My Faves in Portland, OR

The Hoyt Arboretum: an extensive network of trails through an impressive collection of tree specimens; the redwoods are spectacular (take a moment to feel the bark of giant sequoia).

The Portland Japanese Garden: a soothing, meticulously designed and maintained set of horticultural mini-landscapes.

Blue Star Donuts: delicious donuts served up in a crisply minimalist space of glass, metal and wood; it’s like the Apple Store of donut shops.

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Chef Naoko Bento Cafe: palate-exhilarating Japanese cuisine prepared with organic ingredients. 

Masu Sushi: fresh takes on Japanese cuisine in a loungy atmosphere with fresh, breezy tunes.

The Northwest Film Center: with an excellent theater, this is Portland’s venue for artsy film series; reminiscent of the Pacific Film Archive, Harvard Film Archive and Museum of Fine Arts‘ Remis Auditorium. It’s in the same building as the Portland Art Museum.

International Rose Test Garden

TriMet: I love how this transit service/system makes it so easy to get to so many places! And the PDX Bus app makes it an even better transportation experience.

Powell’s City of Books: I know, I know, of course… but this truly is one of the best bookstores I’ve ever been to with an unparalleled selection of small press titles.

Last Thursday on Alberta: like a multi-block, arts & crafts party with plenty of mouthwatering food options.

Heart Coffee

Fish Sauce: good pho, great banh mi and excellent happy hour selections.

Canoe: a cozy shop full of fun, attractively designed products.

The Literary Arts: a great writing-focused nonprofit that brings the power of literature to the community in engaging ways.

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