Portland, Oregon is an ideal place to spend the fall and winter months. With its mild climate and stunning views of the Pacific, you’ll have plenty to be thankful for this holiday season. Get to know your new home away from home at some of the city’s best and brightest local hotspots. You’ll soon forget that summer ever existed.Winter rolls in around mid-November and doesn’t let up until March. Portland doesn’t get nearly as much snow as some of its neighbors, but the wind off of the ocean tends to bite. Expect highs in the 40s during the days and lows at night to get down to the low teens.Portland doesn’t shut down when the beach season ends. In fact, it only gets more interesting. Come one, come all to the Holiday Ale Fest. The city holds its annual ode to all things beer right under the communal Christmas tree. You’ll find a massive tent stretched across downtown. Inside, there’s plenty of local cuisine, holiday cheer, and more craft beers than you can count. Don’t worry about the cold; a slew of gas heaters are there to keep the crowds warm.
Welcome to Crafty Wonderland, a parade of local artisan gifts, goods and artistic creations. Do all of your holiday shopping at once. Taking over the Oregon Convention Center, this craft fair is not your grandmother’s flea market. You’ll find hilarious handmade ornaments, cards, clothing, and souvenirs of all kinds.
Literary lovers rejoice. Wordstock is back! Held at the Portland Art Museum, this one-day blowout features panels, readings, author interviews and a book sale that will put any Borders to shame.
Cacao is the city’s best spot to fill up on delicious holiday treats. From house made hot chocolate to mouthwatering bites and brioches, this eatery is not to be missed. If you’re adverse to long lines, try to go before the holiday rush. Lines will surely be around the block.
Gruner will start to feel like home after you try their world-famous comfort food. With their delicious signature cocktails and warm drinks, you’ll need some food to soak up every last drop. Try their fried smashed fingerling potatoes with a special sauce, fall squash dumplings, and the cider braised Sudan Farms lamb shank. Every bite will keep you coming back for more.
At Clyde Common, you might forget about your mother’s home cooking. Everything is 100% local, literally within a 100-mile radius. Try the molasses-smoked whole chicken or the rabbit with dirty grits.