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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Portland Rose Festival

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One of the Portland’s most famous events is the Rose Festival. It first occurred in 1907 and actually a whole series of events that kick off over Memorial Day weekend. This year’s festivities will take place from May 18 through June 15, 2014.

The festivities will get started on Friday, May 23rd, with a literal BANG in form of fireworks. The fireworks will be choreographed to music provided by 101.9 KINK FM. The Rose Festival fireworks are one of Oregon’s largest and most spectacular firework shows and will take place beginning at nightfall at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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Portland’s waterfront comes alive by the Rose Festival City Fair. There will be rides, live music, local beer and tasty treats, as well as a wide variety of shopping. The fair is open for three full weekends. A part of the City Fair is the RoZone Stage which will host the headliners Capital Cities and Vintage Trouble. Marc Broussard, Vicci Martinez, Valerie June and Scars on 45 will be rocking the stage the upcoming kick off weekend.

Over the next weeks Portland Center Stage will show daily musicals and rock shows like “Lizzie” America’s favorite ax-wielding double-murderess. Also there will be art shows around the city like the 15th Annual Wilsonville Festival of Arts and the Frank Hirahara Photo Collection. The 23rd Annual Canby Wine, Food & Brew Fest.

On May 31st Oregon’s most popular fun run will take place, a race of ridiculously dressed and costumed runners along the 3.1-mile Starlight Parade route. The craziness continues after nightfall when diverse floats and traditional marching bands hit the Starlight Parade. The parade draws more than 250,000 spectators to downtown Portland.

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Each year, the Lloyd Center Ice Rink is transformed into a colorful rose garden for the Annual Spring Rose Show, the largest and longest-running rose show in the nation. The port of Portland opens its ships for Fleet Week and the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Race will take place on Willamette River.

The Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade is the second largest all-floral parade in North America and the single-largest spectator event in Oregon. More than 500,000 spectators line the 4.3 mile parade route which begins inside the Memorial Coliseum and continues through Downtown Portland. Bands are judged near the intersection of NE Martin Luther King Boulevard and NE Multnomah Street.

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Major Portland Rose Festival Events:

Fireworks Experience
May 23
This kick-off event features a lighting ceremony followed by a grand display of fireworks over the Willamette River
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Rose Festival City Fair
May 23 – 26May 29 – June 1June 5 – 8
Held over most days of the festival, the CityFair offers all the favorite fair activities – live entertainment, carnival rides, food booths, and arts and crafts.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Starlight Parade
May 31
Floats and marching groups decked out in lights of all kinds.
(Downtown Portland)

Fleet Week
June 4 – 8
View and tour naval vessels from the United States Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Maritime Forces.
(Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park)

Portland Rose Society Annual Spring Rose Show
June 5 – 6
(Lloyd Center Ice Rink)

Rose Cup Races
June 13 – 15
A variety of races and exhibits.
(Portland International Raceway)

Queen’s Coronation
June 7
(Memorial Coliseum)

Grand Floral Parade
June 7
Colorful floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, and more.
(Memorial Coliseum to Downtown Portland)

 

The Portland Rose Festival has a lot to offer and is fun for everyone! The hostel will be leading special activities during the festival. Please check our activities board at the front desk for more information.

New Merchant Discount Offers

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Merchant Discount Offer for May:

Buy a pastie or savory pie and get a slice of sweet pie for 50% off

at Pacific Pie Company!

Seriously, the best pies, pasties, and lamingtons in Portland!

This local neighborhood business is providing this generous offer to guests at the

Northwest Portland Hostel and Guesthouse

Guests must show their keycard or membership card to receive this special discount!

* Offer limited to one per person

* Valid until June 11, 2014

June Merchant of the Month:

Buy one combo and get the second combo FREE! 

at Supa! 

The perfect place to satisfy a grilled cheese and soup craving!

Guests must show their keycard or membership card to receive this special discount!

* Offer limited to one per person

* Offer valid through June 2014

 

Hi There!

Friday, May 2, 2014

I’m Julia and I will intern at the HI Northwest Portland for the rest of the year. I was born in Germany in a small town in the beautiful Bavarian Forest. I grew up in Hannover, Regensburg and Munich and later on made my way to Berlin, where I used to live before I came to the US. I deliberately chose the term “used to live” since I am not planning to go back!
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A really smart guy, called St. Augustine, once said “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page”. I made his quote my life motto and by the end of my life not only do I want to have been to as many places as possible but also do I want to have said something as smart as he did so people can reference my quote. So far it went really well concerning the travelling part but somehow no one takes my quotes seriously…

I love travelling, especially backpacking! I travelled to almost all countries in Europe, I spent a year backpacking through Australia and New Zealand, I have been to Peru and Venezuela, and visited Canada and the United States many times. On my visits I have spent over a year in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. I definitely prefer the West Coast over the East Coast and my favorite place until now was San Francisco!

