Dog-Friendly Portland

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Last weekend Ben, Kai and I took a quick overnight trip to Portland, OR. We stayed at a pet-friendly Airbnb and picked activities that we could do with Kai, like breakfast at the Tin Shed & Garden Cafe, walking along the waterfront, and the Portland Saturday Market. Thankfully we had a day of nice sunny warm-ish weather that made sitting at sidewalk tables for lunch and coffee a possibility, which is easier with a dog along. I think Kai had a great time.

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In the afternoon we popped into a few shops along N. Mississippi Ave (sometimes with Kai along, sometimes one us kept him outside). I loved exploring the shops in this neighborhood. I think the neighborhoods in Portland have more personality than downtown.

I can’t forget to mention that I got ice cream at the famous Salt & Straw. I put a lot of thought into my flavor choice while waiting in line, and ended up–after sampling a few–with Cocanu’s Coffee & Craque, which is chocolate, coffee and caramel. I don’t imagine you could pick a bad flavor.

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Here and here are other posts I’ve done about Portland. We’ve managed to do different things almost every time we go and they’ve all been really fun trips.

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First Impressions of Portland

You know how Portland is one of those cities you’ve known about forever, and wonder if what everyone says is true? (More specifically, you wonder if the ever-hilarious Portlandia is telling it like it is?)

We decided to go to Portland yesterday and see for ourselves. Our spontaneous trip was mostly centered around food, and let me tell you it was a day of good eating: we started with Thai lunch at Pok Pok, then got coffee at the original Stumptown, waited in line at Voodoo Doughnuts (worth the wait, in my humble opinion!), and ended with dinner at ¿Por Que No? Taqueira.

Our very last stop was to grab a take-out cup of Stumptown French Press from one of the awesomest coffee shops we stumbled upon, Albina Press Coffee…our only regret was having to head back home and not spend an hour sitting in the coffee shop at the end of the day.

So what did I see in my short time in Portland? Bikes, beards, converse, bikes, glasses, dogs, plaid shirts, bikes, rivers, graffiti, cute craftsman houses, tattoos, amazing artwork, bright lipstick, bikes, and rain. Did I mention how bike-friendly it is?

We only scratched the surface in our explorations of Portland so we’ll have to plan a trip back soon! Also since it was rainy most of the day we have a lot of outdoor things to do…next time we need to rent bikes.

A special comparison for my friends from back home: Portland felt a lot like Asheville, NC, except bigger.