Wednesday, 19 October 2011

I Heart Portland

We had a great time in Portland! It was the perfect place for a little weekend getaway. Here are a few highlights:
  1. Powell's Books- The largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. We could've easily spent a full day in here. Three floors and an entire city block full of books plus some really great gifts and stationary.
  2. Hotel Monaco- Our hotel was great. It was right in the heart of downtown and walking distance to pretty much everything. They had a happy hour every night in the living room where you could sip Oregon wines and beers while painting your own canvas.
  3. Rogue Ales- The beers, the spruce gin, the pub. Everything! The bathrooms at the pub are labeled "Barley" and "Hops" instead of "Mens" and "Ladies." Try and figure out which one is which (especially after a few pints).
  4. Saturday Market- We stumbled upon the market after our first attempt at getting Voodoo Donuts. We had the most delicious tacos while enjoying a brewski and listening to the Supa Dupa Marimba Band.
  5. Voodoo Donuts- This place is insane! It's open 24/7 and although we didn't check, I imagine they were still lined up at 3am. Their signature donut is in the shape of a voodoo doll and comes with a pretzel stick so you can poke him and let the raspberry jelly ooze out. That's probably the tamest one they have.
  6. Meeting up with Katrina and her friend Mary!
  7. McMenamins Kennedy School- This was probably my favorite part of the trip and the one I got the least and worst pictures of. McMenamins is a brewery, winery and distillery. They bought an old school and turned each room into it's own bar. We started at the Honors Bar for fancy cocktails, classical music and a cozy wood burning fire. After that we wandered the hallways into the Boiler Room for a couple games of pool. We finished the night in the Theatre Bar. Yes, this place even has a movie theatre where you can sit on couches and watch a movie while they serve you food and drinks. Not too shabby. We missed scotch and cigars at the Detention Bar which we were looking forward too. I suppose we'll just have to go back.


  1. You should work for the Portland Tourism Bureau. I've never thought of going there until now. Looks very cool.

  2. You would love it there Dennis! I thought of you somewhere between pint 8 and 11 :)