Healthy Travel Sedona

Last week I spent 7 days in the magical Sedona, Arizona with my parents. It was an epic trip on many levels - if you were following along on Instagram you know we were in a studio room for the first few nights so that was interesting (or an “opportunity for awakening” as my therapist would say) to say the least.

I’m excited to share some of the highlights from the trip here with you!

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getting to SEDONA

There’s a small airport in Sedona, but most people fly into Phoenix and then rent a car to drive the 2 hours to Sedona. We stayed the night in Phoenix which I highly recommend to split up the trip - there are plenty of hotels and cute AirBnBs not far from the airport.





Tip: I also recommend making a pit stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West (about 40 minutes from Phoenix and just under 2 hours from Sedona). Whether you specifically love architecture or not, Frank Lloyd Wright was quite a genius - you can see this in his work but also in how he created a school of architecture that required more than just drafting building plans.



where to stay

We stayed at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort - my mom was gifted a week stay from someone who has a timeshare with Diamond Resorts. This resort was perfectly comfortable (after we moved out of our studio room that is) and very quite.

Where we were was about a 20 minute drive south from true Sedona center, which wasn’t bad but it did make for more time in the car. If I visited in the future, I’d probably choose to stay a little closer to town, likely in West Sedona as most of the food spots and hikes I enjoyed were on that side of town.





I will note that while we were visiting, the resort’s spa was closed. The pool and Jacuzzi were operating, but it was a little disappointing not to have a sauna / steam room on site as MOST hotels and resorts in Sedona include these and it’s one of the biggest perks of choosing a resort over an AirBnB.

 

what to do

  • HIKE! - In my opinion, the nature is WHY you visit Sedona. Yes, it’s cool to have a crystal shop and psychic in every shopping mall, but the real magic of this town is the nature. There are SO many trails within a few minutes of the center of town, and something for every level of hiker. I recommend downloading the Hiking Guide: Sedona app - it gives good descriptions of the trails and how to navigate to the trailheads.

    These are the hikes we did in addition to the vortex trails listed below: Doe Mountain** (quick climb, spectacular views at top with plenty of space to explore), Templeton Trail (flat but great views of Bell Rock, the Courthouse, etc) and Devil’s Bridge (largest natural bridge in the area, some steep parts).

  • VISIT THE VORTEXES - Sedona is known for it’s vortexes. Vortexes are the powerful and transformational energy centers located at the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy. You can book a tour to visit the vortexes, which can be fun to get more history and be guided to feel the energy at each spot, but we decided to see them on our own. The four major vortexes in Sedona are Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon** and Airport Mesa** - there are great hikes around all of these, but most you can also park near so you don’t have to do a full hike if you don’t want.

    ** = my personal favorites

  • SHOP FOR CRYSTALS - As previously mentioned, there is literally a store selling crystals and other metaphysical items in every shopping center in Sedona. Part of the fun of working with crystals is letting them choose you, which is why I always buy them in person rather than online. Especially if you’re a crystal newbie, this can be a great opportunity to visit a few stores and see if any particular stones call to you. These were the specific shops I felt had better energy and better quality goods: Mystical Bazaar, Peace Place Gifts + Crystal Gratitude.

  • HAVE A HEALING SESSION - It wouldn’t be a true trip to Sedona without at least one session with a healer or psychic! There are many different types of healing and energy work sessions to be experienced in Sedona: aura photography, energy healing, massage, reiki, tarot, psychic work, and more.

    A full post on my experience working with psychics is definitely overdue, but for now my advice is this: be open, but also skeptical. Trust your instincts. If you don’t get a good vibe from someone or something they’re telling you doesn’t resonate, you don’t have to do a session or believe what they say. I’ve had only positive experiences, but I’ve learned to only work with people who I trust and get a good gut YES from.

  • STARGAZE - Sedona is an International Dark Sky Community which means there are regulations on street and city lights, so the star gazing here is EPIC! With most things, you can surely book a tour or guided experience, but you can also just go outside on a clear night and LOOK UP. It’s wonderful, especially for us city folk who don’t see stars too often.

