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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 carpeta design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritagewas 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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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:
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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As 2014 quickly comes to a close, there's no better time than now to think through exactly where we want the next 12 months to take us. Forget trend pieces trumpeting generic destination hotspots; over the next week, we'll share with you where our own Jaunted contributors personally want to go in 2015.
First up is Rayme, who splits his time between Chicago and Australia and looks for sun, scenery, and nightlife when he travels:
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Today is the last chance to enter Fox Searchlight's #LifeIsWild contest in honor of the new movie Wild, which follows the real-life Cheryl Strayed's life-changing 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.
With award nominations piling up for Wild, the state of Oregon - where the movie was filmed - is anticipating a tourism boom.
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From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.
A desire to explore and experience new things is innate for most kids; it's a part of youth. "Stand By Me" focuses on this urge with the the tale of four adolescent boys who seek to escape their tumultuous lives at home, and make their naiveté and childhood wonder work in discovering what makes a true adventure.
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When we last left Portland International Airport we were busy admiring their beautiful airport carpet designs, but now we’re back and we’re investigating something a little more delicious. A bunch of famous local eats from the city’s foodie scene are making their way past security and into the terminals and concourses. Best of all we won’t have to wait years and years for a first taste, as the first will likely debut early next year.
It sounds like plenty of vendors, restaurants, and other shops are running out of time on their leases. That means that a whole bunch of establishments will be changing hands, and that allows spots like Bunk Sandwiches, Bunk Sandwiches, and Mo's Chowder to open a few new airport locations to offer up some on the go eats.
Those looking for something a little more interesting this summer have a few new options, and despite the name it won’t be bland, dull, or boring. Three towns that share less than welcoming names are joining forces on a little bit of a tourism campaign, as they try to ensure that travelers stop in for a visit rather than driving right on through.
Boring, Oregon joined forces with Dull—it’s over in Scotland—a couple of years ago, as they figured that they might be able to score some tourist dollars if they teamed up on a little bit of a campaign. Boring and Dull souvenirs have apparently been a little bit of a hit, and they’ve been enjoyed the sales of t-shirts, mugs, and other goodies.
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Beginning May 1st, Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members will be able to check one case of wine for free on their return flight to all domestic destinations departing out of four Oregon airports (Portland, Medford, Redmond, Eugene) as well as one in Washington (Walla Walla). As someone who has routinely debated whether a bottle of booze or two is worth the extra baggage fee it would cost get them home, this writer loves the concept and cooperation the program exemplifies.
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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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Zookeepers at Washington DC's National Zoo, which literally shares a driveway with Jaunted's DC headquarters, have been doing their best to keep the public informed about the pair of baby lions born in late January to mother Nababiep. Medical exams of the cubs have revealed that they are "adorable" - that's an actual quote - and for the first few weeks fans from around the world could track the infants on the zoo's lion cam.
Recently, however, the lion cam feeds have gone dark in anticipation of another impending litter, this time to Nababiep's sister Shera. There's a more robust explanation of where each lioness hangs out, and how that influenced the decision to cut the feeds, here. But the short story is that - for now - the Internet has one less place with baby lions.
Whatever are people to do?
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.