My apologies for the delay between posts… I’ve been doing silly things…. like working.
Let’s move on to day 2 of Oregon, shall we?
We ventured back up to Portland! After a lovely drive, we wound up near PSU to drop the rental car off. We were decked out in UM gear in honor of the first game of the seasons, and some PSU football players passed by us. Their reaction was pretty priceless.
“The _? What are they doing here??”
Psyching you out, apparently! Good times.
From there we caught a bus down to Portland kayak (the bus driver was the only rude person we encountered in our entire trip) and went in and asked for a tandem kayak
Which they were out of.
So I rowed my own kayak!!! And I didn’t fall out 🙂 I was very proud of myself.
It was a GORGEOUS freaking day…
Stopped off to eat our lunch that we’d grabbed at Zupans, one of the few grocery stores we saw while in Portland.
It was tasty, but pretty expensive.
We kayaked for about 2 hours total; went around Ross Island and back. It was pretty tiring, but super fun as well.
Then we caught public transit up to our hotel. Public transit in Portland is AMAZING. Between all the bike paths, signs for biking, bus/train options etc., it is my paradise.
Our hotel was really cool…
The White Eagle used to be a brothel and is supposedly haunted by dead whores… we didn’t encounter any, to my knowledge. It was still really cool. It’s one of the many hotels owned by McMenamins, and is also across the street from Widmer Brother’s Brewery. I didn’t drink beer from either place since I’ve recently accepted my intolerance to all things gluten and knew I would be eating pancakes and voodoo doughnuts the next day…
Instead, we went on a walk up to the Mississippi Ave district…
There was a cool furniture place that had recycled materials, an awesome coffee store where you could roast your own beans that we opted to get a cheese making from kit instead, some cool clothing shops, cute coffee shops (tried Stumptown for the first time… yum!) and finally: The Liberty Glass
It was a really cool (cash only) bar in a house with a very nice bartender. I got the house pear kombucha with vodka, which was really delicious and refreshing. The boy got some rootbeer something (?) that actually tasted quite a bit like rootbeer. And no sales tax got us out of there for 9 bucks!
Then we hurried back to the hotel so we could get fancy for dinner…
The boy got some drinks from downstairs while I was finishing up. I tried the McMenamin’s hard cider while I curled my hair and listened to Bill Burr.
Dinner was at Paley’s Place, and even though they didn’t have lamb like they were supposed to, we made do with:
Chef’s Pick Cheese Plate
and the Chocolate Confections, which they brought out with a candle while the boy half-sang me happy birthday 🙂
It was all good, but SUPER snobby, which made me feel like a little kid and I liked that…
Oh, and the chef won Iron Chef! Cool, right?!
After that, we had a SECOND dessert at Papa Haydn because I NEEDED a slice of cake. Obviously. We got the chocolate truffle cake and it was INSANELY good. White, dark AND milk chocolate mousses between layers of fluffy cake…. yum! I had it with some decaf coffee, which they were VERY on top of keeping filled at all times…
And they were nice enough to call us a cab so we could get over to the Secret Society Lounge!
It was really cool and definitely embodies the name. They’re known for their absinthe, but I went with a Blood and Sand as I preferred to remember my birthday, but it was still a good choice!
After our drink in the swanky lounge, we had a lovely walk back to the White Eagle where we had a couple more drinks, and I met my favorite bartender ever. The boy told me I even told her I loved her. I’m guessing I was just projecting. I plea the 5th 😉
I had the Kentucky Coffee and the Penney’s Sidewalk; both delish!
Then we went upstairs.
And went straight to bed 😉
Stay tuned for the last day’s adventures!
(my apologies for the lack of food pictures… it was really dark in these places!)