Portland November 10, 2016
11 Things People Miss The Most About Portland When They Leave
Sometimes you have to leave. Whether for work, a new adventure, or a difficult circumstance, you may be called to leave your home of Portland one day. If that (sadly) ever happens to you, these are the top 11 things you will miss about our fair city.
1. Ample Greenspace
Portland parks are renowned, and if you go anywhere else, chances are good the parks won't stack up.
2. Craft Brew Utopia
Our beer is top-rated around the world, and if you didn't have at least 10 varieties of craft beer to choose from at your local grocery store, it wouldn't feel like home.
3. Food Carts for Days
You may have to opt for fast food if you leave the bustling food scene of Portland. With food carts serving up wildly eccentric and delightful foods from around the globe, there is never a reason to have to resort to fast food in Portland.
4. Mt. Hood
You may only go there once a year, but you certainly see the presence of the mountain looming over you day to day, and without it, you may feel a little off.
5. Bike Culture
Whether you are a serious biker or casual one, you know that Portland is a bike city. If you spend any time on a bike, you will miss the culture of biking here when you are gone.
6. Portland Weather
Yeah, you hate the rain like everyone else, but secretly love it too. We can't have all sun, and rain is the perfect opportunity to read a book or do those other indoor activities you have been waiting all summer to do.
7. Farmers' Markets Galore
If you are involved at all in eating farm-fresh produce, you will soon find out that you were spoiled in Portland. Not many cities can stack up to the sheer number of farmers markets in the city and surrounding areas.
8. Berry Picking Days
Fresh berries are the thing that summer dreams are made of. With countless close-in opportunities to pick strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, marionberries and more, you were in a fruit paradise in Portland.
9. Wine Country
The Willamette Valley has plenty of award-winning wines, and you will be hard pressed to find another home with such notoriety.
10. Portland Traffic
Love it or hate it, Portland has pretty decent traffic compared to other cities of a similar or larger size. While we complain about a slowdown on the 84, I-5 or 205, you may soon find out that our traffic is nothing compared to your new home.
11. Recycling Matters
You spent all that time learning to separate your compost and cardboard and now you are back to throwing it all in the same bin. While you may have strong feelings about out garbage system here in Portland, there is now just something seriously wrong with tossing everything into the garbage.
Have you left Portland? What did you miss most?