Playdate PDX in NW Portland
Post #48 of 101 Cool Portland Places – Playdate PDX
Are you looking for that perfect place to take you kids and let them run wild while you just sit back and enjoy your dinner? Well, I happen to stumble upon Playdate PDX and it was the best little gem I’ve seen in a while. It let me relax in a comfortable,s safe environment while the kids have a great time.
Yes, this place is geared towards children, so if you are a parent looking for another fun adventure for your child, you should definitely check this place out. First of all, the food that they serve is actually quite good. It’s a full-on cafe with a decent selection of menu items to choose from.
Now, let’s talk about the play area. It’s a HUGE indoor playground. It’s amazing! I decided to take my shoes off and wander and see for myself. It’s a labyrinth of slides, tunnels, nerf-gun wars and a digital game floor ( you gotta see it). There are many safety features in the playground to keep your child from getting hurt too. I was smiling so hard I started to hurt at my cheeks ends
It’s a great place to throw a birthday party for they have reservation rooms. Give them a call and set up your next party.
On the border of the Pearl District and Northwest Portland
1434 NW 17th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Profile Theater on 34th and Belmont – Portland
Post # 47 of 101 Cool Portland Places- The Profile Theater
In the heart of Portland lies a wonderful little theater on SE 34th and Belmont called Profile Theater. Located next to the wonderful Tao of Tea, The Profile Theater can be the perfect spot to bring a date, bring a friend or come on your own to break up the ordinary daily life. I’ve walked out of this theater a few times thoroughly enjoying the creative passions on stage that gripped my attention for the entire performance. I am quite surprised at the talent that Portland always churns out….actually I’m not surprised at all, for creativity and talent is what sets Portland apart from all other big cities, and that’s what drew me here almost 10 years ago.
Profile Theater was founded in 1997 with the mission of celebrating the playwright’s contribution to live theater. In 14 years, Profile has grown to be one of the most significant theater companies in Portland, with a reputation for bringing intelligence, excellence, and passion to the stage.
Each year, Profile showcases a single playwright, giving you the opportunity to enter a writer’s world for a full season. This experience allows the audience to view each play as part of a flowing dialogue, and to see the important connections that help us to grow and learn and understand.
Profile Theatre is committed to hiring local, professional actors, designers and directors. Over the course of our fourteen years, Profile Theater showcased the immense talent of Portland area artists. 2010-11 season was no exception. Here are just a handful of the great artists seen on the Profile stage, or whose behind-the-scenes artistry was integral to our productions. Scott Yarbrough, Todd Van Voris, Tim True, Pat Patton, Ana Reiselman, Leif Norby, Tobias Andersen, Shelly Lipkin
Located at; 3430 SE Belmont Street, Portland OR 97214
You can call 503.242.0080 to purchase tickets or go to Purchase Tickets
Pioneer Courthouse Square – Downtown Portland
Post #46 of 101 cool Portland places. Pioneer Square.
While walking around and enjoying the sounds of an afternoon concert in Pioneer Square I got challenged by a local who was playing chess on the sidewalk chess boards. The last thing I remember saying was…”Checkmate!”. Pioneer Square always has so many fun and interesting things going on that you are sure to catch something that will intrigue you. You might find some street performers, local artists and musicians, activists, a few friendly homeless folks and food carts selling the best that Portland has to offer.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, located in the heart of Downtown Portland, is a public space hosting more than 300 programmed events each year. With more than 26,000 people visiting the Square each day, it is the single most visited site in Oregon’s most visited city.
Pioneer Courthouse Square is an urban park affectionately known as the City’s “living room.” Prior to its grand opening in 1984, a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was created to manage programming and daily operations. Today the Square thrives with volunteer leadership and community support at every level through a unique management agreement with the City of Portland.
With tons of great shopping all around Pioneer Square, you can find most everything you are looking for. Pioneer Square Shopping is the link to view these sops, and from there you can get an updated schedule of events happening year round.
Not sure what to do on a weekend…check out Pioneer Square, you’ll be glad you did.
Tree to Tree Adventure Park – An Aerial Course
Post # 45 of 101 Coll Portland Places – Tree to Tree Adventure Park.
Are you ready to live like an Ewok? In the setting of nature, this is an adrenalin packed adventure that thrill seekers are searching for. Tree to Tree is a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip lines and tree top obstacles unlike anything you’ve ever seen before! When you first arrive at Tree to Tree, you will be outfitted with safety gear, given an introductory lesson by a member of the trained staff, and taken to “Base Camp” where you will be trained on a grade level course.
Experience the thrills of moving from platform to platform (tree to tree) via wobbly bridges, tightropes, zip lines and more!
