Not that we need to convince you at all, but when you come to Portland be sure to see the plethora of sights that shroud this city. The sheer number of highlights can be a bit overwhelming, but to make it easier we here at Dig1 have put together a collection of our favorite eateries, happy hours, viewpoints, record stores and other not-to-be-missed whodads and whatsits. When you come to Portland to collaborate on some ridiculously good looking / sounding projects with us, be sure to enjoy yourself a bit outside of the Dig1 studios, ok?
Here’s a little “Best-of” PDX survival guide to get the mind-juices flowing for your next adventure. Just click on the icons sprinkled all over the map below to see what wonders your future could hold.
Portland @ a Glance
Portland is definitely a neighborhood city. Each section is defined by a few key characteristics that make it truly unique and unlike any other area of the city. Within each area there are countless smaller neighborhoods, but to get you started here’s a glance at PDX by neighborhood.
>> South of Burnside St, West of the Willamette River, home to Digital One.
>> Holds many of Portland’s recreational, cultural, educational, governmental, business and retail resources located downtown.
>> Includes Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo, Hoyt Arboretum, Rose Garden and Japanese Garden.
>> Home of Providence Park, the Portland Timbers, and Portland Thorns.
>> North of Burnside St, West of the Willamette River.
>> Includes the Pearl District, most of Old Town Chinatown, the Northwest shopping district, and various residential and industrial neighborhoods.
>> Streets running North of Burnside are alphabetical, affectionately called the Alphabet District.
>> The Pearl District is a reclaimed industrial area featuring many condos, lofts, restaurants, retail, and galleries. Real World Portland was recently filmed there. Pretty exciting, huh.
>> Old Town Chinatown is East of Broadway and features the acclaimed Portland Classical Chinese Garden and Union Station.
>> Northwest shopping area holds the thriving NW 21st and 23rd Avenue restaurant and retail area. This area is accessible via Portland Streetcar.
>> Forest Park lies primarily in this area. Forest Park stretches over 8 miles and is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves.
>> Lies between the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and MLK Blvd.
>> Affectionately referred to as “No Po”
>> A diverse mixture of residential, commercial, and industrial areas including Portland International Raceway and the Port of Portland.
>> East of MLK Blvd, North of Burnside St.
>> Holds a diverse collection of neighborhoods, including some of the oldest areas of Portland.
>> The Alberta Arts neighborhood is home to restaurants, independent retailers, and galleries. The last Thursday of each month becomes a street fair featuring local artisans and traveling merchants.
>> Holds the Rose Quarter, home of the Portland Trailblazers and the Portland Winterhawks.
>> South of Burnside, West of the Willamette River.
>> Holds Hawthorne district, known for its hippie/radical crow and subculturally oriented shops.
>> Features Mt. Tabor, a cinder cone volcano, that is a popular and scenic park.
>> Portland’s Rhododendron Garden is located near the heart of the Sellwood/Moreland district of shops and restaurants.
PDX Public Transit
The Trimet MAX light-rail runs every 15 minutes or better most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, mid-day and evening. The trains dissect the city and venture out to the PDX airport, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Clackamas and the Expo Center. The brand new (and still under construction) Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit system goes right next door to Dig1. Stop by the Dig1 studios to see it with your own two eyes. For more info on how to get around the city via public transit, please visit TriMet.org
PDX by CAB
Everything in Portland is relatively close together because (shhh) we’re a small(ish) city, but you’re welcome to hop in a cab at any time to reduce the count on your pedometer. There are a number of different cab companies in Portland, but our favs are Radio Cab (503.227.1212) and Broadway Cab Company (503.227.1234).
PDX by Bike
On any given day of the week, nearly 85% of Dig1-ers commute by bike. That being said, Portland is definitely a bike town and incredibly bike friendly. It’s not too expansive and it’s not too hilly. There are loads of bike lanes and it almost never gets to the point where the weather restricts you from being able to ride (that is, if you dress correctly for it). If you’re into it, check into a bike rental from one of these fine folks:
>> Kerr Bikes: multi-person rides just down the street from Dig1.
>> Waterfront Bicycles: numerous models to choose from, also just down the road from Dig1.
>> Clever Cycles: cargo & folding bikes located is Southeast, on Hawthorne Boulevard.
>> Pedal Bike Tours: guided bike tours w/ access to kids bikes and trailers.