Portlandia

Perhaps my last USA road trip in a little while. This time with W for one last hurrah.

We left on a Monday thinking traffic would be smooth, that was until we hit the border and realized it was Presidents Day. A 5.5h drive became 7.5h drive , ouch .

This is my first time staying at Airbnb and its been great! For $40/night we have a cute room with our own washroom and private entrance in a quaint neighbourhood. A steal for this area.

As we were staying in the Hawthorne area we had dinner and then went to a local pub to sample portland famous beers. There also happened to be trivia night; me and W failed at this as we knew nothing about USA politics or basketball… So we fled the scene 🙂

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Portland actually doesn’t have a whole lot of tourist attractions as it isn’t too big. Nothing like San Francisco. However the city itself has enough to do for a day walking along the downtown, Pearl and other districts. Also having no sales tax is a huge refreshing change.

A mean meat sandwich on 34th st:

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A rare sunny day in Portland winter

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We walked past the food trucks but wasn’t tempted to try them out as there is now an abundance of them in Vancouver.

A cool looker bar restaurant at the Pearl district.

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On our 2nd full day we went… Shopping! At the outlet! Won’t blog about that but afterwards we went to the Deschutes Brewery an had a decent Pale Ale and IPA. Sigh. Beer at bars/pubs are so much cheaper here…
And we ended the day strolling about Powell Bookstore, a huge bookstore of old and new books that puts Chapters to shame.

All their brews:

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On our drive home we were sure to pick up some Voodoo Donuts!

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