Portland Walking Tours

New Flexible Booking Policy and Updated Health and Safety Actions

We understand everyone is concerned about COVID-19. We are too.

We have always prided ourselves as guiding our business by our moral compass. We are not just concerned for our bottom line, but take our role in the community very seriously.

This text is to inform you of what we are doing. It’s understandable that you may be reconsidering your travel to Portland or your outings because of the coronavirus.

What we are currently doing

  • We are canceling all tours through the end of May 2020.
  • We have canceled all group tours, including school field trips, through the end of May.
  • We will continue to monitor advice and follow best practices from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Multnomah County Oregon Health Authority.

Peace of mind:

  • While our tickets sold at www.portlandwalkingtours.com are usually non-refundable and non-exchangeable, any changes due to COVID-19 concerns will – at no charge – be transferred to a future tour or receive a gift certificate for the same tour to be used within the next 2 years. This excludes purchases made via third party channels (e.g. TripAdvisor, Get Your Guide, Expedia, etc.) as these partners, unfortunately, are not within our operations.
  • Future tours are (still) backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Special offers:

  • Use promo code “GETOUTSIDE” to save 20% off any tour or gift certificate this year! Gift certificates are a great option for securing a discount today without the pressure of deciding exact dates and details.
  • Consider booking a private event for you, your team, or a group of friends. Get outside! Have a good time! If you place a deposit of $100 or more by May 30, 2020, for a future event completed in 2020, we will honor a 20% discount on your private event too! Just mention this blog post at the time of booking.
  • Small businesses in Portland, particularly those in tourism and hospitality, are being hit hard at this unprecedented difficult time. We think it’s important for all of us to remember that we’re all in this together and we will get through it – it’s just going to take time, patience and understanding.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

OLD New Flexible Booking Policy and Updated Health and Safety Protocols to Protect Guests and Staff

We understand everyone is concerned about COVID-19. We are too.

We have always prided ourselves as guiding our business by our moral compass. We are not just concerned for our bottom line, but take our role in the community very seriously.

This text is to inform you what we are all doing to ensure the health and safety of our guests and employees. It’s understandable that you may be reconsidering your travel to Portland or your outings because of the coronavirus.

What we are currently doing

  • As always, we are ensuring that employees that are not feeling well do not come to work.
  • We offer Sick Time Pay if employees need to take care of themselves or their families.
  • We are canceling all food tours through the end of May 2020. It is sadly unreasonable for anyone to ensure the cleanliness of partner locations’ kitchen, dining areas, and restrooms.
  • All employees are required to wash their hands frequently.
  • We completed deep cleaning from an outside service provider of our space where we conduct a portion of the Underground Portland and Beyond Bizarre tours.
  • Our restroom at Pioneer Courthouse Square has assigned staff to regularly wipe down all door handles and countertops plus it will be weekly deep cleaned from an outside service provider.
  • We are often sanitizing communal surface areas and countertops in our box office and both our waiting rooms.
  • We will continue to monitor advice and follow best practices from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Multnomah County Oregon Health Authority.

Peace of mind

  • Our tour experiences are only conducted in small groups.
  • Because we are on foot and outdoors, we are not confined to tight quarters like a tour bus or van. It’s easy to maintain the recommended 6-foot radius distancing when outside.
  • We have canceled all food tours through the end of May so you will not have to worry about being out at an eatery.
  • We have canceled all school field trips through the end of May.
  • Our tour check-ins will be outdoors in front of our two box office locations. We’re still the only tour company in Portland to have restrooms and you are welcome to use them before and after your tours.
  • We have hand hygiene supplies readily available for all people to use inside our locations.
  • We will explicitly ask everyone to follow the CDC’s recommendations of washing hands, covering coughs & sneezes, and substituting elbow taps for handshakes to prevent illness and help keep everyone safe.
  • All tours are (still) backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Your options

  • If you are sick or in a higher risk category, please contact us. We will happily get you rebooked for a time you are well again and can fully enjoy all that we have to offer.
  • While our tickets sold at www.portlandwalkingtours.com are usually non-refundable and non-exchangeable, any changes due to COVID-19 concerns will – at no charge – be transferred to a future tour or receive a gift certificate for the same tour to be used within the next 2 years. This excludes purchases made via third party channels (e.g. TripAdvisor, Get Your Guide, Expedia, etc.) as these partners, unfortunately, are not within our operations.
  • All changes must be made at least 48 hours prior to the tour. No changes or refunds will be honored after the tour has elapsed.

Special offers:

  • Use promo code “GETOUTSIDE” to save 20% off any tour or gift certificate this year! Gift certificates are a great option for securing a discount today without the pressure of deciding exact dates and details.
  • Consider booking a private event for you, your team, or a group of friends. Get outside! Have a good time! If you place a deposit of $100 or more by May 30, 2020, for a future event completed in 2020, we will honor a 20% discount on your private event too! Just mention this blog post at the time of booking.
  • Small businesses in Portland, particularly those in tourism and hospitality, are being hit hard at this unprecedented difficult time. We think it’s important for all of us to remember that we’re all in this together and we will get through it – it’s just going to take time, patience and understanding.

