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Life of a Portlander

If this is the first time you’re reading about my travels, you need to go back to this trip, so you can understand why my friends and I get together once or twice a year and travel to a new place. If you want to learn a few tips and tricks on how we do it, our budget, and the planning process you can visit @ourtravelersguide on Instagram or ourtravelersguide website for more details.

Earlier this year, we decided we were going to do a road trip, but we knew we wanted to fly somewhere as well. None of us had been to the Pacific Northwest in America, and after exploring the internet and Instagram scouting locations to visit we were certain Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver (being that they are only 2 hours away from each other) were the pick.

The Pacific Northwest is always cold. No matter what time of the year, sweaters and snow gear are going to be part of your travel attire. We weren’t picky when it came to choosing a time of the year to visit, we knew November was perfect – It was cold enough to layer up, but comfortable to hike and climb. We only had about 5 days to visit all 3 cities.
Insane!! I know. We started from Portland, but if you want to do the same trip, you can start from Vancouver and drive your way down to Portland. We decided Portland worked best for us, so we flew in to PDX and did a day in the life of a Portlander – being that it’s such a small city, no extra days were needed to check out local favorites.

I was so excited to wear my new crop top by Goners Workshop. You can purchase my crop top and others by visiting their website here. I am loving all their apparel right now. My shirt, although you can’t see it very well in this picture, says “gone trippin,” cute right?

 I have a fascination with sunrise airplane photos. If you ever catch one, tag me.

I always tell my friends not to be weirded out by my consistency of candids.

You know how obsessed I am with my Superstars. I am actually tempted to get them all in every color. If you’re interested, you can purchase them here. They really go well with every single outfit. I am also wearing an Adidas hoodie and Yoga pants. The black fur coat is from H&M. The photobomb was extra, he even smiled!!!

 Quick stop in Houston, Texas.

Seeing this Old Portland sign made me so happy. It’s like, YAS WE ARE HERE!

No lie, this luggage has gone around the world with me this year.

I saw this picture in my head, and it’s not like me not to capture it.

They made this trip remarkable. Imagine a vacation with your girl friends and sharing EVERYTHING. 

We walked around Pearl District, Chinatown, most of Downtown Portland. We ate at this delicious burger spot called The Original Dinerant. We got very lucky since they only take you by reservations.

I loved our stay at the Hilton Portland, I mean look at this view. I am not the girl for fancy hotels, but it was fair for the location. 

I would pay for the view any day.

I was lovinnnng it!

So many oranges, yellows, and reds…

Miami is infamous for their Wynwood Walls, but what a lot of people fail to know is that they originated from Portland. Miami does kick some serious business in their art, but I did admire Portland for being number one. These streets are called Alberta Art District. If you are ever in for a visit, stop by Salt & Straw for some homemade ice cream. 

This was our guy, we always tag our rental car in all our photos. You can check them out here and here (San Fran to LA trip)

This is a super famous bridge in Portland. Don’t even ask me why okay? it just is. Portland is the city of bridges and this one is the special one. St. Johns Bridge is this famous.

We did a little climb to get to this side. It was pretty cool seeing it from this angle. This secret spot is inside Forest Park in Portland.
Double posting with the travel crew.

We finished our night by heading over to Portland City Grill. It has the entire Portland skyline wherever you are seated. The food was delicious. If you’re ever in town, check this place out.

Vampires for the night

THE NEXT DAY….

We woke up super early to try out the famous Voodoo Doughnuts and it was so disappointing to know that they wouldn’t open the door for us an hour before they open regularly, even after I told them we flew miles to just try them out. If you’re lucky, let me know how they taste.
We did get very lucky that Blue Star was opened, they’re actually rated #1 in Portland and I give them a huge thumps up!
They had this dark chocolate donut covered in almonds that was to die for. 

BUT IN THE END, UNTIL NEXT TIME PDX!

On our way to Seattle when this picture was taken. Exiting portland in yet.. another bridge.