Writing this blog each week makes me more aware of the date and time passing by...rapidly. Especially in Portland, where summers tend to be quick, I don't want to miss a single moment of enjoying our rich outdoor life that is only available for a few short months each year. With that said, I wanted to do a list of things to do in Portland in summertime, before September is upon us and we're all in "back to school" mode already. Obviously, summer isn't gone just yet, but the cooler temps this week following last weekend's scorcher are a reminder to get out there and live it up, because summer has a way of slipping us by. If you have some ideas on fun things to do in Portland, be sure to comment on the blog post (social network pages) and let us know your ideas. Also, check the Portland events listings, because there are lots of neighborhood events this weekend, from the Multnomah Days to the Alberta Street Fair.
Top 10 Things to Do in Portland (Before Summer is Over)
1) Bike the Springwater Corridor from Downtown to Sellwood Riverfront Park
If you don't own a bike, you can rent a bike in Portland, too! This is such a nice and easy summertime excursion, starting along the East side of the river along the Eastbank Esplanade. If you want to make it a family day with your kids, stop and visit OMSI along the way, and finish with a picnic at the Sellwood Riverfront Park, or a stop at Oaks Amusement Park (both of which are located along this bike trail) Or, if you want more riding, just keep going...I rode this trail all the way to Gresham one day. Visit the Springwater Corridor page and download a printable map of the trail. From Portland Parks:
2) Take a Boat on the Willamette or Columbia Rivers
Of course we have the Portland Sprit cruises, but you can also do the Portland jet boats for more excitement. You can also rent a boat and spend a little more leisure time on the water. Portland Kayak Rentals are a fun way to spend an afternoon on the water.
3) Go See an Outdoor Movie in Portland
The NWFILM Center's Top Down Movie Screenings on the rooftop of Hotel DeLuxe is one place to see a movie projected on a screen outdoors. I attended the outdoor screening of "the best worst movie ever made", Troll II this week, and we had a great time! They have one more screening coming up, so this is your last chance to get out and enjoy it! Below, from NWFILM.ORG:
Several Portland parks and neighborhoods are doing outdoor movie screenings, too. Even if the movie is bad, it's more fun watching it outdoors simply because you can!
4) Visit a Portland Brewery, or two...
They don't call it Beervana for nothing. Here on our Portland Breweries Page you will find a list of breweries in Portland. In addition to breweries, we also have beer-focused bars and bottle shops like Saraveza, Horse Brass Pub, and APEX, just to name a few. Here is a Portland Beer Bar map:
Drink responsibly: if you are the designated driver or don't drink beer, don't worry - most places offer delicious lemonade and other frosty non-alcoholic beverages.
Also, a tip of the hat to Root's Brewery which I just heard closed their doors. I know many a Portlander will miss you! Everyone give a nice toast to Roots!
5) Dine on Popular Portland Patios
There are a slew of restaurants in and around Portland with awesome patios (some are hidden jewels). Some of my personal favorites (I live in NE Portland, so my list is mostly focused there) include Noble Rot, Radio Room, Alu Wine Bar, and Tin Shed. But great Portland patios are everywhere! Visit Yelp.com and search for "patio" to get a whole list of great suggestions!
6) Visit (and play in) our Portland Fountains
This is especially a fun time if you have kids, but even if you don't, the people watching is sure to bring a big smile to your face, even if you aren't brave enough to splash around in the water yourself. We all have our favorite Portland fountains: Keller, Lovejoy, Jamison Square....but did you know you can even print off a Portland Fountains Map and take a Portland Fountains Walking Tour? Yep, the City of Portland's Fountains page has all the info you need to visit Portland Fountains on our next hot summer day. Check it out!
