Experiencing Portland

As part of the Portland Senior Experience, success in my internship is my first priority, but I’ve found that “experiencing” Portland is another top priority. This is my first time living in the beautiful city of Portland so I want to make sure I get the most out of my short time here. Whether it’s exploring food carts, seeking out the best happy hours or finding new running routes with the best views. Thus far I’ve had some amazing experiences.

I’ll share with you a few of my favorites!  PSU

PSU Farmer’s Market: I live a block away from PSU so I visit this farmer’s market every weekend. They have a huge selection of produce as well as food stations and tents with specialty items. They also have the most amazing flower selection I’ve ever seen. Check it out every Saturday from 8:30 am – 2:00 pm.


Grassa: I ate here for the first time with a co-worker from my internship. Best pasta I’ve ever eaten. You can watch them make the incredible pasta from scratch as you wait for your meal. Great music and fun environment.

Widmer Brothers Brewery: The brewery offers free tours (which includes beer tasting!) every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. If you’re not up for a tour they have a great pub where you can enjoy a drink and great meal.


Departure Restaurant + Lounge: An amazing bar located on the rooftop of the Nines hotel in downtown Portland.  You can enjoy an amazing view and great happy hour from 4-6 pm every day.

Any other suggestions for must see spots or activities in Portland?

Cheyenne Knowles


About Cheyenne Knowles

I am a recent graduate from the University of Oregon. I received my degree in Public Relations with a minor in Communications. My experiences working as a social media intern for the popular company Twistband and a public relations team member for Ethos magazine have ensured me that my passion lies public relations. I was most recently a Communications intern for the non-profit, The Children's Institute, in Portland, Ore. There, I boosted traffic and followers on social media accounts through strategic posts and audience research. In the future, I hope to work in media relations within either the sports and entertainment sector. I am eager to soon begin my professional journey and experience a multitude of exciting, new opportunities.
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4 Responses to Experiencing Portland

  1. Adaira Floyd says:

    I was actually just talking about checking out Departure! Sounds like the roof top happy hour would be fun.

    I haven’t been able to adventure as much as, so I don’t have too many recommendations. I’m sure other students who are more seasoned Portlandians will have some great ideas! I checked out the Laurelhurst Theater and it had affordable tickets and food! Also, we often visit Bunk sandwiches, because it is close to my internship, and they have really good sandwiches and mozzarella sticks.

    I know I’m 22 but I still want to see the Zoo lights (christmas) someday, too… heard that was pretty fun 🙂

  2. pdxsx says:

    Yes! All of you PDXSXers MUST get out there and explore the city while you are here! Only four (4) weeks of college left in the term and there are some kickass places to see and visit.

  3. Jasmine N. Rockow says:

    Great suggestions Cheyenne! I haven’t explored very much since work and school keep me busy and I usually visit my husband in Eugene on the weekends. But, last week my roommate took me to Helium Comedy Club in Southeast Portland. On Tuesdays it’s Open Mic night — admission is free and microbrews are three dollars. We had a great time.

  4. cmfbianco says:

    Cheyenne, I love Departure! Thanks for the great suggestions. I am definitely trying to do the same thing; I feel like I should know way more places to go Downtown by now. I do eat lunch at the food carts at least once a week since my internship is so close by. They are all amazing, but especially the Thai food cart on 9th and stark.

    Also, I really like the structure of your post this week, and it was fun to read!

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