Last week, we took the kids up to the Pacific NorthWest! We had made arrangements to stay at two beautiful homes in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. We hit the open road early Friday morning around 6am, and reached our first destination in Portland, Oregon at 3pm!!
Portland Is Happening Now….
We stayed in a neighborhood called Sullivan’s Gulch, which is located in the Northeast of Portland. It’s bordered by the Lloyd, Kerns, Hollywood, Grant Park, Laurelhurst, and Irvington neighborhoods. Sullivan’s Gulch is conveniently located on the bus lines, and within a short distance to the MAX – the light rail station at the Lloyd Center Mall. Before arriving to our location I already new our rental home was is a mixed urban and residential area that was located within walking distance to dining, shopping, and other entertainment. All that was carefully factored in – while searching for a place to stay with my two boys. The well-established community has a mix of older East Portland homes, with mid-sized to larger family homes on the streets with mature trees! (Forever homes, I call it. Forever, because young families would never want to leave. Its perfect for those with the urban appetite TOPPED WITH old mature trees and beautifully updated & charming old homes.)
During our stay, some days we drove, some days we look the MAX light trail trains, and others we walked the entire time. The best ways to get the entire feel of an unknown city is always taking public transportation or walking. As we walked and explored different parts of Portland, we would pass lovely vintage apartments, local neighborhood eateries, cute boutique pop-up shops, and my favorite the food carts!!
Food Carts In PDX
Something you see everywhere while in Portland are food carts! Not food trucks, food carts!!! Scattered around the city, they are all organized in “pods.” Lots with more than a few carts. Many of them could be fond between Downtown Portland and the Pearl District. One of my favorite food carts from downtown, was fond along SW Alder St. and SW 10th Ave, right near the City Target. It was called, Korean Twist, Imagine a bulgogi burrito with kimchi. Yes!! It’s a Korean based food card, fused with a Mexican twist!!! Oh my lanta……I want to tell you more about the fantastic food I tried in PDX, but I’ll just have to save it for another post!! I promise!!!!!!
About 3 hours North from Portland is Seattle, Washington. Known for the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Gum Wall, Great Wheel, this years NFL SuperBowl finalist and also coffee! Big companies such as Boeing and Microsoft are established in Seattle, and larger companies such as Amazon and the Alibaba Group (Chinese e-commerce company “Chinese Amazon) will also be settling in Seattle.
Besides, the coffee, rain, and big businesses, in Seattle; Seattle also has amazing mountains and nature. Green spaces and parks are all located around the city. Old forests, beaches, and meadows. Mt. Rainer is visible right on the horizon. With a surplus amount of evergreen trees the entire area stays green all year round. Can you believe that?! It makes driving along the highway quite enjoyable really. I never understood why people would say the death rate in Seattle is so high, because of the rain and gloomy weather. Such a myth. The fresh clean air, green all around you, is only possible because of the rain! There’s a reason Seattle locals are some of the most active people in the U.S. – it’s because even when is there rain, going outside is still amazing!
Theres so much to tell and share about the Pacific NorthWest, but I’d hate to keep writing about it! The more the write about it on how much I like it, the more excited I get, and make more mistakes and typos. Let me just share a few photos instead!! Enjoy!
Here’s my youngest son Tristan enjoying the light rail train ride to Washington Park.
This is the ‘Allow Me,’ umbrella man located in Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as Portland’s living room.
Our favorite coffee shop in Portland was ‘The Stark location of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, located in the lobby of the ACE Hotel. During our afternoon of shopping and eating downtown, we’d always stop by Stumptown and enjoy our coffee fix in the lobby at ACE.
Don’t forget to take pictures in their photo-booth!!
Here’s the famous Public Market Center in Seattle. The Pike Place Market is a public market overlooking the Elliott Bay waterfront, and is the oldest continuously operated public farmers’ markets in the United States.
Fresh fruits, and locally grown veggies and florals all come in Pike Place Market everyday. Open from 9A to 6P this place is filled with food tours, tourists from all over the world, and locals just picking up their local groceries!
Let me end my little PNW trip with this candid Derrick took of my at the NewsStand. Seriously, a lot of though trying to pick the right magnet to place on fridge.
How was your Spring Break? Have you ever been to Portland and Seattle? What are your favorite spots to visit when in town? Let me know! We plan to revisit VERY soon!!