7)Attend PCPA's "Music on Main Street" Free Live Music Performances
This is a classic fun event in Portland each summer, so try to attend the show before it is gone until next year. Below, from http://www.pcpa.com/
8) Have a Picnic on Sauvie Island
Sauvie Island is a wonderful place to get away from the city without spending all day driving someplace. This is also a great alternative destination if you don't have time (or gas money) to drive all the way to the coast or out to Mt. Hood or the gorge. Sauvie Island offers lovely scenery, places to picnic, and even beaches! Sauvie Island Wildlife area includes picnic facilities and beaches. Here is additional info on visiting the park, from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Take Hwy. 30 to the Sauvie Island Bridge. After crossing the bridge, stay on NW Sauvie Island Road for about two miles. Stay left at the Y intersection. The wildlife area headquarters is on the right about 1/4 mile past the Y intersection.
You might also want to visit the Sauvie Island Website for even more ideas of things to do on Sauvie Island. Read about local attractions, where to get parking permits, and find places to eat.
9) Visit a Portland Park
Need I say more? We are so fortunate to have wonderful parks all throughout our city. If you haven't visited one lately, add it to your list. Hike the Upper Macleay Trail, visit a Portland Rose Garden, or visit your favorite neighborhood park like Laurelhurst Park, Mt. Tabor Park, Kelley Point Park, or Gabriel Park. If you are looking for particular amenities, just visit the Portland Parks Finder page and specify your search criteria.
Above photo submitted by Fasai
10) Participate in a Portland Bike Tour
Of course it's always a good time to ride your bike around Portland and surrounding areas. I am on the newsletter mailing list for ORBIKE News, and below is their list of upcoming biking events in and around Portland. This is by no means an all-inclusive list: there are organized bike rides all over Portland, so check the events calendar on ORBIKE.com and find a great ride to join. Below content from ORBIKE.com:
PORTLAND CENTURY | August 22 - Portland
Featured Portland Events this Week
Here are the featured Portland events this week! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar, here. Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
20, 2010 to August
29, 2010 Willamette
River Join in the fun as
21, 2010 all day "Multnomah
Village" Multnomah Village Days - August 21 in Multnomah Village
Multnomah Days promises to be a fun way to spend your Saturday! Head toward
August 21, 2010 to August 22, 2010 Blitz Ladd Saturday Aug 21 and Sun Aug 22 - Gates open at 11 Meet the brewers Taste pit BBQ Judge the best regional craft IPAs Dance and listen to live music all day Race giant tricycles Suggested $5 donation.
August 21, 2010 from 10am to 12pm Pearl District Pearl District, Portland Registration 9:15AM, Walk 10:00AM12:00PM This years Corgi Walk will benefit DoveLewis and the Columbia River Pembroke Welsh Corgi ClubCorgi Rescue.
August 21, 2010 from 10:30am to 2pm Lucky Lab Public House Lucky Lab Public House 7675 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland The Multnomah Days Parade starts at 10:00AM Dog Wash 10:30AM2:00PM $10 suggested donation per dog wash It starts with a fun community parade.
August 21, 2010 from 11am to 3pm Oregon History Museum Visit the exhibit Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of the Mexican Equestrian Culture, and listen to gallery talks and guest speakers in the exhibit.
August 21, 2010 from 11am to 9pm NE Alberta Street between NE 10th & 30th Avenues Festival highlights include: Three Stages of Live Entertainment 150 Assorted Local Market Vendors Parade: For the Young and the Young at Heart Beer Garden:
August 22, 2010 all day Downtown Welcome to the City of Roses http://www.portlandtri.com/ The only major triathlon ever held in downtown Portland, Oregon welcomes you to the fourth annual Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon.
August 2, 2010 to September 26, 2010 OMSI June 26Sept. 26, 2010 Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein Beginning June 26
August 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010 Helium Comedy Club Bill Burr HBO's "One Night Stand", Comedy Central's "Why Do I Do This?" and "Chappelle's Show" 8/19/2010 - 8/21/2010 Tix and More: http://portland.heliumcomedy.com/
August 22, 2010 at 12pm to September 5, 2010 at 4pm "Winderlea Vineyard" Summer Sundays at Winderlea Winery - Join forces with creative chefs from some of the best street food. What could be more fun than a visit to our stunning tasting room?
