We have been trying to get to Portland for a childless getaway for awhile. The stars aligned this past weekend and we were able to get the grandparents to watch the kids so we headed down to the Rose city to celebrate our anniversary.
We ended up driving our VW van after much discussion of trains (no go since we read you have to box odd shaped bikes) and Zipcars (we didn’t think our bikes would fit in any of their cars). To complicate matters, we had to pick up our kids at the grandparents house in the suburbs at the end of the weekend and driving simplified all of that.
Did you like all of those excuses for taking the stinky car?
As soon as we rolled into town, we ditched the car (parked it in front of our friends’ house for the weekend), unloaded the bikes and pedaled off to discover the city. We were car(e) free and unencumbered the rest of the weekend.
Portland is really a great cycling citytown. It’s flat: the Oma was made to roll down those flat bike boulevards(we’re pretty sure Tim only pushed Anne up one hill the entire weekend), the bike infrastructure is enviable, the people are welcoming: small-town feel with a great community atmosphere and Portland has great food. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and are looking forward to going back soon.
Our local friends passed on some great food and drink tips. We were well fed the entire weekend, everything they recommended was most excellent. We didn’t make it to all of their favorite spots, but we did some pretty impressive culinary damage. We’ll have to pedal a little farther this week to work off all of our indulgences.
Some of our favorite spots:
¿Por que No?: yummy tacos, heated outdoor seating, on–street bike parking, all around great spot to enjoy a casual dinner
Sahagun: Delicious chocolate shop in NW Portland. The salt carmel is oozy deliciousness
Ristretto: Excellent coffee, cool modern building.
Pix Patisserie: Pastries, Coffee, Chocolate and Beer What more could you want?
Portland Farmers Market: Great community atmosphere, nice gathering place for locals. Live music and live pepper roasting? so festive! We spent a couple of hours at the market sampling the local fare stuffing our faces with good grub.
Voodoo Doughnuts: Anthony Bourdain has sampled their doughnuts on national tv—Voodoo is officially a tourist destination. Tim really wanted to sample the Bacon maple bar so we stopped before heading back to the hotel on Saturday. Nothing like sugar and bacon right before bed.
Amnesia Brewing: Warehouse atmosphere – the way a working brewery should be. No nonsense, decent beer, outdoor seating and tons of available bike parking.
5th Quadrant: Excellent last stop before heading home. Beautiful fall day, plenty of outdoor seating, tasty IPA and a yummy salad, what more do you need?
Check out the rest of our trip photos here if you are so inclined.
– Anne and Tim