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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.

August
22

Hidden Gems in Portland

Portland

Portland homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of one of America's most unique and vibrant cities. Portland has long been known for following the beat of its own drum, and you'll find this reflected in all the city has to offer – from businesses to nonprofits, historic sites, and parks.

You truly can explore Portland every day for a year and only scratch the surface. Our brokers think that's one of the most exciting parts of living in The City of Roses, but it can also be a lot to take in. So, we have a selection of just a few local "hidden gems" to get you started.

Let's take a closer look at a few of the places that make Portland what it is:

  • Multnomah Whiskey Library – 1124 Southwest Alder Street, Portland, OR 97205
    Multnomah Whiskey Library has a distinctly Portland take on the tapas craze, but the small plates aren't the stars of the show. Instead, you'll find more than 1,500 different drinks to choose from. Whiskey is only the beginning, and new spirits are joining the selection regularly.

  • Academy Theater – 7818 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97215
    Academy Theater is a "movie palace" that transports you back to the golden age of cinema in plush splendor. Showings typically include one recent popular release along with two classic comedies. The food and drink selection runs the gamut from theater mainstays to coffee, tea, and spiced apple cider.

  • Red Light Clothing Exchange – 3590 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214
    Red Light Clothing Exchange is just one example of the many clothing exchanges all throughout Portland, and easily one of the most popular. Open Thursday through Monday, it is now in the process of developing a digital gallery where you can browse its inventory online for the first time.

  • World Foods Portland – 9845 Southwest Barbur Boulevard, Portland, OR 97219
    Not to be confused with the much larger chain of a similar name, World Foods Portland is a family-owned and operated specialty store that includes a grocery and deli. With two locations throughout Portland, each open from 8 a.m. to late, fresh fare is always close at hand.

  • The Green Microgym – 828 Southeast 34th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    The Green Microgym has a unique way of keeping its members motivated. It's "green" because of its low carbon footprint – the lights are powered by the energy produced as visitors work out. As you work out, you're doing your part to power the building (including that all-important air conditioning system.)

  • Rimsky-Korsakoffee House – 707 Southeast 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
    Featured in the Atlas Obscura series of offbeat travelogues, Rimsky-Korsakoffee House (or just "Rimsky's" to its friends) has been called the best coffee in Portland. Hard to find unless you know where to look, it holds special surprises based on the composer each indoor table is named for.

  • Glowing Greens PDX – 509 Southwest Taylor Street, Portland, OR 97204
    Want to enjoy some golf, but it's too hot or cold outside? Glowing Greens PDX has you covered with a unique miniature golf experience. In these arcade-like surroundings, decked out with pirate and alien decor, you'll find some surprisingly challenging shots to land and fun prizes to win.

  • Mother Foucault's Bookshop – 523 Southeast Morrison Street, Portland, OR 97214
    Mother Foucault's Bookshop calls on you to buy local with its classic used bookstore experience. On top of the opportunity to get lost in the stacks, you can meet local authors, enjoy their readings, and even get an autograph or two. Readers in search of a community will love it.

Ready to learn more about life in Portland? Contact us to learn more about the Portland, OR area.

August
8

Plan a Lake Day Near Portland

Portland Lake Day

While Portland features fantastic forests and stunning mountain views, the city is also surrounded by incredible lakes. When our brokers seek a day of activity or relaxation, they head for these lakes around Portland that fill either need. 

  • Blue Lake Regional Park - 21224 NE Blue Lake Rd., Fairview, OR 97024
    It's water, water everywhere at Blue Lake Regional Park, only minutes from Fairview homes for sale. The namesake lake, with its swimming beach and fishing spots, is the main attraction. Kids can romp in the activity-filled splash pad, while everyone can enjoy walks around three additional ponds and wetlands, with opportunities to spot birds and wildlife. Challenge family and friends to games of basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, horseshoes, or disc golf. Be sure to visit the Natural Discovery Garden before or after your leisurely picnic lunch. Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily through September 14. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee per car.

