Blue Star has become wildly popular in Portland the last few years and I have to say, the donuts match up to the hype. The blueberry bourbon basil (pictured) is awesome but my favorite is the one filled with citrus custard, so good!
The strongest coffee you will ever have! Absolutely perfect for “early morning” adventures and coffee hangouts. Stumptown coffee cold brew and beans are also carried at so many grocery stores around town if you don’t have time to stop in.
Barista is one of my favorite coffee shops to hit up when I’m in a trendy neighborhood like the pearl district or 23rd since its always so well decorated and delicious. My favorite thing to order is the hot chocolate or mocha, they use an actual melted down chocolate bar to make it!
4759 NE Fremont St
I love Pips and for now I make the bold claim that they are the best doughnuts in the Portland area. The doughnuts come in one mini size with different toppings (lemon curd, sea salt and honey, chocolate) and you can get as many or as little as you want which is great. The chai flight and lattes are also delicious and super reasonably priced. Its the perfect spot for an easy morning treat.
The only thing about Pips is that the location is a little hard to get to and they close early at 4pm. Plan ahead and make a dedicated trip!
This place is infamous for a reason! The line at the 23rd location is always out the door so come prepared to wait a little bit. The sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbons is my absolute favorite flavor but ones like strawberry balsamic and bleu cheese are always fun to try out. Want to skip the line? Grab a pint to share instead of a scoop each. They are pre-packaged and have a separate checkout line.
Sandwiches, soups, espresso, macaroon cookies, housewares, candles, cards….The list goes on! Elephants is the perfect quick stop for a Parisian deli lunch or some light grocery shopping. The orange tomato soup is my favorite! I special request it when I’m at home sick.
I have never been to a more beautiful grocery store. Shopping with my mom at Zupans as a child I never appreciated how perfectly everything was arranged and displayed. As an adult I cant think of a more gorgeous place to snag flowers or sit down for a sandwich.
220 NW Glisan St (now on Burnside!)
The best florist in Portland, I love love love the arrangements and selection in the buckets out front. More of a “floral museum/display” than anything else. I have gone to Sammy’s for many an occasion!
Saint Honorè is as close as you can get to a Parisian bakery without leaving PDX. They have the most ornate baked goods, delicious sandwiches, fresh bread, and espresso drinks. Its one of my favorite places to work remotely and makes an easy meeting spot for lunch or breakfast.
A “must try” item is definitely the namesake “St. Honorè” dessert pictured above. Its a cream puff tart with whipped cream inside and a crunchy honey glazed exterior. Way too delicious and certainly big enough to split with a friend.
You can probably tell by how many pictures I take here, but I visit this little bakery chain a lot and have been a patron since I was a kid. It is truly one of my favorites here in Portland 🙂
1309 N.W. Hoyt St
Cant get seated at Irving Street Kitchen? Well you are in luck because Paragon is just as delicious/funky and is just around the corner. Try the Calamari if your feeling adventurous, It’s out of this world.
701 NW 13th Avenue
Milk bottle chandeliers, mason jar drinks and and butcher blocks galore. The atmosphere does a really good job at capturing the essence of Portland. Try to be seated in one of the curtained booths in the back, and make sure to order the salted caramel butterscotch pudding.
212 SW Stark St
Definitely in my top 3 for brunch in Portland. Every single thing I try at Mothers ends up being absolutely delicious. Make reservations early and make sure to plan out parking to the best of your ability.
30th Floor Bancorp Tower
A steakhouse on top of one of Portlands tallest buildings, this place definitely wins best view of the city. The food is great but pricey in relation to other spots, so this place is best for celebrations and special events.
4001 Southwest Canyon Road
One of my favorite places to go on a date or just to observe by myself. The Oregon Zoo is an outstanding place. There is an obvious emphasis on conservation and a wide array of animals to look at, it makes for a wonderful 1/2 day activity. My favorite animal? The giraffes and the elephants that Oregon Zoo is famous for, including the newest adorable addition, Lilly!
Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike! Laughing Planet is just all around healthy and delicious. There are locations in Eugene, Corvallis, and Portland and I’ve never had a bad experience. Unsure of what to order? Just ask! The staff is always friendly and will find you something delicious to nom on.
2776 Shadow View Dr
Delicious pizza slices and salads! Funny enough I ended up here on an anniversary after being rained flooded out of a restaurant reservation and I couldn’t have been happier with the slice of pizza I devoured.
You are probably wondering why this isn’t under my Portland favorites. To be honest the doughnuts are unique but not at all worth the unbearable line. I prefer the Eugene location to get the “Voodoo” experience without the wait. I will say, the fact that Voodoo is still cash only irritates me a little and I prefer Blue Star or Pips in general. Its definitely something to try as a tourist in Portland, but the doughnuts are just ok.
1790 Safari Road, Winston Oregon
This is something to do that isn’t actually in Eugene but is nearby. The wildlife safari is located about an hour south of Eugene in Winston, Oregon and you can read a full review of our visit in this post. Definitely something fun to experience or check out as a pit stop on an I5 road trip! There are a ton of animals, check Groupon for a deal on tickets.