Here are some pictures from our activities:

where to eat

COFFEE, TEA + BREAKFAST

  • LOCAL JUICERY - Definitely my favorite (and most visited) food spot of the trip! Come here for epic smoothies, juices and other healthy eats. Make a point to get the gluten free waffles - they are literally the BEST I’ve ever had.

  • CREEKSIDE COFFEE - A popular bakery and coffeeshop. Open early for your pre-hike caffienation needs.

CASUAL EATS

  • CHOCOLATREE - Organic, gluten free and vegetarian eatery with tons of raw options, as well as a full raw chocolate factory and marketplace. Come for a hearty, healthy meal or just for chocolate and tea. I did both. Purchase a loaf of their gluten free and vegan bread to take home.

  • THE SECRET GARDEN CAFE - Quaint little cafe in the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts village. Great for ALL dietary preferences - there are gluten free and vegan options, but also burgers, pastrami sandwiches and lots of desserts.

  • THAI PALACE - A local recommended this Thai spot and it did not disappoint.

  • PICAZZO’S HEALTHY ITALIAN KITCHEN - The name says it all: healthy Italian (including gluten free and vegan pizza and house made gluten free foccacia). Come during happy hour for a meal that’s delicious and incredibly affordable.

NICER RESTAURANTS

  • CREEKSIDE AMERICAN BISTRO - One of the nicer dinner spots we ate at with gorgeous views of the red rocks and a fabulous outdoor patio overlooking the creek, when the weather’s right. Something to please everyone here from blackened salmon salads to decadent steaks.

  • DAHL & DiLUCA - Picazzo’s fancier sister restaurant. Similarly they have TONS of gluten free options, but also all the traditional Italian dishes.

Here are a few pics of yummy food I ate:

I hope to visit Sedona again some day - it truly is a magical place with healing energy… and THE best gluten free waffles ;)

 

 

Have you ever been to SEDONA? what was your favorite activity, restaurant or experience?

Share with us all in the comments below!

 

Healthy Travel Tulum

I spent 5 glorious days last week in the magical town of Tulum, Mexico. Since I was doing my social media detox, I didn't share much about my trip so in this post I'll be recapping where I stayed, what I did and (of course) where I ate!

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getting to tulum

Tulum is a town on the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. It’s known for its beaches and ruins of an ancient Mayan port city. I chose Tulum because it's relatively easy to get to from NYC (about a 1/2 day of travel) AND because it's got all the wellness things: healthy food, yoga, spas, healers, etc.

The easiest way to get to Tulum is to fly into the Cancun airport. From there you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to your destination. You'll find the ticket counters for all of these options immediately when you leave customs, and you can pay for your fare with pesos or dollars.

 

 

Tip: Contrary to what I read online, I found that the exchange rate at the airport was the most favorable. There are banks and ATMs all around Tulum, and many places do accept US dollars and major credit cards, but I would recommend exchanging some money before you leave the airport.

 

The cheapest travel option is of course the bus. ADO bus runs about every 40 minutes to Playa del Carmen where you’ll need to change buses. The trip will take about 2 hours from when you're picked up the airport, with various stops and transfers. You'll be dropped at the bus station in Tulum town where you'll then need to catch a quick taxi to your hotel.

I loved the inspirational signs along the Tulum beach road.

I loved the inspirational signs along the Tulum beach road.

You can instead opt for a shuttle or private taxi. Shuttles run a bit more frequently than the bus (you may only have to wait 20 minutes) and carry fewer passengers, and will usually drop you directly at your hotel. Taxis (the most expensive, but quickest and most convenient option) will pick you up immediately and drop you off directly. Both rides will take about 1.5 hours from the airport.

Since I was traveling alone and looking for convenience (and I wanted to get to the beach STAT), I took a taxi.

 

where to stay

From my experience there are three main areas you can choose to stay in Tulum: in town, on the quieter end of the beach (near the ruins) or on the more popular end of the beach.

