The lush, forested 12-acre Portland Japanese Garden—recently expanded by several acres and transformed in a $33.5 million renovation—provides an exquisite escape from the busy metropolis. Start at the new cedar-encased Welcome Center before making your way through the main gardens and the new Bonsai display. Cap off the experience with a relaxing traditional tea service in the bright, glass-walled Umami Café.
Catch the last of the free summer Concerts in the Park, a Portland-wide tradition since 1901, before they end on September 7. Parks across the city play host to musical guests throughout the week, and family-friendly movies like Wonder Woman and Inside Out follow the music at dusk.
Eats and Drinks
Broder’s Scandinavian breakfasts of house-baked cinnamon rolls and Norwegian potato crepes are worth standing in line to enjoy, but if you arrive early enough at one of the three locations in town, you’ll be dining on potato lefse and smoked trout without a wait.
An OG of Portland’s farm-to-table dining scene, Higgins’ intimate dining room opened in 1994 and still delights locals. Diners headed to nearby theaters may opt for a quick charcuterie board piled high with the kitchen’s best selections and a pour from the excellent wine list at the bar, but if you can linger, the hospitable staff will satisfy cravings with duck accompanied by brandied berries or grilled local albacore with a fresh tomato and basil sauce.