About Whitney C
Lives in Costa Mesa, California
Since Jul 2013
25-34 year old female
i caught the travel bug the year after i graduated from high school, and never looked back. my husband and i love visiting new places, meeting new people, and experiencing other cultures. getting new stamps in our passports is one of our favorite things, and we hope to set foot on each of the seven continents someday!
Gift & Specialty Shops
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water
Gift & Specialty Shops
Coffee is the best way to start most days, but it's especially essential in a city that is known for its coffee scene. Start out your day in the 'Weird City' with a visit to Case Study, one of the best (in my opinion) coffee shops in the area. My aunt brought me here once, and I was immediately obsessed with its really cool vibe and of course with its excellent coffee. It's been a favorite spot ever since!
Just down the street from Case Study Coffee, Crafty Wonderland is a perfect stop after that requisite cup of Portland joe! Wander down to pick up some souvenirs and postcards. The store has a fantastic selection of quirky, quality, locally made items that you'll actually be happy to display in your home.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is hands-down one of the most beautiful locations in the Portland vicinity. Get a feel for some of the gorgeous scenery from your car, or hop out and go for a walk or hike.
Lunchtime! Yet another Portland special, McMenamins is a chain restaurant like you've never seen before. These restaurants are everywhere, but each one is situated in a different historic building. The Kennedy School location was an elementary school, opened in 1915, but McMenamins has replaced unrecognizable grub and surly cafeteria staff with hearty pub fare and a convivial vibe.
After lunch, stop by Salt & Straw for a refreshing afternoon treat. Just thinking about this place makes my mouth water. This is some of the very best ice cream around, with some really fun and unique flavors.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, or 'OMSI' as the locals call it, is absolutely one of Portland's highlights, no matter what your age is. Tons of interactive exhibits make for a super fun day and lots of learning — which you'll be largely be unaware of, simply because you're having too much fun! This is a definite must-see, especially for families.
Next up, the Oregon Zoo! This is one of my personal favorite Portland offerings. It's a beautiful place with gorgeous exhibits and tons of interesting animals. If you're here during the holidays, plan on visiting at night, so you can catch Zoo Lights, when the entire zoo is decked out in amazing Christmas lights.
Another of Portland's gems, Voodoo is the perfect afternoon snack spot. Chances are, if you have a friend who's visited, he or she won't shut up about it. Yes, your friend is obnoxious — but seriously, it's for good reason! These are some of the best and most unique donuts you will ever have the joy of laying eyes (and teeth) on.
Powell's is an icon both of Portland and of bookstores. It's a full city block, and the second-largest bookstore in the world! You'll find endless rows of new books, used books, and amazing rare books, plus basically everything else you can imagine (including a great coffee shop — duh, this is Portland).
You can't leave Portland without sampling some craft beer. Finish your day with dinner at Deschutes, where you'll enjoy great beer, gourmet food, and a super cool vibe (it's in a converted auto-body shop!).