A friend wrote to me asking for fun stuff to do in Portland, Oregon. She seemed happy with this response, so I figured I'd post it here for posterity.
First, if you like books you NEED to go to Powell's Books. It's pretty much the best new and used bookstore ever -- Powell's is four floors of literary heaven, and they have almost every book you could ever want and many that you never knew existed. You can find it at 1005 W Burnside. Map of Powell's.
Also, there are some beautiful gardens and outdoor locations to visit.
My personal favorite is the Japanese Garden. You can reach it by car, or using public transportation. See the map, and be sure to think about a trip to the Rose Garden and/or the Portland Zoo while you're in the area.
If you are in Portland on Saturday, be sure to hit up the Saturday
Market , held in downtown Portland. It's a fun mix of jewelry, food, hand-made items, music, clothes, art, and so forth. It's located here.
Finally, I have a deep personal love for cinnamon rolls. You might not...but if you do, go to Rose's Restaurant and Bakery on NW 23rd Ave and have one. The cinnamon rolls there are gigantic and delicious, and they even have a whole wheat version!