I started at the Portland Farmer's Market. The farmer's market in our town is over the weekend, so I had missed it and wanted to get some vegetables for the week. I was not disappointed. It was set in a park and was full of goodies ... including an adorable bakery, Two Tarts Bakery. I will definitely be looking them up next time I'm in Portland. They had amazing macaroons, small treats, and mini chocolate chip cookies with sea salt sprinkled on them. YUM.
I know it's sideways, but you get the point. The adorable little box from Two Tarts.
Loved the paper inside
And finally, the goodies!
After the Farmer's Market, I headed over to Pioneer Square to see the Courthouse. We'd walked by it several times, but I hadn't stopped to take it all in.
The busy square
The Courthouse ... I LOVE old courthouses
And a close-up
Next up, I wanted to go back to the riverfront and get a picture of the "Made in Oregon" sign. Luckily, VooDoo doughnuts was on the way to the sign. I decided if they didn't have a line, it would be a sign that I should go in and get more doughnuts. And guess what? There was NO line. So how could I not go in?
I got myself two Marshall Mathers (M&M doughnuts) and an Oreo one for J.
It was hard to get a good picture of the sign because there were so many huge trees along the road ...
but how can you be mad about that?
From here, I headed back to the hotel to pick up my car. I had one more stop to make ... J. wanted some Portland beer. So, I picked up Reliable Randy and headed to find beer. The concierge recommended I try Whole Foods. I was disappointed with their selection and it was all cold. However, when I headed back to the car, I looked up and realized I had parked right across from the Deschutes Brewery, one of the beers J. asked for. What a coincidence. He got some beer after all. I also stopped by Powell's City of Books before I headed out:
What a neat place ... I think it takes up an ENTIRE city block.
I had one last stop to make before I headed back to Washington ... the International Rose Test Garden. I think I missed prime rose season, but it was still a neat place to visit.
Some of my favorites had won awards!
You could see downtown Portland from the top of the hill, but it was hard to get a good pic.
After that, I headed back to Washington. I really enjoyed my time in Portland and can't wait to go back!