Pacific Northwest Paradise

Damn you, Portland, Oregon. 

 Just when I think I could be content settling down less than 100 miles from where I was born, you stir up my grass-is-greener wanderlust. 

With your street after street of charming bungalows and four-squares, which often seem to house charming families and charming cats. Portland really does feel like the city that wants to be a town – a collection of neighborhoods more than a metropolis. 





And your numerous retro neon signs, vintage clothing stores and yummy food carts. And your many vintage guitars. And coffee shops filled with bike-riding, tattooed hipsters. 


Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

And your city block-sized bookstore that overwhelms and humbles me, while surreptitiously stealing away hours of my day. 

And your many, many breweries (hiccup). 


 And of course, your crazy donuts. Sure, they’re nowhere near the best I’ve tasted – and after being featured on the Food Network and No Reservations, they’re tooth-achingly trendy – but the treats at Voodoo Doughnut are still inventive and fun. 



Besides, this is the closest thing people like me will come to getting into a nightclub. Seriously, look at this line. 


If only I was allowed to pump my own gas in Oregon instead of waiting on a teenage attendant, I think I might stay here for good.



Filed under bungalow, old houses, travel

2 responses to “Pacific Northwest Paradise

  1. Nadia

    I love Portland too. My husband and I are hoping to relocate that way in the next few years. I t is cool old house Mecca! Love San Fran as well… just cannot afford the steep real estate prices;)

    • iheartoldhouses

      If it weren’t for our jobs, we might relocate to Portland too (ok, the boyfriend wouldn’t but I’d like to). Houses there are so much more affordable than here in California (not to mention the people are more laid back). If my 20-something brother and his friends can afford a cool old house there, almost anyone can. Plus the city’s laid out so you can walk or bike pretty much anywhere and save on gas. And it really doesn’t rain as much as they say – I think it’s just a rumor they spread to keep all the Californians from moving up there 😉

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