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We love our adopted city of Portland! There are a million things we could suggest for you to do and places to eat. We’ve tried to pair it down to just the favorites and we’ve also included some neat places to lay your head for the weekend.

Jupiter Hotel: (503) 230-9200 If you’re in the mood to party, this is probably a good place to stay. It’s cheap, clean and our favorite rock venue in town, the Doug Fir, is underneath the hotel. It’s located in inner southeast Portland, within close walking distance of our reception location and our house.

Hawthorne Hostel: (503) 236-3380 If cost is your only concern, this is a good budget friendly option. It’s also located in inner southeast Portland near fun shopping on Hawthorne and a 20-25 minute walk from our reception location. It’s also across the street from Dan’s favorite sports bar Claudia’s.

Ace Hotel: (503) 228-2277 The Ace Hotel is located in downtown Portland. All the rooms are really awesome and come with a record player and records. The restaurant downstairs, Clyde Commons, is supposed to be amazing plus you’re near the famous Powell’s Books and the Pearl District shopping area. It’s moderately priced and a short cab ride away from our reception location.

Kennedy School: (503) 249-3983 This is an elementary school that has been redone into restaurants, bars, a movie theater and hotel. It is super fun, the rooms are nice and the prices are good. It’s located in northeast Portland so you’d need a car or a cab to get to our reception, however, we’d still highly recommend it!

Marriott Courtyard: (503) 234-3200 This is a standard Marriott hotel near the Lloyd Center mall. It’s centrally located and near our reception location. It’s a great choice for families.

We’ve also heard great things about Hotel Lucia (downtown Portland), Heathman Hotel (downtown), Benson Hotel (downtown), The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast (northeast), and  The Georgian House Bed and Breakfast (northeast).

FARM Café: This is our “go to”  for a nice dinner in Portland. We particularly like the Tofu Cutlets but they have delicious meat options too and tons of local wine and beer. Farm is located in a cute house on East Burnside.

Miss Delta: Southern food with a rotating “meatloaf of the day.” This place is on Mississippi Ave, where you’ll want to spend an afternoon shopping at Flutter or drinking at Amnesia Brewery. After you grab a bite to eat at Miss Delta, you can even catch a band playing at Mississippi Studios or Mississippi Pizza.

Pok Pok: This thai restaurant is infamous for it’s long lines and good food (sometimes those things just go hand in hand). We highly recommend the chicken wings.

Kenny and Zukes: Get the ruben here. That is all.

Blossoming Lotus: For our vegan and vegetarian friends we’d recommend this yoga studio/restaurant (um. For real.). They have vegan soft serve ice cream that will blow your mind!

Ken’s Artisan Pizza: Woodburn pizza that is really tasty. This restaurant is on 28th which has a whole line of other eateries you can try out too! Get the roasted vegetable plate to start if you end up at Ken’s.

Slow Bar: Even though the Slow Burger is sort of legendary, our friend Jake from Seattle was the first one to take us here when he was visiting last summer. Their burger is probably the best ever. There are onion rings on it. Yes, we said onion rings.

Cheap Mexican: La Bonita (on Alberta), Ole Ole and Cha Cha Cha (each has a few locations in the city).

Portland is a big brunch town so on the weekends (or anytime) expect long lines but believe us, the food is worth it!

The Screen Door: Southern food. Awesome chicken and waffles.

Gravy: The scrambles here are ridiculous and the oatmeal brulee is crazy good.

Pine State Biscuits: This place is teeny but the fried chicken biscuit sandwiches are delicious!

Sweet Pea Bakery: All you Can Eat Vegan buffet from 9-12 on Sunday.

Zell’s: It’s 3 blocks from our house so we go here a lot, you get free scones!

Since there is nothing formal planned on Saturday and some of you may be in town, we wanted to recommend a couple things that could keep you occupied on a beautiful Oregon summer day (fingers crossed!)

Multnomah Falls: The second tallest year round waterfall in the nation is about 45 minutes east of Portland. We recommend taking the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway starting in Troutdale to the falls. You’ll pass numerous other falls you can hike into along the way as well as the Vista House which has amazing views.

Sauvie Island: This Island is home to a handful of “you pick” farms and a nude beach (if you’re into that sort of thing). Head 15 minutes north from Portland and you can pick berries and hang out in the fields. We particularly love Kruger’s Farm on the island.

Saturday Market: Each Saturday from 10am-5pm Portland has a big arts and crafts market at the downtown waterfront.

Portland Farmer’s Market: Explore the farmer’s market on the PSU campus from 8:30am-2pm on Saturdays. There is a ton of locally grown food and it’s fun to grab a cup of coffee and walk around or just sit in the grass and people watch.