Portland, Oregon is often associated with goofy characters and imaginative people. Bursting with artists, chefs and urban beauty, our city exudes an undeniable atmosphere of creativity.
The city is nestled in the Willamette Valley where the Willamette River meets the Columbia River on the northern border of Oregon, just across from Vancouver, Washington. The city is a foodie’s paradise filled with pods of food carts, James Beard Award-winning chefs, and plenty of craft brewers and distilleries.
In Portland, it’s about supporting local businesses and neighborhood entrepreneurs, with a focus on environmental sustainability, job creation, and keeping artists in town.
I grew up in Portland after moving here with my family in 1997, and spent more than half of my 10 years as a journalist working here. While covering the beats of business, I learned even more about the city’s historic sights and neighborhoods and was central to the growth of creative and hip businesses in Portland.
If you are planning a visit to my hometown, here are my favorite and must-visit tips, hotels and restaurants.