Are we excited about the new start location? Heck yeah we are! Starting our tours in one central spot means you'll be able to purchase tickets up until the last minute and stay out of the drizzle* until the tour leaves. We also think that "Theater in the Square" sounds a lot nicer than "Meet me at the corner of Sixth and Yamhill" for a tour location.
There are plenty of things you could do to get into the Halloween spirit this October: visit haunted houses, navigate haunted corn mazes, put a haunted bird on it... What about something truly bizarre: asking some of Portland's longest-serving tenants a few questions, with an assist from a clairvoyant? Portland Walking Tours is excited to be leading groups way beyond the bizarre this month.
On the special Way Beyond Bizarre tour, meet an experienced ghost hunter, learn how to use real ghost hunting equipment, walk the haunted basement of the old Merchant Hotel building, and ask questions of a professional clairvoyant.
Tours depart from 202 NW Davis St. at 6:30 and 9:30 PM on: October 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and November 1.
Scary deal: If you order your Way Beyond Bizarre ticket before October 18th, you save $25 off the regular tour price!
Stop Weird Gifting: get a Gift Voucher!
The celebratory song is sung. The wrapping, eagerly unwrapped.
And instead of the hoped-for digital memory card or movie tickets it's... a box of band-aids shaped like strips of bacon. Another victory for The Weird Gift.
If you want to avoid giving or getting The Weird Gift this year, Big Red Arrow has vouchers redeemable for any Portland Walking Tour. Show out-of-town relatives the Best of Portland, treat a friend to an Epicurean Excursion, or score major points by setting your favorite chococentric individual up with Chocolate Decadence tour passes.
Vouchers can be purchased for a specific tour type or a monetary amount, are valid for a full year after the purchase date, and are available exclusively on Big Red Arrow.
Take the guessing out of gifting with a voucher: Buy one now!
Special offer for
Take $25 off "Way Beyond Bizarre" tickets by ordering before October 18, 2014
Walking around Old Town on a daily basis takes a special kind of Resident Expert. One who thrives on exploring the stranger elements of a strange city. Portland Walking Tours guide Jim Vadala is that Resident Expert.
Since becoming a guide with Portland Walking Tours, Jim has enjoyed telling visitors about the "seedy and greedy side of this beautiful city" on the Underground Portland walking tours.
Citing the Underground tours as his favorite, Jim says that the only thing he can expect on a tour is the unexpected: "I'd wager
something strange happens every tour I give." His favorite stop on the tour is on Burnside between 3rd and 4th: the home of Voodoo Donuts, Dante's, the Chinatown gate, and other attractions. "The stories you could tell about that block alone could be another tour. I love it!"
The strange and unusual aspects of Portland also help explain why this East-Coaster calls Stumptown his home.
"Portlanders are cool cats, and we know it. The city has a total come-as-you-are, be-who-you-wanna-be attitude, and everyone has a story. It didn't take me long to feel like a Portlander."
When he's not leading a tour, Jim can be found onstage as an actor or backstage as a carpenter. He can currently be seen in Post5 Theatre's SPECTRAVAGASM V,
recommended for mature* audiences.
*Maturity can be a drawback when seeing SPECTRAVAGASM. Still, no kids for this show.
In Our Neighborhood: the Faux Museum
Early for your Underground or Beyond Bizarre tour? Step next door to the Faux Museum