Portland Walking Tours

Winter 2008 Newsletter

December 23rd, 2008

Need a Last-minute Gift? It’s not too late…to give the gift of Portland!

Winter 2008
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Sweets, Spirits and Sushi on New Epicurean Excursion
This past Fall, fresh off the success of our original Epicurean Excursion, we cooked up a second helping of our popular culinary exploration, but with a new menu of sites. Starting at 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday (year-round), our new tour takes you on a three-and-a-half hour journey through the Pearl District to savor more than 20 new tastes.

The numerous stops for sips and nibbles may change from time to time but often include locally roasted coffee, hand crafted chocolates, gourmet cupcakes, Oregon distilled spirits, fresh sushi, fresh falafel and local craft beer.

Like the original, the new Epicurean Excursion is limited to intimate groups of 16 people per tour to preserve the flexible and personal nature of the walk. The $59 per person cost includes all food and beverages served along the way. Advance ticketing is strongly encouraged as space is limited and the tour typically sells out.

Resident Expert Trivia: Are You in the Know?
In 1828 – A full 15 years before pioneers like Overton, Lovejoy, and Pettygrove claimed the land that is now Portland there was another settler who lived here. This non-native built a cabin on the east bank of what would become Portland and doesn’t get much credit today except for being “the first farmer in Oregon.” What was the name of this man?

Name on the Badge: Natalie
A Portland Walking Tours veteran, Natalie has led tours for four years, guiding groups through downtown on the Best of Portland, tasting her way through the Pearl District on the Epicurean Excursion and spooking the unsuspecting who venture on the Beyond Bizarre walk.

Definitely not in Kansas anymore (her original stomping ground), Natalie landed in Oregon when she was 10 and has lived in Portland proper for six years. With a degree in liberal arts and interests from math and physics to drama and classical piano, Natalie is an engaging guide.

When out-of-towners come to visit her, this PDXpert heads straight to the city’s Saturday Market to show off the vast, outdoor display of handmade goods. It’s one of the oldest arts and craft market in the country, and even locals see it is a symbol of our city’s love for the arts and do-it-yourself culture.

Five Sips That Make Portland the Liquid City
Coffee – Portlanders like their coffee locally roasted, freshly brewed and independently sold. Luckily there are quirky coffee shops serving high quality roasts around every corner.

Beer – A home base for craft beer aficionados, Portland is home to more breweries than any other city in the world. From local brewpubs to craft-breweries with national distribution, Portlanders are happy to be hoppy.

Wine – Surrounded by world-renowned wine country in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Portland is lucky to have some of the world’s most coveted Oregon pinot noir produced right here at our finger tips… or better yet lips.

Spirits – Now home to one of the nation’s only legally distilled Absinthe, Portland boasts more than a dozen local distillers making award-winning vodka, gin and other spirits.

Water – Visitors to the area may pull out umbrellas when it starts to rain, but Portland is a city blessed to have abundant sources of clear, sparkling rain water. It’s even bottled so all can enjoy one of the world’s most perfect drinking water – pure Oregon Rain.

Trivia Question Answer
(If you missed the question, click here.)

The answer is “Etienne Lucier”, a fascinating French Canadian who was let go from Hudson’s Bay Company and opted not to return to Montreal. He married an Native American woman, Josephte Nouite, and eventually had eight children between her and a second wife.

Even though he had a cabin on the east bank of the Willamette and a farm on the French Prairie, he eventually moved to the St. Paul area, where he passed away in 1853.

“A fun way to see the city is with Portland Walking Tours. My hubby and I and a friend went on their afternoon Epicurean Excursion, and sampled everything from Stumptown coffee (locally roasted) and Rogue Distillery rum to yummy falafels from one of Portland’s many food carts. Our guide Bob gave insightful and humorous running commentary about the treats we were enjoying along with the history of the Pearl District.” – Sue Frause, Travel Journalist for The Examiner.com.

“I just wanted to say thank you! My parents thought the Best of Portland tour was great and the perfect way to get to know Portland! The Epicurean Excursion tour was fabulous and we loved Bob! He was funny and personable and knew his stuff. I would definitely recommend both of these tours to friends, co-workers and guests at the hotel.” – Julia Leonard, Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.