Celebrate 503 Day in Portland, OR

A vantage point above a city reservoir surrounded by trees with a skyline in the distance.
Portland is your proverbial oyster on 503 Day — and every day. | Photo by PDXtoday staff

Today, we’re celebrating an unofficial Portland holiday — we’re calling it 503 Day, an homage to our city’s area code. With only a hint of irony, we’ve put together an itinerary where you’ll actually never feel the need to look at your phone (unless you’re taking pictures) because you’ll be having the time of your life.

A historic home with log cabin features
Sir Ross Fogelquist deeded Fogelbo to Nordic Northwest in 2014. | Photo by Martin Hulth + @nordicnorthwest

9:00 a.m. 

Start the day at Nordic Northwest, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Nordic culture in the Pacific Northwest; break your fast at Broder Söder, a charming cafe on the grounds that serves fare like Swedish hash, Danish pancakes, and smoked trout eggs benedict — not to mention Portland’s largest selection of aquavit

Order a lavender oat milk cold brew to go and explore the center, taking in the impressive Nordia House’s architecture, then stroll over to Fogelbo (Swedish for “little bird”), a historic home that contains one of the largest private collections of Nordic antiques and folk art in the US.

A spread of barbecue meat and sides
We can all praise the spread at Reverend’s BBQ. | Photo via @judiaann + @reverendsbbq

12:00 p.m.

Tummy rumbling? Venture across the river to Sellwood, where you’ll find fantastic restaurants like Reverend’s BBQ, Nama Ramen, and Thai Lahna. After lunch, go treasure hunting in the shops along Antique Row — Old Portland Hardware & Architectural is a vintage wonderland. 

3:00 p.m.

Time to get the blood pumping again; either head to Glowing Greens, an underground black-lit mini-golf experience, or hike to the top of Mount Tabor and take in the view of distant downtown. History buffs can live vicariously with a visit to the Oregon Historical Society’sFreeze the Day! A History of Winter Sports in Oregon” exhibit. 

6:00 p.m.

Is that free live music we hear? It certainly is at Laurelthirst Public House (2958 NE Glisan St.), and you know what else sounds good? A Cascade Farms all-natural beef burger, on brioche buns slathered with Dijon mustard, mayo, and all the fixins’. The house-made sunflower seed + walnut patty is a worthy vegan alternative.

A bar's pool table surrounded by electronic gambling machines
Pool Table and Gambling

9:00 p.m. 

Legends say that every perfect Portland day ends in a dive bar. Mad Hanna is open until 2:30 a.m., but there’s no pressure to make Tuesday a booze day — the place has good music, friendly faces, and ping pong out back

What does your perfect day look like in Portland? Let us know by emailing [email protected].