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Portland Saturday Market: 35 Years Old and Counting
When: Saturdays and Sundays, March – Dec 24
Where: Portland’s Historic Old Town district, intersection of SW Ankeny & Naito Pkwy
What: Portland hosts the nation’s largest arts and crafts market in continuous operation! Grab the MAX or stroll down to this weekend market and you’ll find 350 vendors who have made it through a rigorous selection process — a process that requires wares to be handmade by the seller — and are ready to supply you with apparel, jewelry, food and more.
North Coast Road Trip: Historic Astoria
Where: 95 miles west of Portland (where the Columbia River & the Pacific Ocean meet)
What: Whether alone or as part of a larger North Coast loop, check out Astoria, the nation’s oldest settlement west of the Rockies. In addition to its riverscape and evergreen trees, the top of Astoria's historic Column offers panoramic views of the Pacific. Located at the western end of the historic Lewis & Clark Trail, Astoria’s natural beauty intersects with hundreds of Victorian homes, several interpretive attractions and a greatly revitalized downtown filled with buildings from the 1920s that now house cafés, galleries and shops.
The Horse Project
Where: Various locations around Portland
What: In 2005, artist Scott Wayne Indiana began tying toy horses to the historic horse rings found throughout Portland’s downtown and its adjoining neighborhoods. He’s since enlisted the help of Portlanders who share his vision of brightening local streetscapes with small-but-powerful gestures. Keep your eyes out when exploring, or get a list of plastic-horse-friendly locations here: www.horseproject.net
Portland Farmers Market
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays; April – December
Where: Downtown Portland
What: Come taste “the best of the country in the heart of the city.” Grab a bag and stroll among the region’s freshest produce and discover firsthand Portland’s ever-growing epicurean delights. Operating since 1992, the Farmers Market features over 200 vendors, including farmers, bakeries, nurseries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers and specialty food producers, plus guest chefs who demonstrate seasonal recipes.