I love Portland OR. I visited when I was young with the family but our trips were restricted to Beaverton or Milwaukee. I went back last year with a good friend and saw things like -
the Japanese Garden and
And ate things here. It was a whirlwind weekend with so much to do and not a lot of time but I felt like I saw the touristy things in Portland.
But I returned this year after my trip to Maine. I even had a crazy experience getting from Portland, Maine to Portland, OR which involved a crazy storm, a $200 taxi ride to Boston, and Jet Blue employees who guaranteed a life long love for that airline. I arrived in Portland around midnight and checked in at the Ace Hotel.
I heard so much about this hotel and thought "ok" when I arrived in the lobby. But it was walking into my room that gave me chills (the good kind).
This was all I needed to see. But then I saw the record player with albums and a dream shower and a robe that was the robe I've been looking for my entire adult life. I used to search for softness thinking cashmere was the best but then I realized that wasn't what I wanted. It was when I saw a robe that was like a perfect sweatshirt that I knew I had found the one.
It's made by Wings + Horn. I bought it and when I wear this robe, it is with a sense of complete satisfaction. I found the perfect robe at one of my favorite hotels.
Other things I like in Portland -
Tasty n Sons - my friend swore it was the best hamburger that he had ever eaten. I loved the griddled bacon wrapped dates and the Moroccan Chicken Hash. This is a restaurant where I want to try every single thing on the menu.
Little Bird Bistro - I ate alone at the bar and was completely content with the food and the bartender.
Cacao - an amazing chocolate shop where the owner and I chatted about chocolate for an hour. He gave me lots of tastings and I was able to learn so much about chocolate - how it's made and different US makers.
Canoe - a store full of things I want to buy like Heath ceramics and this coat rack.