I chose the quieter end of the beach and booked an ocean front bungalow at Diamante K which ended up being PERFECT for my trip. This eco hotel is small (only 30 cabins, many of which share a common bathroom). There's one restaurant with a bar that looks out over the ocean and small private beach. It was peaceful and beautiful. Because it's no frills, it is one of the most affordable places to stay on the beach.

Here are a few pics of Diamante K:

While this was perfect for me, if you're looking for a resort with more amenities (yoga, activities, full spa, more nightlife, etc), I'd recommend staying on the other end of the beach. Here are a few places to look into (or look around):

  • HABITAS - About halfway between two sides of the beach, known for being a haven for wellness seekers. One of the few places not open to the public.

  • AHAU - Home to the RawLove Cafe (see below), beautiful beach side resort that still keeps the jungle bungalow feel, kid friendly.

  • SANARA - Luxury hotel on the beach, home to my favorite restaurant (The Real Coconut) and ocean view yoga studio.

  • BE TULUM - Luxury hotel. Connected to the world class Yaan Wellness spa and treetop yoga (again, see "what to do" below).

 

 

Tip: Many of the hotel activities are open to the public so even if you choose to stay on the quieter end of the beach, in town, or at an AirBnB, you can still take part in the yoga, sound healings, etc (at a cost that is).

 

what to do

There's so much to do in and around Tulum! While I didn't do much apart from a few yoga classes and a trip to the ruins, here are some recommendations for what to do if you're into more activities:

  • TAKE A YOGA OR WELLNESS CLASS - Many of the hotels and resorts offer daily yoga classes, and some offer other wellness classes such as sound healings, mindfulness talks and meditations.. The easiest way to find out when the classes are is to rent a bike and ride along the road - most of the places with activities that are open to the public will have signs out front with the daily offerings. I took classes at Sanara (beautiful oceanfront studio) and Yaan (cool tree top studio) and they were great. All classes were in English by the way.

  • TREAT YOURSELF TO A DAY AT THE SPA - Again many of the more upscale resorts have their own spas. I chose to do a treatment at the world famous Yaan Wellness Spa and it was worth every penny. Sanara also has a great spa, or you can opt for a simple massage from one of the many options on the beach. If you're looking for a more traditional experience, I'd suggest checking out Mayan Clay Spa & Bathhouse.

  • CHECK OUT THE MAYAN RUINS - The 13th-century Mayan archaeological site at Tulum National Park overlooks the ocean and is an interesting spot to visit while you're in town. I recommend getting there EARLY (I got there at 9AM and it was already busy). I just paid the park entry fee and wandered around eavesdropping on different tours, but next time I'd sign up for a tour myself because I think the experience of the place is more powerful with context.

  • SWIM IN A CENOTE - Cenotes are freshwater sinkholes that offer a different way to spend a day (or morning) in the area. Many of these are not too far from the town and are absolutely beautiful. Here are a few specific cenotes that were recommended to me by friends:  Cenote Cristalino, Cenote Escondido and Cenote Dos Ojos.

  • EXPERIENCE A TEMAZCAL CEREMONY - Many people chose to participate in a Mayan sweat lodge known as a Temazcal when in Tulum. Translated as “house of heat,” the ancient ceremony led by a shaman originated with the pre-Hispanic Indigenous peoples of Mesoamerica to purify the body and mind, heal the sick, or provide a spiritual haven for women to give birth. Many resorts (Casa Violeta, Ahau and Yaan to name a few) host these in conjunction with the full and new moons, or you can book a private ceremony.

The view from Sanara's oceanfront yoga studio.

The view from Sanara's oceanfront yoga studio.

 

where to eat

COFFEE, TEA + BREAKFAST

  • RAW LOVE (inside Ahau resort) - smoothie bowls, raw desserts and a few raw entrees. Supposedly the raw pizza is bomb but I didn't try it!

  • MATCHA MAMA - cute roadside matcha shop with matcha, smoothies, and matcha ice cream. Good, not great. And not cheap either. Go for the cute Instagram shots.

