Elyse Meardon / Contributor
Three things to do:
1. Visit a craft brewery! Portland is known as “Beervana” – having more than 80 breweries in the metro area and 58 within the city itself
2. See the International Test Rose Garden and Portland Japanese Garden
3. Eat and drink! Portland is a foodie’s paradise and if you love beer or coffee, you’re in the right city
Best eat: There is literally not a bad place to eat food in Portland… it’s a foodie paradise. Most every restaurant has locally sourced meats, vegetables and fruits, along with vegan and vegetarian options aplenty. The coffee is also amazing! A few favorites are Stumptown Coffee, Pinestreet Market, Blue Star or Pips Original Doughnuts, Irving Street Kitchen.. the list goes on and on
Best museum: OMSI – especially OMSI After Dark, where they open the museum for adults to play and drink
Best shopping: Pearl District
Best free: Visit Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. You can get lost for hours there
Best way to get around: Portland’s public transit is some of the best – we have the Max that runs both on the east and west side, all the way to the airport. The bus system is also fairly easy to use and affordable. Or you can go real PDX style and rent a bike from one of the many Nike Biketown kiosks throughout the city!
Favorite thing about Portland: Every neighborhood has their own feel and when combined they make up the eclecticness that truly is Portland.