Ali's Adventures

June 6, 2012

Memorial Day in Portland

Filed under: Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 4:46 pm

We spent the Memorial Day weekend in Portland, Oregon (which was probably apparent given the title). I didn’t really know what to expect from Portland, as other than a few episodes of Portlandia I’d never really heard of the city. Turns out Portlandia isn’t that far off, and we had a great weekend.

The weekend was great mainly because of our fantastic hotel. Our hotel criteria reads like this: separate bedroom with door, pool, free breakfast. The Embassy Suites Portland delivered on all three, actually they exceeded our expectations for the last two. It was probably the nicest indoor swimming pool I’ve ever been to. The deep end of the pool was only 4ft, there was a little waterfall in the shallow end, and really nice big steps to ease yourself in. The water was warm enough for me to enjoy the daily swims.

Our hotel oasis.

The hot breakfast buffet was also pretty spectacular. The room had a fountain in the middle. Luckily, we were at breakfast early as the tables near the fountain filled up quickly.

The hotel was very conveniently located. The river front was only a few blocks away. Unfortunately, there was a fair set up on the waterfront. We enjoyed the Portland Saturday market, on both Saturday and Sunday. As Portland is known for its food trucks, we had a Sunday lunch of pierogies and potato pancakes from a food truck at the market. There was a wide variety of food to choose from, but we tend to stick with what’s familiar (and delicious).

Sunday also saw us visit Powells City of Books, the largest new and used bookstore in the world. The kids happily spent close to 2 hours looking at books. We left with 15 books, and I returned later to look at the other sections. When I was by myself I only bought 6 books, but I could have happily bought at least a dozen more.

We visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry before leaving the city. The Museum had a lot of great hands on activities for the kids.

H at the water table, learning about wind power.

The other great thing about our hotel location, is that it was across the street from Voodoo Donuts. Where they sell these:

The boxes the donuts come in are also pretty fun.

We could see the donut shop from our hotel room, so only went when the line was relatively short. Some people waited over an hour to buy donuts, and I’ve heard that in busier times the line can wrap around the block.

Overall, Portland is a nice city to visit for a short time. There is a definite 90’s vibe in Portland, and it seems that grunge has never really gone out of style. We did like the free street cars, and walking along the riverfront would probably have been very nice, but I don’t feel the need to go back. Except maybe to buy more books.


  1. Those donuts are hilarious.

    Comment by Brie — June 6, 2012 @ 7:50 pm |Reply

  2. haha love that you watched Portlandia! I would go visit just for the donuts 😉

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — June 6, 2012 @ 7:52 pm |Reply

  3. Sounds like a great weekend! I’m a big fan of pools and doughnuts too 🙂

    Comment by Sara — June 7, 2012 @ 1:31 pm |Reply

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