Big fans of the show Portlandia will tell you that Portland is indeed, weird. We’ve heard this for years, but this weekend we were on the mission to find out why. Thankfully, the Nomading Film Festival held it’s Winter Recess in the city of eirdness-way and gave us the perfect opportunity to do some investigating.
With the help of our friend and fellow travel blogger Cailin O’Neil from Travel Yourself, we searched high and low, ingesting copious amounts of Voodoo Donuts, to find exactly what it is that sets Portland apart from other big cities in the Pacific Northwest.
Take a look at our Portland video below.
So what are the must-do’s while in Portland?
You absolutely have to make a stop at Voodoo Donut. There are three independent locations in Portland and it’s likely that there will be a long line. Are you vegan? No problem! There are an assortment of donuts to fit your dietary needs. Our suggestions? Try the bacon maple bar and the grape ape. You will not be disappointed.
In the mood for cultural diversity? Spend a few hours touring the Lan Su Chinese gardens. You can sit down, relax, and enjoy some green tea. Our favorite part was the “covered walk to celestial hall of permeating fragrance”. Not sure what it was that we were smelling, but it sure was good.
Whether you enjoy reading or not, Powell’s bookstore will keep everyone in the family entertained. At three stories high, one can find books about everything from shaved puppies to signed copies of “Honey Badger Don’t Care”. There’s even a coffee shop inside with delicious coffee and yummy treats.
What will we do differently next time?
We were only in town for a few days so we didn’t really have the chance to fully partake in Portland’s food truck community. They had all types of trucks ranging from those specializing in Mexican food to Middle Eastern delights. You can bet your bottom burrito that we’ll be there next time!
Have you been to Portland? What do you think makes it so great? Help a few travel videographers out and feel free to let us know in the comment section below.
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