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Keep Portland Weird

Posted on 11 May 2018 by admin (0)

A little bit creative, a little bit counter-culture, Portland is packed with so much character you’ll almost forget to explore its great outdoors. Nearby, you’ll find Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast, as well as wine country. Within, you’ll find a mindful community dedicated to keeping its city sustainable, innovative and accessible, with an enviable public transit system, tax-free shopping and enormous in-city parks offering dozens of cultural attractions. Portland gives us music, eccentric characters to watch and a craft brew scene like none other. Oregon’s largest city used to seem like a well-kept secret: it had all the cultural advantages of a major city but the feel and affordability of a small town. But little old Stumptown is growing up, in many ways. Most of the changes happening in Portland are for the better. Sure, parking might be a little harder, and grubby dive bars are now pretty scarce, but on the other hand, there’s a coffee roastery and a craft brewery on just about every block.  And the food carts – more and better than ever. There is no place in the country better known as a bastion of good living, leisure and happy inebriation than Oregon’s largest little city, the low-lying mini-metropolis of Portland. Bisected by a river and surrounded by peaks, Portland is nothing if not a very pretty and almost preternaturally pleasant town. But much of its appeal comes from being, for better or worse, one of our national capitals of cool. The city’s sensibility – its stylized aesthetic, its thoroughly hyped food culture, its taste for irony – is celebrated, imitated and satirized. Portland is at its best, though, when you step back from its overwrought reputation and appreciate its appetite for simple pleasures: beer and bike riding, day trips to the Columbia River or Sauvie Island’s farm stands, movies in vintage theaters and cocktails in ornate lounges.
It’s less than a mile’s walk over the Hawthorne Bridge to OMSI, where hands-on exhibits and a decommissioned submarine stir the imagination. Feeding the mind takes a toll on the stomach, so hit the Alder Street food cart pod for lunch. Featuring more than 60 mobile eateries, this city-block-sized food court has a range of eclectic cuisine, including Ethiopian, Indian and Thai, as well as artisan sandwich carts and finger-licking barbecue.
Spend some time in Washington Park, a 160-acre wonderland with multiple attractions that could each fill up a day. It’s easiest to take max to the park’s west edge, where the World Forestry Center, Portland Children’s Museum and Oregon Zoo pull together educational exhibits that kids will never forget. The park’s east side can be reached on foot or by bus from downtown Portland, and is home to the peaceful International Rose Test Garden and stunning Portland Japanese Garden, both of which are impeccably maintained and perfect for capturing quiet moments of reflection – and great skyline views.Portland’s arts and culture institutions are highly-regarded. Hear a performance at the Oregon Symphony or the Portland Opera. Watch dancers leap across the stage at Oregon ballet Theatre. Portland Center Stage is one of the best professional regional theaters in the U.S., putting on major productions throughout the year.

What I really enjoyed about Portland Oregon was that it reminded me about Austin, Texas where I used to live at. Portland has the same atmosphere and it can resemble a second home since I loved ATX so much. Next to Portland there are some great small towns to visit and I periodically loved to drive to surrounding towns in Austin as well. San Antonio was about an hour away from Austin where I had a relative live there. We built her house there in San Antonio because our family has a lot of history there. The house we built was a custom 2 story house of about 5000 square feet. We hired custom home builders, landscapers, and an amazing company named Asphalt Contractors of S.A. that did a lot of the work including foundation, driveways, etc. I can’t wait to go back, but for the meantime Portland has a lot to offer. I also love driving to Seattle and taking a ferry to Vancouver.