Portland: Your Guide to a Perfect Saturday in the Bridge City

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Our roots run deep in the Bridge City. After all, Integrated was born here back in 1998 when we opened the doors of our first brick-and-mortar. Maybe that makes us bias… But we can also count on the 1.5% yearly growth rate to back us up when we say Portland absolutely IS one of THE coolest cities. Whether you are just planning a vacation or looking to book your next travel assignment in the PNW, this list is an inside look at our favorite way to spend a Saturday in our City.

South Waterfront

If your visiting our Corporate Office, a short bike path along the trolley line connects you to one of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods! Start your day with a coffee from Oracle, smoothie bowl from Greenleaf or a donut from Blue Star (local’s prefer over VooDoo).

  • Ladies: Get your last minute manicure in the light  and peaceful tranquility of Rex Nails. Then wander down to Ecru, a paperie filled with cute gifting accessories to prep you for the upcoming holiday. Whether it’s now or later, Frank’s is a SW gem and a one stop shop for wine and blooms. Enjoy a glass at one of their bistro style tables or grab an imported bottle to go. Shop owner, Ezra, is sure to put in a great rec.
  • Gents: Catch your weekend sports at Growler Guys, a casual spot featuring a plethora of Portland’s finest brews with a small menu of bar nibbles.
  • Local Eats: Little Big Burger, Heart Pizza, Cha Cha Cha, Bambuza & recently added City Rotisserie serving brunch till 2pm. Urbana is your local mini mart for any last minute needs.

 

Explore the West Side

The West end of town is filled with different neighborhoods that offer a diverse and unique charm of it’s own. You can easily hit all of the spots in one day by taking the Portland Streetcar ($2 fare), a car service like Lyft or Uber, or even your own 2 feet!

  • Downtown: Take in the hustle and bustle as you explore our downtown city streets. Shop with the advantage of no sales-tax at Pioneer Place, Nordstrom, Nike and more. You are sure to find entertainment surrounding the Holiday Ale Festival held at Pioneer Courthouse Square,  Portland’s outdoor “Living Room”. Check out the Pine Street Market, a food hall serving up some quality eats indoors!
  • Burnside & Brewery Blocks: Get lost in the famous “Powell’s Books”. This tourist attraction fills an entire city block and is absolutely all that it is cracked up to be.
    • Notable shops for the ladies include the second biggest Anthropologie in the United States, Madewell, Lulu Lemon, West Elm & local shops like House of Lolo, North of West, Hunt + Gather, Porch Light and Made Here PDX
    • Gents can take a self-led brew tour hitting Deschutes, Fat Heads and 10 Barrell. Union Way also has a few stores like Danner that may interest the male population
  • Pearl District: Grab a coffee and cozy up with a book at Sisters Coffee House or take a stroll through Jameson Square or The Fields Park. Lovejoy Bakers is a neighborhood cafe and bakery nestled in the heart of Portland’s most prestigious city-living.
  • Slab Town: This newly renovated and developed end of town offers top-notch food in a fun trendy environment. Stop here for lunch on your walk from the Pearl District the NW 23rd.
    • Favorite Eats: Please Louise, Besaws, Breakside Brewery
    • For smaller bites and creative cocktails check out The Cakery
  • Nob Hill/Northwest: Last but definitely not least, shop till you drop on Northwest 23rd Avenue. Victorian homes turned retail shops line the street offering something for everyone- clothing boutiques, home decor, locally made goods, and you guessed it… MORE restaurants.
    • Favorite places to refuel include Fireside, 23Hoyt, Papa Haydn or a slice of pie at Escape from NY.
    • If you have extra time make a special trip to Betsy & Iya for handcrafted jewelry made in house.

 

East End Excursion

The east side of Portland is made up of tiny fabulous and eclectic neighborhoods that may give off more of that stereotypical Portlandia vibe. While I say neighborhood, mostly I mean lengthy streets filled with fun stops.

  • North Mississippi/Williams:  These streets are home to some of Portland’s most loved bars. Located just a few blocks parallel to each other, you can spend hours enjoying casual eats, adult beverages and unique shops. Be sure to stop at Pistils Nursery for a whimsical kodak moment.
    • Eat and Drink: You can’t go wrong at Interurban, Bar Bar, The Box Social or vegan-friendly No Bones Beach Club
  • Alberta Arts District: During the summer, Alberta host’s Last Thursday’s where the street transforms to a block party and everyone is welcome. This energetic district gives off that same loving vibe year round.
    • Bollywood Theatre is a must for the best indian street food!
  • SE Hawthorne: Vintage shopping at it’s finest. Be prepared to find passed down treasures at one of the many second-hand shops located on this long strip.
    • Harlow is a great vegan/vegetarian stop or hit Por Que No in between shops.
  • SE Division: Food Mecca! You can post up at a covered food cart pod or take a peek at the menu’s on display as you wander the streets of Southeast Portland. Pop in to SE Wine Collective for a glass of urban vino and marvel at the beauty of ceramics in Carter & Rose
    • Circa 33 is a go-to for tasty food and drink with a speak-easy in the back. Ask your server for the code and travel back in time to the Prohibition Era through a secret bookcase. Keep it on the DL!

 

Holiday Happenings & Events Around Town

Feeling festive or want a taste of a wider variety of Portland? These options are for you!

  • Pittock Mansion: Visit A Very Portland Christmas held at the beautiful Pittock Mansion. An $11 entry fee will give you a glimpse into the holidays at the home built in 1914 by Henry Pittock of The Oregonian. Enjoy music, history and breathtaking views of the city below.
  • Portland Farmers Market: Located on the Portland State Campus, the farmers market is a must for fresh produce, flowers and fun. This weekend occurrence run’s till 2pm every Saturday. Be sure to make your way to the Pine State Biscuits tent to warm up your bellies!
  • Pioneer Courthouse Square: Portland’s outdoor living room hosts a number of events year round. You are sure to find a pop-up of some sort in our downtown square, or take in the beautiful sites of the decorated Christmas Tree as you sip coffee at the Starbucks located at the top of the square. Regardless your time here will be filled with entertainment in one way or another.
  • Saturday Market: Occupying the North end of Naito Parkway and Tom McCall Waterfront Park- take in the creativity of home-crafted trinkets, enjoy live music while you eat from yummy food stands.
  • RIP CITY: It’s a way of life. Take in our beloved blazers at the Moda Center (or still referred to as the Rose Garden by the locals). Feel the spirit of the fans and nibble on the best sports arena grub… What’s not to love?

 

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