Give the Gift of Greatness:
Portland's Food, Culture and Chocolate
Still haven't finished (started?) your holiday shopping? Still have some hard-to-buy for folks on your holiday shopping list?
Portland Walking Tours can help... (would the Little Drummer boy please give us a drum roll? ...) with Gift Certificates!
Gift Certificates from Portland Walking Tours allow you to give the gift of fun, delicious food and flexibility - all year round.
Whether you're buying for Ebenezer or Tiny Tim, a gift from Portland Walking Tours can fill the bill.
Our Best of Portland tour would make gentle Bob Cratchit proud, while Scrooge might prefer tales of a seedier nature on the Underground Portland tour. The Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future would, of course, opt for the spooky Beyond Bizarre tour.
There are about 2.2 million reasons to "shop locally" this holiday season: each and every one of the ethnically, culturally, philosphically, and genetically diverse people from around the world who live, work and thrive here.
Over 65,000 businesses call Portland home (over 350,000 in Oregon). Each of them employs creative, hard-working people who would love to help you fill your holiday baskets with cheer, with gifts like:
beautiful Pendleton blankets, sweaters and scarves
Oregon-grown hazelnuts, fruits, and organic meats and produce
Locally-produced jams, cheeses, baked goods, honey, and fresh or smoked salmon
Fresh, locally roasted coffee
Gluten-free baking goods and cereals from Bob's Red Mill
Tickets to shows at Portland Center Stage, the Portland Art Museum, Powell's books and Oregon Ballet Theater, bringing us culture on a working stiff's budget
Beers from the 51 local craft breweries in the city and the 100+ in the state such as McMenamin's, Widmer Brothers and Hair of the Dog Brewing (and don't forget our 400+ wineries)
The Made in Oregon store, whose collection of locally-produced goods extends far beyond what any one article can list
What's great about buying from local businesses like these is:
Your money stays local, supporting our economy and creating jobs that in turn may support your own business
It reduces costs, energy use, environmental impact and the load on the transportation system
It supports the "Oregon Story" - our regional leadership in promoting creative self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship.
It helps support a vibrant downtown core, essential to the health of a great city.
Want to learn more about local products, businesses and culture? Come on our Best of Portland Walking Tour. We've got lots of great stories to tell about our city!
Resident Expert Profile: Herb Spice
Get on a tour with Herb Spice, and you’ve reduced your degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon to one.
Our own in-house “Animal House” actor and self-described “Street Theater Director” boasts the perfect name for leading the Epicurean Excursion, his favorite tour, as well as our private “Beervana” and other specialty tours.
“I love Oregon,” Herb says. Born and bred in Eugene, where he got his "Animal House" opportunity, he moved to New York City in 1980 where he discovered that “…much of America thinks Oregon is a mysterious state, as do I. When I moved back to Portland, I wanted to share my love of the area with anyone who would listen.” Since 2008, Herb has found more than his share of avid listeners on Portland Walking Tours.
Herb’s reputation for enthusiastic story-telling – in particular, about Portland’s food scene and its “greenosity” – makes him much-loved on the Epicurean tour. “The food is the star,” he says. He credits our vendor partners (aka “food buddies”) with showing true passion for the attitude and energy that sustains the creative food culture in Portland. “Visitors and locals are both astounded by the quality and vision of our ‘fooditude’,” he says.
And Herb has stories. Example: “A few years back, an elderly gentleman was intently interested in the food we were sampling from Aybla Grill. I was concentrating on describing the food. A woman in our group said, ‘That’s Harrison Ford! And he looks hungry.’I gave her an extra falafel and she rushed it to him.He accepted it, ate it, and thanked us. Best tips I’ve ever gotten on a tour!”
Pretty cool, huh? Now Indiana Jones is only one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon, too.