CASUAL EATS

  • BURRITO AMOR - One of my favorite spots in town. Burritos on housemade coconut tortillas. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. They have WiFi.

  • LA HOJA VERDE - I stumbled into this place and had a yummy and cheap smoothie. Vegan/vegetarian.

  • TAQUERIA LA EUFEMIA - Where the locals go for tacos and beers on the beach.

  • SAFARI TULUM - Casual but delicious eats.

  • CAFE CIELO - Cute cafe in town for breakfast or lunch.

NICER RESTAURANTS

  • THE REAL COCONUT (inside Sanara resort) - Nicer but on the beach so you can be casual (nicer meaning $$$). Don't waste your money on the smoothies - get the real food, its good. Feels like LA in Tulum.

  • KITCHEN TABLE - Farm to table Tulum.

  • CASA JAGUAR - Trendy spot for dinner and music. Thursday night is the night to go here.

  • GITANO - Didn't go but this place gets good reviews for food + mezcal.

  • POSADA MARGARITA - Beachside spot for Italian food.

  • HARTWOOD - Again didn't go but came highly recommended. May be tough to get a reservation so book in advance.

Here are a few pics of yummy food I ate:

Overall I had an amazing vacation in Tulum, and I will definitely be back to check out some of the experiences and food I wasn't able to fit in on this trip!

 

 

Have you ever been to tulum? what was your favorite activity, restaurant or experience?

Share with us all in the comments below!

 

Healthy Travel - Kittery, Maine

I've been coming to Maine at least once a year since I was born. My extended family has a home in Kittery, which is a little seaside town at the southern most tip of the state, and my grandma lives here during the summer. It's my "happy place."

It's been pretty incredible to see Kittery (and the bigger, neighboring town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire) grow and change over my lifetime. I remember a time when there was no cell service, internet or TV at our home (I used to WRITE letters to my friends and boyfriends back in the day!), and grocery and restaurant options were very limited. Nowadays, we have WiFi, and even some spotty cell service down on the beach, and quite a few delicious and healthy spots to eat at.

In this post I'm sharing my favorite things to eat, see and do in Kittery. We don't eat out a TON here, so if you know the town and have additional spots to recommend, please leave them in the comments below!

Also, if you're interested in visiting Kittery, my family's home is available for rent one or two weeks out of the summer, as well as the full winter. You can check out our AirBnB listing here.

EATS/TREATS:

  • Rising Tide Natural Foods - A small natural foods store with bulk goods, snacks and even some vitamins and supplements. It's small and doesn't offer much in the way of produce, but a great place to grab those specialty items you likely won't find at the regular grocer.
  • Golden Harvest Produce Market - This used to be the only spot to get produce in town! While other supermarket's have popped up, I still love shopping at the Golden Harvest for fresh fruits and veggies. They also have pantry staples (granola, chips, fresh ground peanut butter, spices, crackers, etc) and a few specialty items (local milk and cheese, eggs, kombucha, ice cream, etc).
  • Sue's Seafood - Where to get fresh lobster, fish and seafood. A true local spot.
  • Terra Cotta Pasta Co - Fresh homemade pasta, ravioli, sauces and more. They also have some delicious pre-made meals and specialty items.
  • The Maine Squeeze - A fairy new juice and smoothie bar located in downtown Kittery. Pro tip: ask for their Chocoholic smoothie served in a bowl with toppings - it's DA BOMB!
  • Lil's Cafe - My go-to work spot in Kittery. Lil's has coffee, tea, matcha, baked goods and light bites, all served in a bright and friendly environment. Free wi-fi and plenty of seating makes it a great spot to get some work done, or spend a lazy morning.
  • Beach Pea Baking Co - Homemade baked goods, and the most amazing salads and sandwiches. Seriously, I'm quite particular when it comes to salads and the Beach Pea does them RIGHT. They do have gluten free bread, but only on certain days AND they sell out so call ahead to check first, if that's what you're going for. My gluten-loving friends should try their rosemary Fougasse bread - it's a family favorite of ours.
  •  Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier - Honestly, I've never eaten here (we always cook our lobsters at home!) BUT if you want to eat lobster with a beautiful view, Chauncey's is your spot. Chauncey's is a BYOB establishment - you can bring your own beer and wine, and any side dishes that they don't sell on site.
  • Mrs & Me Homemade Ice Cream - The BEST homemade ice cream. If they have it, get the Blueberry Pie flavor - it's to die for.
  • Bob's Clam Hut - No trip to Kittery is complete without a lunch or two at Bob's. Bob's is THE place to go for all your seafood dreams - fried clams, lobster rolls, and (my personal favorite) fresh haddock sandwiches. This is more of a casual spot - if you're looking for a sit down dinner, check out Bob's upscale sister restaurant: Robert's Maine Grill.
  • The Bagel Caboose - The spot to go to for bagels and breakfast sandwiches. They even now offer gluten free bagels and vegan cream cheese! Open early.
  • The Black Birch - If you're looking for a night out, The Black Birch is a great option with yummy food and drinks and a little bit younger crowd and vibe.
  • Anneke Jans - Anneke Jans is likely the fanciest place in Kittery, and it is delicious.

