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Thinking about moving to Portland? It’s a pretty great—and very unique—place. We think you’ll love it! Here’s what to expect if you’re coming to Portland.

The Food Trucks Are Legit

Depending on what your experience with food trucks has been, you might not think Portland’s plethora is such a good thing.

But you won’t find tasteless burgers and limp fries at our food trucks. The food from Portland’s food trucks is as good as it would be at a restaurant, and it’s super convenient, too. There’s nothing better than a banh mi or some freshly fried chicken when you’re on a quick break from work.

In fact, there’s a great food cart space right on Lombard in North Portland, next to the Kroger Farmers Market. There are 7 to 10 carts, so you’ll have plenty of options in one convenient spot.

The Restaurants Are Legit, Too

Speaking of food, Portland is a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, casual food, or something in between, we’ve got you covered. Award-winning chefs started flocking to Portland about 20 years ago, and our food scene has only gotten better and better since.

If you’re into brunch, you’re in for a special treat. Brunch is kind of a Portland thing, and there are plenty of options for doing it right. We recommend Tasty N Sons, as well as these other great North Portland spots.

We’re Coffee Snobs and Beer and Wine Enthusiasts

There are literally hundreds of coffee shops in Portland, and most of them serve up great coffee. You won’t find any enthusiasm for chain coffee shops around here!

Portland is also definitely the city with the most beer. Portland is doing some of the best, most innovative brewing in the country. Portland Beer tracks all 96 breweries in Portland, if you’re interested in seeing what’s out there.

Portland’s a great place for wine, too. The Willamette Valley is home to some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. There are tons of lush vineyards within driving distance of Portland, ready for you to try some delicious wine. Try Willamette Valley Vineyards, Elk Cove, or something from this list.

Portland Cares About the Environment

Portland is into protecting our environment, big time. In fact, the city’s ambitious efforts to reduce its carbon emissions are at the forefront of the green movement.

We’re always looking for ways to be more green. We recycle, up-cycle, and compost. We also find ways to share with neighbors, reducing purchases. Places like the North Portland Tool Library save people’s wallets and our environment.

The Weather is Mild

You may have heard about Portland’s rain. And honestly, sometimes all of the gray drizzle can get a little gloomy and depressing. But it’s rare to hit a full day of rain—it’s often just misty or drizzly for a few minutes. And actually, Portland has an average of 144 sunny days.

Also, the mild summers and (usually) mild winters are awesome. Our average temperature is 71 degrees. And when the sun is shining, Oregon is one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see.

Portland is the City of Books . . .

Portlanders love their books! In fact, we have the largest new and used bookstore (Powell’s Books) anywhere in the world. It takes up an entire city block and contains more than 1.5 million books.

And the City of Roses

Portland’s love affair with roses goes back to the nineteenth century. In fact, Portland is often called the City of Roses. It hosts an annual rose festival, and it’s also home to the International Rose Test Garden, which is full of every kind of rose you might ever want to see.

We Love to Bike

Biking is serious business here. There’s an impressive system of shared roadways and biking paths for cyclers to use. Because of our mild climate, Portland’s a great place to bike year round, whether to work, for exercise, or just for some sightseeing. Portland’s bike culture means that cycler safety and awareness is constant.

Moving to Portland?

Moving to Portland sometime soon? If you need a place to live, feel free to give us a call. We can help you buy a home, but we also do rentals. We’d be happy to hook you up with a place to live (and there’s lots more info about Portland where this came from). Let us be your experts!

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