Portland Weekend – Day 3
Our final day in Portland brought us down to Pine State Biscuits to try the infamous brunch spot before leaving the city. First we came across this sign, which I had to take a picture by.
The line wasn’t too long, and it only got much longer after we arrived. But it was fine because we needed a few minutes to decide how to get everything we wanted without excessively ordering (more than we usually do.)
We managed to get some seats inside, away from the screaming children on the patio.
We each had a biscuit sandwich (the reggie and the reggie deluxe.) They were as delicious as they were messy.
We also shared the shrimp and grits, Phill ate around the bacon.
Phill also really wanted to try the pancakes, so we ordered one of their blueberry cornmeal pancakes, which was quite good.
And I really wanted a cinnamon roll, so we ordered the bourbon caramel cinnamon roll and each took a bite from it and then boxed it up for later. Overall Pine State Biscuits is kind of worth the hype, although there are so many other places that have great biscuits it’s a little odd that this place has become so popular.
After checking ourselves out of the airBNB it was off to the famous Rose Garden.
Phill trying to hide from the picture.
There’s over 7000 plants and more than 550 varieties of roses. Going into the Shakespeare Garden, which looked more tropical than anything you’d find in a Shakespeare play or in England.
Apparently it used to have more Shakespearean plants, but because it was so shady they modified it.Then back to the main garden:
After this it started to rain quite hard and we foolishly left the umbrella in the car because we naively believed the weather apps that said it wasn’t going to rain today. So we ran and hid under a tree with some British tourists for five minutes.
Then it was onward to the Japanese Gardens with their $15 admission.
Heading on up…
Approaching the pavilion.
The fancy pavilion.
They had quite a few bonsai plants on display, some were over 400 years old!
Then it was time to go into the actual gardens…
First was the peaceful flat garden.
View of Portland from the gardens.
We really liked the pond gardens with the waterfall. The natural garden. The sand and stone garden.
And that was the end of the Japanese Gardens. From their we drove to Beaverton to drive by the Nike Headquarters and then we went back to Portland to Mt. Tabor Park for another walk on the old volcanic cinder cone.
It was much clearer out with no signs of any more rain.
It was a short walk, but nice to go around the reservoir and get some fresh air.
Then we went up to Rocky Butte Park for some more views from another extinct volcanic cinder.
And then after that we headed back to Alberta Street for some coffee and more strolling before heading back to return our rental car.
And before you know it we were seeing Portland from above.
Phill had a great time and can’t wait to come back.