Surely you’ve heard someone at some time say “Oh man, I love Portland, Oregon!”
If you’ve had a chance to explore the place spoken about, then you, yourself, may have fallen in love with Portland!
It truly is a unique and interesting place… and, not to be missed, city!
One of my favorite things about going to Portland is flying into PDX… it is the best airport I’ve ever encountered so far… and I’m not biased here just because Portland is my hometown… it really is a great, comfortable, and welcoming airport! And, yes, I have been to a number of airports, so my experience is not limited either! :)
I always love walking through the Alaska Air terminal upon arrival and seeing what new and beautiful artwork will be welcoming us. Dano and I flew in on March 2nd, 2012 and I was blown away by the current installments that I had to stop to take a few photos! Please see the artistic beauty below!
The Artist exhibits were :
~ Brenda Mallory’s three-dimensional “Mechanics of Hither and Yon”
~ James Dupree’s very colorful “Evolving Elements II”
THEN… as one walks into the main terminal, where, of course, you will encounter a Starbucks welcoming your sense of smell… your ears will also be welcomed with live musicians! You might hear a pianist, or a guitarist, once we heard a harpist! :)
Where o’ where, will you be enchanted by delightful piano tunes played by a gentleman wearing a simple Oregon Hoodie!? PDX, That’s where!! :)
The wonderfulness of PDX does not just stop at the Artwork and Music… No Way… You may also shop for Made in Oregon gifts or hit The Real Mothergoose for artistically crafted goods, don’t forget shopping for good ole’ Oregon staples at Nike, Columbia Sportswear, and Powell’s Books!
Don’t forget your tummy… there are some great eateries in PDX… some Portland favorites that can be found within the Airport are Pizza Schmizza, Stanford’s, and Gustav’s Pub & Grill!
NOW… if they would just add a Burgerville to the Arrivals gate… all balance would be restored!! :)
(since, there is not yet a Burgerville within PDX, don’t forget to find one… yum!)
Enjoy! You’ll have a blast before you even leave the airport! :)
Bring a hoodie, but leave your umbrella at home… as that’s a sure sign of a tourist! :)