for the peanut butter/Oreo donut and a
maple bar with a full strip of deliciously
salty bacon on top. Touristy? Yes. Not-to-be-missed, mouthwatering treat? You
While we’re talking food—and we
have to when talking about Portland—
there are a nearly endless supply of
eateries to discover. We found some
semi-permanent food carts (think food
trucks that don’t move) that had some
of the most amazing delicacies. One
favorite was a place called Fried Egg,
I’m in Love. It’s a pun based on the
Cure lyric, and all of their menu items
are similarly puntastic, like the Yolko
Ono, Smells Like Protein Spirit and even
the Sriracha Mix-a-Lot. Portland has all
kinds of great ethnic foods and, being a
hipster mecca, every IPA you can possibly imagine. There’s a lot of farm-to-fork
restaurants, too, as Portlanders love to
focus on sustainable, local food. And,
you can bike to all of them. Bike racks
are everywhere, and everyone is used to
people biking to get places.
In 1958 Portland became sister
city to Sapporo, Japan. The Japanese
Garden was formed in the 1960s
to bring an authentic, world-class
Japanese garden to Portland. It’s
still growing, and it is something you
should plan on visiting while you’re
here. There’s also a world-class zoo,
the Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry, festivals throughout the year,
and so much more.
WHERE TO STAY
Though you can stay at one of the
many hotels in town, Airbnb is a great
way to stay in a local neighborhood and
usually for a fraction of the price of a
hotel. We stayed in one, and tour guide
Sarah Bott even owns a place she rents
out. The nice thing is having bedrooms
for everyone, a kitchen, common area to
socialize, and the place you stay is less
industrial and more of a neighborhood
than most hotels.
Another great resource for ;nding crazy, fun stuff is Atlas Obscura.
Coworkers turned us on to this website,
and it will tell you all kinds of fun and
different places to check out in any area.
Sometimes you ;nd stuff even locals
don’t know about. Voodoo Donuts is on
here, but so is the Weather Machine,
a downtown landmark art piece that’s
worth checking out mid-day. Museums
abound on this list too. There’s the
Vacuum Cleaner Museum, Kidd’s Toy
Museum, the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium
and even the Hat Museum.
Off-bike there are some amazing day
hikes within an hour or so at places like
Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. You
can learn a lot about the 1980 eruption
of Mt. St. Helens by going there.
While you’re visiting, you can
buy souvenirs for everyone tax-free
since there’s no sales tax in Oregon.
Remember when you’re renting a bike to
make sure it has a rack and/or bags to
schlep all the stuff back with you!
Even on a bike and with careful
planning, you could spend a month in
Portland and only scratch the surface.
Plan to spend as much time as you can,
and ;nd a good tour guide, but also talk
to locals and explore. ■
1. ) This greenway along the Willamette used to be a highway for cars. Portland is seri-
ous about getting people on bikes.
2. ) Just recently, all parts of the Willamette River Greenway were joined so cyclists and
pedestrians can travel the entire length. Some special easements had to be arranged
with local landowners.
3. ) People in Portland get excited about bikes!
4. ) How many other states offer a bicycle design right on their car license plates?
5. ) “Keep Portland Weird” is the town slogan, and for good reason.