Portland beautiful city, constrained by a green belt, and with a massive park and forest preserve in the middle. Surrounding downtown are many charming communities, each with their own centers, coffee shops, and shopping. Traditional housing in Portland consists of craftsman style houses and hand-carved wood work, but there has been significant development of high rise condos in recent years.
Portland has seen a big movement local organic food at its upscale restaurants and toward quirky food cars/carts on the other side of prices. As the city has grown, it has also seen an invasion of many big chain restaurants that weren't here a decade ago such as Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, or Chipotle.
Hotels are reasonably priced throughout most of Portland and availability is generally not a problem throughout the city. Mostly you'll find standard chain hotel brands unless you are in downtown, where you'll find many boutique and historic hotels. Bed and breakfasts are also quite popular here.
Portland has "grown up" a lot in the past decade and you can now find top restaurants and retail brands such as Tiffanys. The nightlife has also grown alongside the increase of downtown condos, and there are a plethora of wine bars and boutique lounges that dot downtown. But the town has not lost its roots, with cafes and micro breweries available in every community.
Factoids are fun but useful details you may not have known. Here, we discuss the history, weather, culture and demographics of this wonderful town that we call home. Perhaps you already know that Portland is a rainy, liberal-leaning, coffee-guzzling, tree hugging bicycle riding paradise, but there's so much more!