I am currently on my way back to Los Angeles after a refreshing three days in Portland, Oregon. Portland has been on my list for quite some time. After toying around with some other, more grandiose, travel options for Spring Break, I finally decided that I would play it chill and simply hit up Portland for the weekend. I booked my flight and the most adorable tiny house Airbnb. If you don’t know anything about the tiny house movement, you should definitely check it out. The tiny house lifestyle has become increasingly more interesting to me as I move towards minimalist living. I was really excited to experience living in such an efficient space.
I arrived in Portland around 12:30 in the afternoon on Saturday. After a minor hiccup *cough* leaving my laptop on the plane *cough*, I made my way to the light rail and then from there hopped on a city bus which took me the rest of the way to my Airbnb. Although the rail system in Portland isn’t very extensive, I was super pleased with the overall efficiency of public transportation. The system is made up of buses, light rail, and streetcars. I actually didn’t end up taking any
Ubers Lyfts the entire time that I was there. Also, you can purchase transit fares and passes (which are super affordable) on an app and simply show it to the driver when you board a bus. Super convenient.
I got to my Airbnb and it was just as adorable as it seemed online. I made myself a mug of tea, did some Googling, and then decided to take a stroll down Alberta street, one of the main commercial drags of the neighborhood. I stopped at EcoVibe,a clothing boutique that specializes in sustainably produced clothing. I bought an amazing long black sweater for my developing capsule wardrobe. The girl helping me in the store was lovely. I told her that I’d only been in Portland for two hours and she immediately recommended that I check out Council Crest Park. She said that it had an amazing view of the city, and I was sold. I finished my stroll at the Alberta Co-Op where I picked up some snacks to hold me over until dinner.
I had dinner at Ned Ludd. It was really incredible. I started with the marinated beet salad, which had walnuts, blue cheese, and celery. Super clean flavors. My second dish was the pastured shortribs over a puree of celery root and toped with pickled cucumber. Absolutely incredible. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of the food because the lighting was super dim and the pictures would have been awful. The space was beautifully designed, however, so I took a couple of photos of the interior.
The next day, I hit the ground running (despite losing an hour!). Went to a vinyasa class at The People’s Yoga and from there walked over to Podnah’s for breakfast tacos. Post-tacos, I hopped on the bus and went out to Lake Oswego to hit up Kyra’s Bake Shop. This place has been on the “Portland List” in my phone for the longest time. It’s a pastry shop that’s entirely gluten-free. The chef has won Cupcake Wars 4 TIMES. I’m not a huge sweets person but this place seemed special to me. And I was right. I got a cinnamon roll – yummy, warm, fresh out of the oven, incredible – and a bacon maple “roundie,” which I think just means donut.
After sweets, I made my way over to Council Crest Park. I had done a little research and found out that I could take a 3.3 mile hike to the top. In true Sabrina fashion, however, I got lost and ended up on the trail for about 2.5 hours. 😀 I didn’t mind at all though because the trail was so beautiful, so lush. I also met some really friendly people and puppies along the way.
Day 3 also got off to a roaring start. I went to an awesome morning HIIT training class at The Refinery. My post-workout lunch at Screen Door, a restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine. There was an hour-long wait in the middle of the day on a Monday (wtf?) BUT there was a single seat at the bar so I was seated immediately. #solotravelwin I got the shrimp and grits. It was delightful.
After exploring the neighborhood around Screen Door for a bit, I decided to head back to Alberta. On a whim, I hopped off the bus to grab a frozen treat at Eb and Bean. It was chilly and pouring rain when I made this decision but I completely stand by it. I got both of the dairy-free, almond milk options that they were offering that day – Chocolate hazelnut and Peanut Butter – topped with toasted coconut flakes and almonds.
The rest of the afternoon was spent grading midterms (yes! I took them with me). Then I topped off my trip with dinner at Andina, a “Novoperuvian” restaurant with RAVE reviews. SO GOOD. I started with the soup of the day, which was a pork and pepper soup. I also got scallops baked in some delicious fancy cheese, whose name I cannot recall, and asparagus with chimichurri and red peppers. I definitely want to go back to this place the next time I’m in Portland. There was so many dishes that I would love to try.
That being said, I will definitely be coming back to Portland! I absolutely loved the feel of the city. It has the perfect city/small town balance – functional, yet super laid back.
In an hour or so, I’ll touch down in LA for about 36 hours before heading off to part 2 of my Spring Break adventure…in Lisbon.