Here are some resources to help you get a bit more familiar with Portland. If it seems like I’m in love with this city from the below list, it’s because I am!
Portland’s Farmers’ Markets gives you information on the eight markets we have.
Portland Parks and Recreation. Find out where to take your pups or to go for a swim.
Parks and Gardens. Some of the same info as above, but more of our public gardens.
Portland Community Gardens. Different than above, this refers to locals growing food and flowers.
Guide to Portland’s best restaurants. We have the most amazing food!
Events Calendar. Great source of information about local events from Travel Portland.
Another events calendar. From PDX Pipeline.
Gay Portland Events. From GayCities.
Portland Monthly Magazine. Informative local publication.
Portland meet-ups. This is a great way to get out and meet people.
Guide to the Portland dog scene. Portland is super pup-friendly!
Portland Craigslist. You probably already know about Craigslist, but I thought I’d link you anyhow. It’s that awesome.
Beer guide. We have over 50 breweries!
Willamette Valley Winery guide. Our own version of Napa nearby. (But more reasonably priced!)
Portland hikes. Such great hiking around our city!
Portland neighborhoods is a somewhat clunky site, but they do have pretty decent neighborhood guides.
Portland Historical Timeline from the Auditor’s office.
Census data. Most of the data is from a few years back, but still quite interesting. Our population came in at 609,000 people in 2013. (People ask me about this all the time.)
2010 census data broken down by neighborhood.
As far as getting a taste of the culture goes, if you haven’t watched Portlandia, I would highly recommend it. It’s a television show which is the brainchild of Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney.) Together, they do a fantastic job of capturing the (exaggerated, yet amazingly authentic) vibe of the city. It features cameos by well-known actors, as well as ongoing characters that are actual Portland citizens. Check out the free segments available on youtube. It also streams from Netflix. (Disclaimer: might be somewhat of an acquired taste! If you don’t like it, you haven’t gotten it yet.)
I think that’s a good start. More to come!