25 Reasons to Love Summer

Emerald parks, dapper dining, and shops bursting with warm-weather fashion and gear—our favorite ways to celebrate the season

By Andrew Collins, Fernando Nocedal, and Ellee Thalheimer with illustrations by Angela Southern. Click here to see the full layout of this feature in our digital flipbook.

1. Salud! to Summer Ale – Local Brewery Summer Offerings

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2. Head for the Hills – Outdoor Boots and Shoes

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3. Garden Party

Dozens of artisans from China created Lan Su Chinese Garden, an urban paradise just a few blocks east of the Pearl. Stroll the covered walkways, admire the lily ponds, and soak up the utter serenity.

4. In Bloom

Brighten your bedroom, kitchen table, or balcony with artful florals from Sammy’s Flowers, which has been custom-designing and delivering arrangements for more than two decades. You can also pick up verdant terrariums, blooming plants, and pretty planters at this sunny shop on Lovejoy Street.

5. Rosé for Days – Cerulean Winery and Thelonious Wines

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6. Gear Up – Lululemon and Athleta Active Wear

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7. Living History – Lovejoy Columns

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8. Get Out(side) – Get active in the Pearl

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9. Hit the Deck – Rooftop Patio Spaces

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10. Tea Iced

Refresh your spirit and your palate with heavenly lavender matcha or jasmine coconut soft serve at Tea Bar. Or calorie-splurge on a more decadent treat at Ben & Jerry’s—how about a pint of Salted Caramel Blondie?

11. Thursday Thrills

Join 10,000 fellow revelers during First Thursday in the Pearl each month to eat, drink, gallery-hop, people-watch, and hobnob throughout the neighborhood. Upcoming dates are June 7, July 5, Aug 2, and Sept 6.

12. Squad Goals

Tone your bod this season at Kinespirit Circle, a Gyrotonic and Pilates studio with first-rate instruction and state-of-the-art equipment. Stylish Pearl Pilates also offers Gyrotonic but in a boutique workout environment. At Firebrand Sports, the motto behind super-efficient classes is: You don’t need more time. You need more intensity. Bar Method, Barre3, and Pure Barre have repurposed and re-envisioned the ballet bar to deliver a workout that maximizes endorphins and develops long, lean muscles.

Echo Nearly Invisible

13. Save Face

Protect your mug from harsh UVA and UVB rays with Echo Natural Beauty’s breathable Arcona Nearly Invisible SPF 30 brush-on powder. Bluemercury is another first-rate skin-care source.

14. Say Yes to a Summer Dress

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15. Smooth Sippin’ – Cold-brewed Coffee

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16. En Plein Air

You’ll find all you need to artfully capture the lush wetlands of Tanner Springs Park—from oil, tempera, and watercolor paints to stretched linen canvases to Jullian dried-beechwood French easels—at Blick Art Materials.

17. Look Sharp

Freshen up your summer appearance at high-styling Glow Boutique, which takes the art of nail, lash, and hair seriously. Hair M/W entices guys with hot-towel shaves and scalp massages—both women and men come for sophisticated cuts and other top-notch salon services. Of course, summer is also swimsuit time, which means you might want to stop by LunchBOX for a wax. We have one word: Manzilian.

18. Book a Vacation

Did you know that the Pearl-based vacation-rental company Vacasa has nearly 1,500 listings in Oregon alone, plus another 350 or so just across the border in Washington? Let this reliable, fast-growing company help you find a heavenly holiday hideaway—anything from a modestly priced two-bedroom ocean-view bungalow in Waldport to a vaulted-ceiling contemporary house on a golf course near Sisters that sleeps 10. Vacasa’s search engine lets you search by the number of rooms, price, date, and a slew of amenities, from pools to Ping-Pong tables.

19. Page Turners – Powell’s Books

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20. Fountain of Youth – Jamison Square

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21. Home for the Holidays – Inn at Northrup Station

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22. Open Bar

Complement your cocktails with a classy gold-band carafe from Sitte Modern; screen-painted cork pig, gnome, and bird coasters from EWF Modern; and sparkly-pink pom-pom swizzle sticks from Sur La Table.

23. Buyer’s Market – Art in the Pearl

One of America’s top arts and crafts festivals, the 22nd annual Art In The Pearl returns to the North Park Blocks over Labor Day weekend (Sept 1–3). See paintings, ceramics, woodwork, photography, and more by 130 artists.

24. Chaise Away the Heat

Reclining on a sleek Montego steel–and–ipe wood chaise longue might just be the most stylish way to relax on a balcony. Pick one up at Room & Board, where you’ll also find canvas patio umbrellas.

25. Cool Change

Indulge in a bracing—and restorative—taste of winter at Cryo PDX. Three minutes in a cryochamber, in which nitrogen reduces temperatures to -230 degrees Fahrenheit—helps you beat the heat while reinvigorating sore muscles.