Portland, OR

Portland, OR Travel Guide

The theater is housed in the LEED-certified Platinum Armory building.

Part of Mike and Brian McMenamin’s growing restaurant and brewpub chain, this distillery just south of Portland’s Troutdale Airport occupies a former dry shed for storing vegetables on the old Edgefield estate.

This jazz-fueled supper club in the trendy Pearl District contains yellow, art-lined walls, a mezzanine lounge, and tables and counters overlooking a stage backed by red curtains.

The oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi, the Oregon Symphony was founded under the name Portland Symphony in 1896. The orchestra moved to its current home, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, in 1984, becoming a full-time rather than part-time orchestra.

Expecting parents Sara Chun and Ben Cavalcanti opened their Portland-based online shop in 2008 to sell kitty-shaped crayons that are easy for infants to grip and made with sustainable materials, including soy and beeswax.

First-rate vintage clothes with high-end prices.

Thoughtful urban planning has turned Portland’s relatively compact, park-studded downtown into far more than just a business district. Home to most of the city’s hotels and major arts institutions, it’s vibrant and abuzz seven days a week.

This curious strip of avant-garde art galleries, funky boutiques, and affordable ethnic eateries has recently sprung up in an otherwise quiet section of northeast Portland.

Living-room vibe. This local art-filled bar in the Pearl District is a popular stop on Portland's monthly first Thursday Artwalk.

For much of the year (not just winter), there’s great skiing just an hour away from Portland on the slopes of 11,239-foot Mount Hood. This peak, which is clearly visible from the city on clear days, has three different downhill ski areas.

The Spread: Portland ranks No. 2 for farmers' markets in our America's Favorite Cities Survey, and this Saturday hot spot is the epicenter for Oregonian locavores.

The West Coast’s largest blues festival dates to 1987 and draws internationally renowned musicians like Buddy Guy and Lucinda Williams to the shores of the Willamette River, while benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

This spirit producer dates to 2007 and is part of Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row. The green-fronted space with a criss-crossed dragon logo is only open to the public on Saturdays from noon until 5 p.m., or by appointment.

This tiny cheese counter serving up delicious artisanal cheeses and charcuterie has a well-deserved cult following.