On the Road with West Falls: Portland, Oregon

by Nina Myers McCammon


Kelly Shea and Brendan Banks of West Falls, a creative studio on wheels, are crisscrossing the country in a restored 1984 VW camper van until approximately Thanksgiving and sharing a weekly diary and gorgeous photography with 50 States of Style readers.

West Falls Studio

This week's travel diary takes Kelly and Brendan and their beloved Westy camper van to Portland, Oregon, where they met loads of passionate creatives, from artisans to coffee brewers, and learned it's next-to-impossible not to buy something in a city filled with so many tempting goods! Enjoy and have a fantastic weekend. x

West Falls Studio

What we saw...
Two very cool shops that carry an assortment of apparel and handmade goods. We wandered into Beam & Anchor to find wood, wool, and worn goods stacked and organized neatly. It took a lot of self restraint (and a quick reminder of our limited van space) to not pull out or wallets.

Who we met...
Hand-crafters, artisans, and passionate brewers. We spoke with shop owners and discussed local coffee with baristas. Everywhere we went, creative proprietors asked us where we were from and what brought us to their fair city.  

West Falls Studio

What we ate...
We bumped into town without much on our radar (a way of traveling we are getting used to). We found ourselves walking around and the White Eagle caught our eye, which is part saloon, part hotel. We sat down to standard pub fare. A burger and fries for me and a quinoa burger and salad for Kelly. Standard pub fare in Portland is slightly more grass-fed with vegetarian options, which we're both in support of.

West Falls Studio

Life lessons...
Kelly and I don't spend much time apart. Like: ever. I believe we've been apart a total of two hours since departing in June. We've been able to learn about ourselves and each other, growing into better versions of ourselves. So when she asked me to step outside Beam & Anchor for 10minutes, I was a bit confused. Patience is another virtue I've learned a lot about on this trip and it only took two days of wondering for me to find out those ten minutes were spent buying me a new tie for my birthday.

West Falls Studio

On the radio...
This American Life #521: Bad Baby

Van start time...
11:00am

Where to next?
San Francisco, CA