First Impressions of Portland

You know how Portland is one of those cities you’ve known about forever, and wonder if what everyone says is true? (More specifically, you wonder if the ever-hilarious Portlandia is telling it like it is?)

We decided to go to Portland yesterday and see for ourselves. Our spontaneous trip was mostly centered around food, and let me tell you it was a day of good eating: we started with Thai lunch at Pok Pok, then got coffee at the original Stumptown, waited in line at Voodoo Doughnuts (worth the wait, in my humble opinion!), and ended with dinner at ¿Por Que No? Taqueira.

Our very last stop was to grab a take-out cup of Stumptown French Press from one of the awesomest coffee shops we stumbled upon, Albina Press Coffee…our only regret was having to head back home and not spend an hour sitting in the coffee shop at the end of the day.

So what did I see in my short time in Portland? Bikes, beards, converse, bikes, glasses, dogs, plaid shirts, bikes, rivers, graffiti, cute craftsman houses, tattoos, amazing artwork, bright lipstick, bikes, and rain. Did I mention how bike-friendly it is?

We only scratched the surface in our explorations of Portland so we’ll have to plan a trip back soon! Also since it was rainy most of the day we have a lot of outdoor things to do…next time we need to rent bikes.

A special comparison for my friends from back home: Portland felt a lot like Asheville, NC, except bigger. 

2 thoughts on “First Impressions of Portland

  1. Michelle says:

    This is such a great blog. I’ve been reading the blog and checking out these fantastic photos of yours, in my own research effort to see if Seattle might be a place I like. Lo and behold, I just saw this post about Asheville being your hometown??? I am living in Asheville currently, I have been here for 11 years now… just finishing my degree at UNCA and wondering what’s next? I’ve heard Portland is a lot like Asheville. I’m looking for something larger. I’m a crafter too. Very inspiring, your blog – keep on posting! Cheers! M

  2. Yellow Elm says:

    Thanks Michelle! I lived in Greenville, SC for 15 years and spent plenty of that time exploring nearby Asheville…Asheville is one of my favorite southern cities :) Seattle is awesome! It has a great personality and there is so much to do — you can go from the city to the mountains really fast, take a weekend trip to Portland or Canada, ski/snowshoe, go to the ocean, ride a ferry, etc. Living here has been a fantastic experience.

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