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The flagship location on Burnside (on the northern fringe of downtown Portland) contains more than a million individual volumes.
Four satellite locations serve outlying areas of the Portland metro area; the entire enterprise employs upwards of 500 people.
The attractions and points of interest that I didn’t have time to visit have been thoroughly researched (again, thanks in part to Travel Portland) and won’t blow a hole through your travel budget.
Portland won’t celebrate its 200th birthday until 2045, but that doesn’t mean it’s a historical blank slate.
Pittock Mansion‘s tagline is “Every house tells a story.
This one tells Portland’s.” Sure, it’s a story told from the perspective of a wealthy founding family, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.
High walls keep out street noise and bring inner peace within reach.
The new arrivals have pushed the city’s construction industry into overdrive, transformed formerly downtrodden neighborhoods into yuppie redoubts, and pushed working-class residents into less convenient areas on the city’s periphery.
Then again, the boom is also a gold mine for small entrepreneurs keen on serving hip Portlanders’ insatiable demand for all things local and artisanal – an apparently primal urge skewered to hilarious effect in “Portlandia,” the IFC cult show.
If you spend any time in downtown or Northwest Portland, take 15 to 30 minutes to browse the flagship location, just to get a sense of the place’s scale.
If you’re a bookworm, you could easily spend your whole trip here.