08/02/2012 07:03 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Heading To Portlandia

Kelsey Dundon of Vitamin Daily shares her travel tips on Portland.

The dream of the '90s is alive in Portland -- and so are our dreams of a great weekend escape.

It doesn't get any more quirky -- or more Portland -- than a night in a McMenamins property. Their flagship, the Kennedy School, will have you sleeping in a converted classroom, but the Chrystal Hotel is right downtown.

The fact that it's well outside downtown makes St. Jack that much more charming. It doesn't hurt that they serve French cuisine that would satisfy any gourmand.

The Alphabet District in Northwest Portland is lined with small boutiques slotted between the likes of Restoration Hardware and Urban Outfitters. When you've worked up an appetite with all that shopping, stop into the unassuming Red Onion, which serves killer Thai food.

Stock up
Stroll through the Portland State University Farmer's Market on a Saturday afternoon and you'll find all the organic, local produce you'll need for a lunch al fresco Portland-style.