Portland is a green city- both in its verdant paths as well as its eco-friendly outlook. Known as the "city of roses," this spring was a wonderful time to visit this west coast gem and explore some of its much-loved attractions. As a family, we met to celebrate my brother's recent engagement and get four generations under one roof. The meals were delicious from grilled Cornish game hen and wild caught salmon to Chicken Marbella (a dish from the Silver Palate Cookbook that I am sure to make for my next dinner party) but the scenery was not to be missed!
Between outdoor barbecues in gardens that made me seriously contemplate moving, we jetted around the city to see some of the sights. Now, if you are new to the city, you should be made aware of their slogan: "Keep Portland Weird." Portland is a city with great food, natural beauty and freaks galore. They revel in their oddity and are known for an annual naked bike ride, outrageous donuts courtesy of Voodoo Donuts (which we of course visited) and a sense of fashion that is distinctly Northwest. Because of all this, Portland will never fail to leave an impression. You can check out their bevy of food carts, indulge in the delectable seafood and hike through their numerous trails but never forget to waive your freak flag and cut loose in this distinct and vibrant city. My only regret was that the time flew by and before I knew it, I was braving these spring storms on another cross-country flight.
If you are planning a trip to Portland, below are some of the sights to hit.