Portland, Oregon

By Maria Lichty

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The final stop on our ten day Oregon trip-Portland! A great place to end our trip, don’t you think? Josh was tired of driving so Caleb drove us into Portland. Just kidding:)

 We were in Portland for Feast Portland-a celebration of Oregon’s bounty. We made sure we had time to explore Portland and eat our way through the city too:)

We stayed at the fabulous Hotel Monaco in downtown Portland. Our room was very spacious and became our home for four days. It was nice staying in one spot for a few days after all of our travels. I loved the funky and unique decor! Caleb loved the birds on the wall. He kept pointing to them and said bird all day long:)

The Hotel Monaco spoiled Caleb. They gave him his own special crib with a soft blankie, a baby shampoo kit, and a big fuzzy teddy bear. Caleb loved snuggling with his new bear! They also brought in a fish tank for Caleb. Thank you Hotel Monaco for taking such great care of our sweet little pea!

We met up with Kevin and Amanda in Portland and were so excited to hangout! For our first day together, we decided to head out of the city to see Multnomah Falls. Josh and Caleb hiked to the top. Ok, Caleb didn’t hike, Josh pushed him the stroller:) The rest of us took our time taking photos and enjoying the beautiful scenery.

The falls are gorgeous!

Thanks Amanda for taking a family photo of the peas!

The rest of our time in Portland involves a lot of eating! Amanda and I made sure we hit all of the hot sweet spots in Portland. Here are a few of my favorite eats in Portland.

Cupcakes from Cupcakes Jones! We ordered a S’mores, Peanut Butter Cup, PB & J, and Chocolate Chip Cookie. I really liked the Chocolate Chip Cookie cupcake-of course, but the PB & J was my favorite! The cake was light and I loved the peanut butter frosting. The cupcake wasn’t too sweet. It tasted just like a PB & J:)

Yes, we went to Voodoo Doughnut. I am not a doughnut fan, so I didn’t order anything but had a taste of Amanda’s. They have some of the weirdest doughnut creations! Josh did enjoy his maple bar.

One morning we went to Mother’s Bistro for breakfast. I split the Crunchy French Toast with Amanda-thick slices of challah bread dipped in cornflakes and grilled until golden brown. Mmmm!

We also went to Nuvrei Bakery. We sampled the salted pretzel bagel, chocolate chip cookie, flourless chocolate cookie, and lemon poppyseed scone.

We got to enjoy cupcakes made my the one and only Duff Goldman at the Feast. Amanda said the vanilla cupcake was perfect! I sampled the carrot cake cupcake. It was tasty too!

We also sampled Salt and Straw ice cream at the Feast. The Sea Salt Ice Cream with Caramel Ribbon was divine! I don’t even remember how many scoops I had:)

We went on a long walk to find the Waffle Window with Kevin, Amanda, and Lauren and her cute family. The waffles were well worth the walk. A peanut butter chocolate waffle with ice cream and whipped cream-WOW! Breakfast or dessert? You decide:)

Everyone told me I HAD to try The Whole Bowl while I was in Portland. I was craving “real” healthy food, so grabbed a bowl for lunch one day. It hit the spot. The Whole Bowl is made of a medley of brown rice, red and black beans, fresh avocado, salsa, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, cilantro, and their famous Tali Sauce. That Tali sauce is amazing! I need to recreate it!


The Salted Caramel Coffee Macaron at Ken’s Bakery was the BEST sweet I ate in Portland. I am still dreaming about it! The macaron was perfect and the flavor was out of this world! Thanks Amanda for the photo!

On our final night in Oregon, we went to dinner with Travel Oregon, Kevin and Amanda, Lauren and her family, and Ashley and her family at Genoa. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful vacation. And don’t you love the “family photo” Amanda took back at the hotel? Caleb has a little crush on Lauren’s daughter. She is a cutie pie!

