Portland's Pearl District is an eclectic neighborhood made possible by the city's urban renewal agenda. A hybrid of history and hipsters, the Pearl District was renovated from dilapidated warehouses and industrial buildings in the late 1990s, and has since transformed into a burgeoning area complete with art galleries, breweries, shopping, and fine dining.
By day, dip into niche-friendly boutiques like Gemisphere (specializing in therapeutic stones) to Haberdashers (aimed at men's grooming habits) and sample as many breweries – most featuring local beer – as you can, all free of sales tax. And there is no shortage of art: hailed the art center of Portland, the Pearl district is home to dozens of galleries, often staging events and holding shows open to the public. By night, there is no lack of options: whether cuisine, theatre, or clubbing is the activity of choice, they are all available and relatively crowd-less for a big city. If quiet nights are preferred, Powell's Book Store is open late and centrally located in the Pearl.
Though titled "Portland's #1 Walkable Community," for those who don't prefer footing it, public transportation here is among the best in the nation – as well as among the cleanest, safest and quickest. Overnight trips are encouraged, as the Pearl offers a wide array of hospitality options. Among them are The Ace, a trendy hotel-restaurant-coffee shop combination, and the colorful Inn @ Northrup Station which comes complete with retro furnishings and a rooftop garden and patio.
The Pearl District manages to be chic and hip while ably embodying Oregon's love of all things green and relaxed – a simpler Seattle without attitude. Continuing to emerge as a must-see of the Northwest, this district certainly lives up to its name.
- • Pearl District Business Association: www.explorethepearl.com
- • Pearl District on Wikipdia: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_District,_Portland,_Oregon
- • Pearl District: Portland Oregon Visitors Association: www.travelportland.com
- • Pearl District neighborhood & community information: www.portlandoctopus.com/portland-neighborhoods/pearl-district/