it's no wonder that we heart portland, oregon. not only is the city a beautiful place but it is also the home of our west coast manufacturing base. the dream is alive! here are some pics from ravi's most recent visit.
portland, oregon. bridgetown. city of roses. portlandia. pdx. many names, one place. why do we at i heart keenwah seem to be so into portland? it's because our west coast manufacturing is headquartered there. we produce right next to the picturesque columbia river in north portland. we love making the trip to portland to visit our manufacturing team, check in on stores (i'm looking at you new seasons, haggen and market of choice), and participate in trade shows.
when we have a moment of downtime, we love exploring the city. we're by no means experts, but here are a few of our picks.
ravi's top 3
1. psu farmers market. i love hanging out at farmers markets, and the saturday market at portland state university (psu) doesn't disappoint. fresh oregon-raised produce and a ton of quirky food vendors. where else can you pick up kimchi tacos, hazelnuts and marionberries all in the same place? i rest my case.
2. renting a bike. it has become a cliché that portland is the bike capital of the united states. but for good reason! i bike a ton in new york, but i have never had as much fun as when i bike in portland. imagine: well-marked bike lanes, bike-friendly public transit, and a multitude of bike-able destinations. my favorite is to loop back and forth through the bridges on the willamette river. it's a good workout with amazing views.
3. coffee culture. i'd be lying to say that i have tried all of the coffee that portland has to offer. but maybe that's the fun of it. there are so many independent roasters that you could build a whole itinerary seeking out the tastiest single-origin bean. stumptown is ubiquitous and quite good, but don't ignore ristretto, heart coffee, and barista.
sarah's top 3
1. mcmenamins kennedy school. it’s old portland standard, but such a good one. it reminds me of the inside of my home, if it had a movie theatre and a hot soaking pool. what a good vibe, and micro brews on tap to boot.
2. exhale yoga studio, 4940 northeast 16th avenue. this little studio was very welcoming when i popped in on my travels and they even had evening classes to accommodate my schedule after a long day selling store to store.
3. hiking multnomah falls. multnomah falls has it all: enough vertical to get your blood pumping, waterfalls galore, and striking views of the columbia river gorge . and it’s just a stone’s through from portland so it’s easy to work into your travel schedule. i recommend the hike to devil’s rest viewpoint, about 5-6 mi.
i travel a lot for i heart keenwah: trade shows, demo tours, production runs, company meetings, etc. i travel light, limiting it to the bare essentials:
1. travel reading: any print-magazine that i can find about architecture or travel. it is my weakness.
2. snack of choice (aside from i heart keenwah): i am a big fan of our bff company simple squares' rosemary snack bars (available at most airports). they have a ton of cashews and almonds in them and the rosemary adds a nice herbal flavor.
3. luggage: as unprofessional as it may seem, i still travel with a messenger bag (my "briefcase" as i jokingly call it). my old freitag (made from recycled tarps) has lasted me over 7 years of heavy usage.
4. clothing: i go with a heavy rotation of grandpa sweaters. easy to pack and very versatile.
5. favorite work destination: i make the cross-coastal trip to portland, oregon pretty often to visit our west coast production facility. i love portland's proximity to the mountains, laid back vibe and overabundance of beer and coffee.
6. gadget: my iphone. from music to email to nytimes to camera, it all goes back to my iphone. my travel accessory #1.