Thanks again Travel Oregon for a trip of a lifetime!  We had the best time from start to finish. Oregon really is a beautiful state. You all need to put Oregon on your travel bucket list! We can’t wait to come back!

Check out our other Oregon posts: Bend, Newport, Cannon Beach, and Astoria!

Thanks for the memories Travel Oregon!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. I need to go to Portland! I have never been to Oregon, but I Here it is beautiful and from your pictures it is! The food all looks yummy!!

  2. Love Multnomah Falls falls, and Voodoo donuts is such a fun place– even if you’re not a big donut fan 🙂

  3. That macaron looks amazing! I seriously am trying to talk my husband into an Oregon vacation solely based on your posts. I love the Goonies and macarons:) That’s quite the trek from WV though so we’ll see.

  4. Love the pic of Caleb hugging his teddy bear, he’s such a cutie, amd please, please recreate the whole bowl, it looks so good!

  5. I love Multnomah Falls. I’ve stopped there numerous times on my way to visit my sister who lives in the Portland area. Oregon is a great place to vacation!

  6. Portland is such an interesting city! Not much of a donut fan either, but Voodoo Doughnuts is pretty awesome, even if they’re weird. There used to be a great little music shop next door (well maybe a couple of doors down)… wonder if they’re still there.

  7. Looks like such a wonderful trip for you guys. Lots to do, things to eat, and of course, friends to visit. =)

  8. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to my hometown! I love seeing people try delicious eats at my favorite places. The crunch French toast at Mother’s is great, and I LOVE the Waffle Window and Voodoo Doughnuts as well.

  9. Awww Caleb is sooo adorable, love seeing his smile. It was a wonderful trip and final destination (Feast of Portland and friends). Great pictures of you all!

  10. Oh, Marie! If you can recreate Tali sauce from The Whole Bowl, I’ll babysit Caleb til he’s five! I’ve been craving that since we moved.

  11. All that food looks to die for! And how on earth did you get both kids to smile for the camera?! Love it 🙂

  12. What a great trip! I am hungry just looking at those photos. I’ve seen Voodoo Donuts on TV and would looove to get there. Thanks for sharing, I’m gonna make a trip to Krispy Kreme now.

  13. Got back on to say I talked to a guy at the Whole Bowl and I think tali sauce has tahini and garlic in it. And some other fabulous thing. Does that sound right? Just noticed my typo from before. Sorry, MariA! :s

  14. So glad you enjoyed the beautiful state of Oregon! We love living here, but sometimes I miss the snow. I envy your Ergo: when I bought mine, they didn’t have the cool gray one with stars. I notice that you carry Caleb on the front. Maybe you also carry him on your back, but didn’t get any pics. if not, I highly recommend you carry him on your back. It is SO much easier on the shoulders and body overall. I put my babies on my back as soon as they’re sitting up, around six months. I look forward to more autumnal recipes!

  15. We just had our first trip to Oregon in September and definitely plan to go back. We loved it all. We ran the Oregon Wine country Half Marathon, did some great wine tasting, ate at some of the wonderful restaurants in Portland, took a picture just like yours at Multnomah Falls (except with us standing in front of the falls), ran along the river front in Portland… It was a wonderful trip! Only you got to enjoy the coast and we didn’t have time to go there. Next time for sure! Thanks for sharing your trip with all of us. Caleb is such a doll baby! So cute!

  16. I am impressed that Josh hiked up to the top of Multnomah Falls with Caleb in a stroller! Holy cow! I struggled walking up to the top and I only had to worry about myself. Well done!

  17. PLEASE recreate the Tali sauce. I keep trying and I keep not getting it just right. I live in Portland so I get to go eat it, but still. I’d love to make it at home and try it on different things.

  18. I’m missing Oregon now. I lived a couple of miles away and a hiked the falls all the time. I hiked everyday with my llamas and collected mushrooms to sell in Portland. A wonderful experience in my life. Thank you for the beautiful picture. It is a magical place.