FROM COFFEEHOUSES AND MICROBREWERIES TO BICYCLES AND ARTWORK, PORTLAND HAS REFINED THE GOOD LIFE.

The shining ribbon of the Willamette River glides through lush, relaxed Portland, a city where nature is as much a part of the urban aesthetic as its hipster shops and cafés. The wealth of seasonally focused restaurants, music venues, and crafts artisans reveals its philosophy that life is a hands-on art.

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ALBERTA ARTS DISTRICT
NE ALBERTA ST BETWEEN 11TH AVE AND 31ST AVE
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The lively Alberta district has made supporting the arts a community endeavor. Galleries, bars, coffee houses, restaurants and boutiques function as spaces to showcase an ever-changing roster of local and global arts and crafts. The annual Art Hop, a 17-block street fair, features art, craft, food, live music and performance. Also, a monthly evening gallery and studio crawl, Last Thursday, invites visitors to view work displayed all through the district.

CATHEDRAL PARK
N EDISON ST & PITTSBURG AVE
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Portland has an abundance of cultural attractions, but there’s a reason it attracts those who are fans of the outdoors. Take in the natural splendour of the Columbia River Gorge by packing a picnic from all those artisan food vendors and food trucks and walking along the river until you get to the towering St. John’s Bridge. Known as Cathedral Park, this stretch of park has some of the most impressive views in an area known for impressive views.

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN
400 SW ROSE PARK RD
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Portland has a love affair with roses, thanks to its month-long Rose Festival every summer. All year-round, though, visitors can stop by the International Rose Test Garden to – quite literally – smell the flowers. Founded in 1917, the garden is home to 500 varietals and over 10,000 rose plants, and hosts outdoor concerts, plays and weddings. Located in Washington Park, the garden is next to some of Portland’s other icons, including the Oregon Zoo and Portland Japanese Garden.

MOUNT HOOD
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Just a couple hours from the city towers Mount Hood, a dormant volcano whose dramatic slopes are a canvas for outdoor adventurers. In the winter, take a day to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, ice skate, or just curl up by a fireplace in the lodge. In the warmer months, the hillsides are covered with wildflowers and trails, attracting hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and more.

PORTLAND SATURDAY MARKET
2 SW NAITO PARKWAY
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Like a buzzing northwestern souk, the Portland Saturday Market is the meeting place for Portland’s well-established craft community and its customers. Held every Saturday and Sunday from February through December, its vendors offer a kaleidoscopic array of goods, from pottery and jewelry to clothing and decor. The market also includes artisan food vendors and live musical performances.

POWELL’S BOOKS
1005 WEST BURNSIDE
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Tall stacks overflowing with volumes of books are a paradise for casual browsers and avid book-lovers alike at Powell’s. A palace to the printed word, it bills itself as the largest bookstore in the world, with one million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books in more than 120 subjects spread across nine color-coded rooms. Size never precludes personal attention, however, as knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.

WEST END
BETWEEN W BURNSIDE ST, SW PARK AVE, SW 14TH AVE, AND SW MORRISON ST
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There’s no denying that Portland’s full of cool neighborhoods, but the West End is definitely the coolest. Home to internationally renowned restaurants, trendsetting cocktail bars and craft brewpubs, cutting-edge design firms and art galleries, indie shops and food trucks, the West End crams a whole lot of style into a small neighborhood.

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PITTOCK MANSION

PERCHED HIGH ON A HILL JUST WEST OF DOWNTOWN, THE ORNATE AND STATELY PITTOCK MANSION IS A TREASURE FROM THE TIME OF PORTLAND’S TRANSITION FROM SETTLEMENT TO BUSTLING CITY. TAKE A TOUR OF THE HOUSE, WANDER ITS GARDENS, MARVEL AT THE CITY VIEWS, AND ADMIRE ITS ARCHITECTURE, WHICH DRAWS UPON TURKISH, ENGLISH, AND FRENCH DESIGNS.
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