We stayed downtown in the Hotel deLuxe, which was not only charming, but convenient as it allowed us to walk most places or ride the public transit to explore the city. Portland was sunny for three of our five days we were there. It surprised us each time we looked up and saw snowy Mount Hood in the distance. What a breath-taking backdrop for the entire city!
Portland is known for its diverse and unique foodie culture. Stephen and I were thrilled to indulge our little mouths with Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches, Lebanese lamb and hummus, salted caramel ice cream, and Jewish deli pastrami–just to name a few dishes. We were adventurous and tried a mexican hot chocolate donut and a creme brulee donut from Blue Star Donuts.
Besides eating well, we walked downtown and along the Willamette River, where the whole city seemed to be exercising. There seemed to be a coffee shop on every corner, so we were well caffeinated. The aerial tram offered a new perspective on the city, and we learned why rain coats are necessary for Portland’s rainy days. During one of those rainy days we browsed books at Powell’s bookstore–a store the size of a city block. We walked the Pearl District, Nob Hill, and Pioneer Courthouse Square. At the Saturday farmer’s market we found some cheeses and salami that made our hearts go pitter-pat.
On our last day we drove the scenic route along the Columbia River and saw some gorgeous waterfalls. We ended up at Multnomah Falls. The waterfall was over 600 feet tall with two cascades and a bridge spanning the river just above the second falls. At the base sat a quaint stone restaurant where we ate lunch before heading back to the city.
Of course we missed our little men, but they were very well taken care of by gracious friends. Stephen and I loved our couple’s getaway and the time we had to invest in our marriage before we become a family of five.