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Lyft Like You Mean It

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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, […]

How to spot a genuine Portland Hipster

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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 […]

Cheap imitations

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Grandma always said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Which is why we’re so amused by the sudden emergence of cheap knock-offs who hope to convince you that their cheaper or “free” tour is a better deal. Free tours have been around since… well, tours. So have bad tours. And tours that make up […]

Don’t miss Original Practice Shakespeare

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I love walking people through Director Park for its clean and fresh appeal as Portland’s newest park addition, but there is an even bigger reason to get there this weekend: Original Practice Shakespeare. This is not your average Shakespeare. This is Shakespeare on laughing gas. This fun and eclectic group manages to keep anyone interested […]

Portland – a great winter-walking town

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Wikipedia describes Portland climatologically as being “in the Marine west coast climate region, marked by warm, dry summers and rainy but temperate winters.” Compared to the northeastern US, where I grew up, this is weather heaven – particularly for someone who loves walking. “Warm, dry summers” doesn’t come close to summing up the beautiful blue […]

A little love from Boulder

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

A Boulder couple shows Portland some love on a Best of Portland walking tour.

Portland is Second Best Bike City

Friday, April 16th, 2010

According to Bicycling Magazine, Portland is the second best bike city in our nation. Leading the pack, behind Minneapolis,  Portland has, “Innovative programs, from designated bike-only areas at traffic signals to free bike lights, make riding in Portland practical even for new cyclists. According to the magazine, Portland ranked highest among people who regularly commute […]

Portland is a Top Budget Destination for 2010

Friday, January 8th, 2010

According to Budget Travel, Portland is one of the top 10 destinations on a budget for 2010. Portland remains surprisingly affordable to visit, has a hot food scene which is starting to rival Seattle’s and San Francisco’s, low-cost carriers JetBlue and Southwest serve the area, and hosts more than 900 downtown hotel rooms. Other destinations […]

Summer’s Over, Where’s the Skiing?

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Labor Day weekend tolls the bell for summer’s end and, while it’s technically still summer, we wouldn’t be surprised if one or two locals are making early plans of hitting the slopes in, errr, 3 more months.