Memorial Day Getaway Ideas #2–Portland, Oregon

In the past three months, we’ve heard of more friends traveling to Portland than in the past decade. And why not? Though it has been a few years since we’ve been, we remember Portland as an accessible and friendly city. Add to it the burgeoning wine, dining and art scene and you’ve got a winner for Memorial Day.

Food carts reign supreme with options ranging from grilled cheese to Korean to empanadas.  That’s the double decker bus that’s home to the Grilled Cheese Grill below. Check out for more options and a map.

Portland food truck

We’ve begged all our friends who have visited us to bring us back a sweet treat from Voodoo Doughnuts. If you go, please try the bacon maple bar and let us know how it is!

voodoo donuts
Courtesy of Voodoo Doughnuts

To walk off some of those calories peruse the art galleries along Old Town, the Pearl District and Alberta Street. Or head to the International Rose Test Garden, which is home to more than 7,000 rose bushes. Weather-depending, you may hit it while they’re all in bloom. This year, the annual Rose Festival takes place from May 27-June 19.rose gardens

Portland has a large number of boutique hotels. Two to consider are hipster-fave Ace Hotel in downtown Portland (below) and the Hotel Lucia, which is home to Typhoon Restaurant that has won raves for its Thai cuisine.

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