I came to the US to get an insight into the American working conditions and I got this awesome opportunity to work at the Northwest Portland Hostel. My internship allows me to engage in fun hostel activities and meet new people from all over the world. I am also a part of the green team and will be participating in community events. My internship will also help me gain experience in hostel management tasks and improve my social media marketing skills.

All my friends from San Francisco told me that Portland is just like SF without all the shitty parts and people are even friendlier. As European, I could hardly believe that this is possible but I have to confess that the people here in Portland are incredibly friendly.

That is not the only thing I like about Portland. As Bavarian, I highly appreciate Portland’s beer culture and I am also used to the green scenery. I can’t wait for summer and start exploring Oregon’s countryside and the coast.

On the move?

Monday, April 7, 2014

Are you planning a move to Portland? If so, Portland Monthly magazine has put together a series of interactive maps that may help you decide which Portland neighborhood is right for you.

There’s data on people, lifestyle, crime, and real estate trends to help you choose.  Find it all here.

Happy house/apartment/condo/loft/townhouse/bungalow/attic/basement/cave/etc. hunting to you!

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Portland staff have their dessert and drink it too

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This week, some members of our staff got together for a real taste of Beervana – a “dessert” beer tasting extravaganza!

The object of the event was simple.  We wanted to find the best darn dessert beers out there!

Here were the contestants:

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From left to right we have:

Base Camp Brewing Company – Portland, OR – S’more Stout: This beer has it all!  “Aromas of chocolate, coffee, fig, and smoke invite you in to a gigantic maltiness that is distinct in its smooth and refined character.”  We loved the intense smoky flavor of this beer, as well as its amazing bottle, that’s covered in a contour map.  We also gave it extra points for being brewed right here in the best city of Portland, Oregon!

Breakside Brewery – Portland, OR – Salted Caramel Stout:  Of all the beers, I think we were all the most excited to try this one.  Salted caramel! Stout! A collaboration with famous Portland ice cream shop, Salt & Straw! Our mouths were watering with anticipation for weeks! After trying it though, I think we all agreed that we liked its rich stout flavor, but couldn’t really taste the caramel or hint of salt we were looking for. However, we gave it extra points for being brewed in Portland.

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Iron Horse Brewery – Ellensburg, WA – Mocha Death Ale: With a name like “mocha death” there was no way we weren’t picking this one up off the shelf.  This beer is “laced with caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, and a touch of sweetness, with fresh, locally roasted (in Washington) espresso beans and pure cocoa.” Yummy! All in all, we loved its rich coffee flavor and gave it top marks, for a Washington beer ;)

Southern Tier Brewing Company – Lakewood, NY – Creme Brulee Stout:  This beer was the first of the night that wasn’t brewed in the Pacific Northwest, so we were skeptical of it, to say the least.  The brewers over at Southern Tier describe this beer’s flavor as “caramelized sugar, vanilla, custard, nicely sweet and balanced, rich and milky,” and they weren’t kidding! We really enjoyed the deep flavor of this beer and we thought it had a sweetness that some of the other beers didn’t have.  This beer was definitely what we were thinking of when we imagined sipping a “dessert beer.”

Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY – Chocolate Decadence Stout: Our last beer of the night was Ommegang’s Chocolate Decadence Stout.  This beer had a delicious deep dark chocolate and malty flavor that we really enjoyed, but it didn’t have the sweetness that its fellow New York buddy had.

So which beer was our favorite???

The winner was:

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Southern Tier. Sorry Portland, New York took it this time.

 

Earth Hour: Uniting People to Protect the Planet

Saturday, March 1, 2014

If you’re wondering what more you can do to help the planet, here’s your answer: Earth Hour.

Earth Hour is a global movement uniting people to protect the planet by switching off lights for one designated hour.  This minor action will go a long way to helping the world fight global warming.

This year, the NW Portland International Hostel will be asking all of our guests to join the movement by turning off laptops and other electronic devices on March 29th from 8:30-9:30 pm.

The hostel will also be hosting a food and beer tasting event, and, like last year, our lucky tasters will be blindfolded and asked to guess each food they’re given.  Hostelers who guess 8/10 foods correctly will win a special prize!

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Last year’s blind taste testers

Let the countdown to Earth Hour begin!

Click here to find out how to get involved in your local community.

 

Portlandia is alive and well!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Now that the snowpocalypse is behind us, the Rose City is spring-ing forward with two very “Portlandic” events.

First, after a (too) long hiatus Portlandia is back at the Mission Theater on February 27th!

In case you’re one of the few who isn’t watching the show…

Portlandia is an IFC Original Series created, written, and starring the very funny Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (vocalist/guitarist of Sleater-Kinney).  Each episode is composed of a few mini skits showcasing the antics of silly walking Portland (sometimes all too real) stereotypes.

