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Dodging Raindrops: Rainy-Day Activities in Portland

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Here in Portland, the wet weather is motivational. We move a little quicker, haul an insulating layer, and embrace the rain. In the mountains, it's snow up the ying-yang. At the beach, it's surf to inspire dry-landers. Around town, cuisine & culture move indoors and turn up the heat. There's no time like the rainy season in Oregon to get your winter on.
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133 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Portland by bike is Portland done right. Pedal Bike Tours has the gear, guides, and itineraries to give you a two-wheeled taste of this platinum-rated cycling city. PBT prides itself in offering a nicely maintained, easy-to-ride bike that's...
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7540 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Just up from the N. Lombard Transit Center on the Max Yellow Line is a cozy coffee corner that's worth hopping off the train for. Cup Coffee is in an old Portland house serving great beverages and food in comfortable surroundings. Come for the...
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3971 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212, USA
Box Social is about as close as you'll ever get to a classic speakeasy—small, nondescript, curtains drawn, and upon arrival you'll wonder if you need a secret password to enter. Deemed Portland's premiere drinking parlor, the Box is all about...
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The Hoyt Arboretum is 200 acres of local, national, and international trees. The park has a network of trails that are thematically named by the species you'll find along the way. From the holly to the white pine, the redwood to the oak, the...
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1323 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This is a cool clothing store in the Pearl featuring gear and fashion from a variety of mainstream and boutique brands. The Lizard collections coalesce into a catalog of functional apparel with style and sustainability at the heart of their...
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Mt Bachelor Ski Area in the Central Oregon Cascades is everything that's right about a winter snow sports complex. It starts with what it doesn't have. No overpriced eateries, no boutique hotels, no condos, no wannabes looking for attention, no...
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5911 SW Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367, USA
I'm conflicted with my priority for highly recommending this coastal stop on Hwy 101. Could it be the freshness and quality of the food. Maybe that's where the party begins. There's the understated commitment by the sommelier, too. Wine occupying...
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934 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Every year, tens of thousands of locals and visitors interrupt their hibernation for a mid-winter trip to the movies. Over 100 movies, not to be exact. It's the first week in February and the days don't seem to be getting any longer, just wetter....
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1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
One of my favorite ways to sample a city is to taste its micro-brews. So when I'm in Portland, my number-one stop is the Rogue Distillery and Public House. The beer is so spectacular I lugged home several pints. With so many to choose from, I...
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You can catch a glimpse of Mount Hood looming on the horizon from the city of Portland, Oregon. Look through the Douglas firs and find it. If you're in Portland, seek higher ground—preferably a rooftop or balcony—crack open a Mirror Pond, Rogue,...
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807 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209, USA
Mingo has been a stalwart in Italian cuisine here in Portland for decades. Small, intimate, homey, it's like my grandmother's kitchen growing up. But grandma didn't have the level of sophistication the chefs at Mingo bring to the table every...
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701 SW 6th Ave #196, Portland, OR 97204, USA
When my partner and I visit a city, we love to study the public transportation. We lived in Asia for a few years, and we learned the value of understanding the subways, buses, and the trains. We loved the light rail in Portland! I highly recommend...
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414 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Portland loves its flights; at Cacao you can get a tasting portion of three different sipping chocolates (dark, spiced, and milk). The staff are wonderful and gave me many insider tips on where to go in the city too. Located close to the Pearl...
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2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
The #1 thing recommended to me to see in Portland was the Saturday Market. It lived up to its hype! I spent a few hours Saturday morning wandering around the market and was floored at the talent of the vendors. I was also shocked at how reasonably...
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580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The chefs at Tasty n Alder really know how to pair flavors that just simply work whether it's brunch in the mornings or dinner at night. From their potato and chocolate donuts to their delicious frittatas with tons of veggies served in a cast iron...
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1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The Portland Art Museum has been a fixture of the Rose City for longer than you’d expect—it’s the oldest art museum on the West Coast, opened in 1892. The current location, on the South Park Blocks, debuted in 1932 with a design...
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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
An iconic name in Portland retail—as well as among readers who have never been to the city—Powell’s has multiple locations on both sides of the Willamette. The downtown store remains the one best suited for visitors to explore,...
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2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060, USA
I love all of the McMenamins properties I've stayed at over the years on travel through the Pacific Northwest, but I may have a new favorite: McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, right at the western mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. As always, the...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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1713 NE 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97212, USA
It's really easy to be a veg-head in PDX. You can't turn around without bumping into something gluten-free, soy-free, or meat-free. The Blossoming Lotus produces some of the most creative and delicious concoctions that will make you wonder why...
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3315 Southeast 19th Avenue B, Portland, OR 97202, USA
Stone Barn Brandyworks is a craft distiller with an ever-expanding set of big, delicious flavors filling every small bottle. They use regional ingredients to produce a variety of fruit brandies, grappa, and brandy-based liqueurs. When the harvest...
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1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Like Groucho Marx, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” Fortunately for me, the White Owl Social Club is mostly a great bar and restaurant. Joining the club at the White Owl is a matter of showing up, which is when...