Let's face it, some of the biggest shopping duties of the year are right around the corner. Have you made your list and checked it twice? Start early, of course, and try avoiding the mall for even more fun.
As a dedicated sun lover, this is a hard time of year for me. Very hard. And when life gets hard, there's really only one thing to do. Shop. Shop a lot. If you also need to distract yourself from wind, rain, falling leaves and a fading tan, here are some outing suggestions.
We live in a great town for so many reasons - one of which (for me) is all the exceptionally cool neighborhoods. I love to wander those hoods, stop for coffee, shop, lunch with friends. And just about the time I think I've mapped and traversed and seen 'em all - a ridiculous thought, to be sure - I find a new set of shops that need exploring.
Bend artist Layla Coats collects twigs and rocks on her walks with her dog all around the Pacific Northwest. When she brings them home, the twigs become tiny perches and the rocks fit together as mini stone veneers.
Next time you're looking to please a variety of tastes with a day of shopping - here are some parts of Portland that will satisfy those who like both the new and the old.