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The Best of Portland

We explored much more of Portland on our second day in the city. Our first stop was Washington Park, a park that spans over 400 acres and is filled with trees, gardens, and over 15 miles of walking trails.

We pulled off to the side of the road and started walking down one of the trails. The park is absolutely stunning and I couldn’t believe how green everything is! You just don’t see this at home!

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These trees are so beautiful, they almost don’t look real.

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After walking around for ages, we had worked up quite an appetite. There was only one thing for us to do next: try Voodoo Doughnuts! Every single person I spoke to about going to Portland told me I had to try these doughnuts.

Apparently everyone else had the same idea…

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I killed time in line by studying the menu. They had some delicious-looking toppings! And don’t you love their slogan?!

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Finally, time to order!

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We ordered a whole box, naturally.

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Going clockwise, we ordered: The Loop doughnut (filled with vanilla frosting with Fruit Loops on top); a Glazed doughnut (my Dad’s, booooring!); two Voodoo doughnuts (filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake); a Marshall Mathers doughnut (with vanilla frosting and mini M&Ms); a Bacon Maple Bar doughnut (with maple frosting and bacon on top); and a Memphis Mafia doughnut (fried dough with banana chunks and cinnamon covered in glaze with chocolate frosting, peanut butter, peanuts and chocolate chips on top).

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The Voodoo doughnut and the Bacon Maple Bar doughnut were my favorites. I think it’s better that Fruit Loops stay in cereal, rather than on top of a doughnut. I was not a fan of the combination! Overall, I liked Voodoo Doughnuts but I was a bit disappointed. It was a tad overrated and a bit too touristy for my liking.

After stuffing ourselves silly, we headed to the nearby Portland Saturday Market for some shopping.

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The market is filled with vendors selling all sorts of goods, from jewelry and clothing, to fine art and photography. You can find pretty much anything here!

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There are also a ton of food vendors, and the market has great outdoor seating by the river. It’s a lovely area to spend a weekend afternoon.

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After strolling around the market, it was time to head back to our hotel and rest before dinner. What a great day! You stay weird, Portland…

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~S

 

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