Pop Up to Portland

It’s been 2 hours- are we there yet? YES! It’s only 2-hours from the Santa Maria Public Airport to Portland Oregon.

Living on the central coast of California is truly magnificent. The coastline and mountains are gorgeous and the weather stays pretty much the same year-round. 

As glorious as this is, variety is necessary, so we aren’t deprived of other magical sights.

If you’re looking for a perfect fall weekend getaway, consider Portland, Oregon. Flights from the Santa Maria Public Airport to Portland are roughly two hours. 

On the California Coast, we’re used to lots of sunshine, so don’t forget you’re umbrella, rain boots, and a jacket. 

As the weather turns brisk, the landscape in Portland pops with an amazing display of colorful leaves. 

It’s a privilege to hop on a plane and in the time it would take, and roughly the cost of a nice dinner and movie, you can fly to Portland to experience a new city, climate, and culture. 

Portland Japanese Garden is a fun place to explore. Located in Washington Park, the Japanese Garden has eight different garden spaces for you to enjoy. Each garden represents a segment of Japanese history and design. 

The Japanese Garden is full of beautiful sights. The waterfall is a great place to listen and let yourself

 relax in the midst of deep green, orange, yellow and red fall shades. It’s a perfect place to meditate.

After a day of sightseeing or hiking the trails, kick back and have a cold brew at Migration Brewing Rooftop.  Its located in the Stadium District, directly across from Providence Park. Trust me, when I write that the best beer to try on draft is the Mo-Haze-Ic; a hazy IPA with passionfruit, papaya, orange, and tropical flavors.

 You won’t have trouble finding good food in a hurry when you’re hungry. It’s no understatement to say that there seems to be a food truck on virtually every street in Portland.

While you’re there, check out the Portland Mercado. It is a hub for Latin American businesses, featuring nine food trucks and six businesses from food, grocery, retail, and service. 

The Havana Station is a Cuban food truck that brings authentic Cuban food straight to Portland. The Ropa Vieja, which is shredded beef in red sauce, cooked with green peppers and onions, is served with white rice, salad, and fried plantains.

To finish off a fabulous weekend getaway, toast farewell at the Departure Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Portland. The 15th-floor, the rooftop lounge is perfect for your last stop, if you like Asian-Fusion fare. You’ll love the grub, the view, and the beautiful relaxing atmosphere. Every foodie will love their seasonal menu. Check it out at 525 SW Morrison Street.

Did someone say Dim Sum?  

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