RACHEL RANDLES

Rachel Randles serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Oregon Historical Society. She lives in the Portland suburbs with her high school sweetheart Andrew, her one-year-old daughter Peyton, and their rescue terrier Joey. @rkrandles

FRIDAY

Oregon Historical Society / SW

With award-winning exhibits on local and national history and a research library filled with the largest collection of archival materials relating to the Oregon country, a visit to the OHS should be on the itinerary of locals and tourists alike!

Caffe Umbria / SW

After taking in a few hours (or more!) of spellbinding history, you can get your caffeine fix just around the corner at Caffé Umbria. With roots dating back to 1940, they blend the true essence of Italian-style espresso and coffee with the service of a local roaster.

SATURDAY

South Park Blocks / SW

From the prestigious mansion-clad residential district of the 1870s to the heart of Portland’s Cultural District today, the ever-evolving South Park Blocks feature public art, iconic local institutions, and diverse architecture.

Pioneer Square / SW

Head east to visit “Portland’s Living Room,” Pioneer Courthouse Square. From the iconic Allow Me statue to the surprising “echo spot” near the brick staircase, the Square features entertaining design elements mixed with nods to its history, such as the wrought-iron gate that adorned the Portland Hotel that once occupied this space.

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education / NW

The museum’s main gallery features rotating exhibits of national and international stature, while its three core exhibits tell the stories of the experience of Jews in Oregon, Oregon survivors of the Holocaust, and the ways discrimination has affected groups of people across the region.

Pine Street Market / SW

One of my favorite places to grab lunch or a sweet treat. The roasted chicken from Pollo Bravo (complete with homemade dipping sauces) is delicious, and Salt and Straw’s soft serve shop, Whiz Bang Bar, features the incredible locally inspired creations you expect from this Portland mainstay.

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