Sean Pecknold is a director and artist who has created music videos and commercials for the likes of Fleet Foxes, Beach House, and the New York Times. He explores existential conundrums in his work, often using mystical or surreal imagery and stop-motion and mixed-media animation. On the road is where he feels the most at home. He grew up in Seattle, spent some time living in New York, and now splits it between Portland and Los Angeles.
Up past the more famous rose garden on the west side is an arboretum with hiking trails and a zoo. Great views of Portland’s downtown and Mt. St. Helens in the distance. It’s very peaceful and any time of year it’s a nice and quick escape from the city, just takes under 10 minutes to get to.
I find myself walking through Powell Butte quite often. I love its old apple orchards, flat meadows and incredible view of Mt. Hood. On a clear day, 5 mountains can be seen from the park. The place is an extinct volcano and Portland's second largest park after Forest Park.
The Fraternal Order of the Eagles opens their doors for all types of community events. My favorites are the monthly Twilight Rummage Sale and twice-yearly Night Owl Record show. They also have Friday night karaoke, Sunday morning Bingo brunch and you can rent the place out pretty cheap for rock shows.
The best sushi and the cheapest, which normally doesn’t make sense, but it really is. It’s a train too so it’s easy to grab a seat and eat whatever you like for as long as you like. Classic 80’s hits help wash it all down. Probably my most frequented restaurant in Portland.
The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother is a 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden. The upper level has an amazing space-age meditation chapel providing awesome views of the Columbia River and Mt. St. Helens. It's made of polished granite and glass walls.