September 3, 2012

2 DAYS IN PORTLAND: ACE HOTEL x STUMPTOWN COFFEE x POWELL'S BOOKS

2 Days in Portland: Staying at Ace Hotel Portland, drinks at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, wandering Powell's City of Books, ice cream at Salt & Straw, and late night at Clyde Common from August 26 to 28, 2012.

2 Days in Portland | Powell's City of Books

My best friend was getting married.

2 Days in Portland | Ace Hotel Portland

As best man, I was tasked to organize a fun bachelor party. Our small party of four (groom plus three groomsmen) drove down to PDX for a couple days of eating and drinking our way through the city.

2 Days in Portland | Ace Hotel Portland2 Days in Portland | Ace Hotel Portland

We stayed at the Ace Hotel for the hipster, simplistic, offbeat vibe. We had a small yet efficient room with two double beds and a sink with a sliding door to the toilet and shower. Everything was a little different like the old school keys (no keycards) and old fashioned decor.

2 Days in Portland | Powell's Coffee Roasters

I loved having a Stumptown cafe attached to the hotel. It was a refreshing way to start the day. Their Americano (my default drink) is one of the best I've ever had.

2 Days in Portland | Powell's Coffee Roasters2 Days in Portland | Powell's Coffee Roasters

Portland's motto is "Keep Portland weird", and it shows with little differences. I never felt like I was in the United States with so many similarities to Vancouver and Canada.

2 Days in Portland | Powell's City of Books2 Days in Portland | Powell's City of Books

About a block away was the world famous new and used bookstore, literally a "City of Books" encompassing a city block and multiple locations and rooms for every subject available featuring rare new and used books. You could easily spend days in Powell's, wandering the halls.

2 Days in Portland | Salt & Straw Ice Cream2 Days in Portland | Salt & Straw Ice Cream

I made our crew trek the twenty or so blocks from Ace to try some delicious Salt & Straw (at Colene's insisstence) and it was well worth it. I had the cinnamon snickerdoodle flavoured ice cream and it was insanely good.

2 Days in Portland | Salt & Straw Ice Cream2 Days in Portland | Salt & Straw Ice Cream

It's right up there with the best ice cream I've ever had. Their coffee and bourbon and sea salt with caramel ribbons flavours were also quite tasty.

2 Days in Portland | Clyde Common at Ace Hotel2 Days in Portland | Clyde Common at Ace Hotel

We hit up Clyde Common (Ace Hotel's downstairs restaurant and bar) on our last night for a night cap and nibble off their late night menu. They a decent, stripped down discount menu of goodies. I had a pale ale and cheddar grilled cheese for a few bones. It satisfied our late night musings.

Portland is such a fun, interesting city. It was a great trip. Look out for more about it.

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