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September
26

Food Tours Near Portland

Portland Food Tours

Last year, personal finance website WalletHub awarded Portland the title of America's top foodie city. This comes as no surprise to our brokers, who love to explore Portland's culinary landscape with these delightful food tours. Get a true taste of what the local area has to offer when you sign up for one of these tours. 

  • Third Wave Coffee Tours
    When it comes to gourmet coffee, the Pacific Northwest truly shines. Get your caffeine fix and more with Third Wave Coffee Tours. Go behind the scenes to learn the secrets of artisanal coffee at cafes and micro-roasters in the Pearl District, Slabtown, and other Portland neighborhoods. Satisfy your sweet tooth on the Specialty Coffee and Artisanal Donuts tour. Fitness fans can even take part in a five-mile run while learning about Portland's gourmet coffee scene. Tours last approximately two hours, and the price is $59. Visit the website for schedules and reservations. 

  • Farm 2 Fork Tours
    The farm-to-table movement has raised awareness among diners about where their food comes from. The guides at Farm 2 Fork Tours take you directly to the source, giving you an up-close and personal look at sustainable food practices. Learn to shuck oysters on the Coastal Exploration tour, watch cheese being made on the Dairy Experience tour, or visit an urban farm on the Taste of Willamette Valley tour. Customize your tour by adding a cooking class or a catered farm-to-table meal. Tours run five to six hours, and prices start at $149. Visit the website to book your reservation.

  • Portland by Mouth
    Sherri, founder and hostess of Portland by Mouth, has a goal to create a community around a shared passion for food. Visit five to six restaurants in the Buckman or Kerns neighborhoods, sampling a range of cuisines such as Cuban, Italian, and Asian. Enjoy a strolling brunch in the historic Mississippi district, savoring delicious pastries, breakfast sandwiches, and brunch cocktails. Plan on approximately three hours for each tour. Price for Buckman and Kerns tours is $89 each, while the brunch tour is $70, with alcoholic beverages included for an additional $15. Visit the website to view the calendar and make a reservation.

  • Lost Plate
    Lost Plate takes their inspiration from the city's favorite motto: "Keep Portland Weird." Their tours focus on food carts, microbreweries, and other establishments that make Portland's culinary landscape so unique. If you're looking for a romantic outing or a fun day with friends, check out the Willamette Valley Wine tour. Choose three wineries from a selection of seven to 10 locations and travel on their hop-on-hop-off shuttle. Food tours are $59 and $79 for 2.5 hours, all-inclusive. The wine tour is $79-$119 for a 6.5-hour trip and covers transportation only. Visit the website to book a tour.

  • Forktown Food Tours
    According to their slogan, Forktown Food Tours are "Designed by food lovers for food lovers." Founded in 2010, making them the longest-operating food tour company in Portland, Forktown supports local businesses by promoting an appreciation for the city's culinary culture. Tour options include "classic" Downtown, "eclectic" Mississippi Avenue, and "global" Division Street. Ready for some international food adventures? Heidi Burnette, owner of Forktown, conducts global tours in countries such as Italy, Spain, China, and Australia. Local tours include groups of two to six people, allowing for easy interaction among participants. Price is $115. Visit the website for current tour availability.

  • BeerQuest 
    Portland's reputation for first-class coffee is rivaled only by its status as the number one craft brew city in America. BeerQuest ups the ante by offering a Haunted Pub tour, which features stops such as the infamous Shanghai Tunnels and the haunted cigar room at Kells Irish Pub. Tours are led by local historians and ghost hunters, who provide colorful stories of paranormal activities. Price for the two-hour tour is $39. Visit the website for the full schedule. 

Portland is the place to be. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for all your real estate needs and for assistance moving to the area. 

September
12

Budget-Friendly Portland Spots

Portland Attractions

Do you want to save money while enjoying everything Portland has to offer? Our brokers have a suggestion or two that may be just what you're looking for. Portland's vibrant community has plenty to offer, and you can fill a weekend near Portland homes for sale without spending a single cent.

Let's take a closer look at some of the many fun and budget-friendly places you can enjoy around Portland:

  • Forest Park – See Website for Location Details and Access Points
    At more than 5,000 acres, Forest Park is a unique natural oasis in the midst of Portland. Six times bigger than New York City's famous Central Park, it operates as a refugee for hundreds of local wildlife species. There are more than 40 access points to choose from, and visitors will find more than 80 marked trails. Every trail is open to visitors on foot and dogs on a leash. Some areas accommodate bicycles and horses.

  • Washington Park – 4033 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221
    Thought of as the signature park of greater Portland, Washington Park is filled with some unexpected perks and amenities. It is the site of the Hoyt Arboretum, the International Rose Test Garden (typically blooming between May and October), and the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo alone is home to 2,000 animals from more than 200 global species, including lions, tigers, and lots more.

  • Oregon Rail Heritage Center – 2250 Southeast Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    Oregon Rail Heritage Center is a 100% free attraction managed by the nonprofit Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and its volunteers. The centerpiece of the permanent exhibits is the set of three historic locomotives, which have been carefully preserved. All three of these vintage steam engines were originally owned by the City of Portland, and the oldest one dates back to 1905.

  • Oregon Historical Society – 1200 Southwest Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    Safeguarding Oregon's rich and varied history for generations to come is the mission here at the Oregon Historical Society. Itself a historic institution established back in 1898, and it is only steps from the current location of the Portland Art Museum. It is constantly offering an array of permanent and temporary exhibits.

  • Portland International Rose Test Garden – 400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    There are more varieties of roses than virtually any other kind of flower grown in the United States, and the reason is the many horticulturists who are tirelessly working to develop new breeds. The results are here to shine at the Portland International Rose Test Garden, where visitors can see (and smell) more than 10,000 bushes. The collection represents about 650 distinct rose varieties, and it peaks in June.

  • Pioneer Courthouse Square – 701 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    The hub of public life in Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is known and beloved as "Portland's living room." It is totally free to visit, and there's always something going on, so you will want to check out the website to review the latest event calendar. Concerts such as the PDX Live Series, known as "Signature Events," are held on a regular basis. Variety shows, operas, DJs, and more can be found every week.

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park – 98 Southwest Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204
    Tom McCall Waterfront Park is where to discover the seasonal Portland Saturday Market, which runs from March through December every year. Now in its 49th year, it's a favorite among local vendors and attracts about 150 every week. You'll marvel at the rich assortment of arts and crafts, produce, pantry staples, and gifts, with a selection that's uniquely Portland. Live music takes place almost every day.

  • Powell's City of Books – 1005 West Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97209
    A Portland classic that carries on the tradition of the local bookshop, Powell's City of Books is a place where you can still spot unexpected finds and rare first editions even big e-retailers can't match. The world's largest independent bookstore, Powell's is an experience: it spans an entire city block and has about one million volumes under one roof. 

Want to learn more about Portland real estate? Contact us today to get started.

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