Ok, I admit it, I have a passion for this place and the surroundings. So what follows may not be honest and may be a bit -- just a bit -- biased.What is all the hype about Portland?Portland is actually a mystery in the US, the place and its friendly inhabitants stand for quality.That’s why they are seen as weird.Quality? Huh?Well, quality of life, quality of the environment, quality of the food, quality of the coffee, quality in welcoming visitors, quality in public transportation, quality in cultural activities, quality in outdooring.Yes, in Portland, you will find excellent restaurants because people there love to share time eating good food and talking with friends. Nobody would stay for only 10 minutes at lunch or dinner here.Food is seasonal, organic and inventive.Portlanders like the way of life there: no stress, being friendly, seizing the day.
Hotels are wonderful and they have a sense of welcoming you for real, not commercially.Try the Vintage Plaza next to Pioneer Square. That’s my favorite one.Out for the week-end or after work? No problems: volcanoes, parks (18% of the city), country side.Portland is a place were you actually can walk and bike. Traffic is minimal. Public transportation offers bike racks on buses and the tram (Trimet). Downtown rides are free.It says it all while other build freeways.And for shoppers, don’t forget that Oregon is tax-free!But what is more exciting is how open minded the city is.No place for rednecks here.During my numerous stays there (2-3 times a year since 1994) I had the chance to meet a lot of locals and become friends with them.The architecture, the culture, the spirit, the environment and its inhabitants make Portland so rich. This town is a jewel.