  • Vancouver Lake Regional Park - 6801 NW Lower River Rd., Vancouver, WA 98660
    One of the many benefits of Vancouver homes for sale is proximity to Vancouver Lake Regional Park. The sprawling, 190-acre grounds lie on the west shore of beautiful Vancouver Lake, which itself covers 2,300 acres. Swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities on the lake, which hosts a number of rowing competitions each year. Work up an appetite with a lively game of sand volleyball, then settle in around the picnic tables and barbecue grills for lunch. Take a stroll along park trails for scenic views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams. Vancouver Lake Regional Park is open daily from 7 a.m. - dusk. There is no admission fee, but parking is $3 per car. 

  • Buck Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Discover (or rediscover) the joys of a good old-fashioned swimming hole at Buck Lake. This dog-friendly secluded spot, deep within Mt. Hood National Forest, is so serene that you'll forget you're near Sandy homes for sale. Fed from rain and snow melt, Buck Lake's crystal-clear, aquamarine waters create a calming ambiance that's perfect for relaxation. Not ready to leave? Primitive campsites are available. There is no admission fee or restricted hours.

  • Timothy Lake - Mt. Hood National Forest
    Mt. Hood National Forest doesn't have just one lake to stop at. There are 150 lakes to choose from! While you're enjoying your Clackamas County outdoor adventure, make sure to visit Timothy Lake, which is the largest lake in the national forest. This lake offers fantastic views of the mountain, plus there are ample fishing opportunities if you decide to bring your fishing gear along for your lake day. Trout and salmon are common in this lake. Plus, the nearby campsites make it so you can stay as long as you'd like. In fact, there are over 260 designated camping spots to choose from around the lake, making this one of the largest camping spots in the whole state. Reserve a camping spot online, so you're all set for a relaxing nature retreat.

  • Trillium Lake - Government Camp, OR 97028
    Breathtaking Trillium Lake, just a short drive from Government Camp homes for sale, is as pretty as the flower that shares its name. With majestic Mt. Hood reflected on the water, people enjoy non-motorized boating, swimming, and trout fishing on the 63-acre lake. Trillium Shoreline Trail, a two-mile pet-friendly boardwalk path that circles the lake, makes a nice walk that's easy enough for families. Plan your visit to include sunrise or sunset for some Instagram-worthy photos. Film and book lovers frequently make a side trip to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark approximately 10 miles away. Dating back to the 1930s, the resort served as a location in the movie version of The Shining. If you prefer less ghostly quarters, Trillium Lake also features a campground. A day-use pass for Trillium Lake is $10.

Outdoor adventures are one of the many things people love about living near Portland. Do your summer plans include buying or selling a home around Portland? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to get started.

July
25

Best Trails for a Sunrise Hike in Portland

Portland Hiking

Few sights can match the awe-inspiring experience of a sunrise over the spectacular natural scenery around Portland homes for sale, and there are plenty of great trails in the area that allow you to get a front-row seat for one of nature's most amazing displays. As an added bonus, hitting the trails early allows you to beat the crowds and leaves you plenty of time to tackle everything else you need to do in your busy day. Our brokers appreciate the natural beauty of Portland, and we've got all of the key details on some of the best trails for a sunrise hike around the city.

  • Kelley Point Park – N. Kelly Point Rd., Portland, OR 97203
    Located at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, Kelly Point Park has a long, interesting history. In the early days of Oregon's settlement, this land was viewed as a place to start a city. Instead, it eventually became a city park, where you can watch the sunrise over the rivers with a pleasant breeze at your back. The Kelley Point Loop trail makes it easy to traverse the park with a short, scenic 1.7-mile hike.

  • Powell Butte Nature Park – 16160 SE Powell Blvd., Portland, OR 97236
    If you're in the mood for a hike with some elevation, Powell Butte Nature Park is an excellent choice. The park is located on an extinct cinder cone volcano, with about 600 feet of elevation to hike before you reach the highest point. There are a variety of trails here to choose from, and watching the sunrise from the top of an extinct volcano is one Portland experience that you won't want to miss.

  • Mt. Tabor Park – SE 60th Ave. & SE Salmon St., Portland, OR 97215
    Why settle for one hike on a cinder cone volcano when you can have two? Mt. Tabor Park is also located on a volcanic cinder cone, with paved trails that help you travel the 636 feet of elevation until you reach the top. This park offers some of the best views of the Portland skyline that you'll find anywhere, making it a great place to capture some sunrise photos during your hike.

  • Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge – SE Sellwood Blvd. & SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97202
    For a sunrise hike with a side of bird watching, try a trip to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The refuge features a 2.3-mile loop trail that offers excellent views of the blue herons that like to congregate here and allows you to watch the sunrise over the marsh. There are dozens of other species of birds to spot as you hike, with different species to see depending on what time of year you visit.

  • Forest Park – Portland, OR 97231
    With more than 40 access points located around Portland, 80 miles of trails, and over 5,200 acres to explore, Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world. There's a trail here for hikers of every experience level, and the Trail Map makes it easy to find an access point to Forest Park near your home. With hilly, occasionally steep terrain, this park rewards your hiking effort with some of the best sunrise views in Portland. The longest trail at Forest Park is the 30-mile Wildwood Trail, which is recognized as a National Recreation Trail and connects with many of the park's access points.

  • Tom McCall Waterfront Park – 98 SW Naito Pkwy., Portland, OR 97204
    Located in the heart of downtown Portland along the Willamette River, Tom McCall Waterfront Park is a dog-friendly park ideal for a quick morning hike with your furry friend. While the scenery here is more urban than the other larger parks on our list, the waterfront views are still fantastic. There are also interactive fountains and splash pads perfect for keeping the kids entertained if you bring them along for your hike.

  • Hoyt Arboretum – 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR 97221
    Speaking of kid-friendly hiking destinations, Hoyt Arboretum offers a number of advantages if you're going for a sunrise hike with the whole family. The trails here are expansive, well-marked, and easy to traverse, making them ideal for young hikers. Hoyt Arboretum is home to more than 2,000 species of shrubs and trees, with educational signs that make it easy to teach your kids about each species. Watching the sunrise above the towering trees and lush green scenery is something that visitors of all ages can appreciate.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to enjoy the natural beauty of Portland? Our local team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Portland, OR area.

July
11

Explore Portland: Get to Know the Pearl District

Portland Pearl District

Get to know the glittering jewel of Portland's incredible neighborhoods. Our brokers share their favorite must-see places in the chic and historic Pearl District.

History of the Pearl District

While the word "pearl" conjures up images of a shiny, polished gem, Portland's Pearl District was originally a gritty area that was home to railroads, warehouses, and industrial buildings. In the mid-1980s, urban renewal began transforming the neighborhood into a popular district known for art galleries, charming boutiques, and trendy restaurants.

At one time, the district was known simply as the Triangle, but a search began for a more satisfying name. The Rose Arts Magazine presented a list of suggestions, and the Pearl District ended up gaining favor as a reference to the artists who were setting up studios in warehouses being converted to lofts.

Activities

  • Jamison Square - 810 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Green spaces were a major part of the plan for the Pearl District, and the best-known may be Jamison Square. This pocket-sized park, just under one acre, is a favorite of families because of its centerpiece fountain. Designed to replicate a tidal pool, the fountain features a waterfall that cascades into a continually refilling basin. Park hours are 5 a.m. -  midnight daily. 

  • First Thursday - NW 13th Ave. & NW Irving St., Portland, OR 97210
    First Thursday
    is one of three monthly art walks held in Portland. Artists are on hand at Pearl District galleries to discuss their work, as well as selling their pieces at street stands. Live music and refreshments complete the picture. Hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. and admission is free.

Shops

  • Powell's City of Books - 1005 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209
    Founded in 1971, Powell's City of Books is a true Portland landmark. The store takes up an entire city block with nine color-coded rooms that encompass more than 3,500 different sections. Book lovers from around the country flock to the Rare Book Room, which includes autographed first editions and other items of interest. Powell's is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Recycled Chic Boutique - 239 NW 13th Ave., Suite 209, Portland, OR 97209
    It's no surprise that Portland residents want to look stylish while still observing their commitment to the environment. Recycled Chic Boutique offers a thoughtfully curated selection of gently-used designer clothing and accessories, from casual streetwear to high fashion. You're likely to find brands such as Alexander McQueen, Burberry, and Jimmy Choo represented. Hours are noon - 4 p.m. on weekdays.

