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The Funny, Funky and Unique People of Portland

Portland

I spent a week in the Greater Portland Area. These are some of the interesting people I met.

In This Portland Travel Article You Will Discover:

  • Chefs & Teamakers
  • Distillers & Cyclists
  • Craftspeople & Vintners
  • A Ghost

It’s not the city… it’s the people we love! The howling, punk-rock vocals of Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein speak wisdom. Although born in Seattle, Brownstein is one of Portland’s best-known characters—she’s half of the duo behind the Peabody Award-winning series, Portlandia.

But truly, there are no cities to love. It’s not the cities, it’s the weather we love… it’s not the weather, it’s the people we love!

I went to Portland and the surrounding areas. I did not meet Carrie Brownstein. I met these people instead.

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Alfredo Apolloni, co-owner of Apolloni Vineyards, in Forest Grove, is passionate about wine—and climate change awareness. He’ll happily chat with guests about both.

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Daniel McIntire, our bicycle guide on the Banks-Vernonia State Trail (located about 20 minutes outside of city centre), lives in a van and plays in a punk band. How Portland is that?

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After 90 minutes with Mike Kuenz, of David Hill Vineyards & Winery, I had learned more about wine—and Oregon wine specifically—than I had in the past year. (Then again, I usually just pop the cork and glug it, so that’s not terribly surprising.)

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Christian Krogstad is a slightly-tipsy mad scientist—and he makes the finest American gin in the world. A tour of Portland’s House Spirits Distillery was enlightening and intoxicating.

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In the humble words of Tony Tellin, head teamaker at Portland’s Steven Smith Teamaker, “We just like to make tea.” But he’s underselling it—on-staff experts approach this beverage as one-part sommelier and one-part scientist.

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Earl Ninsom and Patrick McKee operate Common Law in Portland’s brand-new Pine Street Market. Their Asian-fusion fare is helping attract a crowd to this eight-establishment culinary collective.

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Using the “wine thief,” Kevin Green, winemaker at Apolloni Vineyards,  passed around samples of bold, delicious pinot noir. I want his job.

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Sarah Gilbert was one of the first people I met on my tour of Greater Portland. We talked about psychic tea as she pointed out local make-out spots around Mount Tabor.

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Sam Drevo is a passionate advocate for outdoor recreation in the area around Willamette Falls, in Oregon City. He’s trying to get a whitewater park built here, to help revitalize an area dominated by industry for more than a century. (And that’s Mojo up front.)

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Cindy Mostul, and her husband Burn, recreated the essence of the Mediterranean in Oregon City with Villa Catalana Cellars, a stunning property inspired by a 12th century Romanesque church they became enamoured with while on vacation in Spain.

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This is the Lavender Lady of Mcmenamins Grand Lodge, in Forest Grove. I don’t want to talk about her.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

5 comments… add one
  • Tom Brown Aug 16, 2016

    I love the pine street market, not to mention the people of Portland.

  • Tom Malone Jul 19, 2016

    Love David Hill Vineyards. As a Portland native (who now lives in Colorado), it’s hard to beat the quality, price, and people that comes with David Hill. Glad you made it to that little-known spot!

  • David Webb Jun 14, 2016

    Honestly, I have no idea. Some teas are supposed to “enhance psychic energy.” Do with that what you will.

  • Zaheer Ghani Jun 14, 2016

    You Mentioned about Psychic Tea whats that ?

  • Cacwj May 16, 2016

    So nice, i want to go now

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