Portland is the top place I’ve traveled to in the US. From the trendy coffee shops, to the scenic waterfalls and wine country – this city has it all! I love to travel more than anything in the world, but never have I ever loved a city so much that made me second guess my home in Las Vegas.. until I visited Portland.
I went in the fall when all the leaves were falling, which made this city even more of a dream!
Day 1: Arrive in Portland
My family and I stayed in downtown Portland, which will make you walking distance of pretty much anything! We checked into the hotel and grabbed a quick bite to eat at this adorable restaurant: Bottle + Kitchen.
We arrived fairly early so after lunch we spent the remainder of the day exploring the city. First stop was of course, Voodoo Donuts! The amount of crazy combinations this place has keeps the locals and tourists coming back for more!
& How cute is my mamma?! She took my pose and made it cuter than I ever could!
Our second stop was Powell’s Bookstore. This three-story bookstore is the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs for back home! So many locals came here, grabbed a book and spent the day in the coffee shop that’s inside.
Next stop, the Nob Hill district. This was my favorite part of Portland by far! To get there, we walked through beautiful neighborhoods that were filled with colorful, Victorian-styled homes. Nob Hill is filled with wine bars, vintage shops and stylish bistros.
Last stop of our very busy day was watching a Portland Trail Blazers basketball game.
Day 2: Wine Tasting in Willamette Valley
The drive from downtown Portland to Willamette Valley is about an hour. I wouldn’t recommend driving because on this itinerary, you will get pretty tipsy! We hired a driver who picks us up in Portland and recommends some of the lesser-known wineries. I would highly recommend the company we used: Insiders Wine Tours. We had the owner, John, who was simply amazing but we were his last ride before retirement. His kids took on the family business and if they were anything like John, I am sure you will receive the same great experience.
Stop 1: Arborbrook Vineyards
Arborbrook is a family owned vineyard that specializes in Pinot Noir. This was my favorite winery because we got to meet the owner, Dave, who is a banker by weekday and winemaker by weekend! He filled our glasses while sharing his passion for wine. You can stroll around the vineyards just outside the tasting room, which makes for the perfect photo opp!
There my mom goes again steeling my poses and one upping me, ha!
Stop 2: Aramenta Vineyards
Aramenta Vineyards is a quaint mom & pop winery! We were seriously the only people there – such a hidden gem! The property is beautiful and the wine was delicious, couldn’t ask for anything more.
Stop 3: Fairsing Vineyards
Fairsing vineyards is a much larger winery. It was very crowded, for good reason – the view was second to none!
TIP: I would skip the tasting and just grab a glass of wine. Sit out on the lawn chairs and soak in that view for as long as possible!
Stop 4: De Ponte Cellars
De Ponte is another winery with a great view! They have a patio out back that overlooks the valley. From what I recall the wine was good but after hours of tastings, it all begins to “blend” together (ha, get it?).
Day 3: Waterfall Tour & Flight home
We took a late flight out which gave us plenty of time to do a waterfall tour in the morning! We went the same year there was a major forest fire so a lot of waterfalls were closed due to mudslides. I am already dying to go back in the summer and spend a full weekend exploring the nature side of Oregon!
Until next time, Portland!