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November 2014

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Portland is Happening Now

Portland is Happening Now
 

When’s a good time to visit Portland? Right now. Tomorrow. Next week. Ten days from now. Because every second of every day, something is happening in Portland that isn’t happening anywhere else.

From great food whipped up in tiny carts to handcrafted goods sold with no sales tax, from creative weirdness to more breweries than any other city on earth (58 at last count) — Portland is happening now.

Visit Portland from Nov. 15, 2014–March 31, 2015, and you’ll also get some fun free stuff (a shopping tote, a ceramic minigrowler — beer not included — and a Bunk sandwich) and discounts at more than 80 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.

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Shopping

Shop local during Little Boxes

Courtesy of Pistil Nursery
Courtesy of Pistil Nursery

This Thanksgiving weekend, skip the Black Friday frenzy — and the sales tax — in favor of an only-in-Portland alternative: Little Boxes (Nov. 28–29). This annual tradition turns local stores into checkpoints in a citywide game filled with raffle tickets, discounts and more. With more than 200 participating small businesses spread across the city, there’s a destination for everyone on your list.

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Food & Drink

Wine Country Thanksgiving

Wine Country Thanksgiving tasting at Ken Wright Cellars
Wine Country Thanksgiving tasting at Ken Wright Cellars.

Adding to the list of all that Portland-area visitors and residents have to be grateful for is the annual Wine Country Thanksgiving (Nov. 28–30), held each year on the three days following Thanksgiving. During the state’s premier tasting and cellar-stocking event, more than 160 wineries open their doors to the public, offering samples of favorite labels and special vintages.

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Oregon Wines Fly Free

Photo by Jeff Wright via Flickr
Photo by Jeff Wright via Flickr

The only hard part about enjoying Oregon’s acclaimed wine country? Leaving it at the end of your trip. Luckily Alaska Airlines’ Oregon Wines Fly Free offer makes it a snap to import all those pinots, chardonnays and syrahs back home. Passengers can also flash their boarding passes for complimentary tastings at any of 300 regional wineries. Read on for full details, and for tips on which world-renowned vineyards to visit first.

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Food carts at PDX

Photo by Molly Woodstock
Photo by Molly Woodstock

Can’t get enough of Portland’s famous food cart culture? Hungry travelers can now taste the city’s celebrated cuisine before they even leave the airport. Portland International Airport’s new food cart pod features a rotating roster of uniquely Portland eats, allowing visitors to taste different delicious dishes with each visit. The carts currently offer Pok Pok’s famous fish-sauce wings and Koi Fusion’s Korean-influenced Mexican fare, with more iconic dishes due to fly in soon.

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Events & Festivals

Ugly sweaters return for the holidays

Ugly sweaters return for the holidays
 

Do your holiday shopping in downtown Portland starting today and see iconic sculptures around Pioneer Courthouse Square dressed in handmade holiday sweaters (Nov. 13–Dec. 14). Otters in stripes? Check. Deer with beanies? Check. Beavers with candy canes and tail-warming sweaters? Check and check.

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Holiday Ale Festival

Holiday Ale Festival
 

A celebration of winter suds set beneath Portland’s twinkling holiday tree, the Holiday Ale Festival (Dec. 3–7) features big, bold beers designed to keep revelers warm on cold winter nights. From Ex Novo Moonstriker (a Mexican chocolate porter made with Moonstruck Chocolate) to Gigantic Brewing Red Rider BB Gun saison, every beer is made or blended specifically for the festival, so you’re not likely to find them anywhere else.

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