Welcome to the latest edition of our weekly Portland blog! What a beautiful week we have had so far. Warm, sunny and just plain awesome. I've been out running, biking and spending as much time as I can outside - even if its just hanging out with a hose in one hand, glass of wine in the other and admiring my gorgeous garden that has flourished so nicely this last season. Soak it up, folks, sweater weather is coming your way and I am pretty sure today is The Day...
On that note, we share a haiku from Rob Creighton Garrison:
Summer's fading light;
Colors in the Great Wheel turn
To Winter shadows
Downtown Portland by Gerry Villani
If you are moving to or are new to Portland and this is a your first rodeo in terms of the Portland RAIN, well, we have a few words to share on that subject on our Moving to Portland Guide:
Is Portland Rainy?
Does a bear...uh, yes. It rains a lot here. A lot. If you are moving to Portland Oregon it is imperative that you know there will be long periods for which you will not see the sun. Between November and April we normally don't go even one day without rain. Some reports say Portland has rain approximately 155 days per year. Let us clarify though, this is the type of rain we call "The Smattering". It's raining but it's really just wet: this is not a downpour. It's kind of like someone has turned on the faucet and forgot to turn it off all the way; drip, drip, drip--that kind of rain.
In other news: Remember that show Wheel of Fortune? Well, the show Wheel of Fortune is in town and looking for contestants to be on the show? http://www.katu.com/news/local/62225572.html
This Week's Top Ten in Portland
This week, we identify the top ten places to take someone who is visiting or has just moved to Portland. You locals might wanna have a look too-- we are always amazed at how many people have "never been to....!"
1. Located in Portland's Old Town China Town, the Portland Saturday Market is a must-see . Peruse the dozens of booths of handmade crafts, enjoy the amazing local foods and embrace the real Portland. Despite the name, Saturday Market is open on Sunday's, too. Category: SHOPPING FANATICS, FAMILIES, PEOPLE WATCHING
3. Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square - Portland's Living Room is a central hub for tons of Downtown Portland events, year round. Come visit the Portland Pioneer Square and become a part of Portland's history. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, SHOPPING FANATICS, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS
4. The Portland Farmers Market - is located in downtown Portland and simply cannot be missed. Pick up local organic produce, dairy products, fresh baked breads, honey and much, much more. Category: KID-FRIENDLY, FOODIES, PEOPLE WATCHING
5. Portland coffee shops are wonderful, so you will not want to miss a tour of some of our most popular local Portland coffee shops. We are known for our fine coffee and you won't taste better anywhere, plus each Portland coffee house is unique and worth a visit while pouring over a magazine or local paper, or just people watching. Category: FOODIES, SHOPPING FANATICS
6. Pittock Mansion - Enjoy a piece of Portland's history and tour this magnificent mansion located in Portland with lovely gardens and scenery. Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, HISTORY BUFFS
7. Eastbank Esplanade - This paved trail goes around the Willamette River downtown, offering a great place to walk, bike, skate, or just people watch while enjoying the river scenery and Portland cityscape. There are benches and several mini parks and statues along the trail, making it a pleasant place to spend time in Portland during the summer months. Walk around the lower deck of the Steel bridge to cross over from Downtown Portland. Category: FAMILIES, BIKING, WALKING, PEOPLE WATCHING, PHOTO OPPS, ROMANTIC
8. Laurelhurst Park - Another SE Portland favorite, Laurelhurst is a classic Portland park with mature trees and lovely scenery. The perfect place for a family picnic or other fun things to do in Portland with kids or your whole family. It's also a romantic place for couples.Category: GARDEN-LOVERS, ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS
9. The largest used and new bookstore in the world, Powell's City of Books has been wowing locals and visitors alike since 1971. This store spans an entire city block, guaranteeing it will take you hours to traverse the nooks and crannies and color coded sections but we know you will love every minute of it! Category: BOOKWORMS, FAMILIES
10. Council Crest - For stunning views of Portland on a clear day, this is one of the most popular parks in Portland. Council Crest is thought to be the highest point in Portland at 1,073 feet above sea level. Originally known as Talbot's Mountain after its pioneer settlers, it has also been known as Glass Hill and later as Fairmount, the name of the road that encircles it. Category: ROMANTIC, PHOTO OPPS, WALKING
Want more ideas? Here is a whole list of "Things to Do in Portland".
