Dayna McErlean is a longtime Portland restaurateur and creative visionary, dedicated to bringing interesting and inspiring businesses to Portland neighborhoods. Her ventures include Yakuza Izakaya, D.O.C., Nonna Tavern, and The Colony, St. Johns. On weekends, you can find her recharging her batteries by soaking up the best food, wellness, and nature activities Portland has to offer. @daynush


Lan Su Chinese Garden / Chinatown

I like to start off my weekend early by practicing Qigong at the ​Lan Su Chinese Garden, my most favorite place to practice. My 11-year-old son, Bishop, loves hanging out in the tea house reading and watching us practice across the pond.

Kiriko / Chinatown

Kiriko apparel and accessories are handcrafted in Oregon and Japan using traditional Japanese textiles and patterns. I’ll often stop by after Qigong for design inspiration.

Nonavo Pizza / Vancouver, WA

My family would eat pizza every night of the week if I’d let them. Our secret spot is Nonavo, just across the bridge in Vancouver. Their wood-fired pies are hands down some of the best around. My favorite: Pesto 16!


Sugarpine Drive-In / Troutdale

Saturdays are for exploring. We love to to head out to Troutdale for antiquing at Nostalgia Antiques, then stop by Sugarpine Drive-In for lunch and maybe a Sandy River dip if the weather is nice. We’re so happy to see places like Sugarpine popping up in some of our favorite spots outside of Portland.

Monograph Bookwerks / Alberta

The entire Alberta Arts area is awesome for strolling, browsing, and people-watching. I always make time to pop into Monograph for a chat with the owner, John Brodie. His shop is beautiful and one-of-a-kind, just like his books.

Strum / SE

Vintage guitars, beer, and live music. Strum is the perfect place to spend Saturday night. And we just discovered they have all-ages music nights on Fridays and Saturdays, which makes weekend planning with Bishop easy!


Joule Crafted Nutrition / Hollywood

Joule features some of the healthiest and most environmentally friendly brunches in Oregon. It’s truly special and unique.
Definitely my favorite spot to eat breakfast and lunch in Portland right now.

Knot Springs / SE

Portland finally has a gym I actually look forward to going to! I’m a bathhouse enthusiast, so I’m extremely happy and impressed each time I walk through Knot Springs’ doors. Hydrotherapy is high on my self-care list, and their barre and pilates classes are outstanding.

DOC food + wine / NE

After running around all weekend, it’s great to have early Sunday dinner with family and friends close to home. The amazing chefs at DOC, my 10-year-old restaurant, serve a Sunday family-style supper for $35/per person that nourishes and inspires with seasonal ingredients prepared with love. It’s the perfect bookend to a fun weekend.

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