If beards and tattoos frighten your relatives, introduce them to Portland’s softer side with this laid-back exploration of our culinary, art, and shopping sceneS. (Note: tat-free tour not guaranteed.)
Ten-year-old Schoolhouse Electric’s modish mix of furniture, home décor, and light fixtures feels as much like an art gallery as a store. Tour the eclectic inventory, espresso in hand, courtesy of the in-store Ristretto Roasters café, a signature example of PDX’s microroasting legacy.
2181 NW Nicolai St.
The Pearl District (and its cadre of galleries) was still an urban planning zygote when this sleek and welcoming space began showcasing Northwest artists in Nob Hill nearly 25 years ago. It’s every bit as approachable today.
805 NW 21st Ave.
Oaks Bottom + Sellwood
Fuel up for the easy three-mile wander through bird-watching paradise Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge at Lompoc’s nearby Public House, a branch of one of Portland’s original microbreweries. Plus, Sellwood’s many-block-long antique mall promises plenty more leg stretching if you’re still suffering from IPA-and-goat-cheese-burger-induced guilt. 1621 SE Bybee Blvd.
Oui Presse + Hawthorne
Perhaps no place puts Portland’s preciousness on display better than this cute bakery/magazine shop/café. But if you seek more, just head east on Hawthorne. 1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Everyone’s mother-in-law warms up with a glass of pinot from Bow & Arrow, one of the four urban wineries bottling vino at this new urban sipping spot. 2425 SE 35th Pl.
Rustic French cuisine gets a Northwest touch (think roasted coho with braised artichokes) at this upscale restaurant that’s so quaint even you will coo when you walk in the door. Rookie mistake: skipping dessert. Alissa Rozos’s chocolate almond torte is heaven on a plate. 2039 SE Clinton St.
Rest assured your family will be well cared for at 86-year-old Heathman Hotel, which believes “service is still an art.” (Ahem, restaurant industry workers.) See the proof for yourself tomorrow at Afternoon Tea—the Heathman is one of the only places in Portland still offering this truly continental affair. 1001 SW Broadway.
Talking Point The Hawthorne Bridge must lift at least partially every eight hours in order to ensure its 103-year-old parts don’t get stuck.