Tree to Tree is pleased to be open every weekend and is open Monday-Friday for groups, special events, team building and corporate events. Peak season starts June 15 and is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am and last group in the trees at 4:00 pm ~Plan ahead to be sure to get the date you want. Reservations are always required. Harnesses, and helmets are provided, so don’t worry, you’ll be safe while walking among the birds.
Tree to Tree adventure Park
Though it’s not directly in Portland, it is a short drive away and a place definitely worth recommending if this is your cup of tea. 2975 SW Nelson Road, Gaston, OR 97119 Telephone: 503.357.0109
People’s Farmers’ Market – People’s Co-op
Post # 44 of 101 cool Portland places – People’s Farmers’ Market – People’s Co-op
When I’m in the inner Southeast Abernathy/Clinton neighborhood and in need of some healthy, organic and local items, People’s Food Co-Op is just what the Dr. ordered. But, one of my favorite things about People’s is the Farmers Markets they have every Wednesday. Tons of booths offering some of the most tasty locally grown produce you can imagine as well as locally made items, fresh honey, varieties of mushrooms and some finely crafted home-made beers and wines. I also love the People’s Annual Harvest Festival and Craft Fair. Live Music, Beer, Kombucha, Cider Pressing, Sqaure Dancing, Pie Eating Contest and more. The farmers market is YEAR ‘ROUND, every Wednesday 2-7pm.
” People’s commits to a model of human cooperation, focus our energy on building community , revitalizing our local economy, and promoting healthy connections to our bio-region and the earth. We realize these goals through conscious product selection, mindful business practices, and the fulfillment of cooperative principles. Because People’s is owned by the community and not by an individual, they can genuinely focus first on our customers and the services that they provide for them, not on the profit we make from them. ”
Spring time has a wide selection to choose from. Check out our farmers for strawberry, peas, mustard greens, lettuce, arugula, chard, spinach, morels, rhubarb, red Russian kale, nettles, dried hot peppers, mustard greens, lettuce mix, chard, baby daikon, broccoli raab, collard tops, parsley, arugula, Japanese turnips, mixed greens, leeks, beets, spinach, carrots, potatoes, honey, garlic, dried persimmons, homegrown and wild-crafted mushrooms, fresh eggs and more!
Peoples Food Co-Op
8am — 10pm
3029 SE 21st Ave., Portland, Oregon
Movie Madness- The most extensive library of older titles anywhere
Post # 43 of 101 cool Portland places – Movie Madness
I remember my first time walking into Movie Madness I felt like I was walking into a Hollywood wax museum. This place is filled with great costumes, artifacts and pictures from the stars of the past and present. But of course, it’s all about the movies.
Movie Madness got its start in the early 90’s with just 200 titles, specializing in rare and hard to find movies. Today they have over 70000 videos and Movie Madness has a huge selection of blockbusters, cult favorites, music videos and the most extensive library of older titles anywhere. They have the largest selection of Classic Films, Film Noir, Independent Films, Gay & Lesbian Films, Foreign Films, Art House Films, Television, Anime, and of course Psychotronic Films in the Northwest. I’ve literally spent an hour just browsing up and down the isles forgetting my original movie title of renting.
Movie Madness is located at 4320 SE Belmont in the Sunnyside/Belmont neighborhood in the Hawthorne District.
The Pittock Mansion in the Hillside nieighborhood
Post #41 of 101 Cool Portland Places – The Pittock Mansion.
The 22 room mansion was originally built for The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. The home can be found in the National Register of Historic Places and offers visitors a uniquely personal look into the past.
Built early in the 20th century, the City of Portland purchased the mansion in 1964 for $225,000 , $75,000 of which was raised by the community. The mansion opened to the public in 1965 after months of repair, around 80,000 people visit yearly making it a local landmark. The mansion has both in movies, The Haunting of Sarah Hardy and Body of Evidence, as well as television as the finish line for the 13th season of the Amazing Race. The Mansion also offers an extensive collection of historical artifacts. The Pittock Mansion Society has spent years collecting time-period furnishings and artwork some of which can be seem up close through various rotating shows. These include pieces and collections owned originally by the Pittock Family and other works including Tiffany glass pieces and other pieces of vintage art. For those more interested in natural beauty, the Mansion’s location makes it one of the best birdwatching spots in Portland.
The Pittock Mansion, in Pittock Acres Park in West Portland, is in theWestover Neighborhood and part in the Hillside neighborhood.
The Pittcok Mansion 11am to 4pm daily and guided tours vary according to the season and attendance levels. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for those under 18 and free for members and children under 6. The Pittcock Mansion is located at 3229 NW Pittock Drive, in Pittock Acres Park just outside of downtown Portland. For more information check out pittockmansion.org. Can’t get enough Portland historical sites? Check out The Oregon Historical Society Museum at 1200 SW Park Avenue or the Oregon Maritime Museum at 113 Southwest Ash Street.
