I’ve been dying to get to Portland since moving to the West Coast. From the East Coast, it always seemed like such a pain. From San Francisco, no biggie! We decided to stay on the East Side of town and ended up picking our hotel from the choices on Rocket Miles.
Hotel: We decided on Jupiter Hotel. The motor inn-turned-boutique hotel definitely thinks outside of the box. From the quirky staff to the funky decorated room, this hotel has all the fun you need on a short vacation. Plus it’s next door to the best restaurant ever. Okay, that’s a broad statement but it’s next door to a great one!
Eats: Oh Le Pigeon. My husband has been raving about this restaurant since March when he ate there while he was visiting for a conference so this was a must do! We ate dinner there both nights too which is something we would never do. That. Good. We enjoyed the French-inspired food without the pretentiousness. We might have over indulged on their fabulous wine list as well.
- Beef Tartare and Salt & Pepper Squid
- Cavatelli ala Fiducia (My personal favorite: beef rib ragu, whipped ricotta, scallion)
- Glazed Beef Short Rib with Crispy Sweetbreads
- Beef Cheek Bourguignon (Good Lord…)
- And their Burger (The best I’ve ever had. Again, bold statement)
Drinks: There were several breweries on our list to try. Base Camp Brewing Co, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Deschutes, The Commons Brewery were the ones we made it to. Base Camp was my favorite out of the four; solid beers, relaxed atmosphere and the ability to order eats at one of the food trucks outside (the BBQ was good!) was nice. Cascade Brewing was the spot I was most looking forward to trying. They’re known for their tart barrel-aged beers. I’ve never had a sour beer I’ve loved but they had 18 on tap and I loved the 4 that I tried. Their “Sang Noir” was fantastic. Deschutes was a total miss for me. The Commons Brewery was nice. Not my personal favorite style of beer but if you’re a fan of European brewing, you’ll feel right at home here!
Pepe Le Moko is another not to miss spot for cocktails. With only 32 seats in the entire underground bar, it gets busy so make a reservation to enjoy their infamous Grasshopper cocktail or an Irish Coffee made with Stumptown. Truly the perfect late night spot with killer drinks.
Shopping: Portland is full of unique shops but the most unique to me (because I feel as though they’re non existent these days) was Powell’s City of Books. They claim to be the largest independent chain of bookstores in the world which I believe as this location took up an entire city block. Grab a map and get to searching. Powell’s has everything!
I can’t wait to see you again Portland!