The Wandering Series: Portland, OR
We are travelers at heart. We could describe every detail of our travel experience and how it changed us and steered us toward this path of intentional living, but that is a story for another day! What we will tell you is this: travel is at the core of what we do. We go places, we explore, we take it in, we come back changed. For us, travel is inspirational, it’s aspirational, and we find just as much joy in the journey as we do in the destination. Traveling with intention unlocks a world where appreciating and celebrating life always comes first.
That being said, the Pacific Northwest will always be home and we’ll always have a special kind of love for its beauty. We are really excited to host our 13th Supper on the West Coast next week! Over forty percent of our guests will be joining us from out of state for this Supper and we are thrilled to partner with Alaska Airlines to share the wonders of our city with you. There is nothing better than coming together with an airline that calls this region home and is driven by the same values as we are: authenticity, discovery, care, and human connection.
Whether you’re joining our table this time around or you’re visiting our hometown in the future, we hope you make lasting memories that make you want to come back. If a visit to Portland is not on your horizon yet, we highly suggest you start planning! Alaska has the highest number of nonstop flights out of Portland International Airport, so it'll take you no time to get to us! We'll even share our favorite cup of tea with you if we're in town!
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A guide to some of our favorite spots in town
Take it from locals in a city where most of us are willing to wait over an hour for a table for dinner on a Monday evening, or even two hours for our favorite weekend brunch spots, we love going out to eat in Portland! We hope you get the chance to experience some of our city's food treasures where the best food, freshest ingredients and incredible flavors are really worth the wait. From breakfast to dinner, below are some of our favorite restaurants in Rose City!
Don’t forget to check out the food carts while you’re here, too! There are hundreds of them and they play a major role in Portland's renowned food scene. from N Mississippi to SE Hawthorne, including East Burnside and many other destinations, you can easily find a pod near you. You could even go on a Food Cart Tour, should you want to learn more about the food cart culture in Portland!
When it comes to coffee, we are definitely proud of our roasters! After all, Portland is the number 1 city for coffee connoisseurs, according to this study. There’s certainly more than a handful spots where we really, truly enjoy our coffee, we're sharing some of our favorites below.
Food Specialty Shops
Most foodies would agree, ingredients' are really the foundation for the most wonderful and memorable dishes! We know when you're not likely looking for ingredients when you travel, but just in case you are in the neighborhood or you're feeling more like a picnic at the park, check out two of our favorite Portland stores for high-quality ingredients! P.S. If you make it to Jacobsen Salt, make sure you try one of their caramels as part of your tasting experience (they are so good!)
Last but not least, who doesn't love a little shopping!? We feel so spoiled in Portland with all the incredible boutique shops that feature independent designers and makers. Our city also offers a super collaborative business environment for young entrepreneurs, which in turn, gives us consumers access to incredible work from super talented people. We’ve listed only a few of our favorite spots in town!
Parks and Nature
When you're done with all the dining and shopping and feel ready to escape into peaceful nature, step into one of the many parks in the city. Portland is one of the 10 cities with the best park system in the U.S., with only a handful ahead of us! Head to the dense Mt. Tabor Park to hug a tree, to Laurelhurst Park to sit by the pond and watch the ducks or have a lovely picnic. Why not visit the International Rose Test Garden? This is Rose City, after all! Treat yourself to a trip to the Japanese Garden after a stroll through Washington Park. Access to nature and green areas within the city is really one of the many reasons why we love calling this home.
Whether you're in Portland for a day or for several, we hope we make a good impression! Share your favorite places and what you like about them, we're always on the hunt for new treasures in our ever-evolving city!
This post is sponsored by Alaska Airlines. Content is property of Secret Supper. All opinions are our own.