24 hours in portland
If I had to describe Portland I would have to say:
With health and fitness in mind when I travel....well coffee in mind too...I always seek out the best vegan spots to eat, favorite artisanal coffee shops and activities that will keep you culturally in the scene as well as some fun ways to get your exercise in. So if I had one full day in Portland and couldn't miss a beat this is what I would do.
Upon landing head straight to Alberta street. Its close to the airport and reminds me of Haight St. in San Francisco. Its Portland's art district and the street shops are lined with unique businesses, incredible art and flavorful people.
We dropped into Barista which is my favorite coffee shop in Portland. Their flagship store is in the Pearl district but the Alberta store is laid out for some good book reading. They roast their own beans but they also serve exceptional coffee from other roasters which is a cool concept. Along the road you have three options that I think are quite unique to Portland.
Additional spots to try:
From here I would grab your hiking boots and prepared to get dirty. Because lets face it....mother nature in Portland is pretty incredible...I mean look at it!
Angels rest is one of my favorite hikes because its moderately challenging and a quick 5 miles. You incline up to the top to this view overlooking the Colombia River Gorge. Along the summit you will find hidden waterfalls and at the top a striking 270 degree view. Looking over the river at top gives you the perspective that you are overlooking the river on-top of a balcony. Allow for 2 hours tops for this hike and a nice 600 calorie burn....thats one voo-doo doughnut.
Now for all the tourists you have to check Multnomah falls. Multnomah Falls is a waterfall on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge...pictures speak for itself.
If you can brave the freezing cold water of the Columbia River Gorge. This amazing 1-mile hike will lead you through a breathtaking moss-covered canyon all the way to a majestic, secluded Oneonta Falls. The Oneonta Gorge Hike will take you on an epic, unforgettable adventure. You’ll walk along a creek, scramble over fallen logs, and wade through a crystal clear stream before reaching the gorgeous waterfall at the end. Wetsuit would be preferred...not even kidding.
eat. again. because of hike duh.
If you didn't pack a snack...which check out this all raw veggie sandwich I found at New Seasons market. Nothing is cooked and the bread is made out of walnuts, dates and zucchini!
At this point you must be STARVING! And since you just hiked multiple places and you would want to keep on the fitness bandwagon. Fresh conscious cuisine is what Harlow in Hawthorne boasts about. This place serves up everything healthy and good for your soul. The whole menu is pretty spectacular but one thing that stood out to me is their turmeric latte that consists of : turmeric, honey & vanilla steamed with coconut milk & topped with bee pollen. For a main meal all of their bowls are filling and delicious. Such as their Urban bowl which consists of mixed greens, steamed greens, olive oil, kimchi, sea vegetables, avocado, carrots, scallions, sunflower seeds & za’atar.
From there head into the city of bridges and cross over one of the iconic bridges of Portland to see the downtown. Did you know their are 12 bridges in Porltand?! St. Johns in North Portland is in my opinion the prettiest gothic suspension bridge. Now you are in downtown Portland so here is your checklist of things to see and do:
Just another girl who is trying to inspire others. Passionate about health and fitness. And a love of coffee and peanut butter.