lowell and Beam & Anchor.
    -My favorite breakfast in Portland, hands down is Sweedeedee. Try a weekday, but it’s worth waiting for a table any day. I promise.
    – When you’re at Powell’s walk to the Ace to checkout the beautiful lobby, don’t get a drink at the attached restaurant, but atleast take photos in the photobooth in the lobby. Pop around the corner for a drink at pepe le moko. It’s in the basement of the same building – you feel like you’ve entered another era even though it’s a relatively new bar. Continue around that whole building for lots of great shops – You must go to Frances May. Across the street from the ace on stark is a lineup of great shops including steven allen and danner boots. Canoe is another great stop dt as is Alder and Co around the Corner. If you don’t make it to the east side Tasty and Sons there is another downtown. But you must eat there before you go!
    -Division in SE is restaurant row. You can’t go wrong at any of them. Take you pick of delicious.

    -Catch happy hour at the Portland City grill after stopping at voodoo donuts. Its way up at the top of Big Pink (US Bank Tower) across the street. Don’t bother with the food, it’s rubbish, but get a drink and take int he epic views.
    -If you get a sunny day, buy a picnic at new seasons market and take it to The Skidmore Bluffs. Google it for directions. It’s sort of locals only view point on the east side – not too far from mississippi and sweedeedee and such.
    -If you’re searching for something to do or have bad weather see a movie at one of the awesome eat-in and drink-in theaters we have. There are a ton – Cinema 21 in NW, The Living Rooms Theaters right by Powells and The Ace, any of the McMennamins theaters or Laurelhurst.
    -Schoolhouse Electric as well.

    That was too fun.


  5. 2.24.15
    alexarhoads said:

    Kenny and Zuke’s deli has incredible reubens and latkes!

  6. 2.24.15
    Katie Oakes said:

    Por Que No for tacos, SE Wine Collective for yummy food and boutique Oregon wines, Departure restaurant for amazing happy hour and views… just to name a few foodie things!