The whole city of Portland has been sprouting and growing like crazy. One area that has experienced some serious growth over the past couple of years is SE Woodstock. It’s become a cozy, creative and super fun area for families to make and call their home. If you live in or near the area—or just want to get out of your box and explore—we’ve got the inside scoop on everything Woodstock. Read on to find where to eat, shop and play in this up-and-coming corner of our favorite city.
1. Papccinno’s Coffee House & Cereal Bar Start your day off at this fantastic coffee shop. It’s atmosphere is warm and cozy and the walls are beautifully painted, especially in the kids’ area where a colorful tree makes the space feel magical. Grab yourself a latte or mocha from one of the super-friendly staff. And we do mean friendly! The baristas greet you with a smile and treat each customer as though they are old friends. If you need a little more than coffee to help you keep up with the kids, grab a breakfast sandwich or check out the cereal bar (yeah, that’s actually a thing!). There are pastries and other goodies and you can enjoy either breakfast or lunch at this super cool spot.
Insider Tip: They give great coffee art. Smile big for them and they are sure to make you feel extra special with something that could have been created by Picasso himself.
2.Woodstock Park Stretch your legs at this giant park right off the main street, but tucked just far enough into the neighborhood to avoid the hustle of traffic. This grassy area has everything you need for afternoon of fun. Think horse shoe pit, playground equipment and play area, a soccer and softball field and a tennis court for young athletes. If you have furry family member that likes to join you everywhere you go, you’ll be pleased to know that there is even an off-leash dog area that fido can run around in. Don’t forget to pack some snacks, there are picnic tables and benches to relax and enjoy a bite on as well.
You don’t have to go far to find a preschool or fun programs for your kids. Woodstock Community Center is located in a historic firehouse that was built in 1928. From messy art classes to Tae Kwon Do, you’ll find a variety of activities for both kids and adults. Break out your old guitar and learn to play, or call grandma and grandpa and tell them to get ready to dance, because there is something for literally everyone in your tribe.
If you need to pick up some clothes or toys for you kiddos, Woodstock has the perfect children’s resale boutique. Check out Piccolina for clothing, toys, diapers, bedding, gifts and more at prices that won’t break the bank. Your kids are growing fast and getting too big for clothes they’ve barely had time to wear. Piccolina might be interested. Take your old clothes in any day of the week because they are buying!
There’s nothing quite like having a library within walking distance of your home. This library is packed with books for you to peruse with your little ones all afternoon. But that’s not all, there are tons of programs and activities you can attend as well. Your child will love joining for wooden train playtime or meeting up with the Tiny Tots. There are also plenty of storytimes available when it’s time to slow things down and let the imagination take off.
To the market to the market! Oh it was big news when New Seasons moved into the area. We love this grocer for it’s organic, wholesome, good-for-you products as well as it’s family-friendly events. That’s right, pick up that loaf of bread and then attend the new parent and breast feeding support group. New Seasons is really invested in the community and that makes it a favorite for moms and dads. Don’t forget to check out their rooftop dining area. You can grab a quick bite to eat and then watch the sun go down on Portland with quite the view.
End your day with giant slice of pizza and a cocktail and this super family-friendly joint. The wide open seating arrangement gives kids plenty of room to wiggle. Choose from booth or window seating. When it’s not raining, there’s and outdoor dining area too. There’s no better way to spend family time than munching on great eats and sipping on a craft brew.