A WEEKEND IN PORTLAND, OREGON
Portland always been a place I wanted to visit known for being very green, having a concentration of super weird-creative-interesting people, a vibrant music scene, delicious Pinot Noir and food.
First thing I noticed after stopping there for a weekend - the city is urban but doesn't have that big-city feel. You can walk anywhere, take very easily public transportations (big change after LA), find so many parks and cute little neighborhoods. Second of all: I never seen that many coffee shops, drunk such good coffee and seen that many tattooed baristas. It really made think of the vibe you can get in east Berlin - young, easy going and just cool.
Portland is like this enchanting bubble where time seems to stop, even if it's becoming less of a secret as a destination I would recommend for any traveller looking for something different in the USA.
Go walk around the beautiful International Rose Test Garden. It is an enchanting place, which was born almost a century ago when a farsighted citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose test garden during World War I to preserve the species of European roses that might be decimated by the bombings.
Put your hiking shoes on and go explore the Columbia River Gorge.
From the middle of town to the beginning of the protected Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area can take as little as 20 minutes. Once in, get off the freeway and slow down. There are plenty of waterfalls, great hikes of all difficulty levels and a pretty incredible scenery!
Where to stay?
We chose the trendy Jupiter Hotel in the heart of Portland's popular central Eastside District. The Jupiter is at the image of the hip Portland city. We got to stay in the famous Metro room, very spacious and uniquely designed. If you are in Portland to party, you will love the vibe there, the hotel has a great bar, restaurant, live music, art gallery and much more to entertain you all night long! If you arrive there pretty tired after a long day of being on the road, as we were, no worries you can ask the front desk for more chill rooms, which are away from the lobby.