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Toast a Fond Farewell to Portland's Iconic Airport Carpet with Its Own Beer

February 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | ()

The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpet—a design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritage—was originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.

Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.

The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!

That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!

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Where the 'Wild' Boots Are (Hint: In Portland)

February 2, 2015 at 5:31 PM | by | ()

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, you’ve probably heard of, read or seen the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling memoir, Wild.

If you haven’t, here’s the quick and skinny: The book chronicles Strayed’s 1,100 mile solo hiking trip along the Pacific Crest Trail as she tried to make peace with drug abuse, divorce and her mother’s death. In other words, a whole lot of big life sh*t.

Perhaps the most striking symbol of Strayed’s three-month journey is a pair of Danner boots and its distinct red laces that she wore. They grace the cover of the book and are chucked off a cliff by an f-bomb dropping Reese Witherspoon (who portrays Strayed) in the opening scene of the film.

On Friday, we got to swing by Danner’s factory in Portland, Oregon to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ‘Wild’ boot. (Portland is also Strayed’s hometown.) The full-grain leather beauties have been called “the greatest backpacking boot of all time.”

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People are Freaking Out Over the Final Departure of Portland's Airport Carpet

January 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

Fun fact: There are over 26,000 Instagams tagged #PDXcarpet.

Not-so-fun fact: The cult-favorite carpet inspiring such photo documentation is making its final departure this month, as Portland International Airport in Oregon lays down a fresh rug with an updated design.

The APEX blog discovered that the new look, due to be installed mid-January, doesn't stray far from the original scheme of the beloved original design. That original, installed in the 1980s, was an "abstract representation of the airport’s runways and aircraft"; the newer design expands upon this, to evoke “organic and man-made shapes found within the surrounding areas of PDX, including airplane wings, runways, leaves, trails, and waterways.”

So what will happen to the 13 acres of graphic funkiness that is the famous PDX carpet? The NY Times hints that actual squares of the rug will be given away:

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'Portlandia' is Back! Here's The Jaunted Guide to America's Favorite Weird City

January 8, 2015 at 3:18 PM | by | ()

After a few years of taking the hits on their city's strange culture, and laughing about it too, the actual people who inhabit Portland, Oregon may be totally done with the "Portlandia" sketch show starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brown (and occasionally, Kyle Maclachlan.)

Still, there's no denying that even skits that have nothing to do with Portland (like the Battlestar Galactica marathon) had us wanting to go to there and hang out with some like-minded peeps.

So whether you visit Portland to locate the "Feminist Bookstore", or take an Instagram-worthy shot of the "Keep Portland Weird" sign, or eat your way through the Food Trucks, here are some ideas for your visit.

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Portland Parks Food Trucks Right at the Airport for an Improved Food Court

October 15, 2014 at 9:13 AM | by | ()

We’re not going to say that we called it, but we’re hardly surprised over the latest addition to the dining options over at Portland International Airport. In a city known for its food trucks and on-the-go eats it only makes sense to bring some of these offerings to the airport, so that’s exactly what airport officials are doing.

Just last week spots like Koi Fusion and Pok Pok opened up food carts at the airport, and it sounds like a few more options are headed into the terminals and concourses before the end of the year. Instead of the usual french fries and a burger, you'll be able to score options like spicy tofu and kalbi short rib tacos along with a side of kimchi—at least that’s just some of what Koi Fusion has to offer.

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Become a 'Portlandia' Local with IFC's Latest Sweepstakes

August 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | ()

If you love celery, the '90s, and putting birds on things, then IFC has a new sweepstakes just for you.

The network is giving one fan the chance be a Portlandia local, at least for a few days, with a trip to Portland and a walk on role in the show.

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How to Get Tickets to Portland's MusicFestNW

May 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

The MusicFestNW isn't as well known as other Northwest music fests, like Sasquatch, but it should be.

After 19 years MusicFestNW knows exactly what the audience wants - an awesome lineup, fewer stages, and cheap tickets.

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

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

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 | ()

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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How To Get Tickets To The First Comic Con of 2013

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

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 | ()

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 Spock’s parents.

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

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

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 Portland’s 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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