Northwest Portland Hostel

Centrally Located – in the Heart of Portland

Mary Liz

I am a native of Brooklyn, NY, but after living there for eighteen years, I decided it was time to see what it’s like to exist in other places outside of New York City.  I’ve lived in small town Ohio where I earned a BA in Art History and Film Studies, and from there I decided to head further West. I lived in Seattle for a few years, but Portland kept calling out to me. Here I am! When I’m not here at the hostel, I can be found riding my bike (hopefully not falling off of it), playing music in basements, sampling the multitudes of vegan food in this town, or hiking around with my camera in one of Portland’s wonderful parks. I’ve been fortunate enough to have done a bit of traveling in my life, ranging from backpacking on Vancouver Island to learning Italian in Florence, and I would love to swap travel stories. Most recently, I’ve been dreaming about hiking and biking the Great Divide and visiting Pie Town, NM, a town named after its two pie shops (pie is, generally,
pretty exciting). I’m curious about most things and places, so come chat me up!

What is your next travel destination and why?

One day I plan to venture over to South East Portland…  It seems a world away when it’s pouring rain and you’re just one person with a bicycle.

What might surprise a newcomer to Portland?

The 90s are still very much alive in Portland.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Portland which you won’t find in a travel guide?

Go to a house show and see some bands play in someone’s basement/livingroom/backyard.  Check out for more information.

What’s your favorite park in Portland?

Penninsula Park in North Portland.  There’s a mini rose garden there and swings!

What is your favorite food cart?

Whiffies fried pies, because they are pies and fried.  Or The Swamp Shack because my friend Trey owns it and he is the best.

What’s your favorite thing to say in another language?

Non lo so.  It’s “I don’t know” in Italian.  I find myself often not knowing things.