From I-5, take exit 303 and go east on N. Alberta St. The nursery’s at 3811 N. Mississippi Ave. pistilsnursery.com
Why go now: The North Portland urban homesteading season starts this month: Baby chicks are in, seed racks are up, garden workshops are starting.
Main drag: North Mississippi Avenue
Best place for plant lovers: Pistils Nursery (pictured), the neighborhood’s go-to spot for chickens, ornamental plants, beehives, terrariums, and garden design.
Or planet lovers: You can find curbed streetside planters that hold roof runoff (until it infiltrates the water table) in front of the ReBuilding Center of Our United Villages (3625 N. Mississippi Ave.; 503/331-1877) and the Blue Gardenia Bakery & Coffee Roasters (3747 N. Mississippi Ave.; 503/460-2583).
Sugar fix: Flavour Spot ($; N. Mississippi Ave. at N. Fremont St.; 503/282-9866) is famous for its scrumptious Dutch tacos (waffle sandwiches).