Shaped like a hitchhiker’s thumb, North Portland juts out from the city center to the point where the Willamette River meets the Columbia. NoPo’s neighborhoods—Hayden Island, St. John’s and Overlook, to name a few—have long served the people working the docks and warehouses along its shores, making the Port of Portland the fourth busiest international port on the West Coast today. Learn more about our city’s working class history in these bustling communities that are filled with international restaurants, food cart pods, renovated “dive” bars and more.
Tea lovers, rejoice! Portland may seem to run on coffee, but more and more high-quality teahouses and teamakers are setting up shop in the Rose City. Here’s a list of five of my favorites. All offer high-quality teas, herbals, tea ware and specialty tea drinks, so you’ll never run out of fine blends to sample. […]
For me and my family, watching the Timbers 2 (T2) team play at least once during summer is an absolute must. We love that their games are laid-back, intimate, a little rowdy and filled with nostalgic good fun. Nostalgia, because T2 is Portland’s United Soccer League (USL) – aka the minors – and their games […]
When Lewis and Clark’s Corp of Discovery came paddling down the Columbia River, searching for the fastest transcontinental trade route across the frontier, they passed by a stretch of land now called North Portland. The Corp probably couldn’t imagine the swampy lowland would one day be the largest deep-draft inland port in America. Today, it’s […]
Jimmy Buffett may have his Margaritaville, but when Portlanders need a tropical escape they turn to NoPo’s Island Café to find their slice of paradise. Located on the shores of the Columbia River, the Island Café is an oasis for boaters and anyone looking for the laid back vibe typically found in warmer climates. This […]
With its deep resonant tones and lyrics that speak to the human experience, the blues is the music of the workingman. So it’s no surprise you’ll find Portland’s best blues artists playing throughout the week at North Portland’s Mock Crest Tavern, a working class neighborhood bar on NoPo’s Lombard Street. Mock Crest Tavern is an […]
One of my favorite foodie hot spots in Portland is North Williams Avenue, home to a bustling bike corridor, unique shops, eco-friendly offices and acclaimed restaurants. Five of the avenue’s excellent eateries are located within strolling distance of one another in the Boise neighborhood, on the two blocks between NE Beech Street and NE Shaver […]