The little dose of sunny weather the first part of April got me thinking about getting out of the house to do something fun. Luckily, Portland is the perfect place to play tourist for the day. As a bonus, I won’t need a plane ticket or hotel reservations since I’m already here. If you’re looking to discover, or rediscover, some hidden gems in the city, here are some books to get you started.
Breakfast in Bridgetown, by Paul Gerald – This book declares breakfast “Portland’s Favorite Meal.” Start your day off early and find a new place to eat!
The Portland Stairs Book, by Laura Foster – Get your exercise and sightseeing all at the same time. Many of the staircases in the book are accompanied by their history, or other related stories.
Hidden Portland, by Carye Bye – A collection of strange and wonderful museums and other oddities in our fair city. For example, did you know that Portland has a vacuum museum? This, and many others, within these pages!
Ready to take in a cultural sight like the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Classical Chinese Garden, Pittock Mansion, Children’s Museum or the Washington County Museum? The library has cultural passes to these destinations that you can reserve. If you’re willing to drive outside the city, you can also reserve passes for A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village in Salem or the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville. Simply visit the library, or call us at (503) 644-0043, to check on availability.
Portland’s 100 Best Places to Stuff Your Face, by Jen Stevenson – You didn’t think we’d forget dinner, did you?