PORTLAND HOLIDAYS

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‘Keep Portland weird’ is the unofficial slogan of Portland, the largest city in Oregon, a coastal state in the Pacific Northwest known for its beautiful landscape which is rich in forests, mountains, farmlands and beaches. The city is famed for its quirky, avant-garde culture and is home to numerous iconic coffee shops and boutiques. It’s frequently lauded as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities because of its highly walkable layout, large community of cyclists, farm-to-table dining, extensive public transport networks and over 10,000 acres of public parks, making Portland holidays a wonderful experience.
Portland is often referred to as ‘The City of Roses’ because its climate is perfect for growing such flowers. The city became noted for its liberal values after World War 2, and remains a bastion of counterculture, with dozens of karaoke bars lining the streets as a constant reminder that Portland people like to add their own personal spin on things.

‘Keep Portland Weird.’ The city’s unofficial slogan, cited with pride. Portland is the largest city in Oregon, a coastal state in the Pacific Northwest known for its landscape of forests, mountains, farms and beaches. The city is famed for its quirky, avant-garde culture and is home to iconic coffee shops and boutiques.

It’s frequently lauded as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious cities because of high walkability, the large community of cyclists, championing farm-to-table dining, extensive public transport networks, and over 10,000 acres of public parks. It’s known as ‘The City of Roses’ because its climate is perfect for growing them. It became noted for its liberal values after WWII, and remains a bastion of the counterculture. It has dozens of karaoke bars. In the now-demolished Satyricon nightclub, Kurt Cobain first met Courtney Love. It’s been voted the best city anywhere for street food. It has 58 active breweries and is one of the top 5 beer destinations in the world. And then there are places like the Voodoo Doughnut Shop doing their bit to “Keep Portland Weird’!

Portland boasts more breweries and microbreweries than any city in the world, even more than Cologne in Germany. At last count, there was a grand total of 58 breweries in operation in Portland. As such, the city is widely regarded as the beer capital of the world and was named the best city in the US as far as Happy Hour is concerned by CNBC. Portland’s microbrewery boom kicked off during the 1980s and led to what is known as America’s microbrewery revolution, where small businesses could compete with the giant beer corporations by producing unique and flavorsome drinks unlike anything else which already existed on the market.

Much like the city’s unique beer scene, Portland is also home to a great many micro-roasteries and boutique cafes where experimental new styles of coffee are created on a regular basis. Similarly, Portland’s winemakers have also jumped on the micro trend in recent years, with all sorts of interesting types of wine emerging from small wineries located in and around the main city.

What would good drink be without some great food to go with it? In order to compliment Portland’s thriving drinks culture, a thriving street food niche has been carved out by local entrepreneurs. An ever-growing number of street carts have popped up all over the city, serving fast and fulfilling snacks of all types to Portland’s hungry revelers and tourists. As a result, both CNN and the US News & World Report named Portland as being the best city in the world as far as street food is concerned.

Of course, there’s more to Portland cuisine than beer and street food. The local restaurant scene has been positively booming in recent years, with many accolades coming its way. Some of the more noteworthy publications to praise Portland’s restaurant scene lately include The Washington Post, who listed Portland in their top five cities for food in the Unit States, and the Food Network Awards, which named it among their Delicious Destinations of the Year. Part of the reason why Portland’s reputation for high quality restaurants has improved so much in recent times is its commitment to accommodating vegetarianism. The city is renowned for being one of America’s most vegetarian-friendly locations.

As is commonplace in liberal cities, Portland is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Many of the city’s more popular entertainment venues make use of the curious “brew and view” culture which permeates throughout Portland. Basically, most of the city’s music venues, cinemas and theaters trade heavily on the fact that patrons can purchase and drink alcohol during the performance or, in some case, the venues allow you to bring in your own food and drink. A great many of these theatres feature bright neon signage and tile-based performance listings, giving the city a funky, retro aesthetic.

Portland is also home to Powell’s City of Books, a huge multistory book shop which occupies an entire city block in the Pearl District. It is believed to be the largest book store in the world. Portland’s unique attitude toward culture is celebrated in several museums which are littered across the city. These include the Portland Art Museum, which showcases a whole host of modern and contemporary artworks, and the Oregon History Museum, which specialises in all sorts of local historical trinkets from old city maps to classic film reels.

June is a great time to visit Portland, as this is when the annual Rose Festival takes place. This wonderfully colourful extravaganza has been running since 1975 and hosts all manner of events from parades and carnival rides to Chinese dragon boat races. Portland’s other major festival is, of course, largely focused on beer. The Oregon Brewers Festival is held in July and attracts more than 70,000 attendees per year, making it the largest outdoor beer festival in all of North America.

Keep Portland weird!

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