The city of Portland is well-known for its superior land-use design and investment in light rail. Portland has been mentioned as one of the most environmentally friendly, also know as “green”, cities in the world, largely due to its public transportation systems and efficient land-use planning,
Positioned in the Marine west coast climate region, Portland has a climate marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days. Portland’s climate is ideal for growing roses, leading itself to the name “City of Roses.” The city has many rose gardens, with the most prominent being the International Rose Test Garden.
Other things the city is highly known for is its abundant outdoor activities, liberal political values, and it’s enthusiasm for beer and coffee. Portland is home to an assemblage of independent microbreweries, micro-distilleries and food carts that help contribute to the unofficial, but highly used, slogan of “Keep Portland Weird.”
Portland is celebrated for its microbreweries. Oregon Public Broadcasting has acknowledged Portland’s role in the microbrew revolution in the United States in a report called Beervana. Portland’s present abundance of microbreweries dates back to the 1980s when state law permitted consumption of beer on brewery premises.
Portland is home to excess of 60 breweries, which is more breweries than any other city in the world. CNBC named Portland the best city for happy hour in the U.S. in 2010. The McMenamin brothers alone have over thirty brewpubs, distilleries, and wineries scattered throughout the metropolitan area, several in renovated cinemas and other historically significant buildings otherwise destined for demolition. Other notable Portland brewers include Widmer Brothers, BridgePort, Hair of the Dog, and Hopworks Urban Brewery. In 1999, author Michael “Beerhunter” Jackson called Portland a candidate for the beer capital of the world because the city boasted more breweries than Cologne, Germany. The Portland Oregon Visitors Association promotes “Beervana” and “Brewtopia” as nicknames for the city. In mid-January 2006, Portland Mayor Tom Potter officially gave the city a new nickname: Beertown.
In addition to its reputation as a craft beer capital, Portland is also known for its artisanal coffee culture.
Portland has an expanding restaurant scene, and was recognized by the Food Network Awards as their “Delicious Destination of the Year: A rising city with a fast-growing food scene” in 2007. In 2010, The Washington Post called Portland “one of the best places in the country to dine.” Travel & Leisure ranked Portland’s food and bar scene number 5 in the nation in 2012. The city is also known for being among the most vegetarian-friendly cities in America.
Portland was named the best city in the world for street food by numerous publications, including the U.S. News and World Report, and also CNN. Food carts are tremendously popular within the city, with over 600 licensed carts, making Portland one of the most robust street food scenes in North America.