April 24 Head to Portland
Oregon’s largest city seduces easily, with its walkable neighborhoods, pretty green parks, famously great beer and coffee, laidback locals and of course its endearingly oddball vibe. It’s a fun, cheap, unconventional city that’s hard not to like. The only real risk of visiting for the first time is that you might never want to leave.
Hampton Inn Pearl District
Fashionable and lively, the Pearl District is a shopping destination with hip brands, indie boutiques and the massive Powell’s City of Books. Reclaimed warehouse spaces house The Pearl’s many bars and restaurants, from craft breweries and artisan coffee shops to fine dining mainstays. Galleries showcase contemporary art, photography and glass works. In summer, families cool off in Jamison Square’s wading fountain.
Dinner at Brix Tavern. A Neigborhood Favorite. This American Restaurant and Bar is a great go-to for a variety of plates, beverages and overall good times.
Powell Bookstore – A Vast Temple Of Print
The best way to visit Powell’s is with lots of time and no agenda whatsoever.
April 25 Exploring Portland City
Mill End’s Park – The World’s Smallest Park
Shopping at Downtown Portland
Thrift Shopping along Hawthorne Blvd
In classic counterculture style, Portlanders have been pawing through thrift-store racks since forever to create their distinct Pacific Northwest look. Our love of “recycle, reuse, reduce” also applies to our wardrobes, and the bevy of secondhand-shopping options make it easy to avoid contributing to the fashion-industrial complex. Below are some favorite thrift stores in Portland, covering a range of overall vibes and price points.
Woodburn Premium Outlets is the top destination for tax-free outlet shopping :))
Dinner at Screen Door – a very popular Southern and soul food restaurant in Portland.
April 26 Exploring the Outskirts of Portland
By the largest river of the Pacific Northwest. Heaps of Salmon would make their way upstream to Canada and be hoarded by fishing wheels in the late 1800s. Biggest catch was 10,000 wheeled in a day. They eventually discontinued the practice as they fished them out to near extinction.
Food Truck Lunch at Alder street
Portland Street Art
Portland is one of the few cities in America with a vibrant and active street art scene. So much so that there are several organizations devoted to advocating for the artists, and educating people on where to go to view the magnificent collections of sculptures and murals throughout the city. http://www.pdxstreetart.org/finding-street-art
The benefits of street art are two-fold: it not only brings together a community (businesses and artists can come to an agreement on where and what gets put on display), but the art itself makes Portland even more beautiful than it already is! And it’s FREE to the public.
OMSI Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
“With a planetarium, a giant-screen theater, a retired navy submarine (the USS Blueback is docked in the river right outside), traveling exhibits of all kinds and “After Dark” events that pair science talk with beer and wine for the 21-and-over set, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has lures for all ages.” https://www.travelportland.com/attractions/omsi/
Various Bridges Across The Willamette
Sampling Ike’s Famous Fish Sauce Chicken Wings for Dinner at Pok Pok
Beautifully Restored Old Theater where you can watch a movie with food and drinks delivered to your seats. Don’t miss the Pub behind the screen. It is one of a kind.