1. What are Portland’s foodie crazes?
In a city that became famous for its food you will find some of Portland’s most creative chefs preparing delicious grub in food carts as diverse as their cooking: be prepared to order from old repurposed caravans to garden sheds. A few faves of mine: the astonishing Mexican cuisine of La Jarochita, the incredible porchetta sandwiches at Lardo (warning: very garlick-y. Yum!), and perfect Belgian fries at Potato Champion, perfect to wrap the night up.
2. What’s the best way to get around Portland?
The city puts bikes first (to the discontent of some drivers). There are streets with wide bike lanes network across the city, which is mostly flat; this makes the bicycle the easiest and cheapest way to go around. You can join the cycling scene by renting a bike at Portland Bicycle Tours.
3. Are there any cool breweries or wineries in Portland?
Heck yeah! On Portland, there are nearly thirty breweries and they do not provide tasteless lagers. The huge and amazing variety of breweries matches the vast and funky range of brews. You can drink a Copacetic IPA in the modest setting of the Amnesia Brewery or a Rise up Red Ale at Hopworks Urban Brewery. There are also those purely neighborhood bars, like the Laurel Thirst, where local brews are available for you.
4. How’s the weather in Portland?
Portland’s climate can be described as dual: our summers are often warm, sunny, and dry, whilst our winters are wet and chilly. Granted, our springs and falls are a bit more unpredictable, with the possibility of never-ending drizzle, but on the plus side there are few thunder and lightning storms, and no tornados. Each season has its charm, so I suggest you come when it’s most to your liking.
5. What if I want to explore the outdoors?
Well, then you’ve come to the right place! Just around the corner there’s Mt Hood, a volcano some 50 miles east of the city (yes, volcano. Can you handle being that close to a volcano?); if you’d like to go hiking, the Forest Park stretches over 5100 acres in the hills; there are more than 70 miles of trails through the dense forests for you to choose from. Also, you can see (and sniff!)why Portland’s called’The city of roses’ at the International Rose Test Garden (unless you’re allergic to pollen. In that case, do not visit the Garden during spring).
6. What about Portland’s famous farmers market?
On weekends from March through December, the Portland Saturday Market takes over a part of the Old Town/Chinatown, converting it into a dazzling arts and crafts street market. It’s the perfect place to finda souvenir or gift among the wide range of unique Oregon goods.
The Portland Farmers Market (operating between April and December) gives you the opportunity to taste seasonal produce and locally made foodstuffs from more than 250 vendors from Oregon and Washington; there are four venues in which these Markets operate, so you can either go to the nearest one or visit all four, if you have the time.