AGT Takes Portland!

A vibrant, innovative, eco-friendly, and dog-friendly city that is taking the West Coast by storm – Portland, Oregon is the definitely a destination that should be on your travel list. A city with a laid back feel located 4 hours from the coast, 45min from wine country, and, 2 hours from great hiking near Mt. Hood whether you’re a local or a visitor you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy!

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City Scenes – Photo Credit Rob Finch
http://www.travelportland.com

A complete 180 degrees from the fast-paced life of NYC living, it was such a nice change to wander the city on foot at a leisurely pace, check out the street scenes on Mississippi Avenue for the annual street fair, dine alfresco on restaurant patios, and chat with locals over wine and beer.

Spring Shoot for Travel Portland

Mount Hood View from Pittock Mansion
Photo Credit: http://www.travelportland.com

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I stayed with friends at the River’s Edge Hotel and Spa, located along the banks of the Willamette River the hotel is convenient to downtown, Portland’s trendy NW 23rd street, the Rose Quarter, and quiet running trails. A 5-10 min walk to the trolly or the concierge will call a cab for you. Military friendly and amazing customer service, it was a great place to relax at the end of each day, begin happy hour at their Aquariva on-site restaurant (the mac and cheese is soooo good and the bartenders are awesome!), and to enjoy a post-half marathon spa treatment.

The Lemon Sugar Scrub was my treatment of choice, and it was amazing. I usually get a body scrub at the start of the summer and at the end. This was different from other scrubs I’ve gotten because it was all done under a vichy shower, which was even better and more relaxing for my post-race muscle aches.

Vichy Shower, Photo Credit: http://www.nola7.com

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A city for culinary adventurers, avid shoppers, biking and walking enthusiasts, and architecture and design buffs there’s a neighborhood to peaks everyone’s interests:

  • Cultural District
  • Pioneer District
  • The West End
  • Northwest Portland/Nob Hill
  • Old town/Chinatown
  • The Pear District
  • Alberta Arts District
  • Mississippi Ave
  • Hawthorne Street

Thanks to Alacia from Travel Portland for the great suggestions on places to stay and things to do! Visit Travel Portland to start planning your trip or to find out what’s happening near your neighborhood. I’ll be back next year to attend the World Domination Summit and to run the Fueled by Wine Half Marathon again – Maybe I’ll see ya there!

Big Pink and downtown Portland, Oregon with Mount Hood in the distance.

Cityscape with Mount Hood in the distance
Photo Credit: http://www.travelportland.com

Have you ever been to Portland? What is your favorite thing about the city?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Note: A Girl Travels received no compensation for this post and the opinions expressed are my own.

Out and About

Mississippi Street Fair – Portland Oregon

Held every year in July, this fair is a community-building event that celebrates the residents, businesses, and organizations from N. Fremont to N. Skidmore on Mississippi Avenue. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Boise-Elliot Elementary, the Boise Business Youth Unity Project, and Self Enhancement, Inc.

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Until Next Time! -xo AGT

The Runner, The Wino, and The Foodie

The Runner – My third and most challenging half marathon, The Fueled by Wine Half, provided some amazing views and really firmed up my gluts with all the hills.

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Oh Yeah, Feeling the Burn!

This is definitely a race you need to do some prep for with lots and lots of hill training. The race is about 80-90% hills – the starting line is even on a hill, but the views once you reach the top of each hill are breathtaking – both literally and figuratively speaking lol.

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The total climb of the course reached 840ft and ran through pristine Dundee Hills Vineyards and country roads. This year’s route included; The Four Graces, Archery Summit – Red Hills Estate Vineyard, Torii Mor Winery – Olson Vineyard and Lange Estate Vineyard

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The Half Marathon Dream Team

The Wino – I’m partial white wines, Riesling, Moscato, and Chardonnay are some of my favs to drink alone or with a nice meaty Halibut steak.  When it comes to fresh pasta, tomato basil sauce, or warm chocolate chip cookies and smooth Malbec or Pinot Noir to is my go to. Whoo, I’m gettin hungry just typing this lol

I was able to taste some delicious wines at the wine festival post race and we visited 2 winaries in Dundee, Oregon before heading back to Portland courtesy of the Fueled by Wine Half Marathon swag bag.

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Post Half Marathon Wine Party

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Durant Vineyards

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Winter’s Hill Vineyard

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The Foodie – One of my favorite things to do when I travel is try new foods. I probably eat more during my travels than I do during my day -to – day activities at home. Which is all the more reason why I never leave home without a pair of running shoes and my iPad equipped with yoga and ab workouts.

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Street Car yumminess at the Mississippi Street Fair

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There were so many yummy places to grab a bite to eat – amazing dine in restaurants and yummy street car food, orgasmic Mexican food (that was so good it was gone before I even remembered to take a picture lol) and spicy bloody mary’s to go with brunch! Good thing I ran a half marathon while on vaca cuz I was in food and drink heaven :)

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When you travel do you prefer to explore the restuarant scene or the street car food scene?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT