Things to do!

Explore our area

Portland is the land of incredible coffee, craft beer, awesome eats, and quirky charm! The city itself has many fun neighborhoods to explore. Check out these neighborhoods for fun eateries, drinks and cute shops: Alberta, Hawthorne, Mississippi, Division, and NW 23rd. If you're up for a day trip consider heading out to wine country, the coast, or exploring the beautiful Columbia Gorge. It's gorgeous around here!

Here are some of our favorite things to do in the area!

Beer me!

If you are into beer or just want to try some incredible craft brews, you are in the right place! If you're new to Oregon or hit up these places often, here are some of our faves...can you tell we like beer?!

Rogue-One of the OG's of Oregon craft brewing.
Our favorite: Oregon Hazelnut Brown

Hopworks Urban Brewery
Our favorite: Ferocious Citrus IPA

10 Barrel
Our favorites: Double Mosaic IPA, Sinister Black Lager

Breakside Brewing
Our favorite: Liquid Sunshine

Cascade Brewing Barrel House: Incredible sour beer selection. You can't go wrong! Try a flight.
Our favorite: Honey Ginger Lime, anything barrel aged!

Base Camp Brewing
Our favorite: S'more Stout

Our favorites: Dynamic Duo, Marryin Berries

Our favorite: Total ReKölsch

Our favorite: Phaser Hazy IPA

Our favorite: Lagerbier Hell (the food here is fantastic! Don't leave without getting the bread pudding)

If you're visiting Oregon for the first time, you might really enjoy McMenamins. They convert old schools, churches, and other buildings into funky brewhouses and restaraunts. There are many locations around Portland. A few of our favorites are Kennedy School, and The Bagdad Theater and Pub. If you head to the Gorge for a trip, check out Edgefield!

....not to worry, there are roughly 85 breweries in the Portltand metro area, so anywhere you are there will be great beer!

Columbia Gorge Day Trippin'

Head east from Portland to the town of Hood River (about an hour) and you will be wowed by gorgeous views, waterfall hikes, and great food and drink! Take the Old Columbia River highway to drive through tree-lined roads speckled with lush, forested hikes. Wrap up the day in Hood River and a tasty beverage from Pfriem or Double-Mountain Brewery (incredible pizza, too!).

Columbia Gorge Beer Trail

A few great gorge hikes: Punchbowl Falls, Oneonta Gorge, Triple Falls, Angel's Rest, Wahclella Falls.

Check out the town of Cascade Locks, by the Bridge of the Gods and DO NOT leave without going to Thunder Island Brewing!!

Oregon Wine Country

Oregon wine country is such a special place! You could spend weeks roaming around, sipping amazing pinots. If you are crunched for time and want to hit up some of the best places, we suggest searching wineries in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. It's about 35 minutes SW of Portland. The towns of Dundee and Carlton also have some great tasting rooms. Take a day and explore, you won't want to miss it!
Our favorites (can you tell, it's hard for us to pick just a few!?):
-Sokol Blosser
-Penner Ash
-Archery Summit
-Ken Wright
-Youngberger Hill
-Fairsing Vineyards
-Domaine Serene

Visit Red Hills Market for awesome wine country eats!


Portland is truly a special place when it comes to amazing food! We suggest hitting up the food cart pods. You'll get to taste an awesome variety of food from all over the world. Let us know your time frame and we would LOVE to suggest some restaraunts for you to try. Your best bet is to check out Eater PDX.

Here are a few of our current favorites:

Coffee/Tea shops:
Water Avenue, Coava Coffee, Smith Tea, Case Study Coffee, Barista, Ristretto, Heart Coffee.

Ava Gene's, The Woodsman, Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Han Oak, Bollywood Theater, Ken's Artisan Pizza, Afuri, Lardo, Grassa, Little Bird Bistro, Clyde Common, Killer Burger.

Screen Door, Tin Shed, Broder Cafe, Off the Waffle, Beast, Tasty N' Sons.

Sweets, donuts, and stuff your face places:
Pips Original Donuts and Chai, Bluestar donuts, Pix Patisserie, Salt and Straw, 50 Licks, 180 Xurros.

Oregon Coast

You can easily do a day trip to the Oregon coast during your stay! In about an hour and a half you can be in Cannon Beach, a super cute coastal town, and make your way down the epic coastline through Oswald State Park. Some super hikes in that area include: Ecola State Park and Cape Falcon. Drive up the coast a little farther and explore Astoria where the Columbia River meets the Pacific. Don't leave Astoria without visiting Buoy Beer Company and Fort George Brewing!
Susan Moyal