October 2013

Coming to Portland soon?

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Portland: City of Beards

Portland: City of Beards

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Visit the new TravelPortland.com
Visit the new TravelPortland.com
 
Travel Portland launched a brand-new website in September. The site (www.travelportland.com) features a new look with lots of photos and new features, including the “My Trip” planner, which lets you map and save interesting destinations and events for your visit. The new site works seamlessly whether you view it on your desktop, tablet or smartphone — making it perfect to reference while you’re on the go.

We hope you like the new site! Let us know what you think.
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Through Oct. 31
The Spirit of Halloweentown
Jack-o'-lanterns illuminate the lawn of Plaza Park in St. Helens
Jack-o'-lanterns illuminate the lawn of Plaza Park in St. Helens.

Each year, St. Helens, the filming site of the otherwise forgettable 1990s movie Halloweentown, remembers its brush with the dollar DVD bin with The Spirit of Halloweentown, a fun, family-friendly celebration of the spookiest holiday around. Complete with costume contests, trick-or-treating through St. Helens’ Olde Towne District, haunted town tours and scarecrows galore, the celebration of the creepiest day of the year extends into every weekend in October, starting with the lighting of the Great Pumpkin in the city plaza.

On Oct. 18, 2013, the Mayors Ball & Costume Contest offers a $500 prize to the best costume, and the next day, the Haunted Hot Rod Cruise-in and Hearse Rally is sure to rattle some bones in the graveyard. That same weekend, the Paranormal Convention hosts haunted seminars and conducts live investigations into the spirits that are said to still occupy the waterfront town that’s located 30 minutes northwest of Portland.

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Through Jan. 12, 2014
Samurai! at the Portland Art Museum
Samurai ridged helmet, © The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum
Samurai ridged helmet, ©The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum

Scholars have said that to know the story of the 47 ronin is to know Japan. A legend of loyalty and sacrifice, this tale describes how nearly four dozen men avenged the death of their master — and then accepted their own demise — to uphold the principles of their culture.

Their dedication to their country’s principles is still felt in Japan today, and from Oct. 5, 2013, to Jan. 12, 2014, more than five centuries worth of intricate armor from these high-ranking warriors are on display at the Portland Art Museum. A collection of regalia, weaponry and battle gear, Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection shows how the Japanese warrior class evolved from military nobility to outlaws in a modern world, their armor and weaponry changing with the times.

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Union Way shopping arcade
Union Way shopping arcade in downtown Portland
Union Way shopping arcade in downtown Portland
Reminiscent of Paris’ intimate passageways, Scandinavian clean architecture and Middle Eastern bazaars, Union Way, a modern arcade connecting downtown Portland’s West End with the Pearl District, opened for business in summer 2013. Converted from two former nightclubs, the corridor packs various businesses into a covered galleria that links Powell’s City of Books to the Ace Hotel.

With nine shops ranging in size from 187 to 1,500 square feet, the bright alleyway, lit with skylights, is the perfect bridge to connect the city’s newest shopping neighborhood, the West End, to the Pearl District, with its many boutiques and galleries.

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