The best part of urban adventuring is Portland is that you can do it by bike!
There are so many “hotspots” in Portland that it is hard to narrow the list down for places to take an LC-A+. One of the best things about Portland is that the neighborhoods are really the lifelines of the city – meaning that anything fun to do really is done in one or all of the tens of neighborhoods encircling the main city center. For urban adventures in Portland I thought I would take you through a typical day in the afternoon of a Portlander, Portland Style….
The first thing to do is get on your two-wheeled vehicle, aka a bike. The more retro the better. I like to hang out in Mississippi neighborhood in the morning because it is home to my favorite coffee shop the Fresh Pot. The Fresh Pot serves locally made Stumptown Coffee…..mmmmmm….the nectar of the gods. After sipping on an Americano I like to stroll down the avenue looking at shops and what not.
Then I head downtown to Powell’s City of Books (http://www.powells.com/) the largest independent bookstore in the world! You can spend a whole day or month at this place but eventually your stomach will start to make noise. Get on your bike and head up to the Alberta Arts District and reminisce about your school kid days by visiting the Grill Cheese Grill (GCG). The GCG is an old school bus converted to an amazing grill cheese euphoria – where you can have ‘fancy’ grill cheese or a classic American and white bread! Then I suggest an afternoon nap because a night of music and delirium is to follow…..