Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Guest Post: I Heart Portland

I wish I'd shot down to Portland before I left Seattle to meet up with Lauren of the little things we do... I love her musings on marriage, travel, fashion and her city, and I'm pretty sure we could be real-life friends.

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!


  1. I'm sold! This sounds like a fabulous place to live!

  2. I have never been to Portland but I am intrigued now:D

  3. thanks for inviting me to guest blog natalie! it was fun :).

  4. Wow. Portland sounds really incredible. I've never been but now I want to!


  5. Wow, I do kind of want to move there. I am having a really hard time finding a good coffee place in my hometown. And being 1.5 miles from the beach is my dream.

  6. I always say I want to live there next...even though I've never been there :)

  7. We visited friends in PDX for the first time this weekend (since I was like 10yrs anyway). Loved it! Had some great coffee and enjoyed time in Berkely Park (sp?) watching kiddos play soccer. Didn't get to sample any of their microbrews on tap... but luckily WA gets a lot of them up here too :)

  8. really loved Portland! it reminded me SO MUCH of my hometown, Louisville. artsy, eclectic, small but big. great town!

  9. Thanks for inviting my daughter to post about our wonderful Portland. It truly is a wonderful place to live,laugh,and play. I have experienced the wonderfulness of Portland with Lauren. She has introduced me to alot of lovely places.THANKS Lauren!

  10. Shhhhhhh!!! Stop telling eeryone how truly wonderful Portland is Lauren! Everyone will want to move here!


  11. I heart Portland too:) It is my favorite city!

  12. Fun! I lived in Portland for a while (it's my home) and now live in Seattle! I also follow Lauren's blog... what a small blog-world!



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