Annie Greerhalgh (email)
1. I enjoy game nights of various kinds around town. For a fun night with an assortment of new and vintage arcade games in an impressively decorated venue, I like to go to barcades such as Ground Kontrol in Old Town-Chinatown. Just make sure you bring cash or use the ATM there! For an exciting game night, I love to put myself and my fellow graduate students to the test with one of our many escape rooms in which you do scavenger hunts and do a series of puzzles before time runs out! There are many escape room companies around Portland if this interests you!
2. Since you’ll be coming during winter, movie night might be ideal! My favorite theater is the Hollywood Theatre in Northeast Portland. The Hollywood Theatre is this charming 1920s building that the community reclaimed and restored to its original splendor. This nonprofit theater shows indie films, cult films, documentaries, select new films. Further it has events that are so much fun such as those in which the audience texts in jokes about the movies to be shown on the lower ¼ of the screen so that the audience can collectively riff on B movies. Bonus: It serves pizza and select local ice cream flavors as well as beer! You can’t go wrong here.
Emily Denning (email)
If the weather is a bit nicer, check out Hoyt Arboretum, in SW near the Zoo and Rose Garden, for nice hikes and on clear days, views on Mt. Hood! It is also worth checking out the nearby Japanese Garden and the International Rose Test Garden.
Emma O'Connor (email)
I like to go for walks with my partner and our dogs in Mt. Tabor Park, as well as around the International Rose Test Garden! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and offer amazing walking paths. Also, the Japanese Gardens are another amazing spot to walk and take in the gorgeous, pristine landscaping.
Cynthia Mohr (email)
Tessa Dover (email)
Emma Money (email)
One thing I like to do is grab a coffee downtown (I recommend trying Coava) and just walk around. There is a lot of Art Deco era architecture to look at but also shops to wander in and out of and snacks to munch on. If you do enjoy looking at houses and architecture, the Alphabet District is a 10-20-minute trek into the Northwest area and also has a lot of great examples of Victorian and Art Deco structures. Another fun thing to do is to visit the Pittock Mansion, not far west of the downtown area. The inside is very pretty if you like to look at old furniture and homes but you don’t have to go inside to have a good time. Hanging out on the lawn is free and has a view of Mount Hood and there is also a nice hiking trail that goes down the hill below it.