The Ace Hotel

A couple of weeks ago as you probably already know, Mark and I travelled through eight of the United States on a 5,000km roadtrip. One of our first half of the trip’s stops was in Portland, which we had been wanting to return to ever since we had stopped in during our honeymoon trip last July. During that roadtrip a little over a year ago, we hadn’t planned much in terms of accommodations or destinations (AND we were driving our van in the middle of PDX rush hour), so rather than spending a few days in Portland, we ditched the high traffic and stress and had decided to head out to the Coast instead. We knew we would really enjoy Portland if we had the time and the space to do so, so this time around we gave ourselves a couple of full days in the heart of the city, gathered suggestions, took our time, and made the decision to stay at the Ace Hotel. You hear about the Ace Hotel all the time (or at least we did haha), or if you haven’t heard of it, I’m positive you’ve seen someone’s instagram post taken in the lobby of their hotel. It’s such an eclectic and well thought out character hotel just steps away from a lot of the popular places to visit in terms of shopping and eats.

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A few of the places that we checked out this time around were:Powell’s Books - this place is honestly like an entire tiny town in the form of a bookstore. There’s not even much I can say to explain how unbelievable and gigantic this place; you’ll just have to see it for yourself. Buffalo Exchange - Portland hands-down has some of the best quality thrifting that I have ever seen. Buffalo Exchange was one of the multiple thrift stores we wandered into (there’s plenty more great ones on 23rd Ave too!). Tender Loving Empire - There are a few of these hidden around Portland and they’re a super cool store filled with mainly local handcrafted goods (from baby shoes, to greeting cards, to LPs, to jewellery, etc etc).

Foodwise + coffee, we checked out: Kenny + Zuke’s - This place is right under the Ace and the breakfast sandwich was incredible; I had mine on an everything bagel (crafted in-house), and it was just the tastiest! Fat Head Brewery - We ate at a few local craft breweries this trip as it’s one of Mark’s favourite types of places to check out. This one had tasty great quality pub-style food with huge portions, and a really cool atmosphere. Blue Star Donuts - Super tasty donut flavors and waaaay less busy than Voodoo donuts. Stumptown - No words necessary, just wonderful all around. Their cartoons of coffee + chocolate milk are unreal. Heart Coffee - Tasty. I had a latte.

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