I’d be willing to bet Portland isn’t everyone’s number one destination. However, as someone who has Celiac Disease, and has to eat gluten-free it’s a dream. Here are 5 reasons why you should book your next vacation in Portland, OR.
Good weather is not something most people associate with Portland. In fact when we moved from San Francisco to Portland 5 years ago, we were told we’d hate it because the weather is so gloomy (spoiler, those people were incorrect). From May-October, Portland has some of the most gorgeous weather ever. It’s rarely too hot, or too cold, and it has just the right amount of summer rain. Additionally, Portland winters, while rainy, are very mild. It snows infrequently and yes… it does get a fair share of rain, but I’ve experienced worse rainfall in spring in the Midwest than I ever did in Portland.
As someone with Celiac Disease, I can’t partake in what I assume are the glorious joys of beer tasting(unless it’s gluten-free), but I CAN have coffee. If you are a coffee enthusiast, Portland is for you! There are SO many cafes and coffee shops it’s insane! These are custom roasted, organically sourced, high caliber coffee shops. For a list of my favorite Portland Coffee shops, you can read more here!
3. Locally Sourced Goods
When I am looking for a vacation spot, I specifically look for unique experiences that I can’t have at home. Portland-ers are HUGE supporters of their local businesses. As a result, there is a wide variety of locally sourced goods, produce, artwork and locally owned and operated businesses. This is a major part of the city’s charm. In fact there is an event EVERY WEEK in Portland that celebrates and puts local artisans on display called the Portland Saturday Market.
4. Amazing Public Transportation
Portland is an amazing city to visit if you don’t want to drive on vacation because the public transit system is INCREDIBLE. The TriMet system allows you to buy 1 day, 1 week, and 1 month passes, OR, 2.5 hr passes. At $5 for the day you can’t beat the cost. It is also EXTREMELY easy to navigate, and they’ve got a handy dandy mobile app! They also have a really nifty trip planner that will allow you to plug in the time of day, as well as your start and end destinations, and will recommend the easiest way to get to where you want to be. I found it much simpler to navigate than the London Underground and the NYC Metro systems.
5. Availability of Gluten-Free Food
Every person with gluten sensitivity understands the struggle of traveling. Where regular folks can just pick up and leave (and know they are going to be able to find food wherever they go) us Celiacs have to spend a lot more time planning and researching their food options. Thankfully Portland has literally hundreds of options. I have put together a list of more than 30 eateries, activities and shops that offer gluten-free products and services in Portland. I will be releasing the first ever GLUTEN FREE TRAVEL GUIDE this spring. The first city I will focus on will be Portland OR. So if you’re a fellow Celiac, or ya just don’t feel great when you eat wheat, this guide is for you! If you subscribe to my mailing list(form located on the right hand side of the home page), I will send you an email when the guide is released with details on where you can download it! Also check out my Instagram @sorchaschleps for daily posts about gluten-free life and travel hacks.