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.
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.
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.
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.