Portland, Oregon was on my U.S. bucket list for a long time. I always saw beautiful pictures of the coast, the street art, donut shops, and the picturesque coffee spots around town. It’s like an Instagrammers heaven, but more so just a gorgeous city with so much character and lots to do! Even with all my high expectations, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did.
A couple days beforehand, I texted my good friend John from high school who recently moved to Portland with his wife, Mazie. He said he had the day off work and offered to show me around the city. It was such a gorgeous day out, which apparently was rare for this time of year. Normally it rains a lot, so I got lucky this day 🙂
We walked around downtown for the first half of the day, checking out Powell’s Book Store, Deschutes Brewery, the Pearl District, etc. All the must-see spots.
John lives just across the river above Good Coffee, one of the places I was dying to try in Portland! It’s a popular spot according to my Instagram feed and I can see why after I tried a couple coffees and lattes (Yes, a couple.. I needed to wake up, ok!!)
We then grabbed their adorable pup Mari and drove around to Division Street, got donuts at Blue Star and stopped in a couple vintage shops. We drove through some gorgeous little neighborhoods with the most beautiful historic homes. I felt like I got one of the best local tours and a true Portland experience! THANK YOU JOHN!
By this time, Mazie was getting off work, so we met her at this little food truck village near their apartment. This place was crazy adorable and so good! Just when I thought nothing could make me fall in love with Portland more!
I cannot wait to go back to Portland and experience it all over again. This city won me over. Thanks, Portland <3