GIRLS WEEKEND IN PORTLAND: WILLAMETTE VALLEY WINE + HAPPY HOUR + FARM FRESH FRUIT
A few weekends ago I had a girlfriend in town for the weekend and once again was able to play my favorite role, Portland city tour guide! Our agenda included brunch, wine tasting, an al alfresco happy hour, and Mississippi Avenue walking, and then more drinking.
Here's how it all unfolded.
Trinket is an excellent hidden gem on the east side of town, with many traditional brunch items and some new exciting items like my personal favorite, the savory waffle. Ordering at Trinket can be the hardest decision of the day; but, it is always an easy decision on where to take my out of town guests, Trinket is always a fine choice.
To start our meal right we split the blueberry scone with lemon curd and ordered our own main dishes, I went with my tried and true Savory Waffle; a waffle loaded with sautéed onion, bacon and thyme, then loaded with two farm fresh eggs and goat cheese! The runny egg yolks on this dish are your waffle dipping sauce, heaven! Victoria ordered one of their house-made Bloody Mary's and Huevos Al Pastor; pineapple braised pork atop corn tortillas with two fried eggs, sour cream and avocado, just delicious! After a fulfilling breakfast we took a little drive to the Willamette Valley, our next stop:
A DESTINATION FOR THE SENSES
Just a little under an hour's drive out of Portland and you can find yourself in the mists of Oregon's beautiful and sprawling wine country. Since I had recently received a bottle of olive oil from Oregon's Olive Mill I really wanted to check this entire place out. My visiting girlfriend and I made our way to Red Ridge Farms in Dayton, Oregon for some olive oil and wine tasting, panoramic views of the willamette valley, and a walk about their amazing grounds.
WINE TASTING AT DURANT VINEYARDS
After Victoria enjoyed some wine tasting outdoors we went over to where they have olive oil and vinegar tasting, my most anticipated reason for the drive!
OLIVE OIL TASTING
There hasn't been a day when my homemade salad is not topped off with quality olive oil and gourmet vinegar. This combination is my absolute favorite and makes everything so much better, including eggs, bread, and chicken! I left with a a new combination of olive oil and vinegar made right here at Red Ridge.
BUILD YOUR OWN TERRARIUM STATION
THE WONDERFUL NURSERY AND GREENHOUSE
THE LAVENDER FIELDS
After a full hour of exploring Red Ridge and a few stop for wineries, I drove us back to Portland to catch one of my favorite happy hours, Nel Centro
HAPPY HOUR AT NEL CENTRO
Of course we went to Nel Centro where they have an amazing line up of happy hour items between 4 and 6 pm and an amazing outside sun drenched patio to enjoy it on.
After happy hour I drove us up to my old neighborhood Mississippi Avenue. I lived on the strip for well over three years until we bought our home earlier this year. I loved every aspect of this neighborhood and could have stayed there expect there were a few things about our apartment that we're getting old ( no AC, residential parking in a busy neighborhood and of course hauling groceries up three flights of stairs). Other than a few gripes, I loved everything on the ave. My favorite outdoor patios we're just up the road; Victoria Bar, and Interurban, my favorite thai food; Mee-Sen, and favorite sweets; Ruby Jewel's, and Blue Star Doughnuts. pretty fun place to live if you ever get to pick!
The following day we grabbed a few bagel sandwiches from my favorite spot, Eisenhower Bagelhouse. After we filled our bellies we said our farewells.
Later that afternoon, The husband and i decided to drive up to sauvie island to do some quality manual labor; some fruit picking. we stopped at Kruger's Farm, where we grabbed some cardboard boxes, read what was in season and made our way to the fields to do some picking. after we soaked up enough sun and filled our flat with fruit we made way to check out their market and pay. while heading back we ran in to my previous neighbors, Tom + Farah, plus their sweet pup Nora!
We wound up with a few pounds of fresh blueberries, raspberries, and a few strawberries from the fields and of course lots of fresh produce from inside their market, when home we washed and froze our fruits for later use in smoothies, and breakfast oatmeal.
This weekend was great. we had great company, and amazing weather, and as usual everything within an hour of the city. I love living in Portland, specifically the Pacific Northwest!
GIRLS WEEKEND IN PORTLAND, OUR ITINERARY:
Lechon- late night happy hour on friday night
Trinket -for brunch
The Cakery at Baker and Spice -for a quick slice of cake for our wine tasting
Red Ridge -for wine and olive oil tasting
White Rose -more wine tasting
Nel Centro -happy hour
Ruby Jewel -ice cream of course!
Eisenhower Bagelhouse- bagel breakfast sandwiches
Krugar Farms -fruit picking and a stop in their market