If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you might have noticed that we jetted off for a quick trip to visit family in Oregon last weekend. Since my sister Cait moved to Portland this summer, and since my sister Devan followed her there in September, and because we really kind of love Oregon, a trip out west was just what a long weekend called for.
Our visit was quick and our exploring tempered by naps and torrential downpours and pumpkin carving. With a piano and a fireplace and a backyard complete with chickens to distract us, it’s a wonder we left the house at all.
But cozy times at Cait’s new place aside, we managed to get out and about a bit and explore. Here’s a taste of the trip in photos and a list of some of our favorite spots, in case anyone has a similar wasnderlust itch to scratch.PLACES TO EAT:
Portland is hardly suffering from a dearth of very delicious places to eat. And truth-be-told, we didn’t have the time to make it to half of the places that have been recommended to us, but Cait and crew managed to introduced us to a whole bunch of new favorites:
Broder: Oh, dear me. This place is a dream come true. At the risk of fan-girling: the presentation is nearly as delightful as the food itself. The restaurant is cozy in the extreme and the food delicious. Experience not even tainted after a certain toddler dumped her entire glass of water into my lap.
Dove Vivi: Cornmeal crust pizza. We spent years in New York having Cait and Curt recreate Dove Vivi’s truly exceptional pies in their kitchen. And while I woudn’t wish away those very close appoximations made in a tiny East Village apartment, it was such a treat to try the real deal, brought home to enjoy before Trick-or-Treating. Spoken from experience: a slice of this pizza served cold and eaten under an umbrella pre-hike is no less delicious than a slice served piping hot.
Porque no?: We took advantage of a break in the rain and walked to this yummy tacqueria on our first full night in Portland. We enjoyed our meal outside in the toasty outdoor seating area. Faye ate her weight in guacamole. The rest us of ate our weight in tacos (washed down with generous margaritas).
Bollywood Theater: My sister Devan’s working at this festive ode to Indian street food. We stopped by for early cocktails (and mango lassis) before bedtime. Next time I’m sending potato-allergic James for a walk around the block and getting the bhel puri.
Ned Ludd: My brother-in-law’s mom and dad watched the kiddos one night while we slipped out for an early adults-only dinner. There was cauliflower to die for and an assortment of other fire-cooked fare to fawn over, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that the chocolate chip cookie served in a cast iron skillet was my favorite thing.
PLACES TO EXPLORE:
Powell Butte Nature Park: On our first day in Portland, we took a rainy, windy walk up to the top of Powell Butte. The mountain finder at the top of the hike indicates all of the visible peaks. They are many, but they weren’t exactly visible. Added to the list of places to return to on a clear day.
Mount Tabor Park: The views of the city from this park are breathtaking, but as parents to a toddler, the beautiful forest playground is what really won our hearts. Swinging under the old-growth trees? Total magic.
NEARBY PLACES TO EXPLORE:
Lost Lake Loop Hike: On Sunday, we loaded into cars and drove up and up and up to what levels out to be a very flat walk around Lost Lake. The “hike” is perfect for families and definitely recommended for a clear day, though the misty fog was moody and magical all the same. I mostly didn’t complain about being very wet and very cold.
Multonomah Falls: James and I passed by these falls on our last trip out to Oregon, but we didn’t have time to stop. It’s not everyday that you pass an enormous waterfall alongside a major highway. Even a five-minute break is worth it.
Full Sail Brewing Company: Hikes in the pouring rain need to be followed by a reward. We stopped into Hood River on our way back to Portland and enjoyed beers under the heat lamps at Full Sail Brewing Company.
And now we’re home in Brooklyn! Leave your Portland, OR favorites in the comments if inspiration strikes. We’ll be back!
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