Last month, we opened our newest BHLDN shop in Portland within a 25,000 square foot Anthropologie. Whether you’re visiting for a weekend or for an entire week, here are our recommendations to help you make the most of your stay.
Where to Sleep:
Two of our favorite hotels are also pet-friendly: the modern boutique Hotel Lucia downtown, and the glamorous Hotel deLuxe, which has been serving signature champagne cocktails at their Driftwood Bar since the 1950s. The most iconic is the Heathman Hotel, a luxurious gem that boasts incredibly comfortable beds (they have three mattress options to choose from). With an extensive library and art collection, you may never want to leave. Even if you don’t sleep here, do come for a proper high tea; finger sandwiches and scones included.
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Where to Eat:
Portland’s food scene is one of the best in the country. With a restaurant list as extensive as theirs, we broke it down by meal because if you’re like us, that’s the only way to plan a trip.
Breakfast & Brunch
Start off the day with a Dirty Wu donut laced with nutella, honey and cinnamon, and a housemade chai flight from Pip’s Original Donuts & Chai shop or their retro-hip mobile van. For a gourmet bite, Blue Star Donuts uses a rich, French brioche base to create our favorite-the apple fritter. Mothers Bistro puts a local spin on brunch classics, like their Wild Salmon Hash, and Tasty n Alder makes our preferred Bloody Mary in town. Order their Radicchio Salad with a six-minute egg to start.
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There’s no doubt you’ve heard of the Portland food cart scene. We love Nong’s Khao Mon Gai, not because the chef won Food Network’s Chopped in 2014, but because he’s honed his Thai chicken and rice recipe to perfection. To savor nine of Portland’s most exciting restaurants under one roof, check out Pine Street Market, a new-fashioned food court. Go to Wizbang Bar for some fancy soft-serve, like Roasted Strawberry Coconut or Vanilla with a Black Truffle White Chocolate Shell.
For homemade pasta, the quaint Luce offers their specialty pasta in half or full portions. We say order two halves for taste-testing purposes and nibble on their antipasti while you wait. Try Måurice Luncheonette for a French lunch you want to linger over-their housemade pastries are hard to resist.
For small plates and shared bites, Trifecta has a cozy vibe and Navarre features farm-to-table European cuisine. Ava Genes, ranked America’s #5 restaurant by Bon Appetit in 2013, is our Italian go-to while Kachka offers some serious Russian fare. Voted best restaurant in Portland in 2014, they make a savory sour cherry dumpling (aka vareniki) we wish we knew how to recreate at home.
If you’re looking to keep things local, make a reservation at Irving Street Kitchen, where the chef whips up beautiful dishes with ingredients from nearby farms. Plus, they have the best butterscotch pudding we’ve tasted.
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For something small to satisfy that sweet tooth (and inner kid), check out Quin Candy where all confections are made from natural, local ingredients. We promise you’ll love the blackberry and tangerine gumdrops. Salt & Straw specializes in hard ice cream that highlights Oregon ingredients. Try their olive oil flavor made with local Arbequina olive oil or their seasonal flavors, like Portland Creamery’s Goat Cheese Ice Cream mixed with marionberry and habanero. Venture to Papa Haydn for their Boccone Dolce, a heavenly cake of meringue, chocolate, and fruit.
image: multnomah whiskey library
Where to Drink:
Now nationally known, Stumptown Coffee is a hometown favorite. Extracto roasts espresso in-house from single-origin beans, but if you love a latte, go to Barista and order their vanilla version.
In the evening, stop by one of the city’s swanky bars. From globally-inspired drinks and the rooftop view at Departure, to a collection of spirits and hard-to-find liquors at Multnomah Whiskey Library, there are options for all who imbibe.
Where to Shop:
Be sure to check out our BHLDN shop in Anthropologie. Did we tell you it has a shoe shop with over 300 pairs?! Oblation Papers & Press is a must-visit if you’re in need of wedding invitation inspiration; a 19th century print shop turned stationery store, it features fine paper, journals and pens, and fancy French wax seals for thoughtful gifting.
The owners of Little Otsu have curated a selection of fun paper products you can’t find anywhere else. Shopping for a foodie-friend? Stop by The Meadow for specialty chocolates, fancy salts, and eclectic bitters. They have a chocolate library if you need any more enticing.
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What to Do:
An expansive urban park with over fifteen miles of trails, Washington Park has something for everyone. Featuring a zoo, rose garden, archery range, and Japanese garden, you could easily spend all day there. There are options to cater to every member of your family. If your children are just dying to try archery, then make sure you look for the best recurve bows that can help with this type of activity before traveling. It will help to give them the best experience possible, and as a result, they may continue with it when you get home. If you or your child haven’t tried archery before and you want to make sure they stay safe, take a look at this archery guide on campingfunzone.com because the more you know about the sport, the better you can keep your kid safe. The archery range will obviously have trained instructors but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Whilst they’re doing that, you can take a stroll around the rose garden to relax your mind. Whatever you decide to do though, you won’t be short of choice. Perhaps you could find an open space and try out AirSoft, especially if you’re into exploring more weaponry-based activities after archery. If you’re trying to find equipment for this, you may want to check out Gas bb guns for more power in your playing. Once you’ve sorted out your gear, grab a group of friends, find somewhere to go, and start having some fun! Pittock Mansion, a French Renaissance-style château built in 1909, has one of the most spectacular views of the city. Pedal Bike Tours and Portland Bicycle Tours, offer Portland bridge tours with a local guide that will teach you all you need to know about the city. You must have fallen in love by now? So why not move on down, set up a business, get some help from some Portland SEO Experts, and reap the rewards of living in this gorgeous city.
If it’s raining, peruse the Portland Art Museum (the oldest on the West Coast!), or relax at one of our favorite spas. Löyly offers a unique and affordable communal Scandinavian spa experience, and Dosha specializes in private spa experiences.
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We highly recommend you venture out of the city if you can. Take the scenic route along the Oregon coast to snap photos in picturesque towns or visit one of the Willamette Valley wineries, like The Four Graces in Dundee and Sokol Blosser in Dayton, to taste some of Oregon’s finest. The Hood River Fruit Loop is one of our favorite summer adventures. Drive the loop, stopping to pick fruit from the nearby orchards. Quench your thirst by touring the local breweries along the route.