Alright, so I was lucky enough to explore and stay near different parts of Portland during my 11 days there. In Portland: Part I, I talked about my time mainly in the east side. This post will be able the west side. After a week on the east side, I moved over to the NW. Grant and I stayed at the Ace Hotel for one night, just cause I wanted to check it out.
The Ace Hotel was in a nice central area in downtown Portland, with lots of fun shops to explore. Their lobby is nice to hang out in especially when it's hot and humid out. I love their black and white photo booth. I want to own my own black and white photo booth one day.
The hallways and rooms felt like army-like. It had all the amenities we needed including Have'a Corn Chips and MALIN+GOETZ bath products.
In the morning we went to have their all you can eat breakfast. It's not what I imagined the room to look like. It's quite small and dark, but there were tasty cured meats and various pickled veggies, oatmeal, and more. After we had breakfast, we checked out and headed to our AirBnB.
We got an AirBnB in the Pearl District. We booked it a while back and didn't know what to expect. It's definitely still developing over there. There's a ton of construction. I don't think there is the charm that the rest of the city has though, just big, modern, apartment buildings. If we were to go back to Portland, I would not stay over there.
I spent the next day exploring downtown.
My favorite places in the NE were:
Grassa - delicious handmade pastas. My favorite was dish was the Carbonara.
Powell's City of Books - large book store.
Nong's Khao Man Gai - Khao Man Gai is one of my favorite Thai dishes, and this place makes it really well. They even wrap the food in paper like they do it Thailand!
Ground Kontrol - classic arcade games, pinball machines, and a bar.
Stumptown - I like their cold brew on nitro.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. - I love their online store and now their brick and mortar as well! I wanted everything.
Blue Star Donuts - tasty donuts. Out of the ones I tried, my favorite was the lemon poppy. I recommend a cup of milk with your donut. They're quite rich.
Animal Traffic - men's and women's clothing and accessories with friendly staff.[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"] Blue Star Donuts[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"] Khao Man Gai from Nong's Khao Man Gai[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"] Carbonara at Grassa[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2500.0"] Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.[/caption]
I didn't really have much time to explore the SW, but I did get to go to the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden. The Rose Garden is free to explore, but you have to pay to get into the Japanese Garden. I thought that it was totally worth it. The Japanese Garden is beautiful, and if you go during a tour I would recommend taking it.
Anyways, besides the conference and just exploring Portland, I went for a friend's wedding. It was a lovely wedding, and I was happy that I could be there. Congrats Adam & Alyssa!
Portland was a lot of fun to explore. I don't know if I see myself living there, but I will definitely visit again. Until next time Portland!