Almost all the leaves have fallen now and the city looks completely different. The sidewalks are littered with only a few soggy yellow and red leaves. Winter is here and it’s time to embrace it.
I indeed had the opportunity to embrace Portland’s winter yesterday with a nice walk through the Northwest District in the drizzle. The area goes by the moniker of Nob Hill after the San Francisco neighborhood and Alphabet District due the to the street names ascending alphabetically from West Burnside Street. The old houses and apartment buildings look grand in any atmosphere, but in particular today. Bare trees bring architectural details to the forefront and the occasional Christmas tree in a Victorian bay window just makes you kind of feel good. If well kept, charming old houses near myriad of shops, restaurants, bakeries and bars is your thing – you may like Nob Hill. This NW location will always be desirable and it is easy to understand why.
The area is close to Downtown and Forest park with fabulous walk and bike scores.
The Northwest District is bordered by the Pearl District on the east, Goose Hollow on the south, Forest Park and Hillside on the west and NW Industrial on the north.
Stephanie’s top picks for the Northwest District:
Eat: Ken’s Artisan Bakery for a ham and cheese croissant.
Imbibe: The Fireside for a glass of sparkling rose by the fire, of course. So cozy…
Shop: oh Baby for a self splurge or indulgent gift of an Italian brassiere. The women at this independent lingerie shop have you covered. Goorin Brothers for San Francisco made hat. I seem to become more and more hat obsessed by the day. My black “Queen of Knives” hat is a well worn staple and perfect for rainy Portland winters. Great service at this location.
Play: Pittock Mansion for a fabulous view of the city in the West Hills of Portland. It’s about a 40 minute hike up from Nob Hill shopping area if you want to burn off that ham and cheese croissant.