Cameron and I moved to Corvallis in 2013 after graduating from High School. We moved here to attend Oregon State University and have a love/hate relationship with this little college town. It’s a rural community that still feels very “Oregon” but lacks the diversity in dining and shopping that Portland has. It’s safe to say we won’t be making Corvallis our permanent home but we have gathered a few favorite places and recommendations during our years here. For reference we lived in the dorms our first year, close to campus our second, and moved into an apartment downtown for our third and fourth.
If you aren’t familiar with Oregon, Corvallis is along I5. Past Eugene and towards Portland if you are driving up from Northern California.
160 SW Madison
A slice of Portland in the middle of Corvallis! Tried and True is adorable (tiny!) and has the most delicious coffee served in beautiful mint ceramic cups. When we moved to Downtown Corvallis I was so happy to find this place and designate it as our neighborhood coffee shop. Truly we love the coffee and the staff here and will miss everyone when we move back to Portland.
Definitely stop by if you are in town for a Beaver game or graduation. Or even if you are driving up I5, its totally worth the stop!
First St./ Jackson Ave
One of the benefits of living in a farm town, is well, the farms! Local produce, flowers, and products (honey, nuts, lotion, etc.) can be found every Saturday morning at the Corvallis Farmers market. We love picking up the majority of our groceries here in the spring, summer, and early fall!
4380 NE Highway 20
Davis Family Farm was our go-to for pumpkins and apple cider for four years! The farm is situated between Corvallis and Albany so it’s easy to get to and not a long drive if you live in town. They have other types of fresh produce throughout the year, but we would visit from September to November when they have the fresh pressed cider in stock. A super fun place to spend an autumn afternoon and if you have kiddos there is a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch.
215 4th Street
A cozy little old school book store that is my favorite to visit on the weekend! Be warned, its cash only (I know, what?!?) so come prepared and hungry to read.
121 SW 3rd Street
Alley Gyros is great for a quick lunch! You have to know what to expect because its a hole in the wall that’s literally situated in the back of an alley, but the food is great. They offer lamb, chicken, and falafel and there is a DIY toppings bar with an herb dressing that’s not to be missed. Menu items are around ten dollars and since this restaurant is small, make it a pit stop instead of a long visit. Everything I have ever had here has been delicious and I make the claim that it is the best greek food in Corvallis.
100 SW 1st St
The coolest little record shop and a great place to check out if you collect records or are looking for some vintage posters. We found both our vintage “Its A Small World” record and our 1970’s Star Wars poster here!
219 SW 2nd St
The Frangelica (hazelnut) coffee, adorable seasonal sugar cookies, and herb bagel with garlic cream cheese are not to be missed. This place always strangely reminds me of “Central Perk” from the show Friends….#90’sVibes
This isn’t an official ‘thing” in Corvallis and you probably won’t find it listed on other guides but it is really cool and something to see when you are in town. The wall right by the train tracks on 7th and Washington has ever changing graffiti art that is community contributed. Like I said this isn’t official or even legal/allowed but it is super beautiful in my opinion. If you have ever contributed to this wall, just know that your art has been appreciated by us during our college years. I personally really love artistic graffiti and we enjoyed checking up on this wall every few months.
560 SW Madison Avenue
This isn’t so much something to do as something to see. If you are in Corvallis during the spring, stop by the courthouse downtown for a cherry blossom view like you have never seen before. It’s gorgeous!
If you havent ever been to the Oregon Coast, it’s likely different than any other beach you’ve experienced. I have lived in Oregon my whole life and I have never worn a swimsuit to the coast, which should give you an accurate idea of just how cold it gets. Its always a little bit cooler than Portland, which makes it a super popular destination in the summer months.
There are a variety of towns and cities to visit along the coastline, but here are some ones that we frequently visit.
And here are some places worth stopping at if encountered on your coastal drive!
Lincoln City (Highway 101)
The cutest coffee place on the Oregon Coast! If you are looking for some great espresso while driving on highway 101 Mojo is your place. Its this little white and blue drive thru that serves Stumptown coffee and makes the yummiest chai! They also have some non-caffeinated drink options for the afternoon making it the perfect rest stop if you are passing through Lincoln City on route to your final destination.
27500 E Timberline Road
I’ve been to the lodge a few times (my most recent trip) and would recommend it to any Oregon visitor that has the time to take a drive up. The lodge has a undeniable vintage feel, is hand built, and beautiful beyond words. The rooms are equally beautiful and cozy. The food in the dining room is wonderful, and there is nothing like rolling out of bed to look at the snowfall and enjoy a cabin breakfast. If the skiing conditions are right, you are literally steps away from the trails making it perfect for burning off some of the food. It’s really overall a unique experience to stay there. Make sure to bring a little something to do by the fire, as the wifi signal is not strong.
39230 Pioneer Boulevard
A “must stop” when driving up to the mountain! It’s this tiny red and white brick building that houses the worlds best donuts. My dad and I used to get donuts and coffee here every morning before a day of skiing and over the years not only did it become tradition, every time I go back the line multiplies! A local legend indeed.
835 NW Bond St
I love this location the best and I could even tell you why, its just something about being in Bend. Townsheds is one of my favorite Kombucha brands (I love clear mind and rose bud!) and in the teahouses they serve it on tap.