New to Portland? Four websites to help you explore the city.
Congratulations! You’ve closed the deal on your Portland home and unpacked the boxes. Now what?
Whether you’ve just moved to a different Portland neighborhood or you’re a new transplant to the City of Roses, it will take some time to feel like a local. Go for a walk, meet your neighbors, then check out these websites to get the full scoop on your new surroundings.
1. Portland Online – http://www.portlandonline.com/ Most government websites are about as fun as a pile of tax forms, but the City of Portland’s is different. This site makes it easy to become a Portlander, with a guide to composting and recycling, parks locator, bicycling maps, and a neighborhood events calendar so you can start going to those outdoor movies and farmers’ markets. You can even read the Mayor’s blog and Twitter feed!
2. Travel Portland – http://www.travelportland.com/ Although geared toward the Portland visitor, this site is a good starting point to discover things to do and how to get around. It’s easy to navigate and offers plenty of visual delights. We love their “communities” section, which lists attractions, events, and a brief local history for various communities in the Portland area – Chinese, Hispanic, LGBT, and more.
3. Portland Hiker – http://www.portlandhikers.org/ The great outdoors is one of Portland’s star attractions, and deciding where to turn for a weekend hike is a snap with this community-built site. Check out photos of others’ recent hikes, browse the forums for up-to-date information, and orient yourself with the map. Then load up the car and head out to a waterfall, the ocean, the Columbia Gorge, or any number of breathtaking adventures in the Portland area.
4. Willamette Week – http://www.wweek.com/ Ready to really immerse yourself in Portland’s cultural and social scene? The Willamette Week site has movie, concert and event listings, reviews of local books, albums and art exhibits, personals galore, and everything else you would expect from an award-winning alternative weekly in a city where everyone seems to have a creative pursuit.
Need more? You can follow most of these sites on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our blog post on mobile apps for home buyers for some on-the-go neighborhood information.October 15, 2012