It's a city where social responsibility, cooperation, and mutual support are part of the culture.
It has a non-profit bar that has donated over $150,000 to charities.
Where creativity is valued.
It is maker-movement central in North America
Where coffee and craft beer are king.
They pioneered the craft beer movement starting in the early 1980s.
Portland is a city with high culture (the Oregon Historical Society‘s museum and the Portland Art Museum are just two examples), low-to-the-ground culture (the many craftspeople and maker's spaces are evidence), and quirky culture, such as the Vacuum Museum, the Caravan Campfires event every Wednesday at the Tiny House Hotel, and the Weird Furniture Club.
Portland is a city that takes pride in its unique and sometimes unusual culture.
Inspired in Portland
The Portlanders I met live creatively and are socially engaged. That may mean that they live in a creative space such as a tiny house to reduce their footprint, that they make their living by creating things with their hands, or that they support creativity in the coffee they drink, the clothes they wear, and the furniture they buy.
Or it may be all of the above.
Having recently become a maker myself (I sewed out of necessity when I was teen, but now I do it for pleasure) I found the makers I met were generous as they shared the “how” of their crafts. In fact, makers beget makers in Portland. They are not only generous to an outsider, they actually support new makers and create their own competition with the knowledge that because they are so unique, there is space for everyone.
As a traveler, I felt that Portland delivered not only a fascinating destination but inspiration. I returned home from Portland with my creative juices flowing.