BEER ❙ Food ❙ SHOPping
Drive-2 hrs 30 min. Fly-50 min. July Temp-84°/65°
Summer is the perfect time to head to the capital of hipster cool, Portland, with its hot days and waterfront festivals. To be near the action, check in to the Kimpton-owned RiverPlace Hotel on the waterfront, which has been given a much-needed redesign. At the end of July you can sample the country’s best craft beer at the annual waterfront Oregon Brewers Festival (July 24–28) or visit one of Portland’s 52 craft breweries. Amnesia on Mississippi Street has a great outdoor patio and serves well-balanced brews and brats. When you’ve had your fill of microbrews, head to southeast Portland’s Distillery Row—a group of five boutique distilleries dispersed throughout an industrial neighborhood. Vinn Distillery makes some truly unique rice-based spirits, while Eastside Distilling is a great stop for bourbon lovers.
Portland’s dining scene is sophisticated, given the size of the city. On the east side, Ox is putting a new and refreshing spin on the Argentinean steak house. The custom-made wood-fired grill serves as the focal point of the brick-lined space and turns out delicious asado. Unfussy Luce is true Italian cooking at its best, stripped down so ingredients like olive oil and chiles shine through. Located in the historic Ladd Carriage House, new Raven & Rose draws inspiration from the Irish and English countryside and serves upscale pub food, like tender rabbit cooked two ways and lamb with fingerling potatoes. For dessert, follow the hordes to updated scoop shop Salt & Straw for sea salt ice cream with caramel ribbon or unusual flavors like honey balsamic strawberry with cracked black pepper.
Foodies are buzzing about Andy Ricker’s new Thai noodle house Sen Yai on Division, which opened this spring, and Ken Forkish, the man behind local favorite Ken’s Artisan Pizza, is opening a 5,000-square-foot small-batch bakery called Trifecta Tavern and Bakery this summer. For the city’s best happy hour, head to Clyde Common at the Ace Hotel for a buzzy atmosphere and smooth craft cocktails, which are just $5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Supporting makers of local artisan goods is another favorite Portland pastime. Located in a 7,000-square-foot industrial space, Beam & Anchor is part studio, part shop, and sells NW-inspired home goods, gifts, and accessories.