Bound to Please. Behind an unassuming storefront, Powell’s Books offers the world to those who still would rather turn a real page than tap a screen. New and used tomes fill the shelves, and the rare book room will call to the antiquarian in you. Recent staff picks include Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill and How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields. powells.com
Buy-ways. Take a leisurely stroll through the Pearl, one of several Portland shopping districts featuring unique and eclectic stores. Peruse hats at Bonnet, sustainable clothing at Ecovibe Apparel, footwear at Imelda’s Shoes and Louie’s Shoes for Men, and gifts at Nobal Home. Need sustenance? Duck into one of the area’s many cafés, pubs and restaurants, such as Yama Sushi and the Sake Bar. explorethepearl.com
Sip and Snack. Wine-making in the heart of the city? That’s the niche Enso Urban Winery fills. The fruits of its labors are available at the Tasting Lounge, which also serves well-chosen beers and salami from Olympic Provisions, noshes from Steve’s Cheese Bar and savory dishes from the Pacific Pie Co. bit.ly/108XNT7
Flowery Pros. Pay a visit to the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park, home to 9,525 rose bushes in 610 varieties. Peak bloom time is next month, but there’s plenty to see now. bit.ly/147ydBB
In Your Palm. To navigate the city with ease, download the handy Travel Portland app (available for both iPhones and Android phones) at bit.ly/107O7IP.