There are a lot of people talking about Portland. Which can be a problem if you want to keep this little Pacific Northwestern gem a secret.

When someone asks what you want for dinner, it’s hard not to mention the amazing restaurant scene. When people talk about their favorite live bands, it’s hard not to mention getting to see them in the city’s numerous small venues.

When others bring up hiking, it’s difficult not to mention the 40 miles of trails that make up Forest Park, one of America’s largest urban parks. By the time you talk about the art galleries, the bookstores, the endless locally-owned boutiques, the cocktail bars, coffee shops, city gardens, municipal bike routes and vintage arcades, it starts to feel like bragging.

Which might be why we don’t talk about them. It’s not that we’re trying to keep all this stuff to ourselves.

We just don’t want to rub it in people’s faces.

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