While there’s plenty to be smitten about in downtown Portland, an eco-minded vacation rental in Northeast Portland through 1859 Explore is the best way to enjoy lazy mornings and intimate evenings while getting to know Portland’s quirkier side. Built in 2010 using reclaimed materials, soy-based foam insulation and low-VOC paints, the one-bedroom Pocket House near Mississippi Avenue has all the creature comforts you’d want for a weekend getaway. A better-than-typical day in Northeast Portland might start with a leisurely locavore’s brunch at Tasty n Sons. Plot your next meal while strolling along Mississippi Avenue, eventually working your way north and then east to the heart of the Alberta Arts District. Warm up with a hot stone massage at ZenSpace or hot cocoa from Random Order. When dinner beckons, you’ll find no shortage of options for fresh, local cuisine. Ned Ludd has perfected the art of wood-fired fare with a menu that’s always changing. Natural Selection serves up vegetarian dishes that will win over even die-hard carnivores. Of course, with so many artisan food shops in the neighborhood, dining in is just as appealing. Pick up wine, cheese, fresh pasta and other gourmet essentials at Pasta Works, then top it off with tarts and tortes from Pix Patisserie.