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Gilles from Santa Monica asked

Romantic weekend trip in Portland

I'd love to go on a romantic gateway with my wife one of these weekends. What are the good places to visit, eat and do? We both like to visit the "authentic" way, discover the city by walking and stumbling upon random beauty than do the touristy attractions. Looking for a little guidance to make the trip perfect. Thank you.

Portland (Oregon)

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Hannah from Portland

Staying at the Jupiter Hotel is a very Portland way to stay in the city. It's laid out like a boutique motel and has a lot of character and charm. Plan your trip around a band you want to see at the Doug Fir Lounge (attached to the hotel) and experience the small venue with locals.

For a romantic dinner walk to Le Pigeon for creative takes on French classics and group seating. This restaurant is quite small so you'll need a reservation.

Skip Portland City Grill and head to Noble Rot instead for lovely views of the city. The food and ambiance is much better. 

While the Portland Farmers Market does draw crowds (tourists and locals) it's still absolutely worth a visit. It's lovely to walk in the park blocks next to Portland State University and take in all the local goodness that Oregon offers. Hop on the street car and you can head up to The Pearl and experience Powell's City of Books and get lost in the enormity of the books they stock. One more trip on the streetcar will take you up to NW 23rd Ave. Lot's of shopping, restaurants, and bars line 23rd and 21st.

Finally, if you're looking for some nature close by, head to Forest Park for a nature hike. If you have a car, Wahclella Falls is an easy half day trip with amazing photo opportunities. 

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  5. Noble Rot (restaurant)
  6. Portland Farmers Market (restaurant)
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Courtney P. from Portland

I think a mixture of planning and spontaneity is a good way to go for a romantic weekend. Have a loose plan, but be okay if you don't hit everything on your list.

As for specific ideas for things to do:

Rent bikes and explore! Try Everybody's Bike Rentals.

Take a walk in the gardens. The International Rose Test GardenJapanese Gardens, or Lan Su Chinese Garden are all good choices.

Drinks in a quiet, dark place like Multnomah Whiskey Library, Expatriate or even Hale Pele. However, as the night progresses, these places become busier and louder. I'd recommend going early (4-5pm).

Bring a picnic dinner (perhaps charcuterie and cheese from a place like Pastaworks or Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods) and go out to Skidmore Bluffs to watch the sunset.

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Everybody's Bike Rentals (attraction)
  2. International Rose Test Garden (attraction)
  3. Japanese Gardens (attraction)
  4. Lan Su Chinese Garden (attraction)
  5. Multnomah Whiskey Library (attraction)
  6. Expatriate (restaurant)
  7. Hale Pele (restaurant)
  8. Pastaworks (attraction)
  9. Foster & Dobbs Authentic Foods (restaurant)
  10. Skidmore Bluffs (attraction)
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