A Girlfriend’s Weekend Getaway Guide to Portland, OregonBy Kathryn OShea Evans
It’s no wonder Portland is a go-to spot for a girlfriend getaway: the Oregon state motto is “She Flies with her Own Wings.” When the sun comes out from its soggy hiding place in spring and summer, there’s nothing better than this Pacific Northwest town—home to 10,000-acres of lush parks and a booming locavore restaurant scene (James Beard was from here, and it shows).
Here, where to eat, shop and play.
Lined in pink flamingo wallpaper, the newly opened Delores is an ode to chef BJ Smith’s Polish mother and serves elevated comfort food: potato truffle pierogies with caviar beurre blanc, buttery house rolls with herbed cream cheese and smoked trout roe, and s’mores with CBD chocolate.
The reigning queen of Portland’s restaurant scene, Chef Naomi Pomeroy and her staff churn out six course dinners at Beast that are a foodie’s paradise. On the menu: Hokkaido sea scallops with meyer lemon, jamon iberico, and crisp saffron rice, and chocolate pistachio opera cake with cardamom and coffee ice cream.
Or, pop by for the quicker three course brunch—there really is nothing like starting your day with spiced apple clafoutis and smoked pork shoulder hash with poached duck eggs.
Bella’s Italian Bakery
Sweet tooths beeline to Michelle Vernier’s new women-run bakery for many reasons—the house-made focaccia, pepperoni rolls and fresh-piped cannolis made with housemade ricotta among them. Stop in for a breakfast board (herb frittata, mixed greens, focaccia and seasonal fruit), shot of Trailhead Roasters espresso, and a sfogliatella so beautiful it could have been an extra on “The Sopranos.”
Ladies of Paradise
Just opened by rising Instagram stars Jade Daniels and Harlee Case, this is the “women-positive” spot for feminist finds like t-shirts emblazoned with the words Girls Support Girls and Mary Jane paraphernalia such as holographic ashtrays and pink Weed sweatshirts (a likely nod to Reed, Portland’s highly regarded university).
Opened by female former Nike employees, Wildfang is a self-proclaimed band of “robin hoods raiding men’s closets.” The cheeky clothes for sale include “Wild Feminist” t-shirts and black bomber jackets with bold statements like “I really care, don’t u?” written on them. The Wildfang brand is growing, with new stores in New York and Los Angeles in addition to their Portland flagships.
SEE + DO
Tesla Custom Winery Tours
When oenophiles go to Oregon, a Willamette Valley winery crawl is a must—but who’s driving? You can hop in a Mercedes 300, Tesla Model X SUV or Mercedes Sprinter in groups of up to 14 for a whirl around the region’s top vineyards—including a lunch amid the vines.
Tours are customized to your group, but make a point of asking to see both LEED certified Sokol Blosser and Ponzi Vineyards, where you can play bocce with a glass of Pinot Gris in hand.
DIY Bar Craft + Sip
Ladies who DIY together, stay together—or so the saying goes. At this Northeast Portland watering hole owned by two brothers, you can choose from a handful of quick projects—from embossed leather wallets to bracelets made of hex nuts—to complete while sipping cider on-top.
It’s not a proper girl’s trip without relaxing spa time together, is it? This Scandinavian spa is pure hygge (if Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has covered it, you know it’s ideal for a certain highly-manicured type of woman).
Stop by for R&R in their cedar saunas and a signature treatment, such as the rosemary and seaweed detox foot soak or a 30 minute massage with a birch Arnica body oil scrub. Pure bliss.
This article was published through a partnership with Jetsetter magazine. Read the original story: The Ultimate Girls’ Weekend Guide to Portland by Kathryn O’Shea-Evans, a regular contributor to Jetsetter.