My husband and I are celebrating our 10th anniversary by visiting Portland in mid-May, staying at the Nines. We will have all day Friday-Sunday, leaving mid-day on Monday. I definitely want to explore the food carts as well as as at least 2 nice meals. Additionally, we'd like to take a day trip to the Coast and perhaps another day at the Gorge. Given all that Portland has to offer (esp all the wonderful food I keep reading about), would you recommend 2 day trips, which would only leave 1 full day in Portland? Also, I'm debating between Cannon Beach and Lincoln City area for the day trip to the coast, as I don't want to spend all day driving to hit both spots. Which would you consider more of a "can't miss" for its beauty, charm, things to do, and of course, great food?
Any recommendation on a nice anniversary dinner in the city? We love food that is local, something we can't get in Southern CA. We love sushi, seafood, steaks.
Thanks in advance for any tips you can provide!