Frank and I had the opportunity to take another travel adventure to celebrate our birthdays this month to the Pacific Northwest. Our trip consists of two parts, first stop was in Portland then to Seattle. Choosing to travel up north was easy because neither one of us had ever been and we have some friends who live up there that we were wanting to visit. The fact that there are breweries galore in bicycle friendly cities had nothing to do with it at all......right?
Staying in Portland, we found the Friendly Bike Guesthouse on Yelp that had a lot of good reviews. It's located just a few miles north of downtown. Everything about this place exudes cycling. Everything form the framed cycling photos and decors to the convenient maintenance station located on the bottom floor with bike racks to store your bikes. Our guesthouse was just a short walking distance to many eateries including the Hopworks Bike Bar, a bicycle themed restaurant that brews their own beer. One of the best things I love about this restaurant, besides the bike frames lined up above the bar and the bicycle rim beer sampling trays, is that they have these stationary bikes outside the front door that is connected into the building. Basically, if you ride it, not only will you get a $1 off your beer, your hardworking pedaling will be generating power into the building. Discount on beer, your burn the calories AND have the power to produce energy to the business? Count me in!
We saw everything we wanted to see in Portland in just one day...on bikes. That's how simple and small the city is. We rode from our guesthouse through the residential streets of beautiful fall foliage into downtown, Chinatown and visited the biggest independent bookstore, Powell City of Books. The place is so big, they actually have a map to help you get around.
What we love about Portland:
We stayed near downtown in an apartment with a couple who just moved from Long Beach. The view of Seattle from the apartment was absolutely breathtaking. Public transportation wasn't as easy to use here because apparently the system breaks down into zones and they're all ran by different companies. This alone makes L.A.'s public transit look GOOD! But to give them credit, they do have a lot more options and routes than L.A.
What we love about Seattle:
So if you are planning a trip in the future, keep the Pacific Northwest in mind. There are plenty to do outdoors and no need to rent a car if you don't mind cycling and taking public transportation.
Frank & Sara.