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Portland, OR, United States for food, roses & a waterfront stay!

I was in Portland, Oregon for Labor Day weekend to celebrate a friend’s gender reveal. But since that was only a few hours, I got to explore some new places in Portland that I thought I would share with you!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know that I used to live there. A total of 4 years of my 20’s was spent in Portland; 2 years right out of college and 2 years after Detroit. My best friend lives there and got to stay at her new place for most of the trip, so thanks Maya & Will! 

If you’re looking for things to do, places to eat or fun activities in Portland, obviously keep reading this post. In addition though, check out my first Portland post for another list of must-do things when in the City of Roses!


Gravy – My bestie has always been an Oregonian and takes me to the best places, all the time. Located in North Portland, Gravy is one of them. Despite the 1+ hour wait, I would say the food was worth it. True to their name, they’re famous for their biscuits and gravy. I’m no biscuits and gravy connoisseur but oh my, it was delicious. The Corned Beef Hash was fantastic but a little bit too salty for my taste. Ask for the hash browns extra crispy, you know, if you’re into that. Perfect place to brunch for those who are patient enough to wait for a table and to find a parking spot.

Hamlet – This is going to be short and sweet. We stumbled across Hamlet while walking through downtown Portland and decided to grab some light food. First of all, how adorable is their name and logo? Their specialty is prosciutto and what’s pictured is their sampler. Even though they all look the same, they taste completely different! I’m not a prosciutto expert but I probably could have ordered 3 more of those plates before I inevitably get sick, haha! These biscuits are fresh out of the oven and pairs amazingly with the meats. Hamlet also has a creative list of cocktails which I unfortunately failed to photograph so you’ll have to trust me that it was good stuff! 


Marriott Waterfront Downtown Portland – For the final night of Portland, I stayed at the Marriott Waterfront downtown. I worked at a hotel less than a mile away from this hotel when I lived there and remember what it used to look like. Earlier this year, this hotel was completely renovated and my mind was blown. The lobby, the rooms and the addition of the M Club Lounge looked superb. The M Club Lounge is new to some of the renovated properties and is an exclusive lounge, open 24 hours. They serve complimentary desserts, breakfast and appetizers with a fully stocked coffee machine and fridge with juices available at anytime. I loved it! My favorite part of the hotel was the guest room. The modern design that incorporates the vibe of Portland was so classy! The backdrop of the bed is a bicycle wheel and on the walls were trunk slabs; both soPortland! The location is perfect and I highly recommend staying here when visiting Portland.

…..and there’s SO much more over on my blog. Click here to get redirected! 

Insider Tip

If you want to hang out downtown, don’t get a rental car! The MAX & Streetcar are free within the downtown area!

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