Ann Smith’s new book, 100 Things to Do in Portland, Oregon Before You Die, written along with Allison Symonds, is a must-have for visitors to Portland and long-time residents who might want to see what they are missing. This small, soft cover book lists the 100 best Portland experiences, one to each page.
Portland is a diverse city, but it does have an identity. Included within this easy-to-read guide are the experiences you would expect… Eat on the Street from a Food Cart, Take a Drive through Wine Country and Feel the Spray from Multnomah Falls.
Mixed in with coffee, craft breweries and Portland bridges, you’ll find some surprising and great ideas for your time in Portland, including:
Walk Under the Arches at Cathedral Park. Many don’t think of the art deco St. John’s Bridge as a destination. The bridge is a beautiful setting for photography. The authors remind us that there are trails meandering under the bridge and off-leash dog areas. And, in summer, it’s the site of the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival.
You might not realize that Portland has a Distillery Row. The authors tell you where to go to taste craft spirits and take a distillery tour.
I hadn’t heard of Montage, a haven for late night Mac ‘N Cheese lovers. I guess it’s because I’m not a late night person. But it does sound enticing… “ Le Bistro Montage is the place to go after you’ve been out on the town, drinking some of Portland’s infamous IPA’s and you’re ready for some real food… Montage is open until 4 a.m. on weekends. And, if your eyes are bigger than your stomach, Montage’s wait staff will wrap up your leftover creole mac ‘n cheese into one of their best foil animal sculptures.”
The authors of 100 Things to Do in Portland Oregon Before You Die keep their tips brief and informative. And, it was a fun read that I’ll definitely share it with my family before their trip to Portland. – Elizabeth Rose, RFT Contributor