Fall into Portland—Autumn Beckons
Collected by Jay Rymeski, AFAR Local Expert
The days grow shorter and wetter, and the Portland playlist just moves inside and doesn't miss a beat. Keep the rain gear handy because there's plenty to do around town while dodging the raindrops.
239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
The Lan Su Chinese Gardens is a lovely place to regain some inner peace and admire the gorgeous gardens. The name of the garden comes from the relationship between sister cities Portland and Suzhou. Sounds from both Portland and Suzhou are...
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,...
341 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
The title really said it all. We just popped into this art-house theater because we'd seen the advert for "Sleepwalk with Me" on its sign. We knew it must be a hip joint because a) it's in Portland's Pearl District, and b) there were lots of young...
240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
1243 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Having the best Thai joint in Portland so close to home is a blessing and a curse. Thai Chili Jam always serves fresh, authentic meals with comfortable surroundings that make me feel at home, even when I "eat in." Start with the fresh salad rolls;...
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...
NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210, USA
We came across this little area of Portland's Nob Hill by chance. We were on the hunt for ice cream. But we were charmed by what we found—a really beautiful run of shops, five or six blocks long, that evolved over the course of the road from new...
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Portland is not lacking for parks and gardens—I've heard the Chinese garden in the Pearl district is a stunner—but I highly recommend the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. Portland's a relaxed place anyway, but the Japanese gardens, said to be...
NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
As a runner, my favorite way to see a new city is by running it. Downtown Portland offered many places to run, but my favorite was a loop we took around the waterfront. Starting at McCall Waterfront Park, go north to cross the Burnside Bridge,...
900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This is a beautiful bike shop in the Hawthorne neighborhood catering to the conventional —and the not-so-standard—two-wheel transport. I was astounded at some of the new "looks" in cycling. It's eye candy even to the most disinterested shopper....
3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
After spending some time with Cassie of Mag-Big, Rachael and I headed next-door (it’s in the same building) to grab some brunch at The Hazel Room Tea Lounge (the owners are Cassie’s good friends). Rachael enjoyed a fresh grapefruit beverage and...
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...
NW Reeder Rd, Portland, OR 97231, USA
Perched on a not-so-lonely nude beach on the northern end of Sauvie Island is an enigma. Well above waterline lies a 30-foot orb that piques the imagination and challenges explanation. The "spaceship" origin is not interstellar but certainly...
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...
2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This Burnside bistro is an intimate eatery has a wonderful variety of menu options to delight any diner's experience. Scott Snyder has developed a rhythm in his wood-fired kitchen with focus and a respect for the profile of authentic Middle...
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