Tag Archives: Portland

Checking In: The Canopy Hilton – Portland, Oregon

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Complimentary bicycle rentals at Canopy Portland

Even though Paul and I moved away from Portland, Oregon just over a year ago – the city still holds a very big place in our hearts. So we were thrilled to get up there for a little visit and see a few of our friends while checking up on our house on the coast.

We lived in The Pearl District during our 18 months in the city and it’s constantly evolving with lots of new construction, shops, and restaurants popping up. One lovely addition is The Canopy Hotel by Hilton right near where we used to live.

If you’re looking for a hip spot in a walkable neighborhood – I definitely recommend staying IN The Pearl District and making this your home base. The streetcar is right outside your door which makes it super easy for getting around. Powell’s is just down the street too! (more…)

Our Favourite Dog-Friendly Places in Portland, Oregon

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We had it SO good as dog parents in Portland.

BINGO is a pretty anxious rescue pup and so we try to include him when he can and do a dog-friendly activity with him on the weekend. Portland, Oregon is one of the MOST dog-friendly cities in America and it was only when I left this city – did I realize how GOOD we had it.

Here’s more about how we went from foster dog parents to adopting BINGO!

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Other cities are not nearly as dog-friendly and only select places allow pups on their patio. In Portland, there are not a lack of restaurant, breweries, scenic trails, and outdoor activities for you and your furry friend to do together. I definitely recommend going to visit with your pup.

Here’s a list of our favourite dog-friendly places in Portland, Oregon: (more…)

10 Things To Do in Portland When It Rains

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Updated November 2017

The rain has cometh back in Portland this month.

Hey, I’m not complaining – I know what I signed up for when I moved here and it’s still about a 1000 times better then the winter we had last year (oh non-stop drizzle starting on November 1st. It’s really all about trying to make the most of the weather. So I’ve updated my little round-up of things to do in Portland when it rains.

I’m also open to suggestions as there are A LOT of rainy days to fill here. If you’re visiting Portland and looking for things to do when it isn’t raining – do make sure to check out my Travel Guide to Portland, Oregon for more trip ideas.

Here are a couple Portland rainy day activities to add to your list: (more…)

Fancy Night Out at Ringside Steakhouse – Portland

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The weather has been getting cooler and I’m craving all sorts of comfort food these days.

We have a super fancy old-school steakhouse in Downtown Portland that’s great for date nights, celebrations or when our parents are in town. Ringside Steakhouse Uptown on W. Burnside has been a Portland fixture for the last 73 years. (more…)

Food Diary: The BEST of FEAST 2017

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We came. We saw. We ATE.

I am so lucky to live in such an incredible food city and FEAST really highlights some of the amazing chefs that Portland has to offer. This is my second year at this epic food festival and it was really nice to know what to expect from a weekend of gluttony.

The highlight events for me this year was The Grand Tasting, Smoked! and Brunch Village, plus a bunch of fun parties and classes in-between.

Here are the best things I ate, drank and saw during FEAST 2017 in Portland, Oregon: (more…)

Follow Me To FEAST 2017!

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FEAST is almost here!

It’s my second time attending this Portland food + drink festival and I’m super excited as I had a blast last year. What’s super nice is now I sort of know what to expect and what the rhthym is like for the weekend which is really a nice way to say, “Lisa, PACE YOURSELF” + wear stretchy pants! (more…)

Treetop Trekking Adventure in Oregon

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I have ALWAYS wanted to go treetop trekking!

So when I came across a photo on Pinterest of Tree to Tree Adventure Park, I bookmarked it right away and made plans to head out to Gaston, Oregon (about an hour from Portland) to check out their super cool treetop trekking aerial course.

What is it?

It’s basically a set of fun obstacles set high-up in the trees where you complete each course as it gets higher, wobblier and more challenging! It’s also a great weekend workout and a fun excuse to get outside and into the trees (quite literally). (more…)

Let’s FEAST in Portland!

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It’s almost that time of year again!

One of my favourite food festivals – FEAST will be returning to Portland, Oregon with exciting foodie events happening all over the city. The festival is in its sixth year and runs from September 14-11 with ticketed classes, workshops, tastings and major themed food tastings.

This celebration of food will feature the best of the Pacific Northewest with chefs participating from all over the west coast. See my FEAST Food Diary from last year for a closer look at the festival. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Erika Lee Sears

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Erika Lee Sears was one of the first people I met when I moved to Portland. I was amazed by the fact that she makes art everyday. No, FOR REAL. She creates a piece of art everyday and posts it to her Instagram account over at @ErikaLeeSears. Her work has also been featured on Portlandia!

Not only was this incredibly exciting, I loved how Erika has been able to carve out a career as an artist. If you’re thinking of doing the same thing and have thought about pursuing a creative career – read how Erika got her start!

What sort of career path led you towards becoming a full-time artist? Did you study art in school?

Well, if you can believe it, I didn’t start out as wanting to become or be an artist. I didn’t go to school for art at all, and I started my professional career working in the finance industry. (more…)

Travel Guide: 48 Hours in Portland, Oregon

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It’s been a busy month for visitors!

We had my cousin come into town, then my sister, a friend from LA and then Paul’s parents – who took an epic road trip from Toronto and drove a uHaul full of our crap to Portland, Oregon. We’ve been showing people around town that I wanted to finally put together a GREATEST HITS Travel Guide to Portland.

Also, if you’re looking for a place to stay – check out my post on Hotel Vintage!

Here’s what you just can’t miss on your first visit: (more…)