labour day weekend post coming to you weeks later...typical. after a mesmerizing ray lamontagne concert on friday night, we left vancouver at about 5 am saturday morning. did you know starbucks doesn't open until 6 am? lesson learned! anyway, the drive is easy and only takes about 6 hours.
we've stayed at the mark spencer hotel twice now and it has worked out really well for both trips. it's perfectly situated by the heart of the pearl district and only minutes away from downtown. we booked it through portland perks, which got us a really great deal including coupons and free breakfast and parking! last time we went in the off season and got a $50 credit card too.
stumptown is definitely worth checking out. the jj bean of portland.
after getting up at 4:30 am, driving for 6 hours, and shopping/sightseeing for the entire afternoon, we wanted an easy choice for dinner. we opted for mothers bistro because it was walking distance and had been recommended. i had a lavender vodka infused cocktail and the most amazing salad. the perfect meal at the end of a looong day!
we skipped out on the free breakfast after finding isabel cantina. best. breakfast. ever. we actually went both mornings because we wanted to try more items on the menu. worth the wait to be seated...seriously!
off to nw23rd street for some shopping.
there are tons of great boutique clothing stores like this one, reveille. beautifully decorated, with gorgeous hand picked vintage pieces. i found my ideal pair of fall cowboy boots in a great shade of cognac, totally should have bought them!
adam insisted on trying a sandwich from the pb and j food cart on nw23rd. we tried the cream of the crop, and it was even more delicious than it looks.
great vintage, i could have spent hours rummaging through the treasures.
our last dinner at montage was the best meal we ate the entire trip! montage serves up southern food with common shared seating at long tables (which we saw at a few places in portland). adam wanted to try the alligator jumbalaya, and i had the green basil pesto macaroni...sooooo good! and they pack your meal up in an adorable tinfoil animal. a must try!
the night ended with drinks, operation: the sponge bob square pants version, and yahtzee!
next up, cannon beach!