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Get Outside for the Last Gasps of Summer in Maine

August 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maine may have a reputation for being cold most of the year, but The Pine Tree State is freakin' beautiful in its short summer. If you're more the stay-in-town type than the rent-a-remote-cabin type, there are several ways to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without venturing too far from civilization. Centering on Portland, we recommend these:

1. The Portland Head Light There are pretty lighthouses, and then there's the Portland Head Lighthouse. This picturesque light in nearby Cape Elizabeth is set among small buildings, including the lighthouse museum, and is basically incapable of being badly photographed. Once you're done with your tour, hang out in Fort Williams Park along the beach, which is doggie-friendly.

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

August 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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More Local Restaurants Take the Leap into PDX's Food Court

August 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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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.

Portland’s beer breweries are so ubiquitous that even Portlandia won’t 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, what’s an urban winery? Think of it as winemaking on a smaller and more intimate level. You don’t 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 can’t get back home, one for which you’ll want to start prepping way in advance.

Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House has a tradition known as Tap-It Tuesday. Almost every Tuesday, a non-staff member is given the honor of tapping the company’s 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 don’t need to head to the Smithsonian for these incredible pieces of Americana.

Local philanthropist Melvin “Pete” 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 don’t 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 Spock’s parents.

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Six New Foursquare City Badges, from Vegas to Jamaica

June 29, 2012 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen six new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.

These newest city badges go to Kingston, Jamaica; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Riga, Latvia; and Ghent, Belgium.

How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Kingston (list); Trois-Rivieres (list); Las Vegas (list); Portland (list); Riga (list); and Ghent (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.

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