CITY SPOTLIGHT: Portland

Everyone has been so busy constantly hyping how amazing Seattle is (and it is) that Portland often gets lost in the mix. I feel it’s our duty to give it it’s own marquee of greatness. So here it is.
As indie music increases in it’s popularity and more of us start “going green” and becoming more eco-conscious, it’s hard to not recognize that Portland is alllll things earthy. Not to mention the bustling arts scene, the cozy coffee shops, and the blend between charming city and crunchy, nature chic.
In my opinion, nothing goes better with Portland than a nice glass of wine.
Best Wine Bar: Carafe, with the coziness of a French bistro Carafe has an incredible wine list and a cheese plate that’s to die for, with local Oregon hazelnuts and fruit. Oo La La.
Also try: Caffe Mingo, Grolla Restaurant and Wine Bar and Three Doors Down Cafe.
Best Coffee: It’s not secret, but Starbucks isn’t where its at when it comes to Portland. World Cup Coffee & Tea is. Organic coffees, good vibes, check it out.
Also Try: Anna Bannanas and Tiny’s.
Best Food: Olea, whether you are craving a brick oven pizza or a small plate of prosciutto wrapped dates…this is the place to satisfy the craving.
Also try: Higgins and Oba!
The Scene: Portland Saturday Market represents all things artsy. Local art, scents of different foods and spices, local music….all of this equals good times.
Portland Farmers Market is the best place to get fresh, local, organic food. Music, tastings, activities, always a good time. If you’re thinking of seeing some live shows, see Do Jump! aerial work, acrobats, people flying through the air…that’s always interesting right? Or catch the dance company BodyVox.
Live Music: The Green Room, Dante’s, and Roseland Theater.
And before you go….you have to experience some of Portland’s gorgeous parks. Full of caffeine, wine and culture, the beauty of the city will be the cherry on top 😉
What are your favorite spots?

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