Dining

  • Fuller's Coffee Shop - 136 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    Tradition is alive and well in the Pearl District at Fuller's Coffee Shop. This old-school diner opened in 1947 and still retains the delightful retro ambiance. Instead of booths or tables, take a seat at the classic U-shaped counters with swivel stools. Breakfast is served all day, as well as comfort food favorites such as BLTs, burgers, and egg salad sandwiches. Fuller's is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily except Sunday when starting time is 8 a.m. 

  • Oven and Shaker - 1134 NW Everett St., Portland, OR 97209
    Pizza may be considered casual food, but it's serious business at Oven and Shaker. Chef Cathy Whims, a multiple James Beard award nominee, was inspired by numerous trips to Italy. Oven and Shaker's pizza begins with their signature 70-year-old sourdough starter and features fresh local ingredients for the toppings. Pies are hand-tossed and fired in a Milanese wood-burning oven that was transported brick-by-brick from Europe. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Entertainment

  • Portland Center Stage - 128 NW 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97209
    From its origins as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Portland Center Stage has grown to become one of the top 20 regional theaters in the country. In addition to plays, Center Stage hosts events such as art exhibits, improv shows, and live music. 

  • The Big Legrowlski - 812 NW Couch St., Portland, Or 97209
    At The Big Legrowlski shows are on every night, featuring the best local musicians, open jams, and dance parties with top DJs. Hours are 7 p.m. - midnight Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. - midnight Wednesday through Saturday. Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover charge runs $5-$10, with no cover for open jams.

No one knows Portland homes for sale like our cheerful and experienced brokers. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain to learn more.

June
27

Get to Know Portland Community Gardens

Portland Community Gardens

Portland is affectionately known as Rose City, but the local landscape produces an amazing range of plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Nature and community are two of the most cherished aspects in Portland, so it's easy to see why these things combine at local community gardens.

Our brokers take a look at the ever-growing (no pun intended!) network of community gardens around Portland homes for sale and let you know how you can get involved.

Community Gardens

In 1975, city leaders got the ball rolling with the Community Gardens program. Residents team up with Portland Parks & Recreation employees to create and nurture 58 gardens throughout the city, with some welcome physical activity and social interaction as a bonus.

Each year, plots are assigned between February and June, with a limit of one plot per household. One person is designated as the primary gardener, who is expected to complete at least half the work on their household's plot.

Plot sizes run from 50 to 800 square feet, along with a smaller ADA-accessible raised bed. Annual fees are determined on a sliding scale based on household size and income, running between $5-$220. Scholarships covering up to 75 percent of the fees are available to qualified households.

In the spirit of cooperation, all gardeners complete a minimum of six hours of service per year on outside plots in their garden. Common tasks can include weeding the paths and fence lines or cleaning the tool shed.

Produce for People is a side project in which gardens contribute fruits and vegetables to local food banks and shelters. Produce grown in community gardens includes a variety of versatile, nutrient-rich foods such as tomatoes, green beans, winter squash, zucchini, collard greens, and cucumbers.

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

When budget cuts threatened to shut down the Community Gardens program in 1985, another group stepped in to form Friends of Portland Community Gardens. Like Community Gardens, the non-profit organization has a mission to promote the development of healthy food and community bonds.

FPCG does not have its own network of gardens. Rather, it functions as a support system for the city's program along with other non-Parks & Recreation gardens throughout Portland. This support takes the form of providing supplies, cash awards, fiscal sponsorships, and educational resources. Occasionally, as in the case of Crossroads Community Garden, FPCG will coordinate efforts of interested parties who want to create a new garden.

As with any non-profit, FPCG is dependent on volunteers. Supporters can sign up to work in the field or at special events. The organization also looks for help with committees like Finance, Fundraising, Volunteer Recruitment, and Marketing. Individual and family memberships are available for annual fees of $25 and $45, respectively.

Grow Portland

Grow Portland, founded in 2010, was initially built on the foundation so wonderfully established by Community Gardens and FPCG. Five years later, Grow Portland expanded on that mission by reaching out to the next generation of gardeners. 

When Grow Portland discovered that teachers wanted to offer garden-based education but lacked resources, the organization started programs to address the need. They later joined forces with Portland Earth, Art, & Agriculture Project to use gardens at public schools as an innovative way to teach kids about ecology, art, and food.

In the meantime, Grow Portland continues to support community gardening throughout the city. Their work is currently focused in East Portland.

Activities of Grow Portland have also placed an emphasis on refugees and immigrants. Expansion of community gardening access for this segment created an increase in "healing spaces" for families dealing with displacement and trauma. 

Results tell the story. According to studies of Grow Portland participants, 100 percent reported reduced levels of stress and increased physical activities, with greater consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Gardeners harvest an average of $500 worth of organic produce each year, for a significant financial savings. 

Want to support Grow Portland? The organization welcomes monthly and annual donations, and some companies have a matching program for charitable giving by employees.

Find out why life in Portland is all roses and no thorns. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for more local intel as well as experienced help with all your real estate needs.

June
13

International Sushi Day: Portland Sushi Restaurants

Portland Sushi

Portland offers plenty of restaurants serving fantastic international dishes. Whether you're in search of a new favorite roll or you've never tried sushi before, join our brokers in celebrating International Sushi Day on Saturday, June 18 with a visit to one of these amazing Portland restaurants.

  • Bamboo Sushi - 310 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97214 
    In 2008, Bamboo Sushi established a new level in responsible dining by becoming the world's first certified sustainable sushi restaurant. They have partnered with organizations such as the Marine Stewardship Council, an independent group that sets guidelines for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. Don't miss their Big Island roll, a customer favorite that's available as a "Little Island" vegetarian option. Bamboo Sushi is open 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when doors close at 10 p.m.

  • Masu Sushi - 406 SW 13th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
    At Masu Sushi, the dining room is as much a feast for the eyes as the food itself. Masu is located on the secluded second floor of a turn-of-the-century building in downtown Portland. The mid-century modern decor creates an ambiance that's both elegant and comfortable. Add a touch of drama by ordering the St. Helens Volcano roll, which comes in an appropriately flaming presentation. Masu is open seven days a week from 5 p..m. - 9 p.m.

  • Murata Japanese Restaurant - 200 SW Market St., Portland, OR 97201
    Are you looking for a traditional Japanese dining experience? Join family and friends in one of the classic tatami rooms at Murata Japanese Restaurant. Fans of Murata appreciate the attentive and efficient customer service, with food arriving promptly but no one feels rushed. If anyone in your group doesn't eat sushi, Murata has a full menu of other Japanese favorites, including teriyaki, tonkatsu, and broiled fish. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended. Lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. weekdays and dinner hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Mirakutei - 536 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 87214
    Mirakutei, which translates to, "a place to eat and enjoy," perfectly sums up the restaurant's mission. Sushi chef Hiro Ikegaya founded Mirakutei in 2011 as a Japanese tapas, ramen, and sushi bar. Upon his semi-retirement in 2018, he passed the baton to brothers Nico and Job Martinez, who worked their way up under Hiro's tutelage. Treat yourself to omakase, or "chef's choice," which is available any time on request. Hours are noon - 9 p.m. daily.

  • Yoko's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 2878 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
    Yoko's Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar dates back more than 30 years, to the time when sushi was still somewhat new on the Portland dining scene. The restaurant is still a trailblazer thanks to Yoko herself, who is one of only a relative handful of female sushi chefs in the country. Andrea Damewood, restaurant critic of the Portland Mercury, calls Taka's Tuna "the most iconic sushi dish in town." This unique item features spicy ahi tuna, avocado, and rice fried into the shape and texture of a McDonald's hash brown patty. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Monday.