 

Thank you for your continued support!

How to Make the Most of the Last Days of Summer with Portland’s Hottest Rooftop Bars

If your list of “bars to try in Portland” feels like an ever-expanding bucket list, you’re not alone. The plethora of choices in this town can be downright overwhelming. And with the last days of summer in sight, you may be especially feeling the crunch. It’s time to move Portland’s hottest rooftop bars to the top of that list.

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Southeast Portland Coffee Scene is Full of Heart

Where do you go when you want the city’s best coffee? If you’re like us, more often than not, Heart Coffee comes to mind. If you’re a serious Heart Coffee fanatic, you keep both tried and true locations bookmarked in your head for whenever you’re near downtown or NE Burnside and the mood strikes. Sometimes you’ll even make the trek across town just to grab a latte. Well, what if you didn’t have to? It’s a new day in Portland, my friends. Southeast Portland coffee lovers can celebrate because Heart Coffee Roasters Woodstock has officially opened for business!

Yes, it’s true! Heart has opened a third location on a sunny corner of SE 52nd and Woodstock.

Read on for more details…

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20 Years of Unicycles and Martinis in the Bike Lanes

Here at Portland Walking Tours, we love the City of Portland staff that marks the bicycle lanes around town! For about two decades, they have been coming up with hilarious and unique designs that help give Portland its special flair. This time, they have outdone themselves. According to Shannon Henry, who took this picture and posted it on Flickr, they like unicyclists too!

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Lyft Like You Mean It

So, it’s Friday night in Portland and you and a friend are off to your restaurant pick of the evening. Your friend attempts to hail a cab. Scratch that. You summon a Lyft instead using the handy app you just downloaded. A couple clicks and you’re done. Easy. Once you’ve succumbed to Lyft Portland’s charms, you start noticing that little pink sign all over town, like the urban beacon that it is. Ever wondered where all those other Lyft passengers are going? Thanks to the company’s Lyftie awards, you no longer have to. Let’s take a look back at the 2016 winners.

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The Little Chocolate Shop with a Big Story

Switzerland, that minuscule country roughly the size of the state of New Hampshire, lays claim to the most chocoholics around. If you’re like us and feel a twinge of anxiety whenever your chocolate stash runs low, your immediate reaction might be to personally dispute that claim. Whether their adoration for chocolate runs deeper than ours is up for debate.  As far as numbers go, however, there’s no contest: the Swiss consume twice as much chocolate per capita as Americans. It makes sense, then, to turn to Switzerland’s chocolate manufacturers for clues as to why this ubiquitous delicacy has endured.

With so much Swiss chocolate available at grocery stores and pharmacies (think Lindt bars, Lindor truffles, and the ubiquitous Toblerone), there is something inherently special about stumbling into the downtown Portland outpost of legendary Teuscher Chocolates. Running counter to the typical business model of the modern world, the decades-old company has remained small. Even their shops are tiny! Recently, we sat down with Theresa Luthi, the owner of Teuscher Portland, and chatted chocolate at her Broadway Avenue store.

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Hidden Gluten-Free Gems of Portland

Have you ever traveled to a city just for the food? Well, if you happen to be gluten-free and headed to Portland anytime soon, you may wind up making a habit of coming back just to try all the gluten-free food options you couldn’t work into your first trip.

Make no mistake. The gluten-free food scene is not only alive and well in Portland, it’s topping lists all over the nation, with our mouth-watering flourless desserts forming the collective crown jewel of the GF scene.

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How to spot a genuine Portland Hipster

Hipsterius Portlandae — the common Portland hipster. This indigenous species thrives in the secluded urban landscape of the Willamette Valley. Herds roam the wet pavement of Portland from Northwest Trendy-Third to Southeast Hawthorne, biking to impromptu gatherings at food carts, dive bars, and parks before heading to house shows to drink PBR and watch each other’s small indie bands perform. But there’s something unusual about this particular species that can make them difficult to identify:

An authentic hipster will never ever admit to being a hipster.

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Special Events in Portland for a Happy Halloween Weekend!

Even though Halloween is happening on Monday this year, Portland still has so many events to offer that your head will spin! Whether you are looking to do something with friends, or take the kiddos somewhere fun and exciting, check out our list below with some of the best options in the city.

Howloween’ with the Oregon Zoo, Oct 29-30


Whether you’re bring your kids or if you are just a kid at heart, guests can’t help but beam when wild animals are exploring pumpkins. Dress up as your favorite animal and get treats as you learn about different animals from around the world. They even have scavenger hunts, a perfect activity for a parents and their young ones. The best part…it’s free with zoo admission!


Beyond Bizarre Tour with Portland Walking Tours

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This is one for the bucket list we have to say! As described online, this is a ghost hunting 101 tour for skeptics and believers alike. We have an all ages tour as well as an adults only one. Best of all, you will actually get to carry around a EMF detector which detects if there are spirits around. We highly suggest taking pictures. Who knows, you might even Read more »»»