This weekend I ended up going to Portland for a day trip. Since it is an 3 hour drive I decided to leave work a little early on Saturday and head out. On the way down I used google maps to find a good place to stop and get a bite to eat, just before we got into Portland.
Don & Jo’s Drive-In in Ridgefield, WA
It was certainly not much to look at upon driving up, but we were starving and it had decent reviews. The kids got Corn Dogs and I can’t say they looked like anything out of the ordinary, but they ate them all. And I ordered the Turkey and Swiss on a Bun, that I was not too excited about upon ordering. Now let me tell you something, I about inhaled that sandwich, it was amazing. The turkey which was real turkey, was piping hot and the cheese was perfectly melted. This sandwich is something I have craved ever since going. Go there, get a milk shake, and order that Turkey and Swiss on a Bun.
Super 8 Portland Airport
Google is by far my favorite search engine and the only thing I will use to book my accommodations. It always shows the best deals. I just search cheap hotels and it brings up a list of dates and filters to fit my needs. This landed us at the Super 8. I’m not too keen on motels, but it was cheap and had good reviews. I’m so glad I did. This actually was a fairly nice motel and had a decent continental breakfast, as far as motels are concerned. We also got some pretty decent channels on the TV and the girls and I were able to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 while eating junk food in our very clean and comfortable room.
Wahkeena and Multnomah Falls
The next morning after breakfast we took a 35 min drive and headed to Wahkeena falls, from there we took the lower trail and hiked over to Multnomah Falls. It was a beautiful hike and was just long enough for the girls to enjoy. Once at Multnomah we stopped at the Visitor Center and checked out all the stuff that was inside. They had some awesome drawers that were Kid friendly and had animal skins, skulls, and antlers for the kids to check out and feel.
After our hike we decided to head over to Stumtown Coffee and get some hot coco for the girls and an Americano coffee for myself. The staff there was amazing and this was a very cool coffee shop that is known for their high quality coffee. You wont be sorry you stopped in. Plus you’ll want something to sip on while waiting in you next line.
Probably one of the biggest attractions in Portland as far as food goes, and for a good reason. These delicious doughnuts are completely worth standing in line for, and with your amazing coffee who would even notice. Once inside your wait isn’t long and the decor will certainly keep you busy as there is so much to look at. This place only accepts cash, but don’t fret if you didn’t bring any, there is an ATM onsite and conveniently located for you to pass in line. We decided to be brave and let them pick our Dozen which is the cheaper route. I did politely ask her if it was acceptable to request no cream or fruit filled ones, as we were not fans of those. I threw in that if that was too much to ask we would be just fine. She mus have appreciated it as they hooked us up and I got all the doughnuts I would have picked anyways.
After our Doughnuts we headed over to Sizzle Pie, since we needed some lunch and it was conveniently located across the street from our next stop. The slices are huge and were easily shared between the kids. So $3 for a piece of pizza that fed both the girls was a deal to me. If you are vegan, this is definitely the place to go as they are know for their vegan option. However carnivores have many options as well!
Powells City of Books
After eating we headed overt to the this gem. The LARGEST used and new book store in the wold. We spent about a good hour in here just running around checking our all the different rooms. If we would have had more time I could have easily spent an entire day here. Be sure to check out the rare book room before you leave.
Portland Saturday Market
Which is open on Sundays too, is a fun place to walk around and just enjoy the culture. You will find all kinds a great souvenirs here and have the chance to support the local artists. It was a nice relaxing way to end the day, before that 3 hour drive back home.