Portland greeted us with rain and we quickly realized we’d left our only umbrella at Cannon Beach. We checked into our hotel, The Ace Hotel, and explored the surrounding streets of the Pearl District in downtown Portland. The Ace Hotel is a historic building turned into a hip hotel, with unique rooms and creative expression throughout. It is great place to stay and within walking distance to most everything.
About a block away from the Ace Hotel is the famous Powell’s Book Store, with multi levels and rooms filled with new and used books, the type of store you could easily get lost in. Also, in the lobby of our hotel was Stumptown Coffee, the most famous Portland coffee company, which we enjoyed on several occasions.
Besides rain, books, and coffee, we of course found some great food during our short time in Portland. I will share more about that tomorrow.