A few weekends ago, I had my first visit to Portland, Oregon and the surrounding Willamette Valley. I traveled with a group of friends for a weekend in Portland full of wine, food and exploration. I was born and raised in California but somehow never made my way to Oregon until now.
Greeted by the famous PDX Airport carpet, we spent most of our weekend exploring Portland proper. We snapped lots of photos and took in the rainy weather while ducking into random bookstores and thrift shops. Portland will never leave you hungry; the city is a gastronomist’s dream. We sampled some of the best hummus I’ve ever had at Shalom Y’all on SW Alder. At Imperial over on SW Broadway, we ate so many tasty things I couldn’t up with it all. The broccoli here was so good, you’d love it even if you hate broccoli. And the Wagyu Coulotte was unforgettable.
For most of our Saturday, we spent our day outside the city in the towns of Yamhill and Carlton in the Willamette Valley wine region. We experienced some incredible wineries including Soter VIneyards and Anne Amie Vineyards. I’m a sucker for a good Pinot Noir any day of the week. Throw in the stunning views of the Willamette Valley from any of these wineries, and I could be content for days. We also enjoyed a visit to the charming town of Carlton, Oregon for lunch and coffee.
Not only did I discover that Portland is incredible city to spend a weekend in, I could even see my see myself living there. I don’t say that about many places. I just can’t believe it took me 32 years to make it up to Oregon. I’m already planning my next weekend in Portland!