My favorite thing to do in Portland is explore the city on foot. Adorned in boots and scarf, I tuck a mini-umbrella in my bag and enjoy walking along the lovely wet, leaf strewn sidewalks. Often the rain is not a downpour, but more of an intermittent harmless drizzle. The colorful leaves are drifting around, the city looks shiny, fresh, and clean, and many trees along the street are decorated with white Christmas Lights. Some of my favorite winter walk areas are the Hawthorn District, Nob Hill / Northwest, Pearl District, Downtown/Waterfront, and Farmers market at PSU. These areas are great for exploring the local shops, and having a coffee or bite to eat at cozy window table.
My 5 top Portland Urban Winter Walk areas:
- Nob Hill / Northwest ( NW 23rd Ave. and NW 21st Ave).- Ken’s Artisan Bakery, the new Kell’s Irish Pub on NW 21st Ave., and shopping in Prana are some of my must do’s when I’m in this area.
- Pearl District– The options in the Pearl District are endless. I could spend hours browsing in Powell’s Bookstore. Deschutes Brewery is great–delicious food, fun atmosphere, and large windows with a pleasant city view. Also really like Noodles and Company right across from Powell’s.
- Downtown/ Waterfront- This is a large area with lots to do. Saturday Market at the waterfront is fun to explore. Shopping in Pioneer Place and many other shops. Events in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Live Irish music at Kells on SW 2nd Ave. The Driftwood Room in the Hotel Deluxe is a cozy bar with great atmosphere, delicious cocktails, and excellent happy hour menu. I would describe City Grill the same way, except with an unbeatable view of the city from the 33rd floor.
- Farmer’s Market at Portland State University– Saturdays, March 17th through December 15th. Map it at 1717 SW Park Avenue to get close.
- Hawthorne District– Bagdad Theater & Pub, many restaurants and shops.
Based on convenience, value, and quality, some of my go-to accommodations in the Portland area are:
- The Park Lane Inn and Suites– Nestled right into the Goose Hollow neighborhood, very convenient for walking to NW 23rd Ave. and NW 21st Ave. shops and restaurants, Washington Park, and using public transportation. Free parking. On expedia.com
- Aloft– Aloft Portland Airport Hotel at Cascade Station is a 20 minute drive outside of the city but is perfect for shopping at Cascade Station and is right on the MAX Light Rail. Great rooms and free parking.
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