During the spring of this year, I took a short trip up to Portland, OR. I love the atmosphere in Portland, especially the artsy feeling to many areas of the city.
My favorite art store is in Portland: Collage http://www.collagepdx.blogspot.com/. I make sure that I go by the store at least once on each trip to Portland. I am not an artist in the traditional sense, but I scrapbook and I have always loved art supplies. Collage carries so many different things, I always have to remind myself that I have to fit my clothes back in my suitcase too.
And no visit to Portland would be complete without a trip to Powell’s Books (http://www.powells.com/). Although again, if yo uare a book lover, make sure you leave some room in your luggage for your purchases. You may be tempted to buy more than you can carry home.
The Multnomah County Library Central Branch is located in Portland on S.W. 10th Avenue. It is a beautiful brick building and very heavily used. The children’s area is also lovely, with a storytime room, artwork and rows upon rows of books. (http://www.multcolib.org/agcy/cen.html)
Then there would be the cofeehouses and cafes throughout Portland. More than you could ever possibly visit in one trip. Stumptown might be the most well known, but I also enjoyed Caffe Vita. Voodoo Doughnuts (http://voodoodoughnut.com/index.php) is also a well-recognized name in the Portland area, serving donut concoctions such as Captain Cruch covered donughnuts, bacon and maple bars and the namesake doughnut, a voodoo doll shaped donut. Always a fun place to stop in (and they are open late!)
We do own a few books about Portland, OR if you are planning a trip, or just curious to know more about the city: