It’s been hot out in here in California, 106 degrees to be exact which seemed like the perfect time to get outta dodge! Michael and I took our yearly trip up to Portland Oregon for 4 days. Portland if you haven’t been before is on the northern coast of Oregon and is one of our favorite cities to visit. Plus the weather was a cool 80 degrees all weekend and we were happy to get some cool weather.
We rented a car and drove up the I-5. Travel time is about eight to nine hours depending on how fast you drive but we made it up in about nine. We spent most of our time in downtown Portland which has some of the prettiest architecture. Everywhere you look, there is a mixture of texture and materials with each building. One is marble, one is brick, one is a smooth steel. The composition of different buildings makes for a scenic and memeorable area.
We of course ate at many wonderful restaurants but our favorite was right in downtown Portland called Thai Peacock. If you love curry and drunken noodles, this quaint little place has a cool trendy vibe with the comfort of Thai roots.
A little walk two blocks away, we walked for dessert at the famous VooDoo Doughnuts. There is nothing like it! Voodoo Doughnuts has some of the most innovative and beautiful looking doughnuts out there. Pictured is the Dirt doughnut which is a vegan doughnut with vanilla frosting and Oreo cookies. The other doughnut is the Grape Ape with vanilla frosting, grape dust, and purple sprinkles. Rich is an understatement to describe these. works of art. You’ll just have to taste them for yourself!
One of the coolest places we went was the famous books store Powell’s Books. I’ve been wanting to come here since forever because I heard it was one of the biggest book stores you could imagine and the hype lived up to it. This place was five floors with rows and rows and rows of books. So many many books, more than I could have dreamed. At a point I felt overwhelmed because I had no idea where to start. There was something so inspiring about this book store. It was quiet in certain areas and filled with excitement in others. On the top floor was a little coffee shop where a slam poetry performance was being held. We stopped and listened as speaker after speaker poured out their hearts through their art. Michael and I strolled the isles dreaming about the library we wanted to have in our house and we could have honestly spent hours there. Of course we had to buy a book and Michael bought me Hustle, Believe, Achieve by Sarah Centrella and I can’t wait to crack it open!
We stayed in Portland for the next couple days and we made sure to put our phones away and be present. The first day was our day to document what we did, but the reason we got away was to spend quality, uninterrupted, one-on-one time together. I think in the times we live in, it’s easy to have your phone out constantly recording what you’re doing then obsessing over the way a photo looks or how it performs on your social media. Yes we love using social media but there is nothing better than silencing your phone, putting it away, and connecting with your partner or spouse. This was a great chance for us to reconnect, dream, vision cast, and plan for our future. Once you get back, we can running out of the gates refreshed and ready to continue building our future. Was this trip worth it, you bet it was!