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Fasai. Fasai snapped this photo while at the Corn Maize and pumpkin patch on the beautiful Sauvie Island.
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner gets a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Fasai will get a $20 gift certificate to local business, Powells Bookstore.
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!
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Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! 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 for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
September 29, 2011 at 6pm to October 2, 2011 at 12pm – Pendleton Convention Center The third annual Yoga Round-Up, a 3 Day Yoga festival has a full agenda of Yoga presenters who will be teaching Hatha, Raja, Vinyasa, Pranayama, and Nia dance. The event will have Massage and healing…Organized by Tania Wildbill, Founder/Director, Yoga Round-Up, | Type: yoga, festival
October 1, 2011 from 11am to 7pm – Radicle Foods The award winning original roots bluegrass group Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Risingwill be performing as part of the Bluegrass, Bowties and Radical Foods event at Radicle Farms located at 8200 Champoeg R…Organized by Brandee Sweesy | Type: family, harvest,festival, event
October 4, 2011 at 7:30pm to November 6, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Morrison StageIs what you remember ever what really happened? In this enigmatic tumble through time, two men circle each other in the limbo of logic, recovering memory and reconciliation as their lives hurtle towa…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
October 6, 2011 from 6pm to 10pm – "Pearl District" Portland Art Event - Gallery Hop - First Thursday The art galleries in downtown Portland, Oregon, invite you to join them on the "First Thursday" of every month for an evening of art, wine and music.…Organized by First Thursday | Type: first thursday
July 2, 2011 at 10am to October 26, 2011 at 2pm –Downtown Dates Wednesdays, May 4th through October 26th Times 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location The Wednesday Downtown Market is located in the South Park Blocks at Shemanski Park between SW Salmon & SW…Organized by Portland Farmers Market | Type:
July 6, 2011 at 3:30pm to October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm – "Sellwood Moreland" Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:30pm*, May 11th – October 13th 2010 The Moreland Farmers Market is a market with locally grown fresh produce, nursery stock, cut flowers, cheese, meat, fish, honey, baked goods, s…Organized by Moreland Farmers Market | Type:moreland farmers market
August 3, 2011 at 6pm to October 22, 2011 at 7pm –various, see schedule Portland Timbers - Match Schedules Timbers Tickets: http://www.portlandtimbers.com/schedule 8/03 7:30PM PDT ESPN2 Portland/Los Angeles 8/06 7:30PM PDT FOX 12 estrellaTV 8.3 San Jose/Portland 8/14 6…Organized by Portland Timbers | Type: portland timbers
August 6, 2011 to December 31, 2011 – Portland Art Museum Do you have an object you would never give up? Something that lives on your wall, your mantle, or buried in the corner of your dresser drawer? Something that evokes a time in your life, a place you m…Organized by Portland Art Museum | Type: exhibit
September 6, 2011 at 7:30pm to October 9, 2011 at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre What’s so funny about parents acting like children? This 2009 Tony winner for Best Play, tells the story of two sets of parents who meet to discuss a bullying incident in what they hoped would be a “…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
September 12, 2011 at 12pm to October 24, 2011 at 7pm – Pearl District, Old Town/Chinatown, Portland Art Museum Get off the couch and go enjoy Portland in a totally new way – through an interactive walking tour! If you love scavenger hunts, you'll really love Portland: The Game! It combines the fun of a scav…Organized by Michael Forbes | Type: interactive, tour
The Portland Light Rail
Portland Light Rail - Also known as the "Max" the PDX Light Rail is operated by TriMet and is a hugely popular, cost friendly commuter option in the metropolitan Portland area. Connecting urban Portland to many of her suburbs, the light rail is a relatively fast and safe way to get around the city. The light rail has been a near three billion dollar investment with over 52 miles of track laid and 85 commuter rail stations.
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