We were honored by the visit of a couple of blogger/friends from New Hampshire we’d never really met (other than through friends we “have” met). They were here a week to visit Will’s daughter in Salem, and on the way home, they stayed the weekend with us. From the moment they arrived, the talks began, and we had a fabulous time.
Will & Fritz were curious about the spots tourists “don’t” see in Portland. That’s always an enjoyable day for US, so Will and Fritz got buckled in for a fun day. . . . (others may remember one or two of these spots.. . . .)
As we often do on a visitor inspired weekend, a brunch was in order, and one of our favorites is just down the hill:
*John Street Cafe*
**You want “neighborhood” home cooked food? This is it! If you don’t want an hour wait though, you’d best be there early. NO ONE I have ever met can make an omelet like Marie…….here’s our favorite, the Omelet de Javo:
From there, a nice drive along the Willamette Bluff to eye a city view, and a drive to the infamous but family run
The building’s on a hillside, so from the street side you enter on the 5th floor….(10 floors)…and will see expanses like this often:
Not to mention many paid little sites like this little aging fountain:
Sure, some think it’s a bit creepy, but what it IS, envelops you ….. I guarantee it.
Just a short jaunt away is the Sellwood neighborhood with antiques, curious, nibbles, and atmosphere. We wandered a bit through the antique mall called:
Just “some” blocks away, and you’ve moved from the trendy Sellwood Neighborhood, up through East Moreland going by Reed College…. a lovely spot where it has been rumored, you’d likely be able to find some Mariwhana rather easily…..yes, a liberal college. But, we move on the trendy SE Hawthorne to simply show Will & Fritz the fabulous:
*The Back Stage Bar*
IT IS part of the famous old restored Baghdad Theater, but is the part where the back stages were…the ceilings seem so high you wouldn’t dare be up there with the stage sets:
IT IS a great spot to meet friends, play a little pool and try ti figure out who all the theater/celebrity greats are painted on the massive east wall….part of history.
From here, it’s a mere few blocks to try to drive through a 100 year old neighborhood of beautiful old craftsman homes….and not get lost what with all the diagonal roadways, central flower parks, but it’s a worthy spot to see:
And, if you’re there, don’t miss a peek at the lovely building on Spruce that houses a cultish group called: “I Am Sanctuary” . . here’s a street view of the spot (love the city rose gardens in this part of town):
*I am Sanctuary*
The afternoon is moving on, and the boys were interesting seeing a place that takes in ANY/ALL pieces from old homes that were either remodeled or replaced, and resells the used parts…..over on trendy Mississippi street, this is a marvelous building to wander through:
*The Rebuilder’s Center*
As our timepiece ticked toward the magic dining hour, we made a last stop at an artists gallery, where OLD recycled wood is made into new REAL furniture, some lovely pieces can be seen here:
From the front, it’s not a place you’d likely even go into:
. . .. .but it is worth a view.
Finally! We’d been bragging out dining at Clyde Common, the restaurant we’d just fined at with Bill Hawley when he was here…(thanks, Bill!!)…..and we “knew” we needed to be there early, else there’d be a LONG wait to dine….. So, we hurried over to Stark St to inquire for room at the dining tables of:
*Clyde Common Restaurant*
We were NOT disappointed. …. ALL of us enjoyed items NEW on the menu, shared plates, a lovely bottle of LaCrotta Wine, and a couple of fabulous desserts. From there, home seemed a good place to relax where we chatted for another couple of hours before the boys deemed it time to prepare for their PDX departure the next morning. Of COURSE, we had to end the evening with a bowl of the last-of-the-season batch of Home-made Raspberry Ice Cream:
*Raspberry Ice Cream*.
That recipe was posted here *Raspberry Ice Cream*
This was a fabulous weekend shared with two folks we’d known only from the blog world. . . this has illuminated the value once again for US, anyway, how this web world can open doors, and it is much easier finding people you have lots in common with than it ever was. For these two, everyone said we’d get along, but I had no idea how much in common we’d share, and how much fun this would be. Maybe we’ll have a reason to visit New England, eh?