travel + pacific northwest + exploring

Portland, OR

May 27, 2015
portland

 

I am lucky in the fact that I get to travel a lot for work. In the past year I have traveled to over 30 cities and I am finally getting to documenting them all...I know, I know, a bit behind. But better late then never right?

To kick off my new travel features I am starting with my most recent trip to Portland, OR. I knew very little about this city before arriving for a short 24 hour stay, but I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised with how beautiful it was. Surronded by rolling green hills, trees, nature and water the city of Portland is a pretty happening place. The streets are lined with shops & restaurants mixed in with commercial and residential space. It's an incredibly walkable city and has a beautiful waterfront which is perfect for running, strolling or lounging on the grass. 

I arrived in the afternoon via Amtrak from Seattle, which by the way is a stunning and easy ride down, especially in business class. The seats are cozy and equipped with tables, wifi and plugs - ideal for working - and the car even has a little snack bar with a pretty nice selection of food & beverages. For me it was much better than flying, so relaxing in comparison the rush and chaos of the airports these days.

Upon arrival I had an afternoon full of meetings but when I did finally arrive to my hotel, Hotel Vintage Portland, I received a warm welcome and a complimentary upgrade to a ridiclous King Suite (thanks Kimpton Karma Rewards!). The room had stunning floor to ceiling windows along both walls (image above), a cozy seating area which I must say I enjoyed coffee and a bit of reading, desk and plush bed. Kimpton always delivers, and I especially loved the decor a the Vintage - down to the tiniest detail they really hit the mark. 

Because it was such a short stay I grabbed lunch at the bar in the hotel restaurant which was quite delish, got some work done in the room with the windows open taking in the spring breeze, and then hit the city and the waterfront trail for an evening run. This to me is the best way to see a city, and it breaks up my long runs to stop and snap photos along the way. The trail was full of blooming flowers, sweeping water views and so many industrial bridges and buildings. I fell in love! 

Sadly this trip the husband did not come along, so I didn't enjoy as much sightseeing or restaurants as I usually squeeze in after business hours, but...it's an excuse to make it back to this city in the very near future. I smell a weekend getaway coming!

Until next time Portland!

xo - margaret

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