Days in Portland, Oregon
WRITTEN BY Kara Shaw
Portland. . . If you use word association, what comes to mind? Coffee. Microbrews. Hipsters and PBR. Let’s add trendy, retro and mellow.
Photography by Jason Savage
Thursday Shopping Districts. Portland is bursting at the seams with districts for all. From the boho-chic Hawthorne District to shopping for the beau monde in NW “trendy-third” or looking for that mint condition comic book, you will find it in one of Portland’s many shopping districts. While you’re out shopping, make sure to stop by Powell’s City of Books for a local ‘zine or to people watch in the coffee shop. Friday Bar Hopping. Finding the best happy hour is easy to do in Portland. Several of Portland’s historic buildings have been converted into public houses, like McMenamin’s Kennedy School or (a personal fave) the Baghdad Theater and Pub for a cheap movie classic and a beer. A must-go Portland stop is the gaming spot, Ground Kontrol, where you can grab a beer and play classic arcade games.
Saturday Saturday Market. After a night of bar crawling, nurse your hangover with some delicious food at the Saturday Market. While you’re there, enjoy street performers, gallery wares and samples of local fare. Whether you’re looking to spend $1 on a bookmark with your name in kanji or $500 on a piece of original art for your entryway, the Saturday Market has something for everyone. And, on a hot summer day, don’t be shy, take a run through the Legacy Fountain. The market is a Portland staple that can’t be missed. For your next mini-trip, be sure to check out our hip, big brother across the border. A short plane ride or reasonable car trip will allow you to experience all there is to do, see and experience in Portland, Oregon.
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