Why not Portland?
Kim and I were both on the holiday break this week, and we knew we would need to get out of the house at some point. “Portland or Bellingham?” I offered. Both are around 3 hours away, (Bellingham a little less). We’d pack into the Black Pearl, my Scion IQ and just go down for lunch and shopping then return in time for a little time with our sweethearts.
She chose Portland and who can blame her? Portland is like Seattle’s eclectic little sister. The food is fantastic, there is great shopping, parking is easy. The problem with Portland is that there is always just a little more that we want to see, another shop we would like to get to too, another hour we’d like to spend there.
A quick trip
With no time to catch up with friends or family in town, we kept our visit secret. We left at 8am armed with Starbucks coffee and Legendary Donuts. We avoided most of the morning commuter traffic with the late start, and rolled into downtown right around 11. Our first stop was Powell’s Books.
Powells is overwhelming in size, with so many floors that they label the room by color. We set a time to explore and meetup at the coffee shop. (Every bookstore should have a coffee shop.)
Here’s a 360 view of what walking through Powells looks like.
After Powell’s we wandered over to Cacao, my favorite Portland chocolate shop.
A small bag of chocolates later, and we jetted over to the other side of the river.
Our second destination in Portland was Steven Smith, Teamaker. Here I was treated to a tea flight.
We sampled the Chai on Nitro, then picked out 4 teas each to sample. (Very generous cups to drink actually)
I started with Jasmine Pearls, a favorite, then Lord Bergamot, then Portland Breakfast (this is a tea that thinks its a coffee.) and lastly, Spearmint to wash it all away.
The joy was also talking to the staff and other customers as we shared our holiday experiences.
Here is a timelapse view of them prepping my tea.
We wrapped it up with a late lunch at Olympia Provisions. One of those places on my bucket list. To learn more about why I’m obsessed with Olympia Provisions, pop over to Almost Dinner.
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