WHILE YOU’RE IN TOWN…
We’re always so honored when students choose to travel to Klum House from all over the country (sometimes even beyond!) to take a bag making workshop with us. Portland, Oregon is a maker’s dream, where craft and local manufacturing are alive and well, the food and drink scene is on point, and the surrounding natural beauty is breathtaking. If you’re coming out to Klum House for a workshop and are able to tack on an extra couple of days to explore, we highly recommend doing so. Below you’ll find some of our recommendations to where to stay, how to get around, where to eat, where to shop, and where to get out and soak in the great outdoors.
Happy travels! We can’t wait to make with you.
WHERE TO STAY
A great way to have a unique Portland experience (and ensure proximity to our workshop) is to book an Airbnb. There are tons of them, with new options being added all the time. Here are a few that are cute and are highly rated, all within a 5-10 min drive from Klum House.
- Cute Private Room @ the Overlook Travelers Home
- Magic Caravan - Two Blocks From Mississippi Ave
- Williams Studio Retreat
- Overlook Backshack
Portland has more trendy, boutique hotels than we can keep track of. Here are just a few, all within a 10-15 drive from Klum House:
The Jupiter Hotel - Located in southeast Portland, a 7-minute drive from Klum House, the Jupiter Hotel has two restaurants and a rad music venue (The Doug Fir Lounge) on site. The rooms are modern and well designed. Great location.
- Mcmenamins Kennedy School - Located in a revamped historic elementary school, you can spend the night in a former classroom, complete with original chalkboard! There’s also a restaurant, multiple small bars, a movie theater, a soaking pool, and a brewery in the building. You could never leave! (But you should.)
- Woodlark Hotel - The Woodlark is located in downtown Portland, very close to Powell’s City of Books and the Portland Art Museum. It has a fitness center, a restaurant, a lounge, coffee in the lobby, and lovely decor.
HOW TO GET AROUND
There’s plenty to explore on foot in our corner of North Portland, but if you’d like to venture further, there are a bunch of transportation options available.
- Rideshare - Rideshare options are alive and well here in Portland, Lyfts and Ubers are all over the place and are a great option for getting anywhere at all, especially to and from the airport.
- Public Transportation - The most direct route to Klum House is to take the 35 bus to University of Portland and get off at N Interstate + Tillamook, just around the corner from our studio. The 35 bus runs every half hour from the downtown bus mall. The second best option is to take the Yellow or Orange MAX line to Expo Center, which also runs north through the downtown bus mall. This train runs more frequently, which makes it more convenient but less direct. Get off at Albina/Mississippi and walk 4 minutes south and east to Klum House. Google Maps might recommend other options, but these will send you through industrial areas with limited street signs and sidewalks. We recommend giving yourself an extra half hour to get here and waiting for the more direct lines above.
- Bike Share - Portland has a great bike share system called BIKETOWN. You can download their mobile app and use it to locate and borrow a bright orange bike, take it for a ride, and return it anywhere in the city.
- E-Scooters - If you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try out one of Portland’s e-scooter rentals: Lime, Bolt, and Spin. They work similar to the bikes (you’ll need to download the app), but they don’t have set docking stations, so you could come across one anywhere on the street and zip off into the Portland sunset.
WHERE TO EAT
These places are within walking distance of Klum House—great for a quick breakfast or lunch during your workshop. Note: If you’re more of an espresso person, you’ll have to hop in a car for a few minutes. Twentysix Cafe andBread and Honey are excellent.
Smokin’ Fire Fish - Really good Hawaiian food and poke bowls! This and Tamale Boy are our go-to lunch spots. All of the poke is amazing, with generous portions of super fresh fish. We also love the spam musubi and creamy mac salad. Order online from Klum House, so it’ll be ready to grab when your lunch break begins!
- Tamale Boy - Tamale Boy is right next door to Smokin’ Fire Fish, and just as good. You can’t go wrong with any of the tamales—and a side of crema! Again, order online ahead so you can spend your lunch break relaxing and enjoying.