SEE/DO:

  • Beach it! Maine beaches are beautiful, especially in the summer - it's typically a little cooler and breezier than other East Coast beaches. Our beach is called Seapoint Beach and it's one of the more popular ones in town.
  • Kayak down Chauncey Creek - Kayaking down Chauncey Creek is a fun adventure and a great way to see some of the beautiful houses that line the creek. You'll want to plan your trip around high tide (the tides vary greatly around here). You can kayak down and around the creek, and even go all the way around Gerrish Island to Fort Foster or land back at Seapoint Beach for a longer trip.
  • Hike, bike, or walk around Fort Foster - Fort Foster is a town owned park in Kittery. There are a number of beaches (including a surfing beach) and trails that are great for walking, running or biking. There are also a few spots to picnic, so it's a good place to plan a whole day to visit. Kittery residents can get a season pass to the park, otherwise you'll pay a daily fee (it's worth it!).
  • Get your history fix at Fort McClary - For McClary is a former military defensive fortification at the mouth of the Piscataqua River. It's an interesting place to check out - there's some structures you can poke around and sometimes they do historical reenactments.
  • Shop at the Kittery Outlets - When I was a kid, we'd do all our back to school shopping at the Kittery Outlets! They're still some of the best on the East Coast and a popular rainy day activity here in Kittery.
  • Learn about lobsters - Last year my fam and I went on a boat tour where we learned ALL about lobsters and the lobster fishing industry - it was SUPER interesting, and a nice way to spend a day out on the water. There's a few different options for tours - this is the one we went with.
  • Go blueberry picking! You MUST eat blueberries when you are in Maine, and (when possible) we like to pick em ourselves! This is a fun activity for the whole family. Here's the farm we usually go to, but there are quite a few options - call ahead to make sure the berries are ready to be picked.

While we stay in Kittery MOST of the time, there are other cute towns nearby that are worth making a trip to if you're in the area. Here are a few:

  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire - My personal favorite and most frequently visited (I go to yoga here and it's home to my favorite health foods store). I'm going to write a seperate post with my full list of recommendations in Portsmouth because there are many!
  • York Beach, Maine - York is a super popular beach town just north of Kittery. If you head here, be sure to stop by The Goldenrod for brunch and some salt water taffy.
  • Kennebunkport, Maine - Another picaresque, coastal town, made famous by George H. W. Bush (the Bush family summer home is located here). 
  • Cape Neddick, Maine - Sometimes we head here to check out the Nubble Light lighthouse. It's beautiful and a great spot for that classic Maine lighthouse-in-the-background photo.
  • Ogunquit, Maine - Another popular beach town that's great for both a day trip or a full week's stay. Nearby, the Marginal Way is a cliff walk with coastal views and a lighthouse.

