In Portland, Oregon for a work conference. Everyone here kept talking about how mild and sunny the winter was. It must have extended into spring because I was treated to three glorious days of sunshine and warm weather.
This was my first trip to Portland. I can see why people love it here: a walkable downtown, easy to get around on mass transit like the MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar, great restaurants and public spaces, and just an all around good vibe. I know that the TV show Portlandia is an exaggeration–but there were a lot of little things that made me smile while there. The downside?: Portland attracts a lot of people who are often underemployed — so there’s that to think about before pulling up stakes.
Because I was at a work conference, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to explore on my own. So a second trip will definitely be in the works. However, I was able to visit:
- Powell’s City of Books
- Portlandia statue (interesting back story here)
- Voodoo Doughnut
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
- Tom McCall Waterfront Park
Need a hotel recommendation? I stayed at the Hotel Rose – part of the Pineapple Hospitality group. It has a great funky vibe, complimentary pineapple cupcakes for guests (yes!), comfy beds, a great shower, a nice restaurant (Bottle + Kitchen), and is completely walkable to everything downtown — I even walked across the river to the convention center — plus it’s a block away from the light rail stop. Highly recommended!
Food? Can’t go wrong in Portland. Outside the convention center there was a line of food trucks set up to serve convention goers–what a great idea–the Dump Truck was my favorite. I also great meals at Bottle + Kitchen and Deschutes Brewery.
Oh yeah…don’t forget to take your shoe selfie with the now famous Portland airport carpet. They’re ripping it up and the locals are sad. See why it’s easy to love Portland? I do.