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Inspiration: Portland (Thanks, Delta!)- 01.14.14

deltamain.jpg Thank you to Delta® for sponsoring this article. Book Delta® Economy Comfort™ on your next trip and make each and every departure and arrival “worth it.”

When Delta® reached out wanting us to experience their Economy Comfort™ seats, and figure out what’s #worthit, the first question was - where should we go? Well the perfect way to kick off 2014 was to find somewhere new and inspiring (and not too far) to take a quick trip - and Portland, OR came to mind. Just back from the madness of holiday travel, Shawn and I needed to properly unwind, relax, and explore, so we happily hopped up to Portland for 2 quick nights! The second question - when to go?!?! So after a bit of poking around the Delta site to figure out which types of planes fly where and what wasn’t fully booked up to get some decent seats (aka Economy Comfort™ and non-middles where possible!) we were set for Jan 6-8. Then came the research phase, as I oriented myself with Portland digitally (and asking friends for advice) this google map of dots emerged to help us figure out what to explore when wandering the city. Feel free to suggest more spots that can’t be missed on our next Portland adventure! Take a peek on the next page at some of our discoveries, as well as the stunning views out the window flying!

delta1.jpg Heading out of LAX…

delta2.jpg Trying out the upgrade to Delta® Economy Comfort™, it is definitely nice to board early to make sure our hand carry bags will fit up top, and the extra leg room never hurts! Also, thank goodness we were closer to the front, or our flight connection would have been nearly impossible and probably required some racing from gate to gate!

delta3.jpg The weather in LA was stunning when we left!

delta4.jpg Snowiness below in Utah.

mthood.jpg A peek at Mt. Hood as we arrived in Portland!

portland1.jpg Our hideaway in Portland got upgraded to a large superior deluxe corner room at the Ace Hotel Portland! Our view looked out to the new walk through shopping of Union Way which leads you right to the monstrous and historic Powell’s Bookstore.

portland2.jpg Union Way is a fascinating shopping concept that merged two buildings and created a walkway through them with inward facing shops. With familiar stores like Steven Alan, Marine Layer, Danner Goods, Self Edge, as well as Spruce Apothecary from the folks at Canoe - and my favorite, Quin candy store!

portland3.jpg Quin Candy has a delightful mix of unusually flavored and beautifully packaged lollipops, caramels, gumdrops, and more handcrafted just a few blocks away!

portland4.jpg We could resist indulging in some blackberry tangerine gumdrops and peanut butter roasted banana caramels! and fully agree that #CandyIsMagic!

portland5.jpg Another Portland MUST that I was thrilled to finally see in person is Core77’s amazing Hand Eye Supply store filled with “tools, books, & clothing for practical purposes” aka too many well curated tools a designer/maker can’t resist!

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portland7.jpg Even though we were well prepared for how incredibly abundant the food (and coffee and beer) scenes are and came to terms with the fact that we would not possibly be able to try even a fraction of the delicious recommendations, we did go for a proper breakfast/brunch at Pine State Biscuits that did not disappoint! And Shawn’s southern roots showed through when he tried the grits and the grin on his face just spread… and then the fried green tomatoes… and the biscuits and gravy… deliciousness!

portland8.jpg Beautiful typography both old and new were everywhere! From signage to branding, i was font giddy all over the city. Also found some adorable and pristine vintage cars on our adventures.

portland9.jpg Wandering the streets, I found this little street art bunny!

portland10.jpg You apparently, can not go to Portland and not to doughnuts. Well, while some say you HAVE to do Voodoo Doughnuts, we had quite a few people recommend Blue Star Donuts instead - and they are AMAZING. The meyer lemon with key lime curd… and the blackberry bourbon basil… WOW!

portland11.jpg On Portland brands I was excited to see in person - Poler and Tanner Goods were high on the list. For more Portland tips, the folks at Tanner have put together quite the Field Guide to Portland. And on exciting news, their downtown LA store is opening this month!

portland12.jpg More fun street art spotted, as well as these recycled street sign trash/recycling bins on the street!

portland13.jpg A peek behind the scenes of Land Gallery.

portland14.jpg Cal Skate Skateboards is the largest and oldest skateboard shop in Oregon, having been open since 1976. In addition to quite the selection of boards and gear, they even have spinning tops made from recycled boards.

portland15.jpg The Trailhead Coffee Roasters - bike powered in Portland! We popped in to their cafe and fell for their mesmerizing hand-blown glass funnel in their rig that can be hooked up to a bike to brew coffee!

deltaend1.jpg … and before we knew it, two days flew by, and it was time to head back to LA. The dramatic colors of the stormy afternoon at the airport looked beautiful.

deltaend2.jpg We also learned that taking pictures of #PDXcarpet is a thing, and it’s especially controversial that they are switching from the carpet Shawn is standing on, to the one you see my feet on. They even have t-shirts (and these) and socks with the PDX Carpet pattern!

deltaend3.jpg Sunset was particularly dramatic on the wet tarmac!

deltaend4.jpg … and the reflections as we waited to head back to LA were gorgeous! So there you have it, some of our favorite discoveries and inspirations from Portland ~ Thanks, Delta®, for encouraging us to enjoy life and embrace the little upgrades along the way!

gravity.jpg To remember our adventure, this Nikki McClure GRAVITY print came home with us - reminding me that sometimes you just have to lay back, relax, and take it all in…

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