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PAINTING PORTLAND, OR

Portland is a great art city and probably has more artists per capita than any other city. Uniquely situated in the beautiful Cascade Mountain range and a horticulturalist dream, Portland is also known as the City of Roses because of its gardens and conservation gardens. Portland definitely stands apart.

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Baking with Lumi


http://www.romanianspice.com/
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Dinnerware Bird Feeders with Susan Ross


http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/
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Visiting Mills End Park with Mark


http://www.portlandoregon.gov/
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Sturgeon Fishing with Kevin


http://www.totalfisherman.com/
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Visiting Pittock Mansion with Angie


http://pittockmansion.org/
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Tour the Shanghai Tunnels


Less commonly known as the Portland Underground, are a group of storied passages running underneath Old Town/Chinatown down to the central downtown section of Portland. Rumored to have been used for abducting or Shanghai-ing unsuspecting people into servitude and supposedly haunted the tunnels are interesting history.

http://www.shanghaitunnels.info/
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Take a Food Cart Tour.

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In Portland you could eat at a food cart every day of the year, never eat at the same cart, and always have a great meal.

http://www.foodcartsportland.com/
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Powell's Books


Go to Powell’s Books and browse around or even take a tour of the largest bookstore in the world.

http://www.powells.com/
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Oregon Historical Society

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Oregon Historical Society is wonderful for the history it gives of the native americans, the city, and the state. You will also get to see the most influential penny in history.

http://www.ohs.org/
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Columbia River Gorge


Drive or take a tour up the Columbia River Gorge from Portland to the Dalles and you will enjoy one of the best drives in the nation and unforgettable sights from Multnomah Falls, to windsurfing, and more.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa
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Tour the Pittock Mansion

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The Pittock Mansion is a French Renaissance-style "château" in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, USA, originally built as a private home for The Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana

http://pittockmansion.org/
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Cycle Portland Bike Tours

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Bike tours of the city are great for a first person look and feel of the city. Various tours are available for all skill levels. Join Portland’s original Bike Tour and Rental Company on a casual ride through the vibrant city or beautiful countryside. Tours run daily and reservations are strongly encouraged.

http://www.portlandbicycletours.com/
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Step off the city streets and into Forest Park

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The Forest Park Conservancy looks after this civic treasure, maintaining the extensive trail network, creating community awareness, and funding to make this available to generations to come.

http://www.forestparkconservancy.org/
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International Rose Test Gardens

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During the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition roses planted to line the streets of Portland during the Expo gave the city the nickname of the City of Roses. In 1917 a group of horticulturalist petitioned Portland to establish a Rose Test Garden in the city and to collect many of the delicate varieties of roses to protect them from the destruction of World War I. Today the 4.5 acre garden features over 500 varieties of roses in the gardens and usually 200 cultivars being tested at any time. The gardens are one of only 24 in the world to issue certifications of roses of merit and the only one in the United States.

http://www.rosegardenstore.org/
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Ride the Portland Aerial Tram

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The Tram cabins travel 3,300 linear feet from South Waterfront to Marquam Hill. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the Tram cabins rise 500 feet during the four-minute trip. Each of the two cabins have a capacity of 79 people, including the operator. The Tram operates load-n-go. If you miss one, expect another in just a few minutes.

http://www.gobytram.com/
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FUN TRIVIA

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VooDoo Doughnuts


http://voodoodoughnut.com/
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Poplandia Gourmet Popcorn


http://poplandiapopcorn.com/
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Pop-Up Shoppe


http://www.popupshoppe.net/
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Salt and Straw


http://saltandstraw.com/
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Timberline Lodge


http://www.timberlinelodge.com/
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Taste of Transylviania


http://www.romanianspice.com/
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Oregon Historical Society


http://www.ohs.org/
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Cycle Portland Bike Tours


http://www.portlandbicycletours.com/
HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Portland, OR




When the Columbia, Multnomah, and Upper Chinook tribes saw canoes with a mixed group of rag tag white men with other Native helper they were probably a little confused. The Corp of Discovery was confused and actually missed the mouth of the Willamette River and had to go back to find it. The Lewis and Clark expedition called the place the clearing but did not give it much thought, as they were intent on reaching the Pacific Ocean.


When the Columbia, Multnomah, and Upper Chinook tribes saw canoes with a mixed group of rag tag white men with other Native helper they were probably a little confused. The Corp of Discovery was confused and actually missed the mouth of the Willamette River and had to go back to find it. The Lewis and Clark expedition called the place the clearing but did not give it much thought, as they were intent on reaching the Pacific Ocean.

Soon others came and began settling the area, especially when they found out that the Columbia River was deep enough to allow clearance of large ocean ships and would make a wonderful Port. In 1845 one of the original founders, by the name of William Overton, decided to sell his portion of the grant to Francis W Pettygrove. Pettygrove and the remaining original owner Asa Lovejoy both wanted to name the city after their hometowns and decided to settle the matter by a best 2 out of 3 coin flip. Well Lovejoy won the contest and the city was named after this home of Portland Maine.

Lumber and shipping continued to drive business in the area and Portland was a main player in the national trade until the 1890’s when a new railroad bypassed Portland and connected the nation to the deep water ports in Seattle. Portland to this day still ships the most wheat. In the 1940’s Portland experienced a boom as the DOE opened up top secret nuclear energy facilities up the Columbia River Gorge and the contracts to build ships for the war effort came to Portland and Vancouver.

Throughout the 1960’s and 70’s a countercultural wave swept the area and set up permanent residency. Portland prides itself on sticking its finger in the eye of conventionality and wears it left leaning, progressive nature like a badge of honor. Portland is a great art city and probably has more artists per capita than any other city. Uniquely situated in the beautiful Cascade Mountain range and a horticulturalist dream, Portland is also known as the City of Roses because of its gardens and conservation gardens. Portland definitely stands apart.