  • Sho Japanese Restaurant - 10100 Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219
    While Sho Japanese Restaurant serves authentic dishes, they aim to blend tradition with the best elements of Portland's thriving food scene. In this family-owned restaurant, all dressing, sauces, and broths, including dashi, are made from scratch with high-quality ingredients. Sho also sources all seasonal vegetables from local growers whenever possible. According to one rave review, a diner was so pleased with their food that they immediately ordered more to take home. Lunch is served weekdays from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., while dinner hours are 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sho is open weekends from 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

  • Sushi Mazi - 2126 SE Division St., Portland, OR 97292
    Whether you're talking business, sharing a romantic date night, or meeting friends for dinner and drinks, Sushi Mazi is the place to be. The sleek, contemporary decor complements chef Marc Mazi's cutting-edge approach to sushi, experimenting with ingredients and techniques. If you're following a special diet, the menu includes a number of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Most items are available as your choice of nigiri, sashimi, roll, or cone. Hours are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 3 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Portland homes for sale are surrounded by a diversity that's unlike anyplace else. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for qualified help buying or selling a home. 

May
9

Portland Saturday Market: Shop Local in Portland's Old Town

Portland Saturday Market

The Portland Saturday Market is a local treasure in the area around our Portland homes for sale. With a history dating back nearly 50 years, it's easy to see why. This gathering of local vendors is a remarkable achievement. Let's take a closer look at the Portland Saturday Market and see what keeps it drawing so much attention after all these years. 

History

The Portland Saturday Market began in 1974 as a small gathering of local vendors interested in selling their wares to people in their community. This type of market was common in the early 1970s, reflecting high levels of interest in crafts like macrame, tie-dye, and crochet. 

The market started small, but it was a beloved local tradition that many hoped to see expand in the coming years. Eventually, it attracted the attention of Bill Naito, a major investor in Portland's economic development. Naito supported the endeavor, and the market was given permission to use a plot of land in the city's downtown core each weekend. This land is currently known as 2 SW Naito Parkway and sits between Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza. The space is marked by a large curving golden sign designating it as the official market location. 

After nearly 50 years, the Portland Saturday Market is currently the largest continuously running outdoor market in the US. It is open on Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. It is also open for the entire week before Christmas to give shoppers a chance to pick up any last-minute gifts they need. The market typically takes a short break between Christmas and early March to account for the cold Oregon weather at this time.

Currently, the Portland Saturday Market boasts over 400 vendors, attracts 750,000 visitors per year, and is responsible for around $12 million in annual sales. 

Shopping, Lunch, and More

The Portland Saturday Market is well-known for its impressive selection of craft items. Visitors can purchase items like skirts, scarves, earrings, greeting cards, stickers, prints, and more. All items sold at the market are handmade by craftspeople from all over the Pacific Northwest. The same vendors are usually present from week to week, so if you like a particular vendor's wares, you can always come back for more. 

Visitors can also purchase food and drink from the fleet of food trucks that drives into the event space every weekend. Many people stop by the market just to enjoy a delicious lunch from one of these businesses and enjoy the market's laid-back bohemian atmosphere. Our brokers have been known to stop in for a bite between showings! 

During the first Sunday each month from July to October, the market hosts special kids' activities for the local children. These include puppet shows, crafting demonstrations, and other entertainment. The market also receives some grant funding from Metropolitan Arts Commission in recognition of its role in promoting the work of local artists. It's a great place to go if you want to become better acquainted with the work of artists in this famously creative area. 

The Fun Continues Online

In an effort to expand its reach and comply with social distancing requirements, the market has also set up an online store. Shoppers can purchase items from the market directly on the organization's website. This site is constantly updated with the latest wares, making it a great place to get a preview of what you'll find in the market in person that week. Each seller manages the listings for their own products, and some may take orders for custom items if contacted in advance. 

Most sellers ship their wares to addresses in Portland and the surrounding area. Some sellers may ship items to farther locations upon request. Be sure to ask sellers about shipping availability and costs before placing an order.

Make Portland Your Home Today

The Portland Saturday Market is more successful than ever, and it's very likely that it will continue to grow in the coming years. If you're interested in living closer to this thriving small business community, contact us today. We'll help you find the perfect Portland home for your needs and budget. 

April
11

Warm Up With Ramen in Portland

Ramen restaurants

Spring is here in Portland, but there will still be some chilly days where you'll need comfort food to help you warm up! Ramen is flavorful and inexpensive, putting it high on the list of comfort foods as ranked by our brokers. When you need a meal to satisfy your body and soul, head to one of these great ramen spots near Portland homes for sale.

