There are many things to love about Portland. I recently started getting excited about my upcoming visit to Portland. Besides Law and Order marathons by the fire with my mom, Portland itself is so exciting! I can’t even describe the way Portland feels but it’s beautiful and fun and unique. Here’s just 5 of my favorite parts of visiting Portland.
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d already heard of the Portland food carts. Any given day there are tons of food cart options. Like most things PDX, it goes beyond the simple hot dog stand – there are vegan carts, dessert-only carts, grilled cheese carts, interesting cuisine fusion carts, and more. There are lots of places where there are more than a dozen open all day. The hard part is choosing just one!
For cart lists, updates, news, apps, and more check out Food Carts Portland.
Green, Green, Trees
More than 10,000 acres of parks and natural areas are spread throughout the green city of Portland. There are even urban forests with vegetation and streams in the city too. With the wet weather, it’s not surprise that nature is thriving. I don’t just love trees for their beauty but also their importance. Benefits of trees are ten times the cost of maintenance for trees. Think about all the long term environmental benefits too! Win, win, win.
Beer is one of my favorite things and that makes trips to Portland especially fun. Every time I’m in Portland I eat out, especially because of the food (see above food truck section). When I eat and drink out I make sure to always order a PDX beer, preferably one I haven’t had before – a Rainier is always good though! It’s also fun to go to the store with a large selection and take some home for a night in with the family. Always be on the look out for new beer spots to try! Even beer festivals and events. You’ll be amazed at the number of microbreweries in the area so don’t miss out. (Check out PortlandBeer.org org.)
Watch out for those weird liquor laws though! Stop selling early? Grocery stores don’t carry liquor? Weird. I always forget too.
My favorites beer spots so far…
- Deschutes – I’ve been to the brewery in Bend for a tour, the pub/restaurant in Bend, and the pub/restaurant in Portland. The Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House is by far the coolest. I’ve heard it gets crowded but when I went it felt open, big doors and good lighting, cool decor, and an awesome beer sampler. Don’t get me wrong though, if you’re in Bend, the Deschutes locations there are worth a stop. I am a fan of several of their beers, there’s something perfect for every mood – Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Inversion IPA, a good solid winter seasonal beer, and even a white IPA (try it!). Deschutes is from Oregon but luckily the Black Butte and Mirror Pond are somewhat common in bars in California too.
- Rogue – Rogue isn’t exclusive to Portland either but there are some wonderful and unique things about Rogue in Portland. For example, last time I was in Portland in October, I visited my sister where she goes to school in the middle of nowhere. The best part about the middle of nowhere – the Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard in Independence on the Willamette River. Tasting room with some food too, even a veggie burger. Farm animals roam the land where hops and other crops grow. There is even a small bed and breakfast called the Hop n Bed. Beautiful area! I actually haven’t made it to the Rogue bar/restaurant in Portland though – I haven’t even been to the one in SF! I hear they’re both cool though. Rogue is definitely easier to find on tap in Portland but Dead Guy Ale is common here in the Bay Area too. Tons of cool beers to try, even a VooDoo bacon donuts beer in pink bottle! All of the beers have characters though, like Mom Hef or the Mocha Porter.
The first time I appreciated the street art of Portland I was walking down Alberta street with nothing but camera and it was all I needed. It’s no secret that Portland is filled with artists so the awesome street art and murals shouldn’t come as a surprise either. I am always delighted by the vibrant colors and inspiring paintings.
Bikes and Bike Friendliness
I love to ride by bike. There are many reasons for it, which I think are obvious (health, money, environment, fresh air, happiness). For all of the same reasons I also believe that a more bike-friendly community leads to wonderful things. Though I have not actually biked in Portland, I hope to do so when I move there one day. I just know I would love living in such a bike-friendly, green city. Check out Bike Portland too!
But that’s not all…
With so many things to love, I had to split it up into a few posts, stay tuned for more wonderful PDX things! What would you put on the list?