Hipster Adventure Through Portlandia

Hipster Adventure Through Portlandia

#Portland is the city of #bikes, coffee and hipsters. I’ve always wondered why the residents wanted to ‘Keep Portland Weird’ and figured it was time to find out! We went to a quiet music #festival, shared a 'Brewcycle' and spent a night singing karaoke.


I’ve watched the show Portlandia laughing away at the hilarious representation of the trendy, nonconforming hipsters of Portland. I’ve always wondered if Portland was really filled with male feminists, adult hide'n' seek teams and crazed locavores. 

According to my friends who have lived there, there is some accuracy to the correlations between the show and real Portland, but I needed to check out the city myself to find out. I decided to take a long weekend trip for 4 days last June with my trusty sidekick Liz, who was filled with great ideas, as she actually lived in Portland for a year!

Liz was my idea machine for the weekend. She knew the cool places to see, the fun people to hang out with, but most of all she knew what hotel was the best in the city to stay at. She chose Hotel Modera because of its fabulous location, staff, decor and gorgeous fire pits outside.

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Hotel Modera

 515 Southwest Clay St, Portland, OR, United States
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There is a restaurant downstairs with incredible food that we also ordered via room service late one evening...ok REALISTICALLY we ordered room service almost every night (you can’t beat late night pancakes). I really dug that aura of this hotel because it was chic but very artistic and individualistic. The location was perfect for a quick weekend, because we were downtown with access to parking and also public transportation if we wanted to avoid our carbon trail that day.

Quiet Music Festival

The main reason we chose June to visit was based around attending the Quiet Music Festival. YES, that’s right, a Quiet Music festival... 

YES, that’s right, a Quiet Music festival

Probably the most hipster festival I’ve ever heard of, so obviously I needed to go check it out on my trip. The setting is known to be extremely relaxed, casual and even a nap-encouraged atmosphere! It’s all refurbished furniture at the festival from the 70’s and 80’s. 

The whole experience was completely bizarre but turns out it was really interesting, fun and culturally rich of the area. It’s rare when you get to enjoy the slow dreamy songs during a live show, typically because artists need to keep up the energy of the concert. 

At the Quiet Music Festival I got to see such incredible bands play soulful, beautiful songs, and truly got to enjoy it for what it was. Tickets were super cheap (we bought them at the door for $10, but you can buy online prior online (Quiet Music Fest tickets). I highly recommend checking out this totally hipster scene if you are able to, it’s quite an experience!

I got to see such incredible bands play soulful, beautiful songs, and truly got to enjoy it for what it was. 

The next day we decided to just hang around the city and check out some delicious food, and obviously some of the famous coffee shops. We woke up early to go to the infamous Stumptown Coffee Roasters where we enjoyed a crazy delish cold brew coffee as well as a vanilla latte. If I could kiss the coffee brewer on the mouth in appreciation for how well done this coffee was, I would have.. but I had morning breath, and all the cold brew was giving me FOMO (fear of missing out) anxiety, so we had to keep moving! 

If I could kiss the coffee brewer on the mouth in appreciation for how well done this coffee was, I would have

Next we HAD to visit the very famous Voodoo Doughnuts. This spot is well known across the west coast for its gooey, mouth watering, calorie inducing doughnuts. I decided to get a Maple Blazer Blunt Cinnamon Doughnut, which was shaped like a blunt, but really was one of the best tasting sweets I’ve ever experienced. 

The line was long, but MAN was it worth the wait. The rest of the day and night was a filled with hanging with my captain Liz’s old friends, at their house that had MANY tire swings, and a Jack Russell terrier named Lou, who wore a bowtie (it seems Lou does in fact sport this sophisticated dog wear look 24/7, even while he poops).

The next day we decided to do the most hilarious, touristy, hipster thing we could think of. We chose to rent a BrewCycle. 

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Brew Groppdx

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 1425 Northwest Flanders Street, Portland, OR 97209, United States
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Brewcycle is a pub-crawl, while riding bikes. This sounds normal and fun, until you realize its not single individual bikes, its one big bike with a table in between to drink while you ride. Pretty much it’s two hours of mass pedaling, drinking, laughing and looking like a total hipster. It was only $25 for two hours and there were actually extra spots on our rental, so we had three dudes celebrating a bachelor party, and two other college kids just looking to have fun. It was seriously one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever done. 

It was seriously one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever done

We could not stop laughing the entire ride. I mean we were out of breath, trying to chug beers and pedal at the same time. I highly advise you to book a rental with Brewcycle because it’s amazing and it’s absolutely a story you can brag about when you return to your non ‘hipster’ town.

The last day we hung with friends in the daytime and decided to have a crazy last night doing karaoke at a Portland favorite spot called the Voicebox.

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 734 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, United States
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My voice sucks, but I love doing karaoke and singing songs like Sisqo’s ‘Thong Song’, or Ray Charles song ‘Hit the Road Jack’ (clearly I have very diverse karaoke preferences). But what I love most of all is SAKE, and this place had a ton of it! 

We rented a room easily the day before, and invited a group of friends. We ended up staying there all night, having the absolute time of our lives. It was so well priced, and we had our own private room to get SUPER WEIRD in. It was a perfect ending to Liz’s and my weird Portlandia trip getting to sing a Rolling Stone’s duet.

From doughnuts, to dog bow ties, it very much seems as if Portland is one of the most open minded, nonconformist, hipster towns I’ve ever seen. I loved it there and would even consider moving there I had such a great time. I’m weird, Portland is weird, and I think all that weirdness is a great match for anyone looking to let their weird flag fly for a weekend trip!

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