By Aryne + Dulcinea, April 23, 2018
By Aryne + Dulcinea, April 23, 2018
Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood first developed in the late 19th century, when the addition of a streetcar route established the area as a stomping ground for Portland-bound travelers. Mount Tabor Village has since been dubbed Montavilla, becoming a hot spot for residents and tourist alike. Easy walkability and old-town authenticity make the neighborhood a great destination, with renowned parks and plentiful charm-filled local establishments to while away the time. Here are our suggestions for a perfectly balanced day in Montavilla.
Like a true Portlander, you’ll want to start this day off with coffee. If you’re in the central hub of the Montavilla neighborhood, you’ll likely be only a few minutes from Hungry Heart PDX. Here, you’ll find Stumptown coffee blends and a comprehensive selection of baked goods geared toward an adult palette. While you’re here, grab a coffee and some macrons to fuel up – there’s a busy day ahead of you.
From Hungry Heart PDX, it’s a brisk 13-minute walk to nearby Mount Tabor, a big park with an even bigger reputation as one of only four, city-based volcanoes in the U.S. Its sweeping views span across the eastside to reveal Downtown Portland, providing the perfect backdrop to enjoy fresh coffee and baked goods.
Exploring Mount Tabor’s 636-feet of steep elevation is no easy feat. Fortunately, your reward is close by as Montavilla is home to some of Portland’s favorite brunch destinations. For traditional southern-inspired cuisine, The Country Cat is your go-to. Their rich menu and sizable portions are likely to hit the spot following a stroll through Tabor; however, there are equally delicious options for individuals craving lighter fare. Located only a five-minute walk from Tabor’s NE exit, Coquine serves seasonal, regionally-inspired menus in the style of New American cuisine. The location also delivers on ambiance, providing the perfect backdrop to a leisurely day on the town.
Continuing on your exploration of Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood, there are numerous activities to enjoy next. Open Sundays from 10-2, Montavilla Farmers Market is a great way to learn about the area’s agricultural offerings, sample beer and wine from local makers, and engage with neighborhood organizations. Additionally, groups may enjoy spending time at Montavilla Community Center & Pool, gaming at Creature VR or slamming baseballs at Batting A Thousand. Finally, we recommend a visit to Escapism Portland, an hour-long live action room escape game. The facility features a narrative which suits groups of up to 6, and requires participants to schedule ahead of time. Aim for an early evening slot, which will put you right near to your next destination.
Leaving Escapsim Portland, you’ll be only a minute walk from Blank Slate. Cozy décor and a carefully curated record collection elevate this intimate space. The menu here is a practice in restraint and feels unified its focus, boasting artfully compiled cocktails and small dishes.
You could easily spend the rest of your night enjoying cold beverages and retro tunes while sitting at the bar at Blank Slate, but there is still time to fit in one more Portland staple: a second-run movie theater. The historic Academy Theater is central to the Montavilla neighborhood both in location and spirit. Featuring $4 tickets, beer, and locally-focused food menu which includes pizza and sushi, The Academy is the perfect place to end your perfect day in Montavilla.