so what happened? basically, i messed up the whole sisters trip schedule by starting school in June 2009 and not finishing until June 2013. so, now that school is done and over with, it was time for another sisters trip! kudos to am and sophia for really getting us moving, they did a lot of the researching and planning and I LOVE THEM for that.
day 1: friday, october 4th
there is nothing better than leaving a muggy, hot, you've-totally-worn-out-your-welcome los angeles and landing in cool, chilly, now-this-is-what-fall-is-supposed-to-feel-like portland. when we picked up our rental car, sophia asked the rental car girl about the traffic in portland. there was a moment of silence, the rental car girl gave us a strange look, and then said "there isn't any traffic in portland." okay, then! guess we're definitely not in los angeles anymore!
for our lodging, we stayed here and, although there were some places we could walk to, sophia drove most of the time. on that first day of driving around in portland, we quickly realized that there are a lot of bars and restaurants in portland... a lot.
first restaurant stop: tasty n sons. known for their breakfast, we had a late lunch-- timing is everything. i can't say i loved the place, but i did notice that it was about 2:30pm-3:00pm and it was their happy hour... i'm telling you, bars and restaurants! after lunch, we grabbed some coffee, weaved our way in and out of nearby shops, made our way over to powell's books, and snapped some photos.
after a lot of exploring, we had dinner at ned ludd and met up with joe's cousin, sarai, and her husband, ken, for drinks at secret society. i was exhausted by the end of the night.
day 2: saturday, october 5th
the next morning, we grabbed some pastries from ken's artisan bakery and headed out to the farmer's market at (by?) portland university. pastries were delicious, walking around the farmer's market in fall weather was delicious, i loved both. after the farmer's market we had lunch at mother's bistro & bar (am's portobello mushroom sandwich was amazing) and stopped by the portland saturday market for some arts and crafts shopping. am's portobello mushroom sandwich is a definite repeat, the portland saturday market not so much...
next up was multnomah falls (these girls know how to plan). really pretty and very touristy.
after multnomah falls, we innocently made our way to little bird for dinner. i didn't realize it at the time, but i'm going to say that i had the best meal of my life so far at little bird. i regret not taking any photos of the restaurant, the food, or us. little bird is kind of a big deal to me now!
day 3: sunday, october 6th
on our last day in portland, we stopped by blue star donuts on our way to the airport (early flight). i don't even remember the donuts that we ordered, but i do know that we ordered too many and that we didn't hold back.