If you’ve got a break coming up and you’re staying in town, here are some transit-accessible ideas for when…
You’re hungry: Portland Dining Month
In a city known for embracing food culture, March is the tastiest month. This year, more than 120 restaurants are offering a three course special for $29. Browse the entire list, which spans 24 (!) categories and restaurants citywide. (And don’t think for a second that there’s a shortage of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options — there’s a checkbox for that.)
Every day in March at 120+ restaurants throughout Portland. portlanddiningmonth.com
You’re thirsty: Spring Beer & Wine Fest
Not only are 39 great, mostly local breweries and wineries exhibiting at this event — there are also cideries, meaderies, distilleries, cheesemakers and chocolatiers. And the fact that it’s indoors means you don’t have to worry about spring showers diluting your drink!
Oh, and get there early if you can: The first 500 in line on Friday get in free!
March 25 & 26 at Oregon Convention Center. springbeerandwinefest.com
You’ve got family in town: Saturday Market
This month marks the return of one of Portland’s longest-running events, Saturday Market (it’s on Sundays, too). At its core, the market is an artists’ community that gives visitors — approximately one million each year — a direct connection to the artisans, makers and artists. Within the 250+ craft and food booths everyone in your party is guaranteed to find something they want, love or simply and inexplicably need to have.
Saturdays and Sundays, March through December at North Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza. portlandsaturdaymarket.com
You’re feeling nostalgic: Gresham Skate World and The Tiki Putt
In an age where throwbacks reign supreme, this is the real deal — a neighborhood roller rink that’s been open since the mid-70s. There’s even a Spring Break All-Nighter if you think you’ve got what it takes.
Open daily at 1220 NE Kelly Avenue in Gresham. greshamskateworld.com
If your skating skills are suspect, try the nearby mini-golf course at The Tiki Putt. Its 18 holes feature huts, jungles and an active volcano — plus the whole thing is blacklit.
Open daily at 1776 NW Fairview Drive in Gresham. thetikiputt.com
You need a close-in getaway: Portland Japanese Garden
After a six-month closure to work on an expansion, this local treasure has reopened its doors. It’s been hailed as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, and a stroll around the grounds (you’ll visit the Natural Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden and Tea Garden) makes this abundantly, serenely, beautifully clear.
Open daily in Washington Park. japanesegarden.com
You need a wardrobe update: The Mall
You’ve earned your break, why not treat yourself? Head over to the shop whose Instagrams you’re always liking and see what’s in store. Or go to the mall and surprise yourself (any mall will do, but Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center and Lloyd Center are the biggest). We love spring because it symbolizes a fresh start, and a new outfit pairs well with a new outlook.
You’re leaving town: Portland International Airport
It’s been quite a winter. So if your plan is to get far, far away (a week of sun and sand, perhaps) we’ve got you. Skip the parking and catch the train to the plane — MAX Red Line trains arrive at PDX about every 15 minutes during the day.
(We can get you to Amtrak and Union Station, too!)