It’s always a chunk unusual for me to spend time in Portland, Oregon.
It’s the primary city I lived in when I moved out west and it’s the town now portrayed in a a laugh and fractured manner in the IFC display Portlandia and in Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors, a ebook that says to describe “all that this magical, dreamy town has to offer.”
This go to I turned into a guest of Travel Portland – and maximum actually a visitor.
I stayed one night in the Hotel deLuxe, which offers a Pilgrimage to Portlandia bundle, and nights at the Heathman Hotel, which received my coronary heart by way of sending someone to my room within 5 minutes of my arrival with a replica of my Oregon Curiosities e book for me to sign so it could be delivered to the on-web site library filled with books via authors – a lot of them absolutely, certainly well-known – who've stayed at the resort.
Most of the weekend turned into spent racing around the city – taking walks and on public transportation – journeying warm spots which include Powell’s Books, the Peculiarium and the Lan Su Chinese Garden, and looking for all the venues presenting the free treats that come with the Portland Passport traffic acquire after they ebook a room through the Travel Portland web page before March 31st.
The quite Porlandia-ish list of treats consists of a doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut (in which the a ways-out offerings include a doughnut protected in Fruit Loops and one protected in bubble gum dirt and embellished with a wrapped piece of gum), a excursion of Widmer Brothers Brewing (unfastened anyway, however passport holders get a loose full-sized souvenir glass), a scoop of ice cream at Salt & Straw (sorbet at 10:30 within the morning? Why no longer?) and 5 different gadgets, some of which have been stimulated via the ‘what-to-do-in-Portland-in-the-winter‘ suggestions accrued from Portland insiders.
The maximum puzzling vicinity on the passport is the ten-piece meatball plate: a praise for visitors who make the trek out to IKEA.
“Pacific Northwesterners love IKEA, in particular while it’s tax-loose,” is the manner Courtney Ries, purchaser advertising and marketing supervisor for Travel Portland explained it. “And seeing that we are able to’t supply absolutely everyone a bookshelf or a new kitchen, we thought it would be some thing amusing for the human beings that make IKEA a have to-go to place whilst they arrive to town – or for those that have a unique hankering for meatballs.”
Fair sufficient. But IKEA is just one stop on the MAX mild rail line before my favored location inside the metropolis – Portland International Airport – and there are masses of a laugh and specific stores and restaurants there – along with artwork and entertainment. And, at the same time as I arrived on the town at the teach, it might be amusing for site visitors coming to city by aircraft to get their final passport stamp – and engaging deal with – as they head domestic.