5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

5 Essential Insider Tips About Portland, Oregon

Named one of Amtrak’s 10 best places to visit in 2014, Portland, Ore., is dotted with tons of sights (big and small) that are within walking distance of the train station! But to uncover the city’s best gems, it takes some insider info from a local.

Molly McHugh is an editor with the Daily Dot who’s an Oregon native and loyal Pacific Northwest resident who, obviously, loves beer, the Blazers, and being outside. We caught up with her in preparation for National Train Day, the May 10 festivity that’s super family friendly and completely free at our station!

From IPAs to Instagram, Molly gives Portland visitors the inside scoop on this popular Northwest destination.

Molly McHughSince Amtrak handles the driving, what’s the best local brew?
My favorite Portland beer is, hands down, Burnside Sweet Heat. I am probably a lone Northwesterner who isn’t listing an IPA or some big-name brewing company, but the pepper-mango combo is what I like. Runner up might be another “weird” one: The S’more Stout from Base Camp.

Portland is known for its hipster culture. What’s your favorite nerd place?
You know, Powell’s is a bit played out and always insanely crowded, so I’ve got to go with Triple Nickel, a bar in Southeast Portland that has Giant Jenga. Giant Jenga! Oregon Museum of Science and Industry also always deserves a shout-out.

Where’s the best place to watch a Blazers game?
Well besides the stadium … I’ve go to go with Blitz Ladd. Spirit of 77 is also a great place to catch a game, and as “bro-y” as it might be, On Deck has a great patio and awesome nachos. 

We pride ourselves on our Instagram-worthy views from the three train services coming in and out of Portland. What’s the best Instagram filter for PDX?
Nashville. Let’s keep it neutral and let the gray shine through! I’m not messing with that Toaster noise. Portland isn’t particularly sunny, no need to lie about it. 

Where should bargain hunters go if they’re looking for an awesome vintage find to go with their romantic train trip?
House of Vintage is amazing. It’s like walking through eight different sets of grandparents houses … except there are price tags. 


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