First Summer in Portland: Food, Wine & An Island

Summer in Portland was a lot hotter than we had anticipated it would be. A lot of locals were informing us that it was an especially hot summer, and we spent the majority of it trying to figure out if it made sense to get air conditioning or not. But throughout the season we found many ways to both enjoy and escape the heat and embrace our new city, from visiting local parks to taking day trips to island beaches. Some of my favorite moments…

Watching Violet refresh herself in the splash pad at Peninsula Park, a regular retreat.

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Renting a gorgeous home in Carlton called Maison 548 which, along with having a cool mix of rustic farmhouse, vintage prints and modern furniture, had a bocce ball court in the garden and was walking distance to local tasting rooms.

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Spending a lovely afternoon lunching with Carlton Cellars in their vineyard, which was surprisingly easy to do with Violet, who thoroughly enjoyed dining outdoors.

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And later wine tasting and taking in the view at Stoller Vineyards.

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Cooling off indoors with art projects.

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Discovering new places to eat like the incredible DOC where Nick and I went on a date night and slowly, cheerfully consumed the tasting menu.

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And a fantastic family dinner at the authentically Portland fine-dining establishment Woodsman Tavern.

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Watching Vi ride her first horse at the Firehouse Restaurant Centennial block party.

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Experiencing  breathtaking views and some folk & rock tunes at the Forest Park Musical Festival.

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And lastly, visiting Sauvie Island beaches and flower farms with friends.

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