Portland Lifestyle
Voted by readers of AmericanStyle magazine as one of nation’s “most stimulating and artistically inviting art destinations,” Portland stands as one of the leading metro centers for cultural treasures. From Bach and ballet to Broadway shows, newcomers will discover the finest of every creative expression in Portland and its outlying areas. Even in smaller communities, active cultural groups encourage the arts through educational programs, little theatre, arts and craft fairs, and colorful annual festivals and seasonal celebrations.

As the hub of regional commerce, culture, and education, Portland is home to some of the state’s most celebrated performing arts groups, from ballet and theatre to symphony. Wonderful museums, nature centers, art galleries, and shopping districts have made this area as appealing to visitors as it is to new residents. Preserving all the friendly personality of a small community, the city has managed to develop a virtually endless list of attractions and activities. Known for “kid friendliness” and a family orientation, the metro area is home to spectacular science and nature museums, the state’s finest zoo, amusement parks, premier recreational centers, and wonderful opportunities for family fun and adventure.

Most residents of the metropolitan Portland region tend to be outdoor enthusiasts, taking advantage of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the natural playground of nearby national forests and Mount Hood. Hiking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, skiing, and snowboarding are just a few of the sports and activities available just beyond the front door. Summer temperatures that seldom rise above 80 degrees combine with mild winter lows that rarely dip below freezing to coax residents into the wide open spaces.

Shopping throughout the metropolitan area can be a day’s adventure in itself, tempered with moments of rest and relaxation at cozy cafes or fine restaurants. Gallery nights and popular nightclubs or comedy clubs offer exciting entertainment when the setting sun is replaced by glowing neon lights. The finest of seafood or international cuisine served on a balcony with a riverfront view is only one of the many pleasures associated with a Portland lifestyle.

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