Guest Blogger | Erika from A Tiny Rocket

As some of you may know, Mike and I have narrowed down our City Search to two cities. Portland, Oregon and St. Paul, Minnesota. Today, the lovely Erika from A Tiny Rocket is here to share some fun information about her home in Portland to help out with our decision as well as give a little insight to anyone who might want to visit someday. Take it away Erika!

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Hello! My name is Erika from A Tiny Rocket.  I am an artist and blogger living in beautiful Portland, Oregon.  (that's the state right above California) I am really excited to share with you what I love about Portland and take you on a little photo tour.

Portland is in a great location, it's 1 hour from the coast and about an hour away from the snowy mountains.   There is even a lift open in the summer time. 

Portland is known very bike friendly and is accessible for people who like alternative modes of transportation, but getting out of town you will need a car.  There is also a naked bike ride once a year which is pretty famous- 13,000 people participated last year.  No I haven't done it! But I have been a witness it!

Oregon is the number 1 micro brew per capita in the world.  Oregon is known for beer, with lots of hops :). Here are some of my favorites Deschutes,  Bridgeport, Mcmenamins, Rogue, Hair of the Dog, Hopworks, and Pelican Brewing... just to name a few.  There are some really fun brew fests in the summer at the water front.  Portland has a ton of organic restaurants, food co-ops, and farmer markets.  We also have Powell's which is the largest new/used book store in the world. We are pretty spoiled here :)

Did you know that we have had 3 Project Runway winners from the Portland metro?  Also Chuck Palahniuk is from here. (the guy who wrote Fight Club).  Phil Knight is from here (the guy who founded Nike, there head quarters are here).   Matt Groening (heard of the Simpsons?) There is a lot of creative souls here and a great place for young and emerging artists, crafters, designers, and musicians.  

PS- if you click on the links you can see some helpful links some of my Portland related blogs, websites, and other recommendations. 

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Thanks so much Erika! This is definitely helpful in deciding a city! If you want to drop by Erika's little corner of the blogosphere you can here In a few days I'll be hosting another guest blogger from St. Paul, Minnesota so help further with the decision! I can't wait!

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  1. I've lived in Oregon for the past 10 years, and it really is a great state! Portland has a ton of fun things to do!

  2. i hear portland is also very vegan friendly! i really want to visit!! ivan and i love rogue beer so i think i could totally talk him into it, haha.
    allison...if you move there you may be getting a house guest who never leaves. hehe.

  3. Oh gosh, this makes me miss Portland and Oregon as a whole so much! I can't wait to go back there again. Thanks to the both of you for sharing this.

  4. what a fun little tour! i want to visit!

  5. So I just read up on your city search and I have to say, Portland is amazing. I'm actually from northern California (two hours away from the amazing city of San Francisco), but I Oregon is probably one of my favorite places in the world. I went there for a short vacation with my mother this summer and I've been missing it ever since. California tends to be all hustle and bustle, with everyone looking out for themselves, but Oregon is the exact opposite. When you walk down the street, everyone says hello. It actually startled me at first! But life there is definitely more relaxed and the people are super nice. I'm hoping to get into a grad school in Oregon. Anyways, sorry for the long rant, but love the blog and good luck with your city search! Hope that helped :)

  6. well, since st. louis is now out of the question...
    i vote Portland!
    i was rereading some articles from a past issue of Nylon, and there was nothing but GOOD said about portland - mostly on the thrifting/vintage/music/art scene. which i'm assuming would be a big plus for you :)
    good luck choosing!
    xo haley

  7. As if I did not have enough reasons to want to visit Portland. I really think I am going to need to make a trip this year.


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