Reading back over this post, I feel like I only scratched the surface of all the amazing things to do, see and EAT in Kittery. I hope this post gives you a taste for what it's like to visit this special town, and gives you some ideas for what to check out if you do decide to visit!

 

Have you ever been to Maine?
What was the most memorable experience for you?

I've never done this before

This afternoon, I have a flight to Portland, Oregon, but I won't be getting on that plane, or any plane for that matter. I'm purposefully missing my flight.

I've never done anything like this before. Sure, I've missed a connecting flight, or had to change flights and pay ridiculous fees, but I've never NOT showed up to the airport when there's a seat on a plane with my name on it.

I love to travel and look forward to any trip, big or small. I love packing up my essentials, cleaning my apartment, and that moment when I lock the door knowing that I'll have another adventure under my belt when I return.

So why am I missing this flight? Why am I choosing to skip what was sure to be an epic trip?

Because my gut told me to.

About a month ago, I starting having doubts about the trip. I was meant to fly out to Portland to run the Hood to Coast Relay, and then head down to Cali for a week of working and playing in Los Angeles. My tickets were booked, I had made arrangements for where I was staying and I had pulled together a list of all the cool spots I wanted to check out in each city.

I took a similar trip last year (a bit longer, with a few more stops) and it was incredible. But this year, something felt off. I wasn't as excited to hang out at all my favorite places in LA, and just thinking about running the race made me want to crawl back in bed and sleep for a week. Every time I went to plan something for this trip, it felt HARD. I was confused - why didn't this feel FUN? Why wasn't I getting that giddy feeling I always do before I travel?

As I've shared on Instagram stories, I haven't been running much at all the past month, so I thought maybe the race was getting me down. I'm working with a naturopathic doctor to heal some hormonal stuff (I'll be sharing more about this too, at some point!), and taking a break from running, and COFFEE, has been part of that process.

After much discussion with a few close friends, I made the decision not to run the race. Between the intense running and sleepless nights, I realized that this was not supportive of my healing process. It was hard to tell my team that they needed to find a replacement for me just 3 weeks out, but I knew I was making the right move.

While I felt relieved about not having to run the race, I still didn't feel that lightness or excitement that I usually feel around travel.

And then it hit me: the entire trip was not in alignment with my intention for the rest of the summer.

During our weekly Rockstar coaching call last week, Robyn asked the group to get clear on how we each wanted to feel when the summer ends. She actually asked us to DRAW this out first before putting words down.

Here's what I drew:

Do you think she looks like me? ;)

Do you think she looks like me? ;)

My desire was to end the summer feeling light and rested; to complete little to-dos and projects so I have energy and space to take on NEW things in the fall; to be grounded by my daily routines and feel like my days and weeks have a flow.

As soon as I wrote this down I realized THIS was why my West Coast trip felt so off. How could I be well rested if I was taking red eye flights and sleeping in strange beds? How could I finish up my personal projects if I wasn't at my own apartment? How could I find my daily flow if I was trying to check out a new health foods store or yoga studio each day?

I realized I couldn't. So what should I do? How could I support this intention?

A little voice in my head said STAY HERE.

I listened. I decided to stay on the East Coast. To stay in Maine a little while longer, where I can go to sleep early and wake up with the sun. Where I can write and work and focus. Where I can take a few steps from my bed and be in nature. Where I can cook in a BIG ol' kitchen. Where I can hang out with my 95-year old grandmother who grounds me and inspires me.

So here I am. In a little sleepy town in Maine, missing my flights to some of the greatest cities on the West Coast, and I couldn't be happier about it.

How do you want to feel when the summer is over in two weeks? What can you do to support that intention? Or maybe what do you need to change or cancel so that you can feel the way you want to feel when Labor Day rolls around?

Healthy Travel - Portland, Oregon

Last year around this time, I spent an epic 6 weeks on the west coast escaping the end of NYC summer and exploring all the healthy food, beautiful sights and chill vibes California and Oregon have to offer.

