Go green on Portland's North Williams Avenue

Enjoy a low-key urban vibe thanks to yoga studios, indie shops, and cafes

Portland Day Trip Bike Loop

Andrea Gomez

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Getting there

  • Portland Day Trip Locator

    By car: Heading north on I-5, exit at Rose Quarter (exit 302A), turn left at N.E. Broadway, go one block, and turn right on N. Williams Ave. For bike lane maps and tips, go to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance website.

Fun in winter: North Williams Avenue ― with its bike lanes and organic eateries tucked away in the new Hub building (3808 N. Williams Ave.)―makes it easy to jump-start your New Year’s resolutions.

Scene: A low-key urban vibe, courtesy of yoga studios and green indie shops and cafes.

2,745: Number of daily bike commuters on the North Williams bike corridor.

Dress code: Waterproof jacket and jeans with right leg rolled up.

Hot wheels: The fold-up triangle-frame commuter bike by Strida at Cascade Cycling (122 N. Killingsworth St.; 503/281-0255).

Feel like a local: Play a round of shuffleboard at Vendetta bar ($; 4306 N. Williams; 503/288-1085).

Best splurge: The Royale chocolate mousse at Pix Pâtisserie ($; 3901 N. Williams; 503/282-6539).

Best way to burn it off: Five laps of the North Williams–North Vancouver Avenue bike corridor.

Native chic: A waterproof Lemolo bike bag.


More ways to live well around North Williams Avenue

Blue Sky Wellness Studio At this studio and spa, try qigong ― an ancient form of exercise that reduces stress and is believed to build your immune system. Or chase away the cold with an all-natural body wrap. Call for hours; qigong $8, wrap $90; 3944 N. Mississippi Ave.; 503/517-8222.

Hipcooks A hit in Los Angeles with its slate of fun cooking classes, like Healthy, Fresh and Zingy, Hipcooks is scheduled to open this month in the Hub building. From $55; 3808 N. Williams, Ste. 120

The Waypost Creative types come to this coffeehouse for locally produced wine and beer, as well as live music, lectures, and classic-movie screenings. $; 3120 N. Williams

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