This is mostly just a post with pictures of donuts and the great outdoors/trees. Which is exactly the two words I would choose to describe Portland- donuts and trees.
Guess who’s done with graduate school! That’s right. Done with school forever and ever. With school out of the way, I can now focus on my favorite things, travelling & food. I was going to post about my trip to Panama, mostly because I don’t want to forget about all of the cool things I saw and places we got to explore. However, I went to check out the pictures on my laptop and realized I never posted the pictures from my Portland trip. Order of operations, so here we go.
Cannon Beach & Western Oregon:
The number one thing on my Portland list was to see Cannon Beach. I rented a car and left Portland early in the morning. It took me about an hour and a half to reach the coast. The ride out there was really neat, I got to see how vital the logging industry is to Oregon’s economy and how much of it is rooted in this states history. There were logging operators scattered throughout the forest all along the way. The highways in Oregon are beautiful. They are all lined by thick forests on each side which made for a really nice ride when combined with coffee and some tunes.
When you arrive, Cannon Beach is just like every other little, sleepy beach town. It was the off season but there was acute little coffee shop opened so I of course got yet another cup of coffee. Are you guys seeing a theme here?
Goonies never say die! This is in front of the famous Haystack Rock. I strolled along the coast for a few hours and would totally go back. I highly recommend this spot. Before getting back in the car I stopped at this tiny beach front bar for a glass of wine. Sipping wine on the beach is one of my favorite activities so calling it a day was not easy, but I had to be spry for the ride back to the city. If I ever make it back here, I would rent a room at one of the beach front inns and make a weekend of it.
Lets move on to the food portion of this blog post. DONUTS. Now, there is a big debate among the people of Portland, VooDoo Donuts or Blue Star? I am here to tell you the correct and only answer: Blue Star. And here is why- they make everything from scratch, all of the toppings, all of the icing, everything! Voodoo was good too but it didn’t touch Blue Star. For VooDoo donuts think crazy color icing, captain crunch topped donuts- still good but not really my thing. However, VooDoo has such a cult following that the flight attendant on my flight back to Baltimore offered me free drinks for the entire flight if I gave him my box of VooDoo donuts (I was bringing them back for the friend who was picking me up from the airport.)
Blue Star’s blueberry basil donut. Aka, the best donut of the trip. This photo was also taken on “National Donut Day” – coincidence? I think not. Other spots to note are Lardo, a small whole hog butchery with fantastic sandwiches and Salt & Straw Ice Cream, a cute little spot making all of their ice cream from local ingredients.
When not stuffing my face, I also hit up a couple of other spots in Portland. My favorites were Powell’s Books, the world’s largest independent book store and Forest Park. Forest Park is a public municipal park in the Tualatin Mountains west of downtown Portland, I was able to spend an entire day hiking here and I didn’t even have to leave the city.
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge:
I ended my time in Oregon with a day trip out to the Columbia River Gorge. I visited Multnomah Falls and spent the day hiking around this gorgeous waterfall. It’s over 600 feet high!
I enjoyed the Pacific Northwest, but I definitely don’t think I could live there. It’s too cold and it’s crawling with hipsters. That being said- it’s a great place to visit!
Stay: Air BnB
See: Forest Park, Cannon Beach, Powell’s Books, Food Truck Park, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls