Keep Portland Weird

Keep Portland Weird

Greetings from Portland! Tonight I was walking across town with some fellow WDS attendees and we referenced the slogan Austin, Texas once coined noting that it seems to apply to Portland as well. We liked the sound of “Keep Portland Weird” because though it was coined for Texas … it fits the wonderful aspect that’s hard to put into words about Portland. That is, that there is something weird about this place and yet in such weirdness is also a charm that’s entirely too hard to not get caught up in. I’ve been here less than 48 hours and already I can imagine myself living here. I would not get bored. I might get sick of rain, but I wouldn’t get bored. Portland is just weird and exciting enough to keep me interested. Few places have that power besides NYC.

So greetings from weird and wonderful Portland, where …

undefinedthe hotel is a nightclub and the parties last all night long,
undefinedthe museums double as conference centers that house life-changing summits,undefinedthe pastries rival those found in the best French patisseries,undefinedthe public art is abundant,undefinedthe window displays are their own special kind of entertainment,undefinedand the sunsets leave not a thing to be desired. Not unlike Portland herself!

  • June 05, 2011

    We keep hearing amazing things about Portland.  It sure looks weird.  I love it, and yes, please keep it that way.

    • June 05, 2011

      You have heard accurate amazing things. It is wonderful indeed! So when are you visiting ….

  • June 05, 2011

    They’d better not de-weird Portland before I get there, dammit. But frankly, that’ll never happen. Portland’s weirdness, like life itself, will always find a way through. 

    Your pastry photo, it gives me the massive munchies. I’m supposed to be eating healthily. So I’m pouting at you. Know this. (Great photos. But, pout pout pout).

    • June 05, 2011

      I too hope they don’t de-weird Portland. When are you visiting? You must try and visit soon. It’s a wonderful place. But do so during July – September. That’s when the weather is best!

  • June 05, 2011

    I love Portland! I lived there for a year, but I consider it home. I believe the “Keep Portland Weird” sentiment is based around the idea that the way to keep portland weird is to shop at local businesses. Big box companies ruin the unique feel of a place.

    Have you been to Voodoo donut yet? Because you need to. 

    • June 05, 2011

      A bit jealous you were able to live here Faith! I may try to do the same. It truly is unique and cool. Also, I think it’s important to shop local no matter where one lives and so it’s a rule I try to live by.

      I have not yet been to Voodoo Donut but I really really hope to do so before I leave!!!

  • June 05, 2011

    I’ve never really thought about Portland until the last year when I’ve been hearing all about great foodie stops and it’s a definite must for my US road trip. I really love this set — one of my favorite of yours!

    • June 06, 2011

      Thanks Heather! I went most of my life without Portland being huge on my list as well. Finally having gotten here, I see how both how it could fly under the radar and how it’s a total stunner once you do get here. A great city. I highly recommend it. Also, seems inexpensive here too. Not hugely. But definitely less than a trip to NYC or San Francisco.

  • June 06, 2011

    Great collection- and I love Portland too. It’s been way too long since I’ve visited but it’s a great city, such a buzzing personality!

    • June 06, 2011

      Thank you so much Jade. Yes, Portland really does have a buzzing personality indeed. That’s a great way to describe it!! Can’t wait to see you at TBEX 🙂

  • June 06, 2011
    Natalie T.

    Looks like a great city! I’ve heard so many good things about Portland, including the food scene there. Can’t wait to hear about your adventures!

    • June 06, 2011

      Thanks love! I didn’t have many adventures because I literally worked the whole time I was here. Even so I highly recommend Portland. The little I did experience was seriously cool. The vibe here is just ridic. Definitely competes with NYC, though feeds a different part of my soul than NYC does.

      • July 11, 2011

        I can see that – I think that’s why I would love it so much. Plus, the food trucks. Can’t go wrong with a good food truck! xo 🙂

  • June 06, 2011

    You nailed it. Portland is one of my fave places in the country and one that my husband and I both can see us living in. It’s weird but also charming, but what I like best is that it’s NOT for everyone. Friends of mine have visited, knowing how much I love the city, and came back to ask me, “So why exactly do you love Portland?” – because they didn’t get it.

  • June 06, 2011

    Beautiful photos! Portland looks like an interesting place. I won’t get to check it out on my trip to the Pacific Northwest for TBEX. Hopefully I’ll get there soon 🙂

  • June 08, 2011

    Incredible pictures…!!!! 

  • June 08, 2011

    Wow – LOVING these shots =) I was only in Portland for one night and really want to go back…

  • June 08, 2011

    Wow – LOVING these shots =) I was only in Portland for one night and really want to go back…

  • June 11, 2011
    Ceri

    Your photography can make anywhere look stunning, Kirsten. I’m really in awe of your work.

    “I’ve been here less than 48 hours and already I can imagine myself living here.” – I love that feeling. 🙂

    P.S. I like your new banner. 😀 French style!

  • June 16, 2011

    I’ve never been to Portland, but I have several friends there and I really, really want to go.  Love your photos from there!

  • June 25, 2011

    Oh, I love it!! Portland is one of the (few) great American cities I haven’t been to… As always, your incredible photos want me to book a ticket this minute!

  • July 05, 2011

     wow , these are sum really amazing photos from portland

  • September 15, 2012
    Leslie k

    So excited to check out Portland! Thanks for your tips 🙂

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