With a food scene as adventurous as the rugged landscapes that surround the city, 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 brunch all week long, and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, Coquine is a favorite for its thoughtful food, intimate feel and proximity to the actual Mt. Tabor , where runners, park-goers, dog owners and soap box derby riders descend upon the forested park built atop the extinct volcano all year round.
Bringing Willamette Valley wine production into the big city, Cooper’s Hall is a beloved urban winery housed in a former auto body shop in the middle of Southeast Portland. Visit the spacious, sun-lit winery and taproom carefully decorated with strung-up lights, rows of rustic wine barrels and hanging greenery. Don’t skip over the fantastic housemade wines on tap (you’ll likely want to take some home), and their seasonal taproom menu is simply delicious (the crispy fried brussels sprouts, rotating veggie burger and sugar-dusted brioche donuts are hits).
For your coffee fix, head to Portland’s central east side for a perfectly prepared and perfectly flavorful 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 roasters.
For easy-drinking craft beers enjoyed at home, around a campfire or on their year-round patio (heaters and quirky patio tents make an appearance mid-fall), check out Basecamp Brewing, also located in Portland’s central east side. For a more remote and tree-lined hangout, head west to the appropriately named Skyline Tavern, tucked at the top of Germantown Road amidst the city’s revered and trail-packed Forest Park. Once a cash-only roadhouse 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, camp-like seating out back and serene views of the woods all around, this landmark, century-old 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 will rejuvenate you year round, Knot Springs is Portland’s spa and social club centered around health, wellness and good times overlooking the Willamette River just off east Burnside Street. With three soaking pools surrounded by lush, mossy overhangs, a fragrant eucalyptus steam room and a piping hot sauna, Knot Springs’ Soak Experience is well worth the reservation. Equally worthwhile is 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 your body 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 pass 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 (the heavy tree canopy does offer a bit of shelter from showers), Forest Park is a rare, tranquil and beautiful retreat from Portland’s urban playground, and offers a quick escape into a lush, densely packed trail system tailor made for adventure.
At the front desk, grab one of Dossier’s complimentary ready-to-go Adventure Valet packs curated by the expert team at Next Adventure. Perfect for a trek through Forest Park, birdwatching the more than 150 species in Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, or exploring Mt. Hood National Forest, Adventure Valet Packs consist of Wilderness Technology Tsunami backpacks filled with Leki trekking poles, Next Adventure headlamps, waterproof phone cases and 1.5L dry bags. Available to borrow at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis, Adventure Valet Packs are sized for both adults and children.