The City of Roses is a blossoming urban center that’s home to tasty restaurants (and donuts), cultural venues, and as its nickname suggests — nature. Here are our suggestions for what you should check out while you’re in town for #SAWACON.
Powell’s Books | Located in Portland’s Pearl District, this is a must-see for bibliophiles. The store boasts a rare book collection, and reportedly buys around 3,000 used books a day.
International Rose Test Garden | This garden serves as a testing site for new roses, and also has a gold medal garden for the best varieties. On top of these medal-winning florals, the garden has one of the broadest collections of rose-themed items in their shop.
Portland Japanese Garden | A pond garden, a tea garden, a stone garden — these are just a few of the beautiful spaces that the Japanese Garden has available.
Shopping & Exploring PDX
Here are three of the best areas in portland to walk around and shop/eat/etc:
Mississippi Avenue | Hipster and picturesque, this is the neighborhood to explore. (And take a moment to snap that new Facebook profile pic while you’re at it.)
Hawthorne Boulevard | Discover your favorite treasure in one of the many vintage shops and local boutiques lining the street, or pick up a one-of-a-kind souvenir for friends and family at home.
Pearl District | Peppered with art galleries, restaurants and eccentric shopping, this neighborhood is exemplary in its urban renaissance.
Portland boasts (arguably) the best cuisine on the West Coast. Here are our favorites, by category:
- For Spanish food, try Mediterranean Exploration Company, Toro Bravo, Tasty n Alder or Tasty n Sons.
- If you’re in the mood for Italian, Ava Gene’s is an excellent choice.
- For French cuisine, visit Le Pigeon or Paley’s Place.
- If sushi is more your style, try Bamboo Sushi. (Try to catch their happy hour!)
- Craving a fresh sandwich? Stop by Lardo. (Get the bahn mi.)
- For world-famous Thai, try Pok Pok.
- In the mood for South American, visit Le Chon.
- Morning person? Try brunch at Veritable Quandary on the weekend, or Gravy any day of the week. Get a freshly-brewed coffee and pick up some locally roasted beans at Barista.
Don’t forget — the deadline to register for the Annual Conference at the regular rate is Friday, October 21. (Late registration begins on October 22, so register soon to get the best price!)