You’re planning to hit up Portland, Oregon, and looking for dope things to do? You’re in luck because we’ve put together a list of favorites and newer spots. And we’re keeping it Hollywood Hippy style, of course.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
Did you know Portland is the city of roses? If you watched last season’s The Bachelor maybe you did. The Portland Rose Garden can be done in 1-2 hours, and flower lovers should not skip this. By May you can expect most sections of the garden to be in full bloom. We even spotted smaller rose buds in the test gardens during a visit in late May. Be sure to take into consideration the time of year since not much blooming happens in the off seasons.
We’d lose all credibility for saying Portland isn’t much of a food city. The Pearl District in downtown is filled with notable restaurants. Mediterranean Exploration Company has a casual vibe, industrial ambiance, and serves small- to medium-sized Mediterranean fusion dishes. Right around the corner is Andina, a Peruvian restaurant more suited for a special night out. The food is served tapas-style, and there are a few entrée options as well.
ONE WITH NATURE
Multnomah Falls is about a solid one-hour drive outside of PDX toward the Washington state border. There is no admission or donation fee to see the falls and it’s an easy walk to the main overlook bridge. Depending on where you park, there is a scenic hiking trail, too.
Take a day trip to Cannon Beach, a quaint beach town outside of the suburban and urban hustle. Also, the drive to the Oregon Coast is stunning! You can easily spend a few hours strolling the main street, walking on the beach and stopping by Pelican Brewing Company for a craft beer and a bite to eat.
Books on books on books. The legendary Powell’s City of Books is a bookworm’s dream. There are so many floors, aisles, sections, stair cases and corners to get lost in. Imagine a never-ending library and you’ve pictured Powell’s.
No community should be left behind by these purveyors of ice cream deliciousness. The original Salt & Straw is located in Alberta, i.e. Portland’s iconic arts district (there are some L.A. locations, too). What’s in store: Prepare yourself for a very worth it 20-minute wait in line. Also, don’t be shy to ask for dairy-free ice cream. They gotchu.
BEER, WINE & WHISKEY
PDX is well known for its craft beer scene. We recommend Deschutes and Rogue, both with downtown locations. For great wine tasting, a short drive into wine country is your best bet. With a recently renovated tasting room, Argyle touts some great Pinot Noirs and bubbly. It is also one of Orgeon’s first LIVE Certified Sustainable wineries. If whiskey is your game, stop by Multnomah Whiskey Library for a custom cocktail concoction.