My name is Lauren and I love Portland.
I've lived here for the majority of my life and cannot imagine living anywhere else.
Here are some reasons why:
1. The people.
People here are wonderful, creative, unique and just plain nice.
2. The pets.
People love their pets here. There are so many pet friendly places and even restaurants that encourage people bringing their pets. It's so fun!
3. The food.The food here is beyond words - we are so spoiled! Portland is a place where creativity and innovation are prized and because of this we have a lot of wonderful up-and-coming culinary talent that comes at incredibly reasonable prices. If you're ever in town you must try the food carts - a great place for newbies to get their start and for foodies to sample delicious cuisine on a dime!
3. The drinks.
We have amazing coffee, amazing microbrews and amazing wine and cocktails!
4. The size.
Portland is just big enough of a city to keep you from going stir crazy, but still small enough that you run into people you know all the time. Sometimes it seems like everyone is connected. We have really great communities here.
5. The weather.
It really doesn't rain all the time here and when it does it's usually pretty brief. It's hot in the summer, snows only once or twice in winter (just perfect as far as I'm concerned) and is gorgeous in fall and spring. What more could you ask for? This was how pretty is looked on my drive into work the other day (I wasn't the driver).
6. The proximity.
Portland is about an hour-and-a-half from both the ocean and the mountains. You want to move here now, right?
There are even more reasons why I love Portland, but these are the big ones :).
Feel free to e-mail me if you're even in town and need any suggestions!