I can’t believe last Thanksgiving was almost one year ago….time is such a crazy concept.
In any case last Thanksgiving I decided to stray away from traditional family gatherings and ventured alone to Portland for the weekend (it was just a quick flight from Northern California where I was staying at the time so it seemed like one of the most reasonable places to be).
I’m super late posting this but here are my top five favorite spots from my Portland adventures
- Lan Su Chinese Garden- you can totally fool your Instagram following into thinking you’re in a Shanghai temple… or at the very least in SF’s Chinatown. This Chinese garden is actually a collaboration between Portland and its sister-city Suzhou, reflecting a 2,000 year old Chinese tradition. The garden is complete with flower arranging rooms and select classes, art displays, and a “study room” that one would use if they were fortunate enough to be an ancient Chinese intellectual (think of Confucian utilizing this type of study). The facility also boasts a tea-room that serves moon pastries, dried fava beans, and fermented egg snacks. 239 Northwest Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
2. Bagdad Theater and Pub- this theater dates back to 1927 and true to form, it boasts an air of Europeanism mixed with Alhambra tiling and design. The venue now has select showings of recent releases, and an excellent restaurant and bar selection, allowing theater guests to dine in style while they watch the latest film (I happened to catch the tear-wrenching Coco) while I munched on a salad adorned with pickled bean salad and a side of hummus.
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
3. Powell’s City of Books – there is no greater heaven for a bibliophile than Powell’s. You can get lost in this venue, both literally and metaphorically. It would take lifetimes over to finish every book in this venue yet there is something so intriguing about wanting to hoard them all so grab a coffee at the interior cafe and choose from multiple translations of the Communist Manifesto to start your day right
1005 W Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97209
4. Lakewood Theatre Company – this way-off-the-strip venue is totally worth the uber ride. I happened to catch “To Kill a Mockingbird” while it was making its debut at this local, independent playhouse. I was impressed at the wide range of actors (for those of you who know the story, getting the right child-actors to grasp a heavy topic is extremely important). The venue is small giving a more intimate setting while the on-stage props are limited yet professionally arranged.
5. Portland City Grill – Last, but certainly not least, is this wonderful 30th floor seafood/Asian inspired restaurant that allows viewers the opportunity to have one of the best views of Portland. Catch happy-hour for reasonable prices on high-end dishes
111 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204