Holiday Weekend in Portland

The holiday season is a busy time no matter where you live, whether your city is big or small, there are lots of things to do. I'm going to share some of my favorite Christmas themed things to do in Portland in one weekend, if you can fit them all in one that is :) 

1. Spend the day in downtown Portland. Start with grabbing a coffee at some of Portland's finest coffee roasters; Heart Coffee on 12th, Case Study on 10th, Stumptown on 3rd, and my personal go to; Peet's Coffee & Tea on the corner of Broadway and Washington St., just to call out a few. List of Portland's top 10 coffee roasters here.  

If you have some shopping to do, and looking for a bargain, Tjmaxx is right around the corner on Washington and 6th. Although, Portland has great shopping and boutiques all around, especially when you get to 23rd Ave. 

Once you work up an appetite, across the street from TJmaxx, on 6th, is Sushi Sakura. Not only do they have a good variety of tasty sushi, they also have great customer service. Also, happy hour is every day from 3-6pm and all day on Sundays :D

And if sushi is not what you're looking for, also in the same vicinity is St. Honore Bakery on the corner of Broadway and Washington. Not only do they have scrumptious pastries, but they also serve quiche, sandwiches, salads, and desserts with great coffee as well. 

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Just down the street from St. Honore is the Pioneer Courthouse Square, between 6th and Broadway. In the square you will find the center for Visitor Information, there you can get a Trimet pass, walking tours, or any other Portland travel information. 

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When looking at the Visitor Information center, behind you will be the Pioneer Square Christmas tree...

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Across Morrison St. is the Nines Luxury Hotel. If you're looking for a luxurious place to stay while in Portland, the Nines is quite charming. But even if you're not staying at the Nines, take some time to explore the hotel. They have two lounges/restaurants, open to the public for drinks and food, that are beautifully designed; Urban Farmer and Departure.  

While out walking in the area pay attention to the street art... 

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More shopping is available in the area as well; Pioneer Place Mall is right on 5th Ave. 

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If you're hungry for dinner or on to your next day and looking for brunch,  Cheryl's on 12th  has great food, and I love how decked out the place is for the holidays. I included them on my favorite brunch list in a recent post; Portland Brunch blog. They are located on Washington and 12th Ave. 

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If you're craving something sweet to snack on, walk a little farther up Washington to Blue Star Donuts. What makes them special is the dough and flavors, check them out here

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2. Take a walk on 23rd Ave in NW Portland. Shop the boutiques, eat at the restaurants, and drink more coffee at the cafes! The streets are lit up with Christmas lights, so no worries if the sun is setting by the time you make your way there. 

  Taste On 23rd  - for the lovers of wine, located on 23rd and Johnson. 

Taste On 23rd - for the lovers of wine, located on 23rd and Johnson. 

  Fireside  for the lovers of cocktails, located on 23rd.

Fireside for the lovers of cocktails, located on 23rd.

  Salt & Straw  for the lover of ice-cream, such as myself!

Salt & Straw for the lover of ice-cream, such as myself!

I eat ice-cream all year round, the cold won't stop me from tasting Salt & Straw's delicious holiday flavors listed above, or visit here for list of current seasonal flavors and classics. I had the Apple Brandy & Pecan Pie- this was so good, I wish it was a classic, and also a scoop of my classic favorite; Freckled Woodblock Chocolate. 

3. My favorite holiday event is the Oregon Ballet- The Nutcracker at the Keller Auditorium. One word sums up the experience; magical! Purchase your tickets ahead of time if possible, to get the best seats, and the best deals. My friends and I actually bought a promotional deal for two shows for the price of one. In other words; a ticket to the Nutcracker and a ticket to Alice in Wonderland in March, for the price of one. 

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The show starts at 7:30, come early and grab a bite to eat on happy hour across the street at Morton's Steakhouse

4. Visit the Portland Zoo to view the Zoo Lights! This year Zoo Lights runs from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018, but are closed December 24-25 and January 1-4. Tickets for the Zoo Lights are valid from 4pm, Zoo-Lights hours are from 5pm-9pm. The grounds stay open one hour after gates close. I highly recommend coming early because it gets very crowded, especially if you are going on the weekend. 

 My sister, family friend, and I standing in front of a wall of lights at the Zoo. 

My sister, family friend, and I standing in front of a wall of lights at the Zoo.