Thursday, February 6, 2020

Portland, Oregon: A Slow Weekend Getaway

Portland, OR, USA
During Thanksgiving break, we found ourselves back at our favorite city, Portland. This was my 3rd trip to Portland so I decided to take it slow and enjoy this beautiful city without feeling the need to do and see everything while we’re here. Some highlights, if you’d like to see..

Where we stayed - Canopy Hotel

My favorite thing to do while planning for a trip to Portland is finding hotel reservation. There are plenty of boutique hotels in Portland, bursting with cool style and character. That is why I never repeat my stays at Portland because why would you when you can try different charmingly unique hotels every time you visit? For my first visit, I stayed at The Duniway Hotel. My second trip, I stayed at Hotel Lucia. This time, I picked Canopy Hotel, which is located in the heart of Pearl District.

The decor is just beautiful and so much fun to experience. I just want to hang out in the lobby all day!

They offer bikes for you to rent and bike around the neighborhood. We rented a car this time so didn’t get to try it.

The day after Thanksgiving, they quickly put up Christmas decoration in the basement, which made the hotel looked even cozier.

Can’t stress enough how awesome this hotel is. Thanks for a great service, Canopy Hotel.

Eating our way through Portland

Most important part of a Portland trip: food! This time, I didn’t really plan ahead so we just randomly walked into places that we think might be good. That turned out to be the best decision ever because we got to discover hidden gems like this cafe that serves some of the most amazing looking croissants.

Blue Star Donuts - there’s always a space in my tummy for a Blue Star donut :)

One evening, we walked to the nearby Grassa and had an amazing plate of fried calamari and squid ink pasta.

We also discovered that Portland has an Afuri branch and was pleasantly surprised that there was no line (!!!). We came back again on our last day to have another bowl of yuzu ramen.

One afternoon, both of us were really hungry so we opted for burger and sandwich from the nearby Lardo.

Getting our caffeine fix

It seems like a lot of U.S cities have claimed to have the best coffee in the country. I may be biased because Blue Bottle is still my no.1 favorite but I’m always up for a good cup of local coffee when I’m traveling.

Love the logo of this coffee shop!

A visit to Ace Hotel brought us to Stumptown Coffee.

The most Instagrammable lobby in Portland:

An afternoon in Portland Japanese Garden

My coworker has suggested paying a visit to Portland Japanese Garden. I loved it too much and ended up spending an entire day here.

This architectural gem in the garden was designed by world renowned architect, Kengo Kuma.

After walking for a while, we went to The Umami Cafe for a quick rest and enjoyed some Japanese sweets and tea.

If you’ve never experienced an authentic Japanese garden before, definitely go to this garden in Portland.

Portland, as always, I had such a magical time with you. Love you!

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