Orange your glad you stopped into Portland?

If a color can be a city, orange is Portland. Not bold red, not fiercely pink, just solid and approachable – orange.  During this quick 24 hr visit, the color was following me. I’ve known Portland for 20 years…before McMinnville was fancy. It’s incredible to see how the city has changed and yet still draws compassionate, nice, hardworking young people despite the commercialism of Division street and one of the first ever Stumptown coffees. 

Plenty of so hip it hurts and partially annoying restaurants to list. I’ve gotten suckered in only to think wow that was so overpriced and mediocre. Skip  those places and just eat where regular residents eat.  If you ever get a quick 24 hours: 

baked goodies and sandwiches at Ken’s artisan bakery

If you have time for a sit down proper pizza, Apizza Scholls

If you only time for a slice or fast cheap bite, hot lips pizza

Visit: Powell’s books, Portland aerial tram, shops in the pearl district, rose and Japanese garden and the Chinese classical garden is actually pretty nice making up for the lack of quality Asian food scene. 

If you have time for a nice dinner at a just fancy enough spot,  cafe Mingo. One chef you see cook your food, good bread and wine, wonderful food and service. Order the Dungeness crab pasta for me.

So many others to list but those are the places we squeeze in each time we are in town for a weekend or a 24 hr day

And if you have an itch for a new skateboard, Cal’s skate.  Friendly knowledgeable staff and reasonably priced skate shop – oldest in the country. Stop in and get some custom skates for your daughter.  We did (again).

Bridges bikes and cars in many sizes. 



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  1. I’ll have to check out the skate shop next time I’m in town.

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