Last weekend I met up with some of my best girlfriends in Portland, Oregon. You see, we're all turning 30 this year and we decided that we absolutely had to get together for some fun.Let me tell you: fun times were had. We pretty much ate, drank and danced our way through the city. We went on a weekend during Portland's Rose Festival, which was awesome. These folks know how to throw a party.
I didn't take a ton of pictures with my camera, but ol' reliable (aka: my iPhone) came through like a champ. I, of course, edited the photos using Instagram (@JenSnyder, if you're interested). I'm calling it the lazy girl's photo edit.
We stayed at the Ace Hotel, which was just as hip and quirky as you'd expect it to be:
As I mentioned, we ate and drank a lot. If I were to make a food and drink roster of the weekend, it would look a little like this:
- Henry's Tavern: Amazing beer list and delicious food
- Ringlers Annex: Fun little location. Good drinks.
- Stumptown Coffee Roasters: A necessity. Period.
- Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Expensive drinks, but tasty food.
- Moonstruck Chocolate Co: Dreamy. Just dreamy.
- Clyde Common: The bartenders are hilarious. Also, the daily punch means business.
- Marrakesh: Such a fun experience and the food was wonderful.
- Aura: Dancing. Lots of it. The bartenders will cut you off. Trust us.
- The Roxy: Cute 24-hour diner that pretty much saved our lives at 2 a.m.
- Brunch Box: Food truck food at its best.
- Saturday Market: Yes, we ate and drank at the market...we bought stuff too, don't worry.
- Portland City Grill: Best view of the city.
- The Barrel Room: More dancing, dueling pianos and pretty good food.
- Voodoo Doughnut: I'm sure I don't have to tell you how delicious the doughnuts are.
In real life, it looked bit like this:
The Rose Festival action was in full swing on our last day there:
We caught a drag show at Darcell's, which I highly recommend if you're in the area. So fun:
And we definitely caught a glimpse of Portland's weird side:
The above picture captured a little street art we found across from Powell's Books at the end of the night. Oh, Portland...
Overall, the trip was...well...amazing. I was in a bit of a food and drink coma the whole trip, but having my girls together was so worth it.
Anyone else spend time in Portland recently? How was it?
I'm already looking forward my next visit. I feel like there's so much more to see!
Happy Thursday, all!
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