My wife and I are coming out to Portland from New York for Labor Day weekend (arrive Saturday early AM, leave Monday night late). We have a few distinct things we want to do generally: probably a day's worth of hiking, a day of wine tasting, and another day to just hang out around town.
We are hoping to try out as much of the food/wine scene as we can. Most important focus is the best food with the best local ingredients - that means if it's a high-end restaurant, great, if it's not, great.
I hear great things about Le Pigeon, which seems pretty flexible as far as doing lunch or dinner. Other places I've read about are Paley's Place, Wildwood, Higgins, Genoa, Clyde Common and Sel Gris.
So, three questions:
1. Assuming you had three dinners (one being pretty early since our flight is at 930pm on Monday), which three places (the above list, or others) would you go, and in what order? Currently we are leaning toward: Sat: Paley's Place, Sun: Wildwood, Mon: early dinner at Le Pigeon (or hit it up for lunch)
2. With the wine tasting component, is Sat, Sun or Mon best day to do that? I know in some places, Sunday and/or Monday things can be closed.
3. Are there any places in the Willamette Valley that are particularly good for lunch? If there is somewhere truly exceptional out there for dinner, we could stay out there for one dinner, too.
4. Any particularly good breakfast places near our hotel (we're at the Westin Portland)?
5. Any recommendations on lunch spots (anywhere in the city)?
Your help is much appreciated! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful and much-talked about city for the first time. Thanks for all the help.