One of my all time favorite skits was when Carrie and Fred leave Portland and head to Southern California where they quite literally face the wrath of the sun!

Being from Southern California myself, but having lived in Portland for the past three years, this is a reality that I am sadly all too familiar with….seasonal defective disorder anyone?

Make sure not to miss Portlandia at the beautiful Mission Theater (only a block and a half away from the hostel!) on Thursday nights at 7:00 and 10:00 pm.

And for a complete schedule of Mission Theater events click here.

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Second, “Portraitlandia” is on display at the Newspace Center for Photography until March 2nd.  “Portraitlandia” is the amazing work of photographer Kirk Crippens.  Crippens is an internationally renowned artist whose photos have been on display all over the United States, China, and in Europe at the National Portrait Galleries in London and Edinburgh.

His “Portraitlandia” series is a personal favorite that we featured in our January post, “How to dress like a Portlander.”

The photographs are like the IFC series, in that they capture the quirky residents of Portland, but this time in a more serious and contemplative tone.

We hope to see you there!!

 

 

Happy 100th Birthday!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Pittock Mansion turns 100 years old this month! And to celebrate the occasion the Bureau of Parks and Recreation is offering free admission for the first 10 days of February!

So put on your walking shoes, because this is your chance to wander both upstairs and downstairs of this French Renaissance style “chateau” built in 1909.

With that, here is a peak inside the house:

Early rain style shower?

Beautiful main staircase. Said to be haunted…

You can learn a lot about someone by looking in their medicine cabinet

View from the grounds

Hope to see you up there!

 

Portland Hostels Host A Day of Service In Honor of MLK Day

Sunday, January 5, 2014

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” MLK

On Sunday, January 19th, the NW Portland Hostel and Portland’s Hawthorne Hostel are joining together for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we want YOU to join us!
From 10am – 1pm we’ll be giving back to Portland by helping the Lan Su Chinese Garden prepare for the Chinese New Year.
Volunteers who participate may choose an indoor or outdoor project (up to 10 volunteers in each crew) at the gardens. Those working indoors will make lanterns that will be used to light up the garden during Chinese New Year festivities. Those working outdoors will be helping with the culturally required cleaning that must occur in preparation for the Chinese New Year (everything must be clean and tidy to welcome a prosperous New Year).
All volunteers who help out will receive FREE admission to the garden, in addition to 10% off in the gift shop on the day of service. A public tour by a trained docent will also be available for those interested. The tour will occur at 1pm, directly following the service work. Volunteers may also choose to enjoy authentic Chinese music in the garden’s tea house until 3pm.
After the service project, from 4- 5pm,  the NW Portland Hostel will host a stir fry dinner and a discussion about the day, Martin Luther King Jr., and the value of giving back to our community through volunteering and stewardship. All volunteers and hostel guests are invited to dinner.

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Lan Su Chinese Gardens via Portland Monthly Magazine

To join us:

NW Portland Hostel guests – Meet at the Hostel front desk at 9:30 am.

Hawthorne Hostel guests – Meet in the Hostel lobby at 9:15am, Depart at 9:30am

Community Members – Meet at the Garden Entrance at 10am

RSVP is required to Catherine (volunteer@nwportlandhostel.com) by Sat, Jan 18th

How to dress like a Portlander

Thursday, January 2, 2014

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The only thing that’s not unique about Portland is its name. Which is why it’s so weird that to fit in in Portland one seemingly has to embrace a singular “Portlandic” style.
Recently, there have been a number of T.V. shows (we’re talking about you Portlandia) and blogs (here and here) that have tried to capture the essence of Portland’s street style.  Travel Portland even jumped on the band wagon (or in this case probably a vintage Radio Flyer wagon) with their “Look Local” article that suggests tips on how to dress like a Portlander.  However, we feel it offered too many expensive options that don’t seem appropriate for a hosteler.  So what essentials should a traveler have to fit in with the locals without breaking the bank?

Here’s our two cents:

For the Ladies

1. Give your hair that just rolled out of bed look at the Aveda Institute where hair cuts start at only $10. The best part is you don’t have to roll that far out of bed to get there.

2. A Portland gal needs to look her best without looking like she’s tried too hard. Thankfully, there’s Buffalo Exchange where you can find that hipster outfit or shoe you’ve been searching for.

3. No outfit is complete without the perfect accessory.  Try Frances May. They have some seriously awesome winter stockings to keep your stems warm this season.

 

And the Gentlemen

1. Find the right beanie or hat to top off your look at Brooklyn Industries.

2. Check please. Plaid shirts are a Portland staple.  Find the right plaid for you at Crossroads Trading Company.

3. Grab a microbrew! There is no better Portland accessory than a cold microbrew in hand, and with over 50 breweries in the city, this accessory is the easiest to find and the most fun to share. Check out our brewpub map here.

 

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