  • Afuri Izakaya - 923 SE 7th Ave., Portland, OR 97214
    Afuri Izakaya is one of the more popular ramen restaurants in Tokyo. When it came time to open their first location outside Japan, they passed up international hubs like London, New York, and Dubai in favor of Portland. The owners found that Mount Hood's ecosystem, much like the namesake Afuri mountain, produces pure spring water that's ideal for making ramen. Afuri's signature yuzu shio broth is flavored with Japanese citrus and salt for perfect balance. Hours are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Ramen Ippo - Nob Hill Carts, 1845 NW 23rd Pl., Portland, OR 97210
    After Japanese native Daisuke Kondo worked as a sushi chef in Las Vegas for 15 years, he turned to a childhood favorite when opening his own business with Ramen Ippo. The headliner is paitan broth, flavored with chicken, but the menu includes vegetarian and vegan options as well. Thanks to the success at Nob Hill Carts, Ramen Ippo just opened a second cart at 6200 SE Milwaukie Ave. Hours at Nob Hill are 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. daily.

  • Boke Bowl - 1028 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
    As a monthly pop-up in 2010, Boke Bowl was in the vanguard of the ramen craze. After a year, they had developed enough of a following to open their brick-and-mortar location. The hearty ramen dishes are supplemented with whimsical sides and desserts, such as PB&J steamed buns and "Boke Twinkies," made with miso and butterscotch. Boke Bowl is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Mirakutei - 536 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214
    With a name that translates to "a place to eat and enjoy," Mirakutei doubles down on iconic Japanese cuisine by offering a wide selection of sushi and sashimi. Pair your bowl of sapporo ramen, characterized by its buttery flavor, with one of dozens of specialty sushi rolls. Customer favorites include the Trail Blazer, with shrimp tempura, crab salad, and avocado, and the Hello Kitty, a California roll topped with tuna, yellowtail, and salmon. Mirakutei is open seven days a week from noon - 9 p.m.

  • Boxer - 1668 NW 23rd Ave., Portland, OR 97210
    Founders Micah Camden and Katie Popp earned their culinary chops with burgers and donuts before turning to the fast-casual concept with Boxer. Customers rave about the spicy red miso and tonkotsu shio broths, both topped with pork belly, while vegetarians love the yellow coconut curry broth with broccoli rabe, pickled shiitake, corn, and scallions. Boxer recently expanded its menu to include sushi, sashimi, and craft cocktails. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

  • Kinboshi Ramen - 609 SE Ankeny St. A, Portland, OR 97214
    Marukin, the local outpost of a Japanese chain, has been reincarnated as Kinboshi Ramen under its Portland owners. Kinboshi's claim to fame is being the first to bring hakata-style ramen, with its creamy pork broth and thin, straight noodles, to the area. The menu also includes several vegan broths made with organic soy milk known as tonyu. Try the Tebasaki chicken wings, a recent addition that's made a big splash. Kinboshi is open daily from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Kayo's Ramen Bar - 3808 N. Williams Ave. #124, Portland, OR 97227
    Kayoko, owner, and namesake of Kayo's Ramen Bar, learned to cook at the tender age of 8 while her parents were busy running their department store in Osaka, Japan. When Kayoko moved to Portland, she put her skills to use with her innovative ramen restaurant. Kayo's specialty is light, clear, and thin assari-style broths. Each bowl is finished with one of 17 incredible sauces made fresh every day. The lighter broth means you'll have room for a slice of the delicious Japanese-style Basque cheesecake. Kayo's is open Monday through Saturday, with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

  • Hapa PDX Ramen & Whiskey - 3848 SE Gladstone St., Portland, OR 97202
    It's island love times two at Hapa PDX Ramen & Whiskey. Their signature G-Special bowl is a mash-up of Tokyo ramen and Hawaiian plate lunches. The ginger ale and sake highball is a popular choice from the sophisticated cocktail menu. Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and dinner is 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Tuesday.

Life in Portland is wonderful in all seasons. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Bain for answers to all your real estate questions.

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