The Portland Photo of the Week
And, onto our weekly Portland photo winner. There were so MANY awesome photos uploaded to the site this week it was hard to pick just one. Thanks to everyone for sharing their images, we really enjoy seeing all the snapshots of "a day in the life" of Portland. I wanted to give a special thanks this week to our regularly featured Portland photo contributors: Fasai, Michael Barton, Earl R. Thomas, and Art Richards. Want to be featured on the website? Just come add your photos to the upload page.
Did you know you can upload photos directly to the website from your cell phone? You can - just visit the photos upload page and make note of the email address listed for sending photos via cell: put that address in your phone, and then the next time you are out and about in Portland and see something photo worthy, you can share it on the spot!
Jo Grishman submitted a series of images from the 100 Year Celebration of the Hawthorne Bridge. Here is a lovely image of our Hawthorne bridge on a summer day, with flag flying! Love it! Jo receives a gift certificate to one of our favorite new coffee spots in town, Coava Coffee Roasters. Locals and coffee aficionados from all over have been saying that Coava is the best coffee roaster in Portland right now. They were named one of the top ten micro-roasters in America by Imbibe Magazine in the March 2010 issue. Their new cafe is a "tasting room" for their roastery. Learn more about Coava Coffee Roasters.
Come and upload your Portland photos to the Photo Gallery for your chance to win each week. Check back to see if your photo is selected for a spotlight in the weekly Portland blog!
Hawthorne Bridge by Jo Grishman
Portland Blog, Forum Chatter & More
Below are the discussions posted on the Portland forum and Portland blog this month.
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Overlook Neighborhood Portland Real Estate Market Report
By Ross SeligmanOverlook Neighborhood Real Estate Report
Overlook is located in North Portland and is bordered by the popular University Park, Arbor Lodge, Humboldt, Boise, and Eliot neighborhoods. Overlook also includes what is known as Swan Island, a mostly industrial area with an active recreational boat launch and port.
As a result of the Portland real estate market boom and like many other Portland neighborhoods, Overlook has seen an influx of new residents to the area. As one might imagine, Overlook has some wonderful areas with beautifully improved homes and neighborhoods and some still in transition. For more about the Overlook Neighborhood, click here.
In my monthly Portland real estate report, I
always talk about how each individual neighborhood is a micro-market. If
you are looking to buy or sell in a particular neighborhood, the most
crucial information that you need to know is what is going on in that
neighborhood. In this situation, the overall Portland market report is
less important and the national real estate report is just about
useless. This posting is a real estate report for the Overlook
neighborhood of all homes in all price ranges. Feel free to request
particular neighborhoods in which you are interested in buying or
selling and I am be happy to do a report, just contact me on this forum
or at http://www.propertiesofportland.com.
In Overlook, closed sales were up in March,
April and May while pending sales dropped from April to May. For
the past three months, pending sales have been steadily rising while
closed sales have been steadily dropping. In July 2010, there were
24 closed sales, 28 pending sales, and 206 homes on the market in the
More stats for you from your friendly
neighborhood real estate statistics nerd:
Chart for average price per square footage:
In the past 15 months, the average price per
square footage in the Overlook neighborhood has been between
$127 and $146/sq. ft. In July 2010, the average price per
square foot in the Overlook neighborhood was $127.
This chart is showing us two things. First, how many days on the market that a home is spending, on average, before being sold. In July 2010, the average time on market for a home in the Overlook neighborhood was 40 days.
This chart shows us what the average listing was
and what the average sale was. In July 2010, the average price
of a house on the market in Overlook was $299,000. The average
sale was $248,000.
Months of inventory gives a time line of how long
it would take for all of the current listings to sell. Anything above 4
months is considered a buyers market. This figure is a good indicator of
supply and demand. July 2010 in the Overlook neighborhood
was buyer's market with 8.6 months of inventory.
Best Real Estate Deals in Portland this Week
Every week, Ross shares with us a selection of the best real estate deals in Portland. In honor of our Alberta Street Fair this weekend, I selected this adorable home to feature this week. Best of all, it is an affordable home in one of our most popular neighborhoods!
5. 815 N ALBERTA ST Portland, OR 97217 - Humboldt/Alberta - $250,000
See the listing here: http://www.propertiesofportland.com/10066249
Take a peek at all the best Portland real estate deals this week.
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