This has been an especially wonderful trip to Portland, and only served to reinforce how much I love this city. From food to transportation to weather, this has been a model trip.
Our last trip to Portland was done in by one thing; location! We originally thought we were booking a place in the North West section of the city, but it ended up being in North Portland. This time we were much more selective in our choice. It makes a huge difference. This time we are in the Nob Hill neighborhood of North West Portland, and it is great; a beautiful neighborhood in every sense of those words.
We are using AirBNB for our accommodations, and no matter how you feel about the subject, you have to admit they’ve changed the game when it comes to finding and booking rooms. We booked about two months in advance, and spent just over $100 per night for a beautiful house, built in the late 19th-century. More than that, it is right in the middle of great food, shops and feet away from the streetcar pickup. Which brings me to my next favorite part of this trip.
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and I didn’t have to get back into my car for two days, a full 48 hours, until we checked out on Friday. We used the Portland Streetcars, and MAX Light Rail. (We avoided busses out of personal preference, not lack of choice). These conveyed us to the Oregon State Zoo, downtown, food carts, a great Farmer’s Market, coffee, dinner, lunches, and home. We never once worried about traffic, parking, or safety. It made one of the most stressful parts of a trip a complete non-issue.
Portland has long been recognized as a “city on the go,” with an expansive public transportation system, but if those trains have no destinations, what’s the point? The City of Portland has a lot of reasons for that system; over 10,000 acres of public parks, a world class downtown area, and beautiful neighborhoods, each with their own flavor and mood.
This is my third trip to Portland, and each time I go I find something new and exciting to do. Portland is an incredible city with amazing gifts. And I love it more each time.