- Bernstein’s Bagels - This bagel spot is legit. We’ve got a couple of former east coasters on the team who can confirm: in a blind taste test, these bagels hold their own alongside any New York deli. Go in the morning and they might still be warm! No toasting required. Try the breakfast sandwich! They’ve got drip coffee too.
- Lottie + Zulas- A great little sandwich joint that’s open for breakfast and lunch. It’s a bit further afoot than Smokin’ Fire Fish and Tamale Boy, but still totally doable for lunch. They make a mean Italian sub. Grab yourself a chocolate chip cookie while you’re at it.
After your workshop, Portland’s restaurant scene is a whole universe to explore. We recommend heading over to nearby Mississippi Ave for a cornucopia of culinary experiences.
- Lovely’s Fifty Fifty - A seasonal selection of beautiful wood fire pizzas with super fresh ingredients—think Chanterelle mushrooms, housemade fennel sausage, and maybe even some edible flowers! And OMG the ice cream. You have to try the ice cream.
- Teppanyaki Hut Food Truck - No trip to Portland is complete without a food truck stop! This place has the best sushi burritos in PDX. The ramen is excellent, too. There are plenty of picnic tables and few other food trucks in the vicinity.
- Por Que No - Awesome street tacos and fun atmosphere. Get the housemade chips + guac and treat yourself to a horchata! Arrive on the early side though, as wait times can be tricky.
- Wolf and Bear’s - Another excellent food truck on Mississippi Ave, this one has some of the best falafel wraps you’ve ever had. We also highly recommend the Sabich wrap, which comes with hummus, grilled eggplant, potato, mango amba, hard boiled egg, and pickles. It’s everything you ever wanted in a pita.
WHERE TO SHOP (FOR MAKERS)
When you attend a Klum House workshop, you’ll get to shop our collection in-person (at 15% off!) on the day of your workshop. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on additional kits, waxed canvas yardage, leather strips, tools—you name it. Additionally, there are some really great fabric and leather stores in town, if you’d like to venture out!
- Bolt Fabrics - Bolt carries a lovely selection of fabric, notions, patterns, books, and supplies. They are located in NE Portland, a 15-min drive from Klum House.
- Modern Domestic - Another great selection of independent sewing patterns, fabric, and tools, as well as Bernina sewing machines and equipment. They are located in NE Portland, an 8-minute drive from Klum House.
- Pendleton Woolen Mill Store - This outlet receives fabric, home goods, and trims every week from one of the few remaining US fabric mills. They have top-quality wool in beautiful colorways. This one is a 20-minute drive south of Klum House in Milwaukie, OR, but totally worth the trip if you’re into Pendleton wool.
- Mill End Store - This is a huge textile emporium that bills itself as “the largest selection of fabrics in the US.” You could definitely get lost in here for a couple of hours. This one is in Milwaukie as well, close to Pendleton, so if you’re going to one you might as well go to both!
- Oregon Leather - A huge selection of hides, tools, and discount scrap bins to dig through. They are located in downtown Portland, a 5-minute drive from Klum House.
WHERE TO GET OUTSIDE
- Overlook Park - This 11 acre park is a 5-minute drive north of Klum House and offers beautiful views of the surrounding city. There are picnic tables, a playground, and a dog park. It’s a great place to have a picnic nearby.
- Cathedral Park - Named for the soaring gothic supports and towers of the St. John’s Bridge, this incredibly picturesque park has grassy expanses and walking paths along the Willamette River. It’s a 17-minute drive from Klum House—and well worth it!
- Peninsula Park Rose Garden - Portland is the “city of roses,” and holds true to its name at this French-style garden in the Piedmont neighborhood. The 5,000 different rose plants are typically in bloom from mid-June through October, but it’s beautiful at any time of year. It’s an 8-minute drive north of Klum House.
Forest Park- If you’re looking to lace up your hiking boots, a 20-minute drive to Forest Park offers 80 miles of hiking trails through 5,300 acres, one of the largest urban forests in the United States. Major Fern Gully vibes.