The second part of the road trip down to Portland took us to the rose city itself. We arrived at our destination, the Ace Hotel after a long day of beach hoping.
The hotel was super funky, and the staff very friendly. It's situated downtown Portland, in the heart of the city, and only a block away from the the Pearl District. The location was great, within walking distance to a lot of places, including some great cafe's and restaurants.
Our first night we took it easy and went out for a quick bite to eat. We had done some research before hand on some great places to go, but the first night we winged it. Which can sometimes be great, but in our case, it wasn't. We ended up going to a pub with the worst service I have ever experienced! But you know what, it made the rest of our dining experiences amazing.
The next day we ventured out into the city, had some extremely tasty breakfast over at Bijou cafe. I had the cauliflower and black kale hash with sheep milk feta. Any time I ever see sheep milk or goat cheese on a menu I always have to try it, I never get to eat any dairy otherwise.
Then, we bused over to 23rd street, a shopping district. We shopped, drank, and ate some delicious happy hour appys. One great stop was the Huckleberry Pub, where I got to enjoy their 'I'm Your Huckleberry' cocktail. It was excellent! When I was young we used to have heaps of huckleberry bushes around our house and I would eat them all up every summer, therefore I just had to try it.
That night we went for a late happy hour and early dinner at Clyde Common, the restaurant below our hotel. We had all heard amazing things about this place, and boy were they true. The food was absolutely delicious. However, I was still recovering from my two week ear infection, and still on a low dose of antibiotics, so I had to call my night early and head in after dinner. But that was alright, I had had a very full day out in the city, and didn't mind some alone time.
On our second day we made our way over to South East, a boutique and vintage shopping district. My number one awesome score of the day, a Pendleton Wool bag - the only thing wrong is the strap, good thing I know someone who sews leather. It was another great day full of shopping, food, and drinks. But by the end of it, our feet were tired and we were all ready to head back to the hotel to freshen up and go out again. It was a full trip.
Let me just point out that three nights and two days are not sufficient time to spend in a city like Portland. There was still so much that I didn't get a chance to see, let alone go to many restaurants that I had been recommended to check out. On our last day my friends wanted to check out more of the Pearl District, and I really wanted to explore this rose garden I had heard so much about. But not before I got a chance to fill up on coffee at Stumptown, the coffee shop below the hotel. I ended up bringing two bags of beans back and a travel mug - must be good coffee.
The rose garden was beautiful. There were seriously rows and rows of roses. My camera got a lot of use out of this part of the trip. It might have been a good thing that I was alone - I got a chance to take a lot of photos without feeling bad that I'm taking too long.
Then I had some time before I had to meet my friends, so I wondered on over to the zoo up the hill. I have mixed feelings about zoo's, but it was still an interesting experience.
The trip back was still full of laughs and an exceptionally packed up vehicle. We hit some heavy traffic on our way back through Seattle, which made our five hour drive into more of a seven hour drive. We still made the ferry home to Salt Spring... but once we boarded we were told there was a malfunction with the ferry engine and we waited docked for two and a half hours before departing. Which made our three hour ferry ride, into a five hour one. We ended up playing the entire deck of Cards Against Humanity, and drank a lot of tea. So it took a while to get home, but we got home, and we were all happy to see our boyfriends again.