I had been to Portland once before, for the Craft Brewers Conference in 2015. In that short time there I realized that Portland was not like anywhere I had ever been before. It was green, friendly and inviting all while seeming unobtainable and a tease — I wanted more. In the over 2 years since my initial visit, PDX has sat on the map tempting me, even daring me, to return. I would spend countless hours combing Google Maps and finding spot after spot with great beer selections and food that would cause late night cravings. I needed more of Portland in my life and when I planned for my long West Coast trip I could probably say that it centered around Portland.
Portland itself provides enough food, drink and fun that one can lose themselves for weeks on end and never leave the city limits. I’m fairly certain that in Alberta alone (the neighborhood we stayed in) you could eat at a different spot for each of your 3 main meals everyday and it would take over a month to hit them all. This probably rings true for other neighborhoods as well like Downtown, Belmont, Richmond, Boise and so on.