People have asked why we chose to hold The Hello Sessions in Portland, and the answer is simple: it's our favorite city! Portland is full of creativity, independent businesses, and quirky corners, and we think it's the best place to inspire you to plant the seeds that will turn your big dreams into concrete realities.
Here are our top 10 favorite things to do in Portland--we hope you can fit at least a handful in when you're in town for The Hello Sessions!
The International Rose Test Garden. In October, the weather will still be nice enough to take a stroll through the test gardens. Portland isn't called Rose City for no reason! This is a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon--bring a book and a picnic, and you're set.
Salt and Straw. This small, local ice cream chain features weird but delicious flavors like chocolate caramel potato chip cupcake and green fennel and maple. If you could take a bite out of Portland, it would taste like Salt and Straw ice cream.
Powell's. The city of books! For of us bibliophiles: heaven. It's also within close proximity of The Ace and all of the shops in The Pearl District, and we could happily spend an entire weekend within the three block radius around this store.
Vault Martini Bar. Guava drop martini. Boom.
The Living Room movie theater. Indie movies on couches with gourmet food? And vino? It's like someone dreamed up our perfect date night.
Multnomah Village. The most charming little neighborhood, complete with a wine bar (in a Craftsman house), an indie bookstore (Annie Bloom's), antique stores, and a great breakfast spot (Marco's).
The PSU Farmers Market. Total Instagram fodder everywhere you look--carrots, radishes, meats, cheeses, eggs as big as your head, and steaming hot biscuits. The stuff of Saturday morning dreams.
Stumptown. Yes, there are Stumptowns elsewhere. But these are the originals! And hey, you can't be in the Pacific Northwest without some really excellent coffee. And hipster watching.
Food Carts. They're everywhere, and most of them are excellent. Check out Eater's top picks. (We're partial to 808 Grinds, Koi Fusion, and Tabor, ourselves.)
For those of you who are already in Portland, what are your favorite spots? Tell us on our new private Facebook group for attendees, where you can also introduce yourselves before the conference even begins!