We just got back from a trip to Portland, OR with Griffin…March isn’t the best month to visit, but we did get one *beautiful* day of sunshine.
One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning in Portland is going for a hike and brunching in the NW part of the city. There are miles and miles of hiking trails available in Forest Park. For best access, try heading up Thurman St. You’ll hit the end of the road, then walk up an old stone fire road with trails splitting off to the left. Great views through the trees off to the right of the Willamette River and the Portland Shipyard.
After hiking, I’m usually ravenous. Portland is a foodie’s dream city and there are plenty of places to brunch in NW. My two favorite are Stepping Stone Cafe and Industrial Cafe. There’s usually a humongous line outside of Stepping Stone, so get there early and put your name on the clipboard outside.If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, order the mancakes…they were featured on Man vs Food and are huge!
Industrial Cafe doesn’t draw quite the same crowds, so it’s easier to find a seat. It’s hard to go wrong with an order, but I specifically recommend the cheese grits and the gingerbread pancakes.
After brunch, wander down NW 23rd for some local boutique shopping. My favorite store is Ellington Handbags. Beautifully handcrafted bags that are well-designed and durable. They just moved locations, so stop inside and say hello!