Road Trip: Mississippi Avenue
Oh, January! We love you for your unpredictable weather, short days and early twilight. After the glitz and glitter of the holidays, we all need a little reprieve, and January feels just the right speed. Mississippi Avenue in North Portland is the perfect burg for a weekend wander. Packed into just a few short blocks you’ll find plenty to fill a lazy day.
Full plate: Mississippi Avenue is chock full of tasty dining options. If it’s breakfast time, you can’t beat Gravy with its big hashes, scrambles and famous Oatmeal Brulee. For lunch, check out the varied offerings at the food cart pod next to Prost!, a friendly German pub. Dinner seekers, look no further than Lovely’s Fifty-Fifty and Little Big Burger, both called out by Willamette Week as Best Restaurants in North Portland 2013, or ¿Por Qué No?, which landed on The Oregonian’s North Portland’s Best Restaurants list for 2013.
Shop ’til you drop: Mississippi is a browser’s paradise with one-of-a-kind stores you won’t find anywhere else. The Meadow inventory is dedicated completely to gourmet salts, chocolates and specialty pantry items. Paxton Gate has a weird and wonderful collection “inspired by the garden and the natural sciences.” (Read: entomology, fossils, taxidermy and many items that resist categorization.) Pistils Nursery, an adorable “craft nursery,” (Only in Portland!) carries wonderful plants, urban farming supplies, terrariums and more. Make a statement at Manifesto Shoes where you can find everything from Miz Mooz to Clarks. Jet Clothing carries stylish and comfortable eco-conscious women’s wear, and Gypsy Chic has something eclectic for every gal.
In the house: Make time to browse The ReBuilding Center, the mecca of Portland’s sustainable living culture. You can find anything and everything for remodeling your home from a selection of vintage sinks, tubs and toilets to antique drawer pulls, rustic doors and historic light fixtures.
Drink it in: Stop in at Stash Tea Bar for a wide selection of loose teas where you can enjoy a freshly brewed cup and choose some for home. Get caffeinated at the Fresh Pot, which brews up locally roasted Stumptown coffee. Stop for a pint at Ecliptic Brewing, a recent addition to the Portland brew scene from veteran brewmaster John Harris — creator of Deschutes Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter and Jubelale.
Foot tapping fun: Extend your fun into the evening with a live show at Mississippi Studios, a small, hopping music venue with a full calendar.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.
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