Whirlwind Tour of Portland

Marcel’s mom Kathy, came to visit on July 4th weekend. In barely 3 days, we managed to show her a lot of sights, sounds, smells and tastes in Portland and the Coast. On Friday, we took the scenic route from Bethany through Forest Park to Nob Hill. We also stopped to smell the roses at the International Rose Test Garden. The roses were in full bloom and looked fabulous! Looking back, I don’t recall visiting the garden in the summer. The last few times were in the spring or fall so it was a treat for me as well. Lunch was at the newly-opened Deschutes Brewery. The place was hopping (no pun intended) and the food was delicious. The Beer – awesome! Marcel thinks that every beer Deschutes makes is good. We also had time to see Mt. Tabor Park, Hawthorne District and most of downtown Portland. We did not make it to the Blues Festival to see the fireworks but instead, we walked down the street to see the Oak Hills version. It was nice to see fireworks so close to home.

A visit to Portland is not complete without a trip to the coast. It rained most of the day but we still managed to see Cannon Beach, Seaside and Astoria on Saturday. Being that it is a holiday weekend, both Cannon Beach and Seaside were very crowded. Even then, I was pleasantly surprised by the historic downtown at Cannon Beach. I have never seen it before, just the beach so I instantly declared that it is one of my favorites. Lunch was fantastic at the Sweet Basil Cafe. I hope to come back soon for the crab melt, yummy.

On the day that Kathy was leaving, we decided to leave early for the airport to go see Multnomah Falls. Our first stop was at Hot Lips Pizza. This place has mixed reviews in Portland but in our opinion it is good pizza and soda, not to mention that we admire their sustainable practices. It only took about an hour to get to Multnomah Falls but it was again very crowded. Marcel dropped us off but eventually had to call us back to the car since there were no parking spots available. Anyway, it was still worth the trip. I always enjoy driving through the Columbia Gorge.

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