The weekend started off a bit rocky, but in the end, we had a wonderful getaway to Portland for my husband’s birthday. I had been there once before, but this was his first trip.
Originally, we were supposed to take the Coast Starlight train from San Jose, CA up to Portland, but after several hours of delays, we decided to cancel the train tickets and book a flight. In the end, the train didn’t arrive until 7 hours after it was originally scheduled to, so we would have missed over half a day of Portland fun! We may try to do the train again someday, however, as it is supposed to be one of the most scenic train rides in the country.
Now to Portland. We arrived at PDX in the early afternoon on Friday. After dropping our bags off at the hotel, the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, our next stop was lunch at Stacked Sandwich Shop. Everything on the menu looked great, but the Polpetta sandwich I had was absolutely delicious. It’s a pork and water buffalo meatball hoagie, and I highly recommend it.
I don’t want to gloss over the hotel, so let me tell you a little about the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. The place embodied Portland’s charm with it’s unique, colorful, and quirky decor. Our room was wallpapered floor to ceiling with birds. The furnishings were cozy and comfy. And the location was perfectly walkable to almost everything we wanted to do.
Saturday morning, we started the day by meeting a couple of local friends for brunch at Cheryl’s on 12th. It was a 15 minute walk from the hotel, and there was only about a 20 minute wait, which wasn’t bad considering how crowded it was. The food was delicious. There didn’t look to be a bad option on the menu. I had a mimosa and the pancakes with lemon curd, blueberries, and whipped cream.
After that, we wanted to find something off the beaten track. Our friend remembered hearing about a Peculiarium. It was $5 per person admission, which is about what it was worth. It was very small, but fun. I don’t even know how to describe it. Just look at the pictures below.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Portland without some beer tasting. Our next stop was Basecamp Brewing Company. The beer was pretty good, and the atmosphere felt like you really were in a basecamp. I particularly liked the S’more Stout, which comes with a toasted marshmallow. There were food trucks outside the tasting room, as well. We didn’t get food, but it all smelled delicious.
Next up was dinner. We walked around for a bit, but everywhere had a pretty long wait. Then we came across Lardo and my husband and I both got the burger. There is no way this was even remotely healthy, but man was it tasty!
We did not rent a car because everything was so walkable and there is a big Uber/Lyft presence in Portland.
We packed a lot into a three day weekend, and still feel that there is so much for Portland to offer. We will have to go back in the spring or summer sometime to enjoy more of the outdoor activities the area is known for.