The middle of my vacation was spent in Portland, OR. It’s a short drive from Tacoma (though there was an insane amount of traffic that stretched the drive considerably). Initially I wasn’t loving Portland. The downtown was extremely crowded, dirty and smelled unpleasant. We walked past many banks, chain stores, and shoddy restaurants and felt more and more disheartened the longer we were there. After checking in to our Air BnB, my friend and I decided to turn to Yelp and Facebook for recommendations. I am so glad we did because the trip immediately turned around. We spent the rest of the weekend sifting through cool local shops, eating incredible food (check back tomorrow), mocking the museum (that gets its own post too), and totally loving Portland. I am already plotting my next trip now that I know where to stay, what to eat, and how to shop in Portland.