As soon as we got here, Eric and I loved it. What’s not to love? Coffee shops, loft-style buildings, creative and unique stores, and vegan friendly restaurants. People have also been very nice. Lululemon is my birthday present from Eric. So, while I was trying on a thousand running pants and tops at Lulu, Eric got the scoop on all the “must see” places from one of the employees.
We are staying at the Ace Hotel, a very trendy, eco friendly hotel, which has a coffee shop (the norm around here), a restaurant, which we enjoyed last night, and free bike rentals. I wish we could take the bikes out today, but it’s raining. Today may just be a walking in the rain, stopping at coffee shops, and exploring more of the city kind of day.
We spent the day walking around, stopping anywhere and everywhere. Bike shops, locally built furniture shops, breweries, cafes, and athletic gear stores. My favorite two stops of the day were the Yoga Peal studio, which was connected to an exceptional vegan and raw friendly restaurant, where we had lunch, as well as Oblation Papers and Press, a unique print shop, where I stocked up birthday cards.
We also visited Powell’s Bookstore, a Portland gem. Although it seems like Kindles and Nooks have taken over the world, books are definitely not obsolete in Portland. This independent bookstore started out as an ordinary small shop, and expanded to a 3 story building that now takes up the entire block. Of course, there is a coffee shop inside, and an entire wall of vegetarian and vegan books. I was a very happy camper.
And if that wasn’t enough, there is Powell’s Books 2 across the street. It wasn’t enough for Eric – Powell’s Books 2 has the engineering, construction, and mathematics collections. Enough said.
It looks like the sun is peering through the rainy clouds. Maybe we could take the bikes out after all!
See you in the New Year!