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Traveling To Portlandia, A Holiday Vacation

I’ve been home from Portland for nearly three weeks and am still glowing from a whirlwind trip spent in the city, on the mountain, and in wine country.

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Our friends raved about the vintage shopping before we left and they couldn’t have been more right. Our first day shopping in the city JPC scored a vintage leather cased flask, a hunting coat, a flannel, shades, and gloves. I was lucky to come home with a camel vintage cape and a pearl and sequin embroidered collar, one that I’d been searching for for several months. We also spent some time at a vintage jeweler with the most perfect Art Deco set diamonds.

Portland is known for being a bit hippie dippie and it didn’t disappoint in the vegan/vegetarian fare. I have to say- if Cleveland had food options like that, cleansing wouldn’t be as difficult or painful. Some of the most delicious things I ate were Vegan. For balance, I also chowed a ton of steak…. so you know…

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The city is perfectly walkable and the climate is so mild; we were blessed to escape a blizzard at home. We stayed Downtown at The Hotel Monaco, which just had the loveliest staff and the most glorious decor. It basically looked like Jonathan Alder threw up everywhere (which is my dream, hello).

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Located just an hour from the mountains, we headed to Meadows at Mount Hood for a day of skiing in the (cold) sunshine. Just a few minutes away is the historic Timberline Lodge- the film location of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. As a huge Kubrick fan, I hope to return to the spooky set one day!

Our last big hoorah of the trip was a tour of 5 vineyards in the near by wine country where Pinot Noir is the specialty. Wine was drunk, lunch was had, and our driver decided to get all sorts of weird by dressing up like a ‘Wine Wizard’.

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The few days away were a much needed respite from the craziness of the holiday season and a great way to spend time with our friends. As much as I love my own city, getting out and about is a great way to get inspired and come home full of creativity. I hope a second trip to this beautiful west coast city isn’t too far into the future.

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