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New Ferry to Nova Scotia Means More Excuses for Quick Trips to Canada

March 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

This spring, the Nova Star Ferry will begin service from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, increasing accessibility for Americans in the northeast to Canada's beautiful maritime province. The ship is currently making its way from Singapore and is scheduled to begin service on May 1st.

We're sure it's a pretty ride across the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, but this ferry will do its best to keep you occupied and spending money onboard with three restaurants, three bars, live entertainment, a movie theater, and a casino. It will also have a fitness center and childrenís play area to accompany 163 cabins and the capacity for 1,215 passengers and 336 cars.

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Believe It or Not, Airport Carpets are Inspiring Tattoos and More

March 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, we discovered a little something crazy: the popularity of airport carpets on photo sharing app Instagram.

Delving a bit further into this fascination, and that of other similarly quirky funny Instagram travel hashtags, we've found that not only is the carpet of Portland International Airport in Oregon particularly beloved, but that devotees have gone so far as to have the design tattooed!

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The 4 Products to Purchase Before Departing Portland

August 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland's DIY culture is a cliche, but it's also a pretty delicious cliche. Here, you can get just about anything, from furniture to silverware to foodstuffs, that's one of a kind. If you want to bring home a memento of your PDX trip or just thank the catsitter in a slightly more elegant way, check out one of these goodies.

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Pick Up a $20 'Passport' for Portland's New Crop of Urban Wineries

Where: 1416 SE Stark St [map], Portland, Oregon, United States, 97215
August 29, 2013 at 1:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portlandís beer breweries are so ubiquitous that even Portlandia wonít make a joke about them. But the city known for its beer culture is branching out into something a little more unexpected—urban wineries.

So, whatís an urban winery? Think of it as winemaking on a smaller and more intimate level. You donít need to have your own fields and live out in the country; instead, urban winemakers will simply buy grapes from vineyards and make their own blends, sometimes in extremely small batches.

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Portland's Cascade Brewery Lets Fans Be the First to Tap a New Keg

Where: 939 SE Belmont Street [map], Portland, Oregon, United States, 97214
August 28, 2013 at 2:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

In a beer-obsessed place like Portland, you could spend your entire trip visiting breweries. Instead, hit up a one-of-a-kind experience you definitely canít get back home, one for which youíll want to start prepping way in advance.

Cascade Brewingís Barrel House has a tradition known as Tap-It Tuesday. Almost every Tuesday, a non-staff member is given the honor of tapping the companyís latest keg and of drinking the very first glass of the new brew. The waiting list is months long, and many beer aficionados will plan their entire trip to Portland around when they can snag a guest slot. Since the process requires two people—a tapper and a holder—couples often make the trek to Portland to have the experience together.

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The Important Ephemera of American History Live in Portland, Oregon

Where: 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97205
August 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Want to see the TV camera that filmed Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald? How about the bullet-hole-pierced speech that Teddy Roosevelt had in his jacket pocket when he was shot? You donít need to head to the Smithsonian for these incredible pieces of Americana.

Local philanthropist Melvin ďPeteĒ Mark has been collecting American presidential artifacts for some time, and much of his collection is on display in the quiet, unassuming Oregon Historical Society.

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What's the Best Way to Sample Portland's 600 Food Trucks?

August 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

The TV show 'Portlandia' may have made a Portland, Oregon more popular than ever, but first-timers to this city in the Pacific Northwest will want to do more than shop for books and eat brunch. All this week, we'll detail the must-dos of Portland, from good eats to great history.

Portland has an estimated 600 food trucks offering cuisines from Scottish to Korean, and you could spend weeks trying them all. If you donít have weeks, though, sign up for the insanely well-curated food truck tour organized by local institution Brett Burmeister.

Burmeister is a native Portlandian, and he started a blog documenting the local food truck scene several years ago. Since then, his hobby has turned into a bona fide vocation. For $37.50 (and free for kids!), you're off on a 1.5-hour tour of downtown food trucks, with tastings from at least four places along the way.

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How To Get Tickets To The First Comic Con of 2013

December 14, 2012 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tickets for 2013's first big geek fest, Wizard World Portland Comic Con, are now on sale.

The con, taking place February 22- 24, 2013, will welcome The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus, comic legend Stan Lee, Homeland's Morena Baccarin, one-time Superman Dean Cain, and Buffy's James Marsters, as well as dozens of exhibitors and artists.

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Last Chance to Catch Portland's 'Trek in the Park' for Free

August 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend is your last chance to catch Trek in the Park at Cathedral Park in Portland, OR. Each summer a dedicated group of Portland theater geeks come together to perform a classic episode of Star Trek before a live audience.

This year's episode is Journey To Babel, in which Captain Kirk learns Ambassador Sarek and his human wife Amanda are Spockís parents.

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How to Join Season Three of 'Portlandia' as an Extra

June 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are returning to the streets of Portland this summer to begin filming the third season of Portlandia and they want you to join them!

The show will once again be filming in Portlandís neighborhoods, cafes, hiking trails and clubs, and they need real Portlanders to fill in the background of those scenes for a sweet little $70 a day.

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Why Yes, This Donut is Shaped Like an Airplane

June 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goal—to put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.

Let's start out by saying that Virgin America knows how to throw a launch party. They do it often enough that it's now a finely crafted work of party art. For this week's first landing in Portland, the theme was "local": local libations, local entertainment and local celebrities.

Just steps after disembarking the A320 named "Mt. Hoodie," the planeload of first flyers was greeted with a glass of champagne (not cheap stuff, either) and a red carpet, where "Portlandia" mayor Kyle MacLachlan gave a speech in character. It was hilarious and he made sure to let us know that even though his preferred method of travel is bicycle, he was still excited about Virgin America's entry into the city.

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Virgin America's CEO Dishes During Their Inaugural Flight to PDX

June 6, 2012 at 7:37 PM | by | Comments (2)

"Put a bird on it!" That may be the most famous quote from the popular IFC series "Portlandia," but it's also Virgin America's goal—to put one of their birds on a Portland route. Today, that bird flies SFO-PDX for the first time and we're on board.

To say that Virgin America took advantage of every second of the short, hour-and-a-half inaugural flight from SFO to PDX would be a gross understatement. The second the doors closed, all the way until we disembarked in Portland, the activities for passengers kept on coming. Meanwhile, we dutifully filled you in from the air.

To kick off, the flight began by screening an episode of "Portlandia" that heavily featured the flight's two big guests: "Portlandia" mayor, actor Kyle MacLachlan and real Portland mayor/"Portlandia" mayor's assistant, Sam Adams. The episode got everyone on the flight pumped up and ready to party (as if they weren't already), as well as primed for a quick game of "Portlandia" trivia, which we knew all the answers to (duh).

Shortly after takeoff, Virgin's hand-picked crew began beverage service and, before we knew it, we were sitting with Virgin America CEO David Cush. Time for some serious questions.

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