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We had an amazing 4 day weekend in one of our favorite cities, Portland, Oregon. Between the amazing restaurants, breweries, hiking, and history, we see this as a city you can never get enough of.
Where To Stay
Hotel deLuxe is like taking a step back in time. Designed to mirror the style of old Hollywood, the interior combines art deco with modern art. As soon as you walk into the lobby, you feel like a star.
The hotel built in 1912 was purchased in early 2004 by Provenance Hotels and reopened in 2006 after an extensive renovation designed to channel the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Hotel deLuxe continues to serve as an elegant and luxurious retreat, with lavish events held at Gracie’s and in-the-know regulars flocking to the Driftwood Room for their legendary cocktails.
Hotel deLuxe is perfectly positioned in Portland, Oregon, close to the Pearl District and Nob Hill.
We were really excited to indulge in the Afternoon tea service, is served in the hotel’s sun-dappled, gilt dining room. They feature custom-blended teas from Smith Teamaker, a menu studded with locally-crafted items and a table-side cocktail service curated by the cocktail experts at Bull in China. The experience mixes the elegance of the English tradition with the creative culture that embodies the full Portland experience.
After tea, we got to check-into our room, a spacious King Studio Suite.
What To Eat
Screen Door – A celebration of Southern cuisine from the hearty fare to the everyday foods, their concept is weaving the rich bounty of local fresh produce found here in the Northwest into their menu. Have brunch here and try a little South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine, some soul food and Cajun one-pot cookery to the refined Creole and French preparations found in New Orleans, they explore all from the rudimentary to the refined.
Screen Door is a part of maintaining the connection between farm and plate by serving local and organic produce and meats everyday. Do not miss their chicken (one of the best fried chicken dishes we have ever had) and biscuits or their pecan crusted bacon.
Petite Provence – located in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, enjoy a tasty pastry or a full breakfast or brunch. They offer delicious food and tasty libations with local flair in this happening neighborhood. They area is great to walk around and explore.
Pine State Biscuits – Pine State Biscuits began as a brainchild centered around…what else? The quest for the perfect, buttery, flaky, homemade biscuit. The owners few up in North Carolina, but after relocating to Portland, they craved the down home cooking they knew from childhood. So they banded together and decided to bring the Southeast to the Northwest, and after several months of trials, tests, and “biscuit tasting parties”, they settled on a single recipe.
They opened a stand at the locals farmers market, but after two seasons, the demand for the buscuits was so great, they opened a brick and mortar location. Don’t miss the The Reggie Deluxe on their menu. It’s a must!
Por Que No? Taqueria – is a small, hole-in-the-wall place where the lines are long, tables are highly coveted, and the food is amazing. They support the local economy, whether it means using line caught fish and local meats or remodeling with recycled materials.
The owner, Bryan has traveled from the Pacific Coast of Mexico to the mountains of Oaxaca to share the flavors and the essence of what he found on the menu.
Grassa – Handcrafted pasta served on the fly, is without reservation (literally, they don’t take reservations), the best pasta we’ve had outside of Italy. Thier Cacio e Pepe dish, made with truffle butter, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and Grana, sold us in one bite.
Olympia Provisions – Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, established in 2009, everything they make is handcrafted naturally with the ultimate goal of quality. They butcher antibiotic-free Pacific Northwest pork to 100% lean, adding pure, soft fatback, and a judicious amount of sea salt, fresh garlic and freshly ground spices. The cured meats are held in natural casings and maintained in the organic white mold that protects them. The charcutrie platters and cheese boards are split up by origin, with a choice of French, Italian or Spanish cheeses and meats.
What To Drink
Great Notion Brewing – Great Notion Brewing is a brewery and tap room that focuses primarily on juicy New England-style IPA’s and creative sour ales, though you’ll also find a variety of beers on fresh fruit, and stouts with maple, coffee & chocolate.
Their barrel program is hosted both in on-site and off-site locations where their American sour ales age for 9-24 months in oak barrels and clay amphoras. A portion of the sour ales are blended with Summer Oregon fruit like peaches, apricots, strawberries, and cherries.
de Garde Brewing – Not actually in Portland, but in Tillamook, not far from the cheese factory, this brewery is a must on our list. Located on the Oregon Coast, de Garde Brewing is dedicated to unique offerings. Most of their beers take anywhere from 3 months to 3+ years in barrels before they are sold. Every bottle is naturally conditioned and ready to be enjoyed when we release it. They announce their weekly offerings on their Facebook page where they offer their own beers, guest taps, bottles to go, and special on-site consumption bottles.
Deschutes Brewery – Probably the most mainstream breweries we have visited, Deschutes began with modest beginnings in 1988 as a small public house in downtown Bend, and now is one of the most well known breweries from Oregon.
The Commons Brewery – The Commons Brewery started in a garage in Southeast Portland. They strive to make well executed, approachable beers with a refreshing and lively character. The beers are geared to be session-able and therefore enable or enhance social interaction. After a short stint in the garage brewery, Mike decided to expand the operation to a brew house which opened in 2011.
Seraveza – Derived from the owner’s name and the Spanish word for beer, Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern is a place to celebrate craft beer, eat well and enjoy friends and strangers alike. They stock 250+ bottles and 9 rotating taps. Whether you’re new to the brew scene and need some guidance or an old pro just looking for something rare, Saraveza’s beertenders will find a flavor that works for you.
Heart Coffee Roasters – As we wait in line for Screen Door to open for brunch, Heart Coffee Roasters is just up the street and 8 out of 10 people in line have their cups in hand. Heart begins with some of the best green coffee from mainly Central America, South America, and Africa which is then roasted to the ideal degree, while fully developing complex flavors, and bringing out delicate clarity. PS- the Spicy Chai is heaven.
What To See & Do
No Portland travel guide would be complete without a to-do or must-see list. Here are our favorite things to do and see and some tips that will come in handy.
Horsetail Falls – One of the best hikes in Portland, you can take in all the greenery, and ohh and ahh at waterfall after waterfall along the way on this 3.3 mile hike.
Pittock Mansion – Built in 1914 for one of Oregon’s influential families, Pittock Mansion is filled with rich history and remarkable stories. Henry Pittock, owner of The Oregonian newspaper, and his wife Georgiana, built Pittock Mansion in 1914. The City of Portland now owns the estate, and Portland Parks & Recreation and the non-profit Pittock Mansion Society work in collaboration to operate and maintain the museum and surrounding park.
In 1962 a storm badly damaged the mansion. Developers planned to buy the damaged, molding mansion to replace it with a subdivision. Instead, Portlanders launched a grassroots fundraising campaign to save it. In 1964, the City of Portland purchased the estate for $225,000, including $67,500 raised by citizens.
Repairs took 15 months. Workers fixed broken windows and replaced missing roof tiles. They replastered walls and ceilings, and flattened warped wood floors. On June 4, 1965, a restored Pittock Mansion opened to the public.
Kayak in Tillamook – If you decide to venture out to Tillamook along the coast, kayaking in the bay is a great way to relax and connect with nature. The owners and operators of Kayak Tillamook receive regular training in water rescue, safety and technique, maintain current 1st Aid/CPR Certifications, and are registered with the Oregon State Marine Board.
We kayaked to Three Graces with Capitan Paul Peterson whoose professional career includes 15 years as a commercial fishing boat captain and experience working in the coastal forests as a logger.
Tillamook Cheese Factory – Some of the best cheese comes from right here in Tillamook, on the Oregon coast, about an hour outside Portland. Tillamook Cheese does cheese right. What does that mean?
Visiting Portland? Let us know what you liked best!