See & Do
East Bayside is a great place to tour one of Portland’s legendary blue collar neighborhoods. It’s clapboard structures, once the domiciles of local dockworkers, are definitely worth viewing. Meanwhile, there are opportunities to tour today’s galleries – or even participate in creating your own art. For instance, at Earth & Soul Pottery (www.earthandsoulpottery.com, 207-775-1089), located at 34 Washington Avenue, it is possible to explore your inner artist with pottery classes in a fun, supportive environment.
Meanwhile, Cyclemania at 59 Federal Street (www.cyclemania.com, 207-774-2933) has great deals on both touring and hybrid bikes to discover the main streets and backroads of East Bayside and beyond in Portland. This retailer also features complete lines of bike merchandise – everything from helmets to jerseys – and an inventory of top bike manufacturers. While it may seem unusual to be writing about nature in an urban environment, East Bayside is a great location for enjoying Portland’s lesser known pastoral treasures. For example, portions of the Back Cove Trail, managed by the non-profit urban land preservation group Portland Trails (www.trails.org), crosses through East Bayside. Bordering Portland’s Back Cove, this trail offers stunning views of the city’s skyline Meanwhile, the Bayside Trail takes hikers through the heart of this revitalized community along a flat, wide and paved walkway. Access to the 3.5 mile Back Cove Trail is possible via Payson Park at Baxter Boulevard. The Bayside Trail can be entered at Elm Street at the end of Marginal Way (which borders Back Cove).