I actually haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Megan yet. Thankfully we are remedying that soon. I am an admirer of her gorgeous shop, Summerland, and I learned more about her through other Portland artists and entrepreneurs, then stumbled upon her lovely Instagram feed, etc…The common, new way I’m meeting people these days. Take one look at Megan’s shop and it’s clear she has amazing taste and an eye for quality, and her guide to Portland is no exception.
Megan lives in the quaint, up-and-coming St. John’s neighborhood which made me even more excited, as we haven’t had the pleasure of having a local north Portlander do a Portland guide yet. Megan lets us in on all the gems in St. Johns, as well as other sweet spots in other parts of the city. Enjoy!
Where to get a facial/massage: The rumors are true, Loyly is the best spot in town to do some serious relaxing. It was the first place I went solo after having my daughter and enjoyed a few hours of lounging in the sauna and steam rooms followed by a facial and foot soak. Heaven!
I’ve also been meaning to check out a Korean bath house called Jade Sauna in Beaverton. A friend of mine swears by the no-frills exfoliation, a “hurts so good” type of spa experience. Apparently they also have a jade lined sauna room…I am so intrigued! Definitely going to be my next treat to myself.
Where to shop for your man: My fella is a fan of the leather goods at Tanner. They are handcrafted here in Portland and just get better and better with age. Adult beverages are always welcome too and Barrique Barrel has a great selection of special small batch beers and great wines.
Where to shop for your home: I always find a treasure or two at Maven. It is the most beautifully curated store in town. Those ladies know how to pull on my heartstrings with their stoneware, houseplants and colorful pillows! I also pick up a lot of treasures at the Portland Flea and was especially thrilled when they expanded to St Johns.
Where to shop for the kiddos: Alder + Co has a sweet little corner of kids items including handcrafted toys by one of my favorite artists Tamar Mogendorff. I have one of her deer heads hanging in my daughters nursery and it brings a smile to my face every time I walk in the room.
Where to thrift: I always have luck at the Goodwill on Lombard. I’ve found everything from a perfect wool APC dress to a sleeveless denim vest with a star cutout on the back—so good.
Where to get a sweet treat: This is no secret but my absolute favorite treat is the honey pie at Sweedeedee. I love going in the late afternoon after the lines have died down for a slice of pie and a cup of coffee. Something about those sea salt sprinkles…
Affogato is dangerously close to me. The gelato is made in-house. The namesake dessert is out of this world, they make it with salted caramel gelato instead of the regular vanilla. Yes please!
Where to get a fresh juice: Proper Eats in downtown St Johns has a great vegetarian menu with simple fresh juices. I like the Sunshine which is a blend of apple, carrot, beet, lemon and ginger. The front half of the space is an organic grocery store so you can shop for your own supplies too!
Where to get a cheap eat: The tacos al pastor in the back of Tienda Santa Cruz #2 are the best in Portland. I think they are only $1.50 each or something ridiculous like that so you don’t even have to feel bad when you order 5 for yourself. Don’t forget to load up on the free pickled vegetables and avocado salsa!
The food cart pod in the Kruger Farm stand lot has expanded and just keeps getting better! My favorite is a giant burger from Che Cafe washed down with a pint of IPA from Captured By Porches brewery. Plenty of shaded seating and you can bring your kids and dog too!
Where to wine and dine: The Baowry is our neighborhood date spot. The food is modern Chinese and they have garden seating to enjoy a cocktail outside on those warm indian summer nights. Order the chili garlic prawns and a basket of duck confit buns to share! So good.
Where to imbibe: The Fixin’ To is a great neighborhood bar and just happens to be walking distance from my house so major points there. They have two large patios with an outdoor fireplace for cozying up after the sun goes down with a whiskey and good company.
Where to brunch: Broder Nord is my go-to brunch spot. You can’t go wrong with the lefse of the day (kind of like a swedish crepe). I also love all the egg dishes that come in a miniature cast iron skillet because come on…miniature cast iron skillet. Sharing an order of aebleskivers is never a bad idea either! They are almost as good as grandma’s.
James John cafe in downtown St Johns has a simple and thoughtful brunch menu. The benedict and hash are especially delicious. I love that the portion sizes are reasonable so you don’t feel like you need a nap after.
Where to take the kids: My baby isn’t mobile yet so we’ve been enjoying walks around Kelley Point Park with the Ergo. I’m looking forward to having play dates at POA this winter. They have an awesome play area and happy hour cocktails for the adults. Everyone wins!
Thank you so much, Megan for being a part of this series and sharing all your go-to spots with us! I have GOT to try those tacos al pastor! And, I’m dying over those deer heads by Tamar Mogendorff. Too darling.