Staying at a hostel (Hawthorne Portland Hostel — http://www.portlandhostel.org/ ) in the Hawthorne District of Portland has been great! Not only have we stumbled upon quite of few things to do in the very local area, but the location of the hostel was also great for catching the bus to the city center. This area is known as the “hippie district,” and it is very progressive when it comes to protecting the environment.
If you are able to explore the Hawthorne district at some point, this is a cumulative list of what I suggest you check out.
The Bagdad Theater and Pub — although I was not able to enjoy a show here, I stopped in for a coffee. The atmosphere in the restaurant side of the building is fun and inviting; there were people from all walks of life. The theater side of the building is open during the day to the public to peruse through. The theater has maintained an old, classic feel with the vintage concession stand and theater seating. On some evenings, there are movie showings and on other evenings there are small shows like stand-up comedians.
Stumptown Coffee on Division street. Although I visited the Stumptown Coffee downtown, this cafe offers the same variety of coffee, and is located in the Hawthorne District. I was very pleased with the coffee here; It was fresh-coffee perfection. If you are a coffee-drinker, this is a must visit cafe.
Mountain Tabor is the only volcano (don’t worry, it’s dead) that is within any city’s limits in the world. Just heading east on Hawthorne will take you straight to it. It is a nice place to spend a quite, sunny day. There are many bikers, joggers, and dog-walkers. If you are lucky, you might even get a glimpse of Mt. Hood off in the distance on a clear day.
People Co-op has a great farmer’s market on Wednesday from 2-7 — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peoples-Food-Co-op/84194889962?ref=ts&fref=ts. The store also offers a great variety of food for any vegetarian or vegan. Their farmer’s market is completely certified organic foods, and the are dedicated to being green. (if you are interested in this, check out this post — https://amtraveltimes.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/217/)
In the Hawthorne area there is also a large variety of local eateries that cater to vegetarians and vegans. In addition, there are various trendy gift shops and second-hand boutiques. Although it is not the infamous Powell’s bookstore located in downtown Portland, the Hawthorne District has it’s very own Powell’s complete with a coffee shop.
So, fellow bloggers go enjoy the Hawthorne district of Portland!