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January 2015

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FOOD & DRINK

#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest

Base Camp Brewing.
Base Camp Brewing.

Celebrate Portland’s peerless craft brewers with the city’s first collaborative beer festival. Ten favorite microbreweries have paired up to create 10 imaginative beers that will debut at Base Camp Brewing Co. tomorrow (Jan. 24). The family-friendly winter fete will feature a rail jam, live music and, of course, legendary beer. Can’t make the fest? You can still taste the beers at all 10 breweries through the end of February.

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Pub-crawl through the Pearl and Nob Hill

Toast to world-class beer and spirits at Rogue Distillery and Public House. Photo by Rick Chung.
Toast to world-class beer and spirits at Rogue Distillery and Public House. Photo by Rick Chung.

Portland’s chic Pearl District and adjoining Nob Hill are a microcosm of the state’s celebrated beer scene: Local legends like BridgePort and McMenamins brew alongside flagship names from around the state, including Bend’s Deschutes Brewery and Newport’s Rogue Ales. A thriving mix of boutique shops, art galleries and acclaimed restaurants, not to mention easy access to public transit on the Portland Streetcar, makes it easy to pace yourself as you sample some of Beervana’s tastiest creations.

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

Portland cuckoo clock lands at PDX

The #PDXNOW cuckoo clock is located behind security at Portland International Airport. Photo by David Guy.
The #PDXNOW cuckoo clock is located behind security at Portland International Airport. Photo by David Guy.

The Portland is Happening Now cuckoo clock — weighing in at over 7,000 pounds, standing more than 24 feet tall and bursting with DIY spirit and local imagery — is now on view at Portland International Airport (PDX). The clock was created for a series of events in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., that showed residents of those cities what they’re missing every minute they’re not in Portland. From its location at PDX, where it will remain through the end of March 2015, the clock will welcome visitors to our creative, unconventional city (and give locals something new to love).

In addition to reminding travelers that there is something unique and fun happening in Portland every hour of the day, the clock joins the PDX carpet as another iconic subject for photos. Locals and visitors are encouraged to post images of the clock and other favorite things in Portland on social media networks using the hashtag #PDXNOW. You can also check out Portland’s round-the-clock happenings at TravelPortland.com/now. 

Fifty Shades of Grey at The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman's sunburst headboards were made famous in Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Heathman's sunburst headboards were made famous in Fifty Shades of Grey.

Boasting 100 million copies sold, Fifty Shades of Grey has attracted a massive fan base eager to explore the world of protagonist Anastasia Steel. Hundreds of readers have made pilgrimages to Portland’s Heathman Hotel — the real-life site of many scenes in the book — to sip Pouilly-Fumé wine, enjoy romantic dinners, sleep in beds with sun-adorned headboards and ride the notorious Elevator Three. From throw pillows and cocktails to weeklong whirlwind getaways, fans will find many ways to please their inner goddesses at this downtown Portland hotel.

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OFFERS & DEALS

Claim your free growler

This minigrowler is one of three freebies you'll get when you visit soon.
This minigrowler is one of three freebies you'll get when you visit soon.

Visit Portland by March 31, 2015, and — in addition to tax-free shopping, more craft breweries than anywhere else on earth and an acclaimed dining scene — you’ll also get some fun free stuff: a shopping tote, a ceramic minigrowler (beer not included) and a Bunk sandwich, plus discounts at more than 80 Portland stores, restaurants and attractions.

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AROUND THE REGION

Winter sports on Mount Hood

Mount Hood, image courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory.
Mount Hood, image courtesy of Mt. Hood Territory.

Just a 90-minute drive from downtown Portland, Mount Hood sits right in the city’s backyard and makes for a heck of a winter playground. Whether your toys of choice are skis, snowboards, sleds or snowmobiles, you’ll find plenty of ways to enjoy the mountain’s wonderland of snow.

Mount Hood Meadows, with 11 lifts, 85 runs and a three-mile stretch of uninterrupted downhill, has a trail for every level of skier and boarder. At Mt. Hood Skibowl, the largest night ski area in the country keeps snow-hungry riders shushing for hours. And Timberline, a national historic landmark, is as popular for its relaxing lodge as for its runs.

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