I moved to Portland, Oregon in November 2015, so yea, I think it's pretty cool. What's not to like? We've got breweries galore, kitsch doughnut shops, food pods all over the city. We've got Mt. Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and more. We've got the Oregon coast. The high desert isn't that far away either. So when I'm asked why I moved here, it's difficult to wrap that up in one quick sentence.
This is why I agree with The New York Times article "52 Places to Go in 2017". They give some suggestions on which hotels to book and few food spots to check out. I'm going to add on to their list at the end of this post, it's my personal guide that I give to friends, family and anyone else who asks me when planning to come to Portland.
But first I'd like to introduce you to our new Portland bracelet. This is pretty exciting for us as not only is this my new hometown, it's also the first time we haven't worked with metal at Designhype. When I moved out to the west coast last year I noticed a big difference in fashion, it's a bit more casual up here in the Pacific Northwest. We've also been searching for USA companies to work with and the timing was perfect. We found a great company in California who could make our bracelets out of leather. It is a beautiful material, ages really nicely and darkens and softens with handling.
Portland Travel Guide
Tip: Bring a raincoat and rain boots, leave your umbrella at home.
Downtown/Northwest to Do
Walk down the Street for Food Pods, Shops, Music and More!
Northeast and Southeast Portland
- Hawthorne Street park near 34th (just look up and down the street, there's a ton to do) The people watching alone is worth it!
- Mississippi Street start at Proust and walk down.
- Alberta Street start at 15th and walk up to about 31st
- 21st, 22nd and 23rd streets. Lots of good food and shopping!
Rent a Car!
For a day or two and drive to the coast and through the Columbia River Gorge.
Speaking of the Columbia River Gorge...
Hike Multanomah Falls or add on another waterfall and do the Wahkeena Falls Trail Loop. I highly suggest the Oneonta Gorge Hike but there are plenty of beautiful hikes in the Gorge. There's the Gorge Vista House for a snack and relax after a hike. I like to drive through the Gorge to Hood River and have lunch or dinner, it's a cool town. I also like to cross The Bridge of the Gods from I-84 in Oregon to Route 14 in Washington along the Columbia River. It's a beautiful drive back to Portland.
Off to the Coast!
My favorite spot is Cannon Beach! It was named as "One of the Worlds 100 Most Beautiful Places" by National Geographic. Cannon Beach hosts beautiful huge sea stacks in the water and endless beach. Haystack Rock also has Tufted Puffins! It's typically chilly and rainy but don't let that stop you, it's a must do. Eat at Tom's Fish and Chips!