One of Portland's most walkable neighborhoods mixes swanky galleries with friendly eateries.
Fertile Ground Festival Jan. 20–30. Fringe dance, comedy, readings, music, ﬁlm, and theater. fertilegroundpdx.org . First Thursday Swing through dozens of opening receptions to chat with artists and gallery owners at this monthly event. ﬁrstthursday.org . Jimmy Mak’s A classic big-city jazz bar with dim lights, cozy tables, and a rotation of top-notch local and national acts. 221 NW 10th Ave., 295-6542, jimmymaks.com .
Penzeys Spices Hundreds of seasonings deliver instant inspiration for home cooks. 120 NW 10th Ave., 227-6777, penzeys.com . Powell’s City of Books The largest indie bookstore in the world features rare volumes, an art gallery, and a corner café. 1005 W. Burnside St., 228-4651, powells.com . Salt Grotto Too cold for the beach? Hit this simulated salt cave and breathe the purportedly health-enhancing air. 906 NW 14th Ave., (971) 255-1053, thesaltgrotto.com .
Irving Street Kitchen A rustic-elegant eatery serving modern, Southern-inﬂected comfort food, including gumbo and fried chicken. 701 NW 13th Ave., 343-9440, irvingstreetkitchen.com . Little Big Burger Countering the trend of $22 burgers, this new spot dishes up inexpensive fast food made with ﬁrst-class ingredients. 122 NW 10th Ave., 274-9008, littlebigburger.com . Lovejoy Bakers This industrial-style café churning out fresh baked goods introduced a dinner menu last summer. 939 NW 10th Ave., 208-3113, lovejoybakers.com . Metrovino A sleek space offering inventive American food and 80-plus wines by the glass. Go at happy hour (4 p.m.–6 p.m. weekdays) for a $5 red, white, or bubbly. 1139 NW 11th Ave., 517-7778, metrovinopdx.com . Piazza Italia Practice your Italian with the ﬂuent staff to order classic pastas and creamy gelato. 1129 NW Johnson St., 478-0619, piazzaportland.com .
Ace Hotel Tastefully sparse rooms with Pendleton wool blankets and murals by local artists. Some bathrooms are shared. 1022 SW Stark St., 228-2277, acehotel.com/portland . Hotel Lucia Cool and contemporary, with a lobby gallery of local artists’ photography, sculpture, and paintings. 400 SW Broadway, 225-1717, hotellucia.com . Marriott Courtyard Portland City Center One of the newer hotels in town, featuring corner rooms with excellent city views. 550 SW Oak St., 505-5000, marriott.com .
Photography by Robbie McClaran 
This article was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.