Whether it’s Father’s Day, a family visit or simply a Sunday with nothing on the schedule, anytime is a good time to celebrate “Dear Old Dad” in Portland. Mix and match from our top picks to make the perfect itinerary for Papa.
Eight ways to entertain dads in Portland
Woodsy trails, rounds of golf, happy hours and more provide plenty of quality time.
Travel Portland June 2, 2015 (Updated June 8, 2015)
This eastside café combines bikes and coffee beans, pulling espressos in a shop stocked with T-shirts, trucker hats, leather jackets and other two-wheeled essentials. Scope out the wall of vintage motorcycle helmets before ordering up a Stumptown coffee, Roman Candle pastries and perhaps a new Chrome bag.
At 5,156 acres (2,086 ha), the country’s largest urban park offers any dad a big dose of fresh air. Try a challenging hike up to historic Pittock Mansion, set out on a leisurely bike ride on car-free Leif Erikson Drive or plan an all-day expedition on the famed Wildwood Trail, which stretches nearly 30 miles (48 km) across the park.
Dark paneled walls, vintage Edison bulbs and an impressive collection of paintings of Mount Hood lend a rustic cabin vibe to this upscale Southeast Portland restaurant and watering hole, owned by Stumptown Coffee founder Duane Sorenson. Stop in for “Oyster Hour” (5–7 p.m. weekdays, 2–5 p.m. weekends, all day Mondays) featuring a selection of fresh Northwest-sourced oysters for $2 each, along with other hearty fare like a double cheeseburger and hot buttered Dungeness crab buns.
Dust off those clubs and head to these gorgeous golf greens in Southeast Portland, only 10 minutes from downtown. Surrounded by Crystal Springs Rhododendron Gardens, Crystal Springs Lake and Johnson Creek, this century-old golf course packs in scenic views and was even named one of the top 100 public courses by Golf Digest.
After the 18th hole, head to Hair M for a full-body "golfer's massage." With sophisticated salons in downtown Portland and the Pearl District, this guys-only grooming parlor offers stylish shaves, haircuts, facials and massage packages. Pops can drink Widmer beer on tap and peruse manly magazines (no “Cosmo” here!) in the waiting room, then watch his own private TV as an expert stylist works his macho magic.
DIY dads will appreciate this handyman haven located in the Old Town neighborhood. The work-focused wares include a well-curated selection of shop tools, from drafting equipment to folding saws and leather-handled hammers to Japanese-made tool boxes. Sturdy coveralls and chambray shirts help complete the craftsman look.
This wing joint is well-loved for slathering its crispy Buffalo-style chicken wings in any of a dozen delicious house-made sauces, ranging from spicy peanut to bourbon chipotle. If you’re feeling especially bold, dare Dad to take on the “El Jefe” challenge: eating 15 outrageously spicy wings in three minutes. Fair warning: The signature habanero-powered El Jefe sauce is so hot that it was featured on the Food Network.
If Don Draper kept a library, it would look like this … with more than 1,500 bottles to choose from, the sophisticated Multnomah Whiskey Library boasts the largest spirits selection in town, with studious barkeeps happy to make recommendations — and scale ladders to fetch obscure labels from the towering shelves. Imbibe by the fireside in a luxurious leather lounge chair and raise a toast to fathers everywhere.
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