It feels like it was forever ago when I was in Oregon for the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon, but it was only a month ago (exactly a month today, in fact!). After the race, we spent a day hiking at Horsetail Falls and then stayed in Portland for the night and toured the city the next morning.
Portland is a really cool city that has a lot of different things that you can do — I don’t even think we scratched the surface with what you could do in the city. We opted to focus on beer (since the weekend was so wine heavy) and it was a really good decision.
Initially, we had big plans to get up and run but I think we were all still recovering from the race + hiking, so we let ourselves sleep in and headed to our first stop of the day… Voodoo Doughnuts!
So, Voodoo Doughnuts is here in Austin but I just have this thing where it’s not the same unless you eat it in the city it’s born in (unless it’s a true chain and then it just doesn’t matter). I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat Shake Shack outside of NYC because part of the fun is the atmosphere. Anyways, I opted for the most sugar-filled option I could find — a doughnut with frosting and covered in Cap’n Crunch.
It was AMAZING. About halfway through, my teeth started to hurt and my body was like what are you doing to me since I don’t think I’ve eaten that much sugar at one time since last year.
From there, we headed to this cute little coffee shop/brewery called PINTS. It was adorable, and they had some really good beer! (I swear I took pictures of it but I can’t find it now.)
This was on the other side of the river, so to cross the river we decided to take advantage of Biketown (adorably sponsored by Nike).
This was my favorite part of the day — it was SO fun riding these bikes around Portland for the 20ish minutes that we did. I will definitely do this in other cities that have a bikeshare program — quick way to travel, plus you get to see a lot of the city.
My second favorite part of the day? Our next stop, Base Camp!
They have a super fun drink — the S’more Stout — where they actually roast the marshmallow in front of you and put it on the side of the glass. The brewery had a really fun atmosphere and it was just my type of place.
From there, we headed to Cascade Brewing, which specializes in sours… my new favorite! I only could have a few tasters before I had to head off to the airport, but they had some GOOD stuff and an equally cool atmosphere.
Other cool places that we stopped by while we were in Portland:
- Deschutes Brewery: Awesome beer, great food and a fun crowd (we helped a bachelor party knock a few things off their list, ha!)
- Foot Traffic: Cool running store with some fun tees (they have running shirts for every state!)
- Pok Pok: SUCH good food! We waited for about an hour and it was so worth it… authentic Thai (which is REALLY spicy, but I survived)
- Hopworks: Great beer selection and awesome atmosphere (the decor was made from bicycles!)
I would love to spend another day in Portland and explore more of the sights (and breweries). Seriously, such a cool city! Check it out if you can!
Have you ever been to Portland, OR? What did you think?
Would you rather go on a wine tour or a brewery tour?
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