Happy Tuesday everybody, and I hope that y’all enjoyed your extra day off from work but also remembered the reason why we had Monday off. There were a lot of brave men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, and I know that we’re all so thankful!
To celebrate Memorial Day, Chris and I made our first trip to the Pacific Northwest with some friends of ours for a long weekend in Portland! We had such a blast on our trip and I can’t wait to start recapping it for you. Until then, here’s 6 things that I learned in Portland! I’m also linking up with the amazing Biana for her weekending linkup!
- Voodoo Doughnuts made several doughnuts that are actually illegal now- There are several things that Portland is known for, but probably one of the biggest things is all of the amazing food that the city has to offer. One of the most iconic eateries in the city is Voodoo Doughnuts that is known for all sorts of crazy doughnut creations. What you might not know is that there are actually 3 illegal doughnuts that Voodoo created but they can’t sell anymore. One was a doughnut filled with Pepto Bismal, one filled with NyQuil, and probably my favorite, the Hangover, that had aspirin ground up on top. Obviously, they couldn’t sell doughnuts with medicine in them, so they were banned by the city.
- It really doesn’t rain as much as you’d think- When one thinks of Portland, probably the first thing that comes to mind is rain, rain, and even more rain! While it was overcast the first day we we visited, we really had perfect weather the entire time. One of our tour guides actually told us that even though it’s overcast and drizzles a lot during the winter, their actual rainfall in inches isn’t really the high at all. The city of Houston actually gets the same or around the same rainfall as Portland! Farther north of the city though near Mount Hood, that’s where a lot of rainfall happens, our tour guide said they get around 200 inches per year because of the proximity to the mountain.
- There’s a white Pinot Noir and it’s fantastic- When we started planning our trip to Portland, one of the things our friends had to do was visit their favorite winery, Left Coast Winery. So we planned on doing a winery day, and our first stop of the day was Left Coast where they were doing a Sip and stroll for Memorial Day. The first wine we tried was a white Pinot Noir, and instantly we all were hooked! Basically it’s a Pinot Noir, but the way they do the fermentation process produces a white wine instead of a red wine. We liked it so much that we bought a few bottles!
- You could eat at a different food cart in Portland for the rest of your life and never eat at the same one- Like I said before, Portland is definitely known for their amazing and eclectic food that they have, and one of the food scenes they’re especially known for is their food cart scene. In the city of Portland, there are around 700 food carts set up into groups called pods. Now you might think that you could eat at all those individual food carts, but what you’d be forgetting is that the food cart scene is ever changing. Food carts go out of business all the time, so you might eat at a pizza cart in a pod one year and the next it might be a Chinese food cart. It’s pretty amazing!
- Portland got it’s name from a flip of a coin- I always love learning all about the history of the cities that we visit, so I loved learning all about Portland’s history on our walking tour. One of the things that our tour guide told us that I thought was so interesting was that Portland got its name when the city’s founders were arguing about its name and decided to flip a coin to see what would win out. One founder was from Portland, Maine and wanted to name their new city after his hometown, while the other was from Boston and wanted to name their city after his hometown. Obviously, you know what won out!
- There’s literally hundreds of different types of roses- Besides just the basic beauty of Oregon, one of the things we noticed during our weekend trip was how many roses were all around the city. Apparently roses grow so easily in Portland because of the weather, that there’s even an International Rose Test Garden where there test and grow different types of roses. You can tour that test garden and see the hundreds of types of roses for yourself! I could have spent hours just admiring all of them!
Overall we came away from our trip to Portland extremely full and completely in love with the Pacific Northwest! Everybody was so friendly, the food was fantastic, and I can’t wait to get back up there for another visit! Good thing we’re visiting Seattle later on this year so I can enjoy the beauty a little bit more!
Other Portland Posts:
Portland Food Cart Tour With Eat Adventures
A Walking Tour Through Portland
Exploring Multnomah Falls
An Afternoon At Washington Park
Wine Tasting In Willamette Valley
Where To Eat In Portland