Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What to see and do in Portland with kids

Its been on my live list to go and see Portland and the Oregon coast so when we got a memorial day weekend we took that opportunity to travel up to Portland and see what it was like! I tell you what after wanting to see Haystack Rock for yearrrrrssss it was like an Eiffel tower moment for me. When we rounded the corner and saw haystack rock in the distance I gasped and screamed and the boys yelled along with me. I don't know if their excitement was more for the rock or for the fact that we would be getting out of the car. haha! Either way nothing beats the excitement of children and having someone to find joy in what you do.

First off here is the video of some of the places we saw and did, and keep reading below after you watch it to see our list of what to do in Portland!



 Bucket list in Portland with kids

1. Upper Left Roasters
This place was so clean and beautiful. Really fun atmosphere. And their avocado toast is something I am trying to duplicate. It was incredible And they have free hot chocolate- also really good!
Shelby and Brandon
Shelby and Brandon
2. Pine State Biscuits.
You can't go to Portland without eating here. But I suggest getting there early the line gets long but it sure was worth the wait!
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon Bucket list in Portland with kids3. Salt and Straw
Another place you have to try when in Portland. The flavors were outrageous but so fun to try each. And they don't go skimpy on the samples they love to let you try all of them. Again this is a popular place so its better to go earlier to avoid the lines.
Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids4. St Johns Bridge.
After eating so much food, it was good to run around and play for a bit. This place was beautiful and had a grassy area all around for the kids to play and get wiggles out.
Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids5. Powell's Bookstore.
The biggest used bookstore in the world?  It was awesome, we bought a couple of books- one was Harry Potter to read to the boys as we drove home.
Bucket list in Portland with kids 6. Cannon beach is about 2 hours away from downtown portland. I liked Downtown but would much prefer to spend more time at the beach.
Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kidsCan never say enough about our Gathre mats. We bring them EVERYWHERE . If you want to see how awesome and functional they are at the beach you can watch  our video here.

7. Multnomah falls:
Another place that I've been wanting to see for years, like literally since I was in High School. So it was totally amazing to see in person and so much more grand!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids   8. Oregon Coast:
We took a drive down the Oregon Coast one of the days and it was breathtaking. I read once that Portland is like the cold Hawaii and it really is. So much beauty everywhere. We stopped off in a little village called Manzanita and it was so cute, and a nice beach to stop off and play.
Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids  Shelby and Brandon
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kidsShelby and Brandon Bucket list in Portland with kids Bucket list in Portland with kids We had some amazing friends who let us stay at their beach house and we couldn't be more grateful for them. They also gave us so many tips on what to see. We had such an amazing trip and can't wait to go back again!
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Bucket list in Portland with kids
Some other things that we did that was not picture:
Grill Cheese Bus: You order grill cheese sandwiches and get to sit on a old school bus that is really cool on the inside.
Blue Star Donuts: We heard Voodoo Donuts were fun, but the blue star were better tasting. I just wish we were there earlier in the day so we could taste all the flavors.
   Shelby and Brandon

7 comments:

Julie Metcalfe Pacini said...

WOW, what an awesome trip and those falls look amazing! I have been to Portland, but missed those, Portland is back on my bucket list! THANKS, julie

ellen said...

My favorite photo is the one of all of you in the ice cream shop! And in all my trips to Portland I haven't been to those eating establishments! They're on my bucket list now.

CNUK said...

Great trip - great photos - great family xx

Kathy-A Brighton Girl said...

What lovely pictures and video. Looks like you all had an amazing time xx

Haley said...

Makes me miss home! Well, the city across the river from home. :) Some of those eateries in Portland I've never been to, definitely adding to my list to visit next time we go see my parents. And in my dream world I'd have a beach house on the Oregon Coast. No place like it! So glad you and your beautiful crew had such a great time.

Haley said...

And I just watched the video! Magic! Your boys sharing ice cream had me melting (no pun intended;) and you all the beach was breathtaking! Was rad memories you captured. ☺️✨

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