Travel Portland has released its Latest In & Around Portland information, detailing the best of the city and up-to-date tourism news.
Starting in the North American winter, Air Canada’s nonstop flights from Calgary will operate year-round out of Portland International Airport. In May, Air Canada will also launch a daily seasonal flight between Toronto and Portland. Looking ahead, Icelandair will resume direct flights from Reykjavik on 11 May 2016, continuing through to 26 October 2016, drawing travellers from Iceland and more than 20 European connections three days each week.
TriMet’s MAX Orange Line makes the city’s east side more accessible than ever. Connecting downtown’s Portland State University with Milwaukie, a suburb in Southeast Portland, the line has 10 stops, 400 bicycle parking spaces and will take at least 9000 vehicles off the road every day. It eases access to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, one of the city’s most family-friendly attractions, as well as bike-friendly S.E. Clinton Street, foodie haven S.E. Division Street and the dining destinations of the Central Eastside and the up-and-coming South Waterfront district.
The Central Eastside’s ‘ADX/Portland Made’ is housing a variety of makers. Public tours are available three times each week, offering firsthand looks at the tool library and wood and metal shops. In addition, seasonal markets provide an opportunity to peruse and purchase ADX makers’ creations in one spot.
Bull Run Cider crafts hard cider at the foot of the Coast Range in Forest Grove and its taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday, with five proprietary ciders and 10 additional North-West ciders on tap. In another corner of the metro area, the 24-tap Portland Cider House fills pints and growlers with widely available, unreleased and limited-availability ciders. At Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider in North Portland, tasting trays include samples of pure dry cider, as well as creative concoctions that incorporate berries, hops, ginger, pineapple and specific yeast strains. To taste a variety of ciders on tap, head to Bushwhacker Cider or St. Honoré Boulangerie’s S.E. Division St. location, where one of the city’s largest selections of draught ciders is paired with Alsatian food.
Pine Street Market has been named one of America’s most anticipated food halls by Eater and will blanket the ground floor of the historic Baggage and Carriage Building at 133 S.W. Pine St. The 1880s-era building will house up to 10 market tenants while providing two upper floors of creative space for lease. The food hall is expected to open in early 2016.
Revolution Hall – the former Washington High School given new breath as a mixed-use and performing arts centre – boasts an extensive rooftop deck with 360-degree views of the city. The deck, as well as auxiliary rooms, halls and the auditorium, may be rented for a range of private events, from luncheons and weddings to speaking engagements and awards ceremonies. The venue also includes two bars, The Assembly Lounge, open on show nights, and Marthas, open daily to the public.
Just south of Portland in Wilsonville, the new World of Speed is dedicated to America’s obsession with speed racing. The museum also offers the Atomic Lounge for special events. At 228 square metres, the lounge accommodates up to 120 in decidedly mid-century modern surroundings.