Forest Park and Northwest District
The Portland Japanese Garden (japanesegarden.com) located in the West Hills is one of Portland’s hidden treasures. With 5˝ acres of tranquil beauty, it is one of the most authentic of its sort outside of Japan. It’s a lovely way to connect with nature, beautiful in every season.
In the Northwest Hills, you’ll find Forest Park (forestparkconservancy.org), one of the country’s largest urban parks. It spans over 5,000 acres, including miles of trails for all levels of hikers and mountain bikers. If you want to hit the dirt, pick up a rental bike before you go. Colin Meloy’s spellbinding book, Wildwood Chronicles, is set in this park.
After you explore the woods, relax with a treatment at The Dragontree holistic day spa (thedragontree.com). The Ayurvedic abhyanga massage and the detox foot bath are a soothing and rejuvenating combination, the perfect way to top off a day hike. While you’re there, check out their newly branded line of gluten-free tinctures.
At Bamboo Sushi‡ (bamboosushi.com), the food is impeccable and the fish is sustainably harvested. The staff is educated on which dishes are friendly for those with food allergies and they’re happy to accommodate you. Make sure to ask for a bottle of wheat-free tamari.
Besaws+ (besaws.com) is a well-known brunch spot in Portland that also offers lunch and dinner. This historic café dates back to 1903. The owner takes pride in serving the gluten-free and allergic community, with options such as gluten-free pancakes and French toast.
Dick’s Kitchen+ (dkportland.com) is an unconventional burger joint where you can get 100 percent grass-fed burgers, as well as buffalo, salmon and tempeh burgers on challah, vegan or gluten-free buns or served “naked.” They offer gluten-free baked fries, many vegan sides and guest burgers, including a “dork” burger made from duck and pork.
* Restaurant is all gluten-free or almost entirely gluten-free. May have bottled beer, packaged foods with gluten ingredients or a distinct area of the kitchen where they handle gluten items. No ambient flour.
+ Restaurant notes gluten-free items on the menu
‡ Restaurant is happy to accommodate gluten-free dietary needs. Ask your server.
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