Ryan and I recently returned from our very first vacation together!  We decided to visit Portland, Oregon for the beer and the food, and boy we were not disappointed!  Boarding our Amtrak Cascades train at 6:40AM on Tuesday morning was a little bit of an early start for us, but it was a painless (except for Ryan’s neck) voyage for 8 hours to reach Union Station in PDX!  The weather was beautiful and we packed light, so we walked to our hotel on Stark and 11th – the Ace Hotel Portland!  I really loved the unique, hip/industrial decor, definitely a breath of fresh air after staying in too many chain hotels!  After Ryan and I settled and unpacked a bit (and checked our twitter, facebook, emails, etc), we headed down the street to try a Portland Brew Pub – Deschutes!  After a tasty flight of beer and some much needed burgers, we wandered around downtown then returned to the Ace for a much needed sleep!  PDX Day 2 next!

Photos 3, 5, 9 and 15 by Ryan, rest by me.


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