|View of Pioneer Square from The Nines!|
Also note that you certainly don't have to go to all these places in one day however, it's pretty easy to make a one day or two day itinerary out of this list. Be sure to find your own "happy places" along the way because that's the most fun you know… not taking the main road but finding the joy and fun in the unplanned. That's my favorite!
St. Honoré on Division: I love this place because everything is delicious! From the pastries to the flambé to the cider to talking with Chef Dominique… it's just all so perfect! Great place to grab some goodies to take home and did you know they cater? I just found out and I'm so excited!
Schoolhouse Electric Co.: This is one place that literally makes me smile when I walk in. They have everything!! From coffee equipment to woolen blankets to towels and bags and linens and more! Of course the lighting is quite nice too but I really love everything here! Be sure to head over before Christmas because their vignettes are adorable and perfect for a quick family or friend photo!
Ristretto: Inside Schoolhouse Elec. Co. and around town, this coffee is pretty much the best in Portland! I'm a coffee snob and believe Ristretto makes a perfect latté in my opinion. If you're lucky, you may snag a nice Figgy Buckwheat Scone made by Bakeshop. You must go and enjoy a latté soon!
Pips Original: Sometimes just because, sometimes because doughnuts sound good for lunch and sometimes I go just for the house made chai. Whatever reason you go, just do it and then order that chai and some delicious little doughnuts. Sweet and special, Pips Original is thee best place to take friends and family that are visiting Portland this season!
Zupans: Always a "feel good" grocery shopping experience, Zupans will make the chore a pleasure! From the awesome staff to the herbs, the butcher, the coffee and tea selection and then that deli… oh wow… you can literally have a feast right there in the wine section! And that wine section… to die for. Find local goods, imported goods and ALL the things you need for this season and throughout the entire year!
Portland Homestead Supply: A sweet little shop in Sellwood, this place has everything you need to make your own candles, soap, cheese, laundry detergent and more! They have awesome classes where I have learned to make corn tortillas and other delicious things. They've got essential oils too! They quite literally have everything! We purchased a 5 gallon crock there last spring and love it! Be sure to check them out on line, you'll love their classes!
Pistils: What a cute place. Always love the chickens pecking around and hiding in the bushes and plants for sale. Last December, we found our little Christmas tree there. They have a great selection of trees and are on Mississippi…. can't go wrong at all! Some great little local finds inside along with some indoor plants, etc.
Opa: Find this delicious place in Sellwood! Our favorite place for a calazone!! Thee best in town in my opinion. The owners are very nice and always make us feel at home.
Garden Fever: Another great nursery on NE24th and Fremont. This is the place that brings me to my knees when I'm in the mood to bring out my Master Gardner skills and plant stuff! I've literally landscaped my entire garden, front and back from the things I have purchased at Garden Fever. Working on filling the house with house plants too, they do have everything you need for your garden inside or out! Love my garden shoes so much as well and enjoy perusing their shelves of gardening books as well.
Lovely's 50 50: If you are making an itinerary out of this list, you'll be hungry by now and if you haven't grabbed a calazone yet, be sure to get to Lovely's. They have great pizza and some of the best house made ice cream in town. Not a huge selection of ice cream but that's ok, you don't need one if you got the good stuff. Malted Milk Ball ice cream sound good??? Go get some! It's on Mississippi Ave. so be sure to peruse that whole street for some great shopping this season!
|The Pearl and that's me!|
Pioneer Square: Tomorrow, Friday, November 28th, the tree at Pioneer Square gets lit! Be there at 5:30 pm and get yourself in the mood by enjoying all the holiday festivities downtown. I'll be on a plane headed to Arizona for a few days so snap me a pic please… I can't believe I'm missing this!!!
Boys Fort: Head downtown early and hit Boys Fort!! Not to be missed, this is one of my top five HAPPY PLACES in Portland! The guys are great and it's ok, girls can go in, you don't have to be a boy. They've got everything that exudes warmth, home and cozy cozy cozy for this season. I've purchase many things from these guys and love everything I've brought home! Check out the art… pretty cool and all local if I may add that. Happy Shopping!!!!!
Woodlawn Coffee and Cafe: On Dekum, if you need another coffee or lunch or a cookie, head over! Such a lovely and cute little place, I love the vibe too! If the weather is nice enough, sit on the patio, it's darling! They serve Stumptown so it's all delicious! I enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch!
Salt & Straw: I live near the Alberta St. Salt & Straw and so I do have some great will power believe it or not. I'm hearing they are debuting their new seasonal flavors on Friday… Fruit Cake Ice Cream sound good??? I am dying here and hoping to sneak over to see if they'll give me a taste before I fly out tomorrow… keeping my fingers crossed but I have the LA Salt & Straw on my SoCal itinerary for next week.
|Salt & Straw on Alberta Street!|
McMenamins Kennedy School: Located in the Concordia District just blocks from where I live, this is our favorite place for a movie! Sitting in a love seat sipping beer and munching on pizza, popcorn and red vines is quite perfect in this old school auditorium. A great place for a holiday movie and again, close to home!
|Schoolhouse Electric and Ristretto!|
Have fun and happy holidays from Portland, Oregon!
|Always stop for a bite of something really good!|