Just a few blocks north of Hawthorne, bustling Southeast Belmont Street is a hub for Portlanders and visitors alike. Get in on the action with some noteworthy diversions that you won’t find anywhere else in town.
Fuel up With Fun
If you power up better with coffee, conversation and live music, TaborSpace is a great spot to get your battery charged. A community coffee house located in Mount Tabor Presbyterian Church, this warm gathering spot is lit with stained glass windows and infused with the smell of Nuvrei pastries and locally brewed coffee. The site of weekly live music, art classes, workshops and more, it’s a welcoming place for all people, regardless of faith.
Want to hear an amazing tale? Some of Portland’s best stories can be found at Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, just north of Belmont. One of Portland’s oldest cemeteries, Lone Fir invites visitors to connect with the past through a quiet stroll or on a monthly guided tour that highlights some of the graveyard’s famous residents, like one of the city founders, Asa Lovejoy.
At these local monuments, museums and landmarks, you can explore Portland’s pioneer origins and Native history, as well as exceptional collections of art, crafts and more.
Portland may seem like a young city, but you can still find plenty of history everywhere you look.
Portland is known for its rich creative community, and DIY makers. From these established museums that showcase the greatest fine artists, to the mailbox-sized galleries of passions, Portland displays all kinds of art and curiosities.
For history that’s still above ground, video rental store Movie Madness doubles as a museum of sorts (besides the fact that it’s a living, working rental shop). Devoted to rare and obscure films, they also have original costumes on display from movies such as The Godfather II, The Wizard of Oz and The Sound of Music.
And if you want to escape to a time when video games only cost a nickel, Avalon Theatre has you covered. Their two small screens show classics and second-run movies, while their arcade buzzes with skeeball and whack-a-mole games (as well as some newfangled digital fare, to boot).
Events for All Ages
One of Portland’s quintessential Christmas traditions is a trip — on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage — down Peacock Lane. For the last two weeks of December, the houses on this street just off of Belmont are decked out in true holiday spirit with thousands of little sparkling lights. And every September, the Belmont District Street Fair attracts roughly 10,000 people with live music, food and local vendors celebrating the vibrant neighborhood.
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