Day 70 – Portland – Taking a day off

Days to party: 5

11/8/2009 On our first full day in Portland, home of 44 breweries, more per capita than any other city in the world, we didn’t visit any.  We also skipped out on riding our bikes.  Instead, we all decided to do our own thing today—Caroline went for a 7 mile run down to and around the gorgeous Esplanade path, Anders and Sara headed to brunch, and Tracy geeked out for a bit on the computer and got in touch with her friend Hallison, who is in law school at Lewis & Clark. Hallison then met up with Caroline and Tracy for a late brunch at a restaurant called Gravy, which had an awesomely delicious menu! Earlier in the day, Anders and Sara had tried to go there but ended up at the place next store because they couldn’t handle the wait, if only they’d known how good it would be!  Instead, they used the extra time to go back to the house and Sara gave Anders a much needed haircut :)   After that, it was a great tour in Hallison’s car around the city, where we got to see Washington Park and the rose garden, Powell’s bookstore, the stately mansions in the hills, and more.

In the evening, Tracy, Sara, and Anders went for dinner and live bluegrass at Laurelthirst, while Caroline met up with her friends Alan and Julia for dinner. (Incidentally, Julia was just in town visiting from Washington, D.C. and is responsible for hooking us up with our great hosts in La Crosse, WI where she had gone to school!) Then the two groups reconvened at the bar, Saraveza, which had an AMAZING selection of brews, including tour-favorite La Folie from New Belgium and a hard to come by Cascade sour – The Vine. At Saraveza, we met our new friend, Alex (of the podcast HikeYeah), and he offered to be a chauffeur/companion for our brewery adventures the next day.

Portland, thus far, could be easily summed up as “great people, great beer.” We went to bed early that night (as opposed to other nights! Ha!)…we had four brewery stops planned for the next day!

Bikers Beware

Bikers Beware

Drinks at Saraveza in Portland, OR

Drinks at Saraveza in Portland, OR

Saraveza

Saraveza


 
 
 

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