I went to college at a small school in the pacific northwest – Linfield, about an hour away from Portland. After my four years there, I moved to Portland for an accounting job. During the summer before starting work and studying for the CPA exam, I decided I needed a buddy. I had gone home to visit Chico and floated the idea to my mom. With all the horseshowing I was doing, I knew I would need her support (aka I needed her to hold the dog while I was on the horse haha!). So when she said I should totally do it, I was manic to get the little pointy eared, black doggy I had seen online at a shelter in Portland.
When my mom dropped me off at the Sacramento airport, I was HELL BENT on flying straight back to Portland, driving straight to the shelter, and scooping up that pup before anyone else could. My flight was delayed and I remember sobbing in the airport like a crazy person. I felt sure if someone else got that dog the world as I knew it would end.
Luckily, the world did not end and I got to bring my new best friend home! We explored Portland together all summer. When I started working, coming home to him was the best part of every day (still is, duh). I remember the dog shelter suggested crate training him, and having him sleep in a crate at night, because that is what he was used to. So that night, I put him in a crate, and he cried. I immediately let him and he snuggled under the covers in bed with me. And that’s where he still sleeps haha!! Reasons I shouldn’t have a child LOL.
Since moving away from Portland to the Bay Area, I have been back to visit several times. But Bennie hasn’t! I decided it was time he get to go back too. And especially because Portland is so dog-friendly, it was the perfect spot for us. So post 20 miler on Friday, we hit the airport.
And of course we had to take a classic #PDXcarpet photo. Google it, its a thing.
As soon as we got checked into our hotel in the Pearl District, we got to walking! We stopped at Cupcake Jones for a pupcake, first thing. My mom, dad and I had some bites of a peanut butter and red velvet one. YUM.
Then we had a quick drink and a snack at Deschutes Brewery.
After more walking, we had dinner at the Matador in the Alphabet district. That is one of my favorites neighborhoods in Portland!
After dinner, we sampled Salt & Straw ice cream. It has flavors like Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Pear & Bleu Cheese, and Alma’s Toasted Milk with Assam Tea Caramel. I was worried that it would be froufy and would not live up to the hype, but that was not the case at all! It was AWESOME. The people working there said you could try as many flavors as you wanted, and they meant it. I have never seen more patient souls as people desperately tried to pick out one or two of their amazing flavors. I got a split scoop of Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and Freckled Woodblock Chocolate. Not going to lie, I almost got two full scoops because it would have been better looking for the picture. HA!
The next morning, I went for a 6 mile run to finish out a 50 mile week. I ran past all my old haunts. My old work building – I was up at the tippy top!
My old apartment building.
And of course along the river and the bridges.
Bennie had another pupcake for breakfast. You get to eat cake for breakfast on vacation.
We headed to the Portland tram next. Our Uber was a brand spanking new Jaguar. Considering 99% of the time they are a Prius, that was pretty unusual. The driver had an accent just like the character Aldous Snow from the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It was kind of awesome.
Per my dad’s suggestion, we took the tram up to OHSU Hospital and rode it back down. It was a lot of fun and great views of the city for a great price.
It was a quick ride up and back.
And then we walked over the Tilikim Crossing bridge. I could see this being an excellent route for long runs.
Lunch at Deschutes.
Then we explored Powell’s City of Books.
It really is an amazing place to visit. I always find tons of books I want to read there.
I managed to stop myself from buying a $200+ blanket at Pendleton, but it wasn’t easy with all those beautiful colors.
After a lot more walking, shopping, and dinner – it was time to head back to the hotel.
The next morning before we flew out, we stopped for a quick breakfast at Isabel Pearl. My dad got blackberry pancakes. How pretty are those?
I got a dish with chicken, rice, mushrooms and egg whites topped with cilantro sauce. So good!
We definitely got our steps in!
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend with my parents and Bennie The Dog!
As I mentioned, Portland is so dog friendly! Check out the cute “pet relief” area in the airport.
We didn’t have Blue Star donuts this time, but if you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend it. They are really really good! Like Salt & Straw, they like to do froufy flavors too – but they are very good. The french toast and blueberry basil are so good!
Tomorrow I am going to do a post of what I ate in a day in Portland, in case you are a foodie like me!