So…. as I’m sure you already know, this Spring’s Quilt Market was in Portland, Oregon and since this was the site of our very 1st Quilt Market in 2008, I wasn’t really planning on doing my usual travelogue post about the host city, BUT- since Portland Oregon is such an interesting place… here goes!
|Portland really is one of the most beautiful cities we’ve visited in this
country. It gets a LOT of rain so everything is SO green and lush.
|And speaking of rain, that’s something it did EVERY day we were there this time.
I felt cheated not getting to see beautiful Mt Hood off in the distance but it
never did rain too very hard and the sun did peek thru a time or two.
|We’ve used many a mass transit system, but Portland’s Trimet may just be
the best of them all! It’s on time, easy to understand and FREE for us,
since Portland granted all Quilt Market attendees a free pass for the duration!
|But Portland is also a pretty unusual place, and not only that, they seem to
actually RELISH their weirdness!
|For example, Portland is the only major US city that doesn’t flouridate their
drinking water, and it’s a HUGE controversy right now! (Seems like every other
TV commercial is about this right now.)
|Or how about this tower of toddler bikes chained to a light post?
The bikes evidently belong to the Zoobombers, a loose pack of mostly-young adults
who do crazy things on these baby bikes at night.Weird, yeah, but remember,
|We discovered a new favorite place to eat this time out. Jake’s Grill has
fabulous steaks and seafood, but in our opinion you’ll be missing the best
If you don’t try the warm chocolate cake with ice cream! It’s to die for!
|But here’s the best kept secret in Portland. Voodoo Donuts!
featuring some of the most unusual (and weirdest)
donuts you’ll ever find anywhere!
Like a bacon-maple doughnut,or a vanilla doughnut covered
All in all, it’s been a wonderful trip and a terrific market for us, but it’s time to bid Portland a fond farewell. Maybe if there’s a next time you might remember that I really would have liked to have seen Mt. Hood at least one time? If that could be arranged, I’d love it!
and you know what? We just might stay for Quilt Festival this time! YIKES!
So… have YOU ever been to Portland?
And if so, what were YOUR impressions?
so we invite you to leave yours in the space provided below!