Nancy Burke, account executive
When friends visit, where do you take them first? If it’s sunny, there is no better place to see all of Portland and the surrounding Cascades than at Council Crest Park. If the weather is less cooperative, then I head to Powell’s City of Books — hands down the best way to while away a rainy Portland afternoon.
What’s the most “Portland” thing about Portland? Its quirkiness, which you can find around every corner — it never ceases to surprise and delight. My favorites are the tiny toy horses tethered to original, old horse rings in streets around the city; the smallest city park in the world; the PDX Adult Soapbox Derby; and the Christmas Ship Parade on the Willamette River.
In your mind, what’s a perfect day in the city? Watching the city wake up with an early morning walk on the riverfront loop from Tilikum Crossing to Steel Bridge, followed by brunch at Gravy on North Mississippi Avenue. Head over to the Hawthorne area to get some great boutique and vintage shopping in, followed by dinner and killer margaritas at Por Que No?
You’re planning a night out — what do you do? See a music act or performing arts. My favorites are free shows at McMenamins Al’s Den on West Burnside Street, concerts at the Oregon Zoo, catching a band at Skyline Tavern, and attending productions of Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera. I cap these evenings off with the famous Spanish coffee at Huber’s.
Where do you go for a day trip out of Portland? Timberline Lodge. In summer, hiking portions of the Timberline Trail, which provides stunning vistas of the southern Cascades. In winter, skiing with one run alone providing 3,690 feet of vertical drop. Day’s activities topped off with cold libation and dinner at historic Barlow Trail Roadhouse in Welches.