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In the Spotlight: Meet Portland Walking Tour Guide Joe Streckert, or as We Call Him, Mr. Versatile

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

We’re going to be honest: we’re pretty wowed by our tour guide, Joe Streckert. Not only is he a native Portlander (yes they do exist!), which is a rarity these days in a city full of transplants, he actively leads five out of our seven different types of tours. How he keeps them all straight […]

A Detailed Look at the Abundance of Public Art in Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Expose yourself to art! Here in Portland that’s easy, because art is literally everywhere. Whether you are a creator, appreciator, or both, you can constantly feed your imagination by viewing original works in all shapes and sizes on the street, in parks, on buildings, and more! Furthermore, we have a fantastic program called Percent for […]

The Benson Bubbler: A Refreshing Piece of Portland History

Monday, May 9th, 2016

No doubt you’ve noticed the elegant bronze water fountains in many locations downtown, and perhaps you even know that they are called Benson Bubblers. So what’s the deal behind these iconic pieces of Portland history that still flow reliably today? Let us tell you the true tale! There once was a guy named Simon Benson […]

Off the Beaten Path: Hidden Tourist Attractions in Portland

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

You think you really know Portland, right? Maybe not as well as you thought. There is so much more to discover other than the usual touristy spots. What speaks most true to the city are the hidden gems placed in between our neighborhoods. Maybe while exploring the outer city limits you might even discover a […]

Nature in the City: Parks and Green Spaces in Downtown Portland

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Portland is a green city. We mean that literally. Green spaces are so accessible and plentiful, even downtown, that nature feels very immediate. Parks are an integral part of our day-to-day life here … in fact there are over 275 of them – accounting for over 37,000 acres! It’s easy to find one and sometimes […]

The Origin and Truth Behind the ‘Keep Portland Weird’ Motto

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The other day we had a guest come in and see our bumper stickers and ask, “So, what’s up with the whole ‘Keep Portland Weird’ thing?” Being from the area, we’ve grown so accustomed to the “weird” things in Portland: the person with a cat on their shoulder, Darth Vader riding a unicycle with a fire […]

Something to Sip On: A Brief History of the Cocktail

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

“Let’s meet for cocktails.” Doesn’t that sound sophisticated, and have a vastly different ring than “let’s go for few beers,” or “let’s have a glass of wine?” If you’re invited to a cocktail party you instantly start envisioning an elegant affair replete with crystal goblets and hors d’oeuvres that are definitely a step up from […]

Spectacular Pittock Mansion Is All Decked Out for the Holidays!

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Where can you get panoramic views of Portland, ooh and ahh over French Renaissance style architecture, enjoy the grandeur of Victorian interiors, and feel like you’ve stepped back in time? Why, Pittock Mansion of course!  A true treasure of Portland, this magnificent 101-year-old 22-room gem set on 46 acres in the West Hills at 1,000 […]

Meet One of Portland’s Premier Chocolate Purveyors: An Interview with the Owner of Cacao

Friday, December 4th, 2015

We love chocolate, and we love Cacao, one of the premier establishments in Portland to consume this favorite food in its many delicious variations and forms. Co-owners Jesse Manis and Aubrey Lindley are behind the magic of Cacao, which has two downtown locations, both open seven days a week. Noteworthy is their drinking chocolate, which […]

Portland Art Museum’s New Exhibit Provides an Enriching Indoor Experience for Outdoor Lovers

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Here in Portland, nature often takes center stage. With magnificent landscapes and mountain views, green spaces galore and parks aplenty, Mother Nature is truly in her glory in the City of Roses. With so many exciting outdoor activities and recreational pursuits available, people might not realize (or just forget!) that Portland offers many outstanding options […]