See the Galleries on Foot, Skip the Drive
Pick your travel dates wisely, art buffs. On the first Thursday of every month, galleries in Portland's Old Town and Pearl District stay open late, inviting the public to meander from exhibit to exhibit and mingle with the artists, themselves. Most offer free wine and snacks. And, from April to November, it coincides with First Thursday Street Gallery, which features artwork in an open-air setting along downtown streets. Want more art? Northeast Alberta Street features its own art walk on the last Thursday of each month while galleries in the city's Central Eastside District stay open late every first Friday.
See "Portlandia," Skip the TV Show The popular "Portlandia" sketch comedy show on IFC, starring SNL-alum Fred Armisen, launched its third season this year, but you don't have to be near a TV to experience it. Several businesses encourage visitors seeking out the haunts featured in the lampoon, like the Gilt Club on NW Broadway and the Ace Hotel on SW Stark St. Want to play scout? Once you're in the city, it's easy to find maps pointing you to myriad "Portlandia" filming locations.
Share a Car, Skip the Cab The green movement is alive and well in Portland, where biking is a way of life and where, in the late 1990s, the car share movement was born. Zipcar features a fleet of dozens of shareable cars in the downtown district alone; it requires membership, though, so visit the storefront at SW 10th and Yamhill for information and day-of car access.
Gabe Saglie is senior editor for Travelzoo, which features hotel, airfare and a bevy of local deals in Portland at www.travelzoo.com.