Yes, it’s true, I live in Portland. But just because I didn’t travel here doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! While the weather’s been a bit spotty this last month, July and August are usually banner months in the Rose City. I half joke that they’re the months that seduce people into moving here (don’t get me started on February).
There is a ton going on in Portland – way too much to cover here, but I’ll try to hit on a few things:
- Beer. We make it, we drink it, we celebrate it. July is Craft Beer Month and today kicks off the 24th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival. Nothing like 80 taps, 80 degrees and the waterfront as a backdrop. If wine is more your speed don’t despair, numerous vineyards are a short and scenic drive away.
- Books – the iconic Powell’s Books is not to be missed.
- Arts and crafts – a few to get you started:
Last Thursday (Contrary to what this link says, LT happens year-round – it’s just less outdoors in the winter. The galleries still host openings).
Guardino Gallery (my personal favorite)
- Restaurants/Food – I seriously don’t even know where to begin. We are so fortunate in the talent and range of offerings that I can’t keep up and I live here. Ask around once you’re here and check in on the usual suspects – yelp and urbanspoon. Oh, and don’t forget about the famous food carts!
- Let’s not forget the photo! This was taken from the east side of the St. John’s Bridge which was completed in 1931 and evidently was not designed by the same person that designed the Golden Gate Bridge. One of Portland’s many amazing parks, Cathedral Park, sprawls beneath and even leads to more beer, if you’re so inclined.
This photo is included on Budget Traveler’s Sandbox Thursday Travel Photo feature. Be sure to check out the other participating photos!