February is upon us! Here’s a short list of some of the things you can do to entertain yourself this month in PDX and beyond.
February 1st through 4th: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Winter Light Festival
-The second annual Portland Winter Light Festival is a free, all-ages celebration of PDX, featuring light-based and inspired artwork from a wide variety of artists. The OMSI based celebration is presented by Portland General Electric and includes more than 42 artist teams and 9 light and fire performance groups. Check out the schedule and learn more here!
February 2nd: Free Admission to Portland Art Museum
-Go and see over 112000 square feet of galleries in 7th oldest museum in the United States! The museum is free admission on the first Thursday of every month from 5-8 PM, so bring the family, get there early and enjoy! Click here for more information about the current exhibits.
As Portland kicks off 2017 with record ice and snow, new homeowners and renters should be making sure that the cold temperatures aren’t causing damage to their homes. The risk of potentially expensive and irrevocable property damage is significantly higher in cold temperatures. Because we care about our clients and want them to spend more time enjoying the snow than fighting it, we’ve compiled a few tips for making sure your new home is snow and ice ready.
1. Open cabinet doors under sinks and set your faucets to drip! While some may worry about the slight increase in water usage, it’s far better than having frozen burst pipes. This can save you a lot of hassle, especially if your pipes are located in exterior walls.
2. Clean your gutters! When water collects in your gutters and freezes it can cause many problems, not the least of which is a steady melt into your roof or ceilings that can cause water and mold damage, not something you want to deal with so soon after moving in. Take the time to make sure your gutters are clear of debris and that water is draining well.
Oregon has some of the best fishing in the country. Within a few miles of PDX, an enthusiastic fisherman can catch anything from Coho to Catfish, Perch to Largemouth Bass. The Clackamas and Columbia Rivers offer excellent fresh water fishing, and Oregons’ fantastic stocking program means that landing a catch is a year round possibility. If the urge to throw out a line strikes and you aren’t near the coast, don’t be discouraged- some of the best fishing in Oregon can be found within 20 miles of downtown PDX. The Multnomah Channel, for example, is a great site to fish for Steelhead, Sturgeon, Bass and Walleye. With a little research, you’re sure to find a spot suited to your needs. Click here to see a comprehensive list of places to casually fish near PDX.
We’ve seen some truly remarkable changes in housing rent schedules in the Portland Oregon Rental Market of 2016. There is currently an inventory deficit which includes apartments and detached housing. Rents are hyperlocal; you might pay an average of $1.10 per square foot in most parts of the city, but if you are in highly desirable areas like the Pearl, First Edition Lake Oswego or parts of NE Portland, you will pay $2.00 or more per square foot. An apartment with 2 beds and 1 bath in 2014 would cost about $850.00 per month to rent, whereas in 2016 you’d pay $1200.00 for the same apartment. There are approximately 6,000 apartment permits issued in 2016 that may become available in early 2017, but this is far less than the demand. Before the recession, the demand for detached homes in new construction was 1,500,000 units per year. Now we are seeing less than $600,000.00 nationwide in new permits. Thus, we will be seeing inventory depletion for many years to come.
It rains in Portland. A lot. Yet that shouldn’t mean your family should be stuck at home! Portland is home to a diverse number of indoor fun hotspots. If you’re hike or fishing trip was cancelled due to inclement weather, take your family to one of these awesome places:
OMSI- The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is an educational indoor adventure. From the IMax Theater to the Planetarium, from astroonauts to dinosaurs, there’s something for every member of the family here. If you’re looking for a more grown-up evening, try OMSI After Dark, a series of after hours events with adult beverages and an ever-shifting array of themes and topics. I recommend planning your trip online beforehand, as there are a ton of different films being shown in the theater at any given time, and the exhibits are always being updated. Be sure to check out the USS Blueback, the torpedo submarine parked in the Wilamette just outside, or the Motion Simulator, in which you can shoot through space, fly over mountains, or dive under the sea in a series of ultra-realistic simulations. If you’re moving to town or just visiting, I promise that OMSI will quickly become one of your favorite indoor hangouts.
One of the biggest reasons my wife and I decided to move to Portland was for the food scene. Portland’s food trucks have a reputation of being some of the best in the country, a product of this city’s passion for food, culture, and identity. If you’re downtown around Pioneer Courthouse Square, on Hawthorne or Belmont, or in countless other neighborhoods in Portland, you’re sure to find a variety of truck options. These are just a few of our favorites in and around the city:
Viking Soul Food – This one tops the list because of its originality and its consistently great food. Viking’s Lefse is amazing, and I strongly recommend trying wraps from both their savory and sweet menus. The Fiskekaker ( fried cod cakes and saffron cream) and Lemon curd are favorites, and be sure to try the Mjollner, Vikings house made, beet based hot sauce. 4255 SE Belmont St.
Through the cold and dark of winter, the people of the Pacific Northwest certainly know how to bring back light and warmth. From the woodlands to the racetracks, featuring everything from ice skating to bonfires, and with plenty of warm drinks to go around, here are ten of Oregon’s most popular light displays.
Over 1.5 million lights will be lit throughout the zoo, with displays celebrating both the animals and the holidays. Parking tends to fill quickly, so visitors are advised to find a spot early or take the IMAX.
$4.95-$14.95, free for members and kids 2 & under
Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 5-9 pm or later
4001 SW Canyon Rd.