This month’s Featured Travel Destination is one of the coolest cities in the nation, Portland, Oregon. I confess it’s been a couple years since I was last there – I’m way overdue for a return visit – but these are a few of the places I can’t wait to get back to.
Not many bookstores are thriving these days, but Powell’s seems to be growing strong. Occupying an entire city block, Powell’s is easily the best bookstore I’ve ever been to.
I don’t normally even buy books (thank you, public library), but at Powell’s I was inspired to make a few purchases, especially since some of them were used (cheap) books. Powell’s is where I finally broke down and bought ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac, a book widely regarded as one of the great travel narratives of all-time (although it ended up boring me!)
I don’t get too bothered when a Borders or Barnes & Noble goes out of business, but Powell’s had better not suffer the same fate. They have an active online store in addition to the main building and a few smaller shops around the city.
I mentioned Voodoo Doughnut in my first post on this site, and my love for this strange place hasn’t faded. Voodoo is known for using strange elements as toppings, like Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops cereal, grape dust, oreo crumbles, banana chunks and even Tang – yes, a sprinkling of the orange powder drink Tang!
My favorite is the chocolate cake donut topped with chocolate icing and Cocoa Puffs. The bacon maple bar is a popular one, and so is the cream-filled donut shaped like a penis. Yes, really.
Many of the offerings are vegan. The wait is long, but it’s so worth it. My only complaint? They use the old-fashioned spelling of “donut.” We don’t have time to write out extra silent letters in today’s modern, fast-paced society!
Theaters that serve alcohol and show slightly older films at discount rates seem to be big everywhere now. The Bagdad Theater was one of the first of those types of establishments that I ever went to. I was a bad customer, because I was on a budget, so I didn’t buy any food or drink and was content with just the film.
The Bagdad sometimes hosts comedians and musicians as well. I love that the movies are still dirt cheap here, most just costing $3. My local second-run discount theater in Chicago just remodeled and doubled its prices, so I would love to have a place like Bagdad in my neighborhood.
Which of these would you most like to visit? Do you have another favorite place in Portland?