A sunny weekend in Portland deserves to be documented. Friday morning kicked off with a carb + coffee stop to Tabor Bread. The adorable red corner cottage sets the tone for the scratch deliciousness that is about to be devoured. To my delightful surprise, sourdough was the main ingredient of Tabor Bread’s pastries. We ordered the Lime Curd Brioche Tart, a Brioche Roll & Iced Lattes—because a sunny day wouldn’t be complete without an Iced Coffee.
If you aren’t native to the Pacific Northwest you’ll begin to learn that when the sun is out, all prior plans will be paused and rescheduled for outdoor activities. Lunch outdoors and with a view was the consensus for the afternoon. We made our way to Salty’s on The Columbia seated on the covered deck with a clear view of the river and Portland Yacht Club. The covered deck allowed warmth to stay inside the deck, providing us with full sun soaking bliss. Note: I’m personally gravitated towards going to The Columbia on a sunny day. Something about the bright blue sky and water just feels so right! We ordered the Calamari (from Monterey, California) & the Crab and Shrimp Louie Salad. The Louie Salad was the adept thing to order on a hot day… don’t get me started on the dressing.
After lunch, we stayed in the backyard till sundown. There was not one cloud in the sky, which meant we laid out our favorite picnic blanket, listened to music and played chase.
Sunday morning/mid afternoon was spent at The… you guess it, The Columbia. We started our walk off at Broughton Beach and headed East where we came across the most glorious views of green hills, secluded beaches, and retired docks. We took the lower trail closer to The Columbia, but there is a second trail just above where we walked (alongside Marine Drive) that is more suited for bikes.
The night ended at the McMenamins Kennedy School—our favorite McMenamins to date (probably because it was the first one we went to and it holds special memories). The Irish menu is out, so naturally we made it a point to go at least once this month. We are working on filling the stamps in our passport (not familiar with this statement? Google McMenamins and get lost in the fun). After dinner in The Broiler Room, we ended with a night cap in The Detention Bar. Both bars are tied for my favorite spots at Kennedy School. I tried the Joe Penny’s Gin for the first time and have officially discovered my new regular drink!
I’ll be adding to my Oregon Journal as we venture out more so please reference. I hope you were able to take small moments out of your weekend that brought you joy!