Portland’s awesome. Just a short weekend trip with Hoyd made me crazy homesick for Austin, with all its DIY-funk, chill atmosphere, ridiculously tasty food trucks, and access to full-on greenery.
First off, just arriving to PDX is a fun experience…even at 8 AM. The architecture in the airport is stunning, and the morning light made it that much more enjoyable. Also, they even have food trucks in the terminal. Why does every other city not have this? Austin-Bergstrom International, I’m looking at you.
After picking up our cherry red rental car (sweet!), we cruised down to Block’s for our first feast. We had heard from no less than three friends that Portland has “the BEST doughnuts,” so along with real breakfast plates we got all the sweet goods we could handle… plus a flaky, buttery, Valentine’s Day-enthused, heart-shaped biscuit. A sign of good things to come.
Along with eating our way through the city (the best way to travel!), we soaked up some sweet art and local music. Hoyd was ecstatic to visit a certain art gallery, and I was psyched to see the Austinian band Wild Child perform with two other awesome groups. One of the things I love most about Hoyd is how we connect over creativity and art, and this city’s chock-full of both.
It was fun exploring Portland’s different neighborhoods, too. One of my favorite walks was down NE Alberta where we stumbled upon Modern Domestic. (Alright, let me brag: Hoyd used to own a streetwear shop, so he knows how to design some nice clothes. Picture me drooling over him drooling over a sewing pattern in that store.) They had every type of beautiful fabric you could think of, plus Friday Night Sew-cials where you chill and sew with friends. Yes, that sounds like a totally wild and fun weekend evening to me.
We didn’t stay for the Sew-cial, but we did drive out to Mt. Hood National Forest to soak up some serene Northwest nature. Waterfalls, piney forests, snow-capped mountains… it was ridiculously gorgeous. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Flatland, Texas, USA, but the sight of snowy Mount Hood in the distance makes me sigh and want to meditate.
I loved visiting this part of the country for the first time, and I can’t wait to go back. Hit me up if you’d like any recommendations of places to sleep, hike, or eat!
P.S. Because I’m a self-conscious photographer, I have to make note that no DSLR’s were harmed in the making of this photo post. All pics were from my iPhone.