Portland, Oregon – locals living like tourists…

This past weekend, Dr. J and I decided to take a break from the usual house projects and took a little respite away from the home in our own fair city of Portland, Oregon.  For the first time we were able to take a little R&R for ourselves and pretend to be tourists!  While we wouldn’t normally be all swanky, we did have a good reason: Dr. J’s big 3-0 birthday!  Shhh….don’t tell him I told you!  But don’t worry, just like my 30th birthday from a few months ago (yes, I robbed the cradle), we made sure that he was well cared for on his birthday…

Happy Birthday from The Nines Hotel

We were obsessed with this corner of our hotel room! The marble topped table, the cascading chandelier, the gorgeous wallpaper....to die for!

Only in Portland :-). These guys were good to me...

Still obsessing over the lighting...

Day 2 had us tasting the wares in the Pearl, including 5 separate breads from The Pearl Bakery

We heart architecture

A study in sustainable architecture...

Portland isn't the greenest city in America for nothing!

So there ya have it!  Obviously this is not a post about homewares or DIY, but we were happy to take a “stay-cation” in our own city and live it up by staying in a hotel, taking a culinary tour of our own city, and enjoying the beautiful weather (while it lasted).  I highly recommend living as a tourist in your own city if you ever get the chance….it’s well worth it!

Mad props and thanks to The Nines Hotel as well as The Urban Farmer Restaurant, a sustainable restaurant in downtown Portland!  If you are ever in town, these are must sees!

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