You can read about my California adventures here:

I ended this trip with a week in Portland, Oregon. I came to run a relay race: the infamous Hood to Coast 200-mile relay (read about my experience here: Hood To Coast Race Recap), but I ended up falling in love with Portland. Since I won't be visiting Portland for the race this year, I decided NOW would be a good time to revisit my photos and notes from that trip and document all of the awesome eats and sights I found while I was there.

EATS/TREATS:

  • Prasad Cafe - A vegan and gluten free cafe in the Pearl District with hearty bowls and salads, smoothies, baked goods, coffee and tea. We ate here more than once - the salads are that good!
  • Harlow - Harlow is the slightly more upscale, sister restaurant to Prasad. I didn't make it here during my trip, but I've sent a few friends and it's gotten RAVE reviews. It's 100% gluten free and vegetarian (they serve eggs here but not at Prasad).
  • The Dragonfly Coffee House - The cutest little coffee shop in NW Portland. I came here for delicious coffee (they have every type of non-dairy milk you can imagine: hemp, almond, coconut, soy) and yummy paleo baked goods (there are gluten free and vegan options too). There's both indoor and outdoor seating - I definitely wouldn't mind posting up for a few hours here to read or work on my laptop.
  • Kiva Cafe - If you're looking for the best smoothies or acai bowls in Portland, look no further. Kiva is THE SPOT. In addition to thick AF smoothies, they also make bulletproof coffee, regular coffee and tea, and delicious food. Kiva is also a spa so you can get a massage AND then enjoy THE BEST ACAI BOWL EVER after.
  • Laughing Planet Cafe - Salads, burritos, bowls and quesadillas with lots of vegan, gluten free, and paleo options. Tasty and quick!
  • Victoria Bar - We came to this bar for our pre-race team meeting - it's definitely BAR food but they've got some interesting vegan and gluten free options like Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Fried Brussels Sprouts, a yum salad and even vegan desserts. The inside of the bar is, true to name, Victorian style, but there's also outdoor seating with big picnic tables. There are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages too - kombucha, root beer, ginger beer and mocktails.
  • The Cultured Caveman - This spot is for you paleo friends! The Cultured Caveman started out as the FIRST paleo food cart on the west coast. They've expanded to a restaurant now too where you can get all your primal needs met: bone broth, bulletproof coffee, zoodles and meatballs, grain free tacos, kombucha, paleo ice cream and more! The restaurant also serves beer and wine so it's a great date night spot!
  • Petunia's Pies and Pastries - Check out Petunia's if you're looking for a vegan and gluten free treat! Honestly, the sweets I tried were a little TOO sweet for me, but I have sensitive taste buds when it comes to sugar.
  • Zupan's Market - Does anyone else LOVE visiting health food and grocery stores as much as I do when they travel?? Zupan's is an AMAZING, upscale grocery with a number of locations across Portland. In addition to groceries, they've got fresh juice and smoothies, a good selection of prepared foods and a small (but more than adequate) salad bar. They also carry REAL GREEK YOGURT which is DA BOMB. Seriously, if you eat dairy, try their yogurt. My favorite was the Espresso flavor - so so so thick and delicious. 

And here's a few more spots that I didn't check out, but you might want to:

SEE/DO:

  • Bike the town! Portland, like so many other major cities, has a bike share program. Renting bikes is such a fun way to see the city - I highly suggest it! There are also a number of bike tour companies you can ride with.
  • Run the forest. There are a number of parks in Portland which are great for running. I stayed with a friend who lives near an entrance to Forest Park and we went for a beautiful trail run one day.
  • Get your woo-woo on a New Renaissance Bookshop - Your go-to for spiritual books, crystals, essential oils and MORE. A fun place to spend some time, if you're into this stuff.
  • Shop for local goods at MadeHere - A great store for ALL the local goodies.

Since I was about to run an intense race, I didn't do much hiking or fitness while I was in Portland, but what I DID do was awesome. I hope to visit again soon so that I can expand on this section of my travel guide :)

Just writing this post makes me want to go back! Portland is SUCH a fun, active and quirky town, and I highly recommend planning a trip if you haven't visited before. I hopefully will be back there soon too!