Portland, OR Day 1

Trying to decide where to go on a mini-vacation wasn’t too hard. Portland is only about a 5 hour drive from home and neither of us has been here. We rolled into our hotel at around 4:30pm and, just our luck, it started to rain! BLAH. After a bit of downtime while checking out maps of downtown Portland and the surrounding areas we decided to head out.

The rain provided me with the chance to visit the #1 place on my list of places to go…Powell’s Books!A bookstore that needs a MAP! That’s my idea of Heaven. Powell’s City of Books covers an entire city block and sells games, stationary, souvenirs and the like in addition to all the glorious new and used books! There is also a coffee bar where you are able to browse through books. If I lived here I would probably spend A LOT of time there. If you haven’t been, visiting Powell’s is a MUST!

Starbucks was across the street and there was no time like the present to purchase the newest addition to my collection! I already have Portland so I added Oregon.

By now we were absolutely starving so it was off to visit #2 on my list…Deschutes Brewery.

We decided to start with the Brewer’s Choice Tasting featuring six different beers. I really only enjoyed two out of six but that’s fairly typical for me as I really only enjoy lighter beers.

After some serious menu deliberation we decided on Steak Frites and Spicy Chicken and Waffle for our entrees. Both were delicious. 

As day 1 came to a close we headed back to our hotel in hopes of better weather for the next couple days!

Check out my Day 2 post HERE!
Check out my Day 3 post HERE!

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