Goodbye Portland, We'll Miss You!

Boats on the Willamette River

Boats on the Willamette River

On Friday Ryan and I went to a place called Edgefield to hang out for the afternoon and celebrate his birthday. Edgefield is a large compound of pubs and restaurants owned by McMenamin’s that are all housed amidst some lovely gardens and vineyards. You can stay there in the lodge and they also show movies on the grounds and have concerts. We had lunch at the Black Rabbit Restaurant and then walked around and visited all the buildings. Ryan had been to see a concert there the week before and was excited to show me around.

There is a shop on the grounds where they make pottery – we visited there and left with two ceramic peace sign charms for necklaces. We also visited the shop of a glass blower. The best though, was the distillery, where McMenamin’s make their own whiskey, and also the winery, where we tasted a couple of wines and bought three bottles!

The vegetable garden at Edgefield

The vegetable garden at Edgefield

The winery

The winery

That night a bunch of the cast and crew got together to celebrate Ryan’s birthday at Ground Kontrol, a video arcade and bar. It was an awesome place – with all the old ’80’s video games, like Pacman, Frogger, Missile Command and Pole Position, and also an entire floor of pinball. Everyone had a blast re-living junior high school.

Mike and Nate

Mike and Nate

Karl playing pinball

Karl playing pinball

A view of the arcade

A view of the arcade

Ryan

Ryan

On Sunday I went to the Pearl (that’s a cool neighborhood in Portland, sort of like Soho, with lots of art galleries and shops) and walked around their annual Art and Craft Festival. There were some really beautiful things there – from paintings, to handmade clothes and jewelry, to ceramics. There were also a lot of artisans there actually doing their crafts – from a blacksmith, to a woodworker, to someone who makes kayaks. It was a very cool festival and I only wish I had had more money to spend, so that I could have bought a few things! I did go back on our dinner break with Ryan, so that he could buy a ceramic wine cask with skull and crossbones on it from a guy who has a company called “Pirate Pots”!

So that was the end of my stay in Portland – I will miss it so! It was definitely my favorite stop of the tour so far and somewhere I could see living in the future. I can’t speak more highly of it – if you have the chance, go and visit Portland!

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