An all-weather guide to places to play, fill up and discover in Portland.
With a food scene as adventurous as the city’s surrounding landscapes, Portland is brimming with neighborhood hot spots and uncommon concepts. Located in southeast Portland’s Mt. Tabor neighborhood, Coquine is all charm, right down to Chef Katy Millard’s mouthwatering homemade chocolate chip cookies. Open for weekday and weekend brunch, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, Coquine is a favorite for its thoughtful food, intimate feel and neighboring volcanic cinder cone where runners, park-goers, dog owners and soap box derby riders descend upon Mt. Tabor, year-round.
Bringing Willamette Valley wine production into the city limits, Cooper’s Hall is a beloved urban winery housed in a former auto body shop aged to become a spacious, sun-lit winery and taproom with strung up lights, rows of wine barrels and hanging greenery. Don’t skip over the house wines on tap (you’ll likely want to take some home), and their seasonal menu is simply delicious (the fried brussels sprouts, rotating veggie burger and brioche donuts are hits).
For your coffee fix, head to Portland’s central eastside for a cup of joe from Water Avenue Coffee. Supremely local and steadfastly committed to environmental, social and economic stewardship, more than 90% of the coffee roasted by Water Avenue is hand delivered to partners and coffee shops within a 50-mile radius of their Portland roastery.
For easy-drinking beers either at home, around a campfire or on their year-round patio (heaters and patio tents make an appearance mid-fall) check out Basecamp Brewing, also located in Portland’s central eastside. For a more remote hangout, head west to Skyline Tavern, tucked at the top of Germantown Road amidst the city’s revered and trail-packed Forest Park. Once a cash-only saloon, Skyline Tavern now accepts credit cards, frequently hosts live music and famously allows patrons to bring their own meat to throw on the tavern’s charcoal grill. With indoor seating, a covered deck and camp-like seating out back, this landmark saloon has welcomed neighbors and friends of Forest Park for decades.
With floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open in the summer and soaking pools that rejuvenate year-round, Knot Springs is Portland’s social club centered around health, wellness and good times overlooking the Willamette River just off east Burnside Street. With three soaking pools surrounded by mossy overhangs, a eucalyptus steam room and a piping hot sauna, Knot Springs’ Soak Experience is well worth the reservation. Equally worthwhile are their variety of treatments versed in Eastern and Western modalities ranging from Swedish, deep tissue and Thai massages to CBD bodywork or acupressure and ashiatsu.
Once you’ve got the knots out, get moving with a day pass to Planet Granite over in the Pearl District. Offering yoga, group fitness classes, top rope climbing, bouldering and free weights, Planet Granite is the perfect way to kill a rainy afternoon or prepare for outdoor climbs down at Smith Rock State Park.
Rain or shine, Forest Park offers over 80 miles worth of well-maintained trails available to runners, walkers, four-legged friends and bicyclers (where marked). Frequented by outdoor enthusiasts regardless of forecast, Forest Park is a rare and beautiful retreat from Portland’s urban playground and offers a quick escape into a lush, densely packed trail system tailormade for adventure. Those interested in group running can link up with Dossier’s Well+Fit partner, Wy’East Wolfpack for guided loops around town including the legednary Tom McCall Waterfront Park.