It’s no secret that Portland isn’t the sunshine capital of the country. With eight rainy months a year, it’s safe to say that you can’t live there if you can’t stand the rain. But we promise there are plenty of ways to keep the city weird, even during the rainy season. So, we’ve laid out a few of our favorite ways to escape the worst of Portland's weather – consider it your very own rainy day adventure.
If you don’t start a rainy day with boozy brunch, you’re doing it wrong. There’s obviously no shortage of great brunch spots in PDX, but a rainy day calls for going big and then going home and falling asleep on the couch. Yup, bottomless mimosas. Pink Rose and Rae’s Lakeview Lounge are our top picks for top-notch brunch food and mimosas that don’t quit. Rae’s might not actually have a lake, but they do have board games and killer comfort food that more than makes up for the misleading name.
Thrifting on Hawthorne
Fight the rainy day blues by getting lost among rows and rows of vintage clothes. Hawthorne is lined with stellar vintage shops, like west coast chain Red Light Clothing Exchange, but you’ll find the biggest and best selection at House of Vintage. You can spend hours weaving through the never-ending nooks and crannies of clothing, accessories, homewares, knickknacks, and just about everything else you can think of. If it’s records you’re after, Jackpot Records and Crossroads Music can offer hours of thumbing through well loved vinyls. Don’t forget to keep your energy up with a stop at Blue Star Donuts.
Brew 'n' View Theater
Nothing goes better together then day-drinking and cheap movies, right? There’s no shortage of vintage theaters in Portland, but Hollywood Theater and Laurelhurst Theater are two of the best places in town for cheap indie flicks, cold beer, and art-deco vibes. At these prices, you might as well see a couple of showings and make a day out of it.
Float Your Troubles Away
It may be raining outside, but you can forget about that and everything else at Float On, Portland’s largest sensory deprivation float tank center. A hot new trend with New Age roots, a session in a sensory deprivation tank boasts benefits like better sleep, healthier skin and hair, a clearer mind, and even pain relief. Or in this case, I guess rain relief?
There’s no shame in treating your body like the temple it is – She Bop can help you out with this. A sex toy boutique that won’t give you sketchy vibes, it offers a fun, safe and sex-positive environment for people of all genders, sexual orientations and social backgrounds. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or completely clueless, She Bop offers a safe and helpful space for you to explore the world of sex toys.
Lose Yourself in Powell’s
You can’t talk about a rainy day in Portland without talking about Powell’s. Boasting over a million books, if you like reading even a little bit, you’ll find something worth reading in Powell’s. With a maze-like feel to it, you can walk in the door of Powell's and find yourself tree hours later not quite sure how to get back out. There’s a reason they call it the City of Books.
Geek Out on a Portlandia Tour
What do a taxidermy shop, a coffee shop, a feminist bookstore, a pickle store and a butcher shop all have in common? Portlandia, obviously. Get in touch with your more cliché Portland weird side by doing a mini-tour of town, TV-style. Check out Paxton Gate, Urban Grind Coffee, In Other Words, Moonbrine Pickles and Olympic Provisions – they were all either featured on or inspired a location on the hit comedy. Instagram the heck out of it, or what’s the point?
Beer With a Difference
If you started the day with boozy brunch, your best best is to bring things full circle with more alcohol to finish it off. One wonderfully unique place to indulge is Base Camp Brewing, where you'd be a fool not to order their S'more Stout. They literally put a marshmallow on the rim of your glass and toast it in front of you. Not a beer enthusiast? Head to Teardrop Lounge for thoughtfully made cocktails, or Multnomah Whiskey Library. It boasts an epic whiskey collection – their mobile bartender will mix up your drink right at your table.