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The Oregon Historical Society – features more than 50 separate displays tell the story of Oregon
Post # 42 of 101 Cool Portland Places. The Oregon Historical Society Museum.
The Oregon Historical Society Museum in Downtown Portland, boasts over 85,000 items some of which date back to the earliest settlements in Oregon. The museum chronicles the exploration of Oregon Country, the growth of business and industry, the development of local artwork, and maritime history.
The Oregon Historical Society was formed in 1898, shortly afterward it opened its first museum in Portland City Hall and began collecting literature and historical artifacts. The museum moved to the Keller Auditorium in 1917 before settling in its current location in 1966. The museum features several permanent exhibits in addition to traveling exhibits and those available online. Popular exhibits include Oregon My Oregon which occupies an entire floor of the building. It features more than 50 separate displays tell the story of Oregon through artifacts, interactive displays and several re-created environments. Additional exhibits include rare Western native basketry, the iconic landmark photographs of Carleton Watkins, and the first automobile built in Oregon by the Benson brothers. The society also houses one of the country’s most extensive collections of state history materials. Featuring over 30,000 books and 8.5 million feet of historic film the library covers everything from pre-statehood to present day.
The Oregon Historical Society Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and from 12pm to 5pm Sundays. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $5 for those under 18 and free for children under 5 and Oregon Historical Society Members. Tours are included with the price of admission and last around an hour. The Oregon Historical Society Museum is located at 1200 SW Park Avenue in the heart of Downtown Portland. Check out their website at www.ohs.org for more information. Looking for something else that is uniquely Portland? Check out Powell’s Books at 1005 W. Burnside or Washington Park just minutes from downtown.
Pix Patisserie – Chocolates and Wine
Post #40 of 101 cool Portland places – Pix Patisserie
Pix Patisserie has 2 locations, on at 3402 SE Division St. and the other at 3901 N Williams Ave. Although my first memory of them is on Hawthorne Blvd next to Powell’s Books. Pix is the perfect place to cure your chocolate cravings like the Shazzam!, The Royale or Aphrodite. PIX is also known for many other great deserts with fruit toppings, caramel sweets and other delectable goodies. And while you are satisfying yourself don’t forget to have some, great selection of beers and over 50 Grower Champagnes to brag about. Click to view the desert menu.
Cheryl Wakerhauser who is also known as Pix, is the creator of this amazing place and is known for her eccentric and distinctive style that intertwines flavors and textures. She was also studying to be an astronaut…. I want to meet her. I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut while sipping on wine and eating chocolates up in space.
PIX has 2 locations, on at 3402 SE Division St. in the Richmond neighborhood and the other at 3901 N Williams Ave. in the Boise neighborhood. Although my first memory of them is on Hawthorne Blvd next to Powell’s Books.
101 cool Portland places – The Portland Food carts.
Post #39 of 101 cool Portland places – The Portland Food carts.
Streetside dining is becoming part of Portland Oregon’s obsessive culture. These mini hot-spots are set up in parking lots, sidewalks, and even parks, sometimes in large groups and sometimes solo.
I loe the widest selection of foods to choose from and I love how they are in the most random pockets of Portland.
Anyone remember Zach’s shack on Hawthorne? I’m not sure if that’s considered a food “cart” but it was so popular that it finally bought it’s own shop on the Blvd.
Multnomah County has 450 carts, a 20 percent jump over last year, with another 32 carts under review. One reason my Portland is taking a sudden surge is affordable licenses, only $315 and access to real estate averaging rent $500 a month.
New carts that opened in the past month or so:
Thai Tea Clean Food Good Taste – SW 2nd and Stark
Sausage Shack – SW 3rd and Stark
Tofu House – SW 9th and Alder
Flying Fish Co – SE 32nd and Division
Robb’s Really Good Food – SE 52nd and Foster
Lunch Box Wizard – SE 52nd and Foster
Rotissol & Greens Healthy Home Cooking – SW 9th and Alder
Here are some of Portland’s favorites:
ADDY’S SANDWICH BAR – SW 10th Ave. between Alder and Washington
GARDEN STATE – Southeast 13th Avenue and Lexington Street
THE BIG EGG – 4233 N. Mississippi Ave
MOXIE RX ROADSIDE JUICE BAR & CAFE – North Mississippi Ave and Shaver St.
NONG’S KHAO MAN GAI – SW Alder Street between 10th and 11th
POTATO CHAMPION – SE 12th Ave and Hawthorne Blvd
TABOR -SW Stark St. and Fifth Ave.
Food carts are also about supporting small, locally-owned businesses and small start-ups that might not have the capital or credit to open up their own full-fledged restaurants.
This is one of the reasons why Portland is one of the greatest city in all the states.