Local Favorites

Cafe Mingo
Simple Italian Cooking with NW local Ingredients
807 NW 21st. Ave, Portland OR 97209

Oven and Shaker
Oven and Shaker is a modern urban saloon in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District that ties together the hearty Italian Street food and wood burning oven pizza making talent of 4 time James Beard Award Nominated Chef Cathy Whims with the ingredient-driven classic cocktails of veteran Northwest bartender Ryan Magarian.
1134 NW Everett St. Portland OR 97209

Urban Farmer
The Nines – Portland’s Modern Steakhouse-
525 SW Morrison St. Portland OR 97204

The Blue Hour
Chef Chris Carrier – Upscale eatery with 16-ft. long drapes and an outdoor patio serving Mediterranean-New American dishes.
250 NW 13th Ave, Portland OR 97209

Stepping Stone Cafe
Great Breakfast spot. Featured on Man vs. Food for their “Man Cakes”.
2390 NW Quimby Portland OR

The Original
Updated diner meals dished out in modern setting that’s open late, with booths and a candlelit bar. http://originaldinerant.com
300 SW 6th Ave. Portland OR 97204

Irving Street Kitchen
Warm, urban-rustic restaurant serving inventive Southern-inspired comfort fare & creative cocktails.
701 NW 13th Ave. Portland OR 97209

Salt and Straw
“They have some brilliant, brilliant ice cream…every flavor reeks of Portland”- Andrew Zimmerman, Bizarre Foods.
838 NW 23rd Ave. Portland

Coast Activities

In Oregon, the “beaches” are really cold and windy. They are really not for swimming, more for kite flying, wading, walking, sandcastles, and in low tide looking at starfish on the rock formations. Here’s a great websites that tells you a little bit about our coast line beaches: http://visittheoregoncoast.com

This is a great family friendly coastal town. Our family likes to go because they have a 1.5 mile Promenade with an arcade, great festivals, a boardwalk and bumper cars!

Canon Beach
This is a very nice place to visit. It’s more tourist oriented, so there are really beautiful cottages and beach rentals with great restaurants etc. They have the Haystack Rock that has amazing red and orange starfish that cling to it at low tide. It’s an amazing site! Kendall’s favorite lunch spot is Lazy Susan Cafe: http://www.lazy-susan-cafe.com

This one is further south and it’s on our families wish list to visit!- http://exploremanzanita.com – This is a favorite for Kendall’s family!

This is our families favorite place to go when we go for a one day trip. It’s great because it’s so private and usually not a high tourist area. And after a fun day we always take the boys into Tillamook for a tour of the the Tillamook Cheese Factory https://www.tillamook.com/cheese-factory/index.html – Our family loves it here. The cheese tasting is great, but the ice cream is truly in a different food group! Definitely worth a stop.

Lincoln City
This coastal town if probably the most tourist-filled one that we have visited. It is a fun place to be if you want activity, shopping, great food!

Our family just visited this last summer. They have amazing seafood, sea lions on their docks, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, and an Aquarium.

Close To Portland

Multnomah Falls
Beautiful! Right off of I-84, easy parking, amazing hike with 11 switchbacks all the way to the top of the falls. http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

Bridge of the Gods
Gorgeous bridge allowing you to see the Columbia River Gorge – http://portofcascadelocks.org/bridge-of-the-gods/

Bonneville Fish Hatchery
You can see legendary sturgeon and learn about Oregon salmon – http://www.oregon.com/attractions/bonneville-fish-hatchery

Portland Metro

Finnegan’s Toy Store
Classic toys – http://www.finneganstoys.com

Salt N Straw
Interesting ice cream flavors – http://www.saltandstraw.com

Interactive exhibits, submarine, omnimax, planetarium – https://www.omsi.edu

Oregon Zoo

World Forestry Center

Portland Children’s Museum
http://www.portlandcm.org (this is in the same parking lot as the zoo and the Forestry Center, so you could hit all three if you want to make a day of it).

Portland Arial Tram
Best way to see Portland on a clear day. – http://www.gobytram.com – we take all our visiting family and friends up on the tram when they visit. You can see everything from the tram and it’s exciting! There is a quiet outdoor patio that you can sit at the top and a coffee shop as well.

Beaverton Area

Big Al’s
They have bowling for the family, pizza, and a full arcade. http://www.ilovebigals.com/beaverton

Sky High
Trampoline place, tons of videos on youtube. http://por.jumpskyhigh.com

Amazing recliner style seating with table service to your seat! Amazing screen sizes, fun place to see a movie! http://cinetopia.com/pr-theater-description – directly across the street from Big Al’s. So our family will do the arcade and bowling at Big Al’s, either eat there or at the Cinetopia with our movie and then go to Menchie’s- A yogurt place for dessert after the movie. Makes for a fun day!


Here are three more suggestions of things just outside of Portland, but are worth the drive!

Ape Caves
These are the lava tunnels created by the lava flows when Mt. Saint Helens erupted. It is truly amazing! You take a ladder down into these very large tunnels and then you can hike through them. You will need light, and jackets, but it is truly fun. There is no food there, just a ranger station that sells bottled water, so take a picnic! It is truly a memory! http://www.mountsthelens.com/ape-caves.html

Silver Falls State Park
This is a family favorite! http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=151. It’s only an hour drive from Portland. It’s a trail of 10 stunning waterfalls. The South Falls is a 177-foot curtain of water that you can walk behind!

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org. This is truly one of the gems! It’s a family favorite. It has something for everyone! The museums are amazing! They have everything. The Spruce Goose is massive and the building is basically built around it. The Space museum is equally as impressive. The museums have interactive areas for small children as well to try flight simulators etc. Reese will find these areas really fun! Then after lunch. They have an indoor waterpark that has a great children’s area and 4 waterslides that begin in the hull of the Boeing 747 that is sitting on the roof!

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