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I’m really excited to interview Liz Eischen of Kitchen Table Finances about Portland, Oregon. As a life-long resident of Oregon, Liz has insider tips for the best things to do in Portland. The food and coffee culture in the city is incredible and she’ll share plenty of fun activities for you to enjoy when you visit.

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Best things to do in Portland Oregon with Liz Eischen Mill End Park

Mill Ends Park, the world’s smallest official park

Portland, Oregon

Portland is a popular city for coffee, food, and craft brews. It is a hidden gem with incredible natural beauty surrounding it.

Although it rains quite often, it is usually just a soft mist so you can still get out and explore the city. Liz says that the best time to visit Portland is in the summer (from late June through early August). The sun is out, the temperature is comfortable, and the adventures are endless. For example, you can float on the river, listen to music at the Waterfront Blues Festival, or grab a cone at the Scooperfest Ice Cream festival.

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Travel Portland, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Portland Oregon with Liz Eischen Stumptown Coffee Co

If you love coffee, then Stumptown Coffee Co is the place to be

Getting around Portland

The local airport is Portland International Airport (PDX), which is less than 10 miles from the city center.

Liz says that you don’t need to rent a car if you’re staying in the Downtown area. You can take the MAX light rail from the airport for $2.50 and around the city ($5 day pass). Plus there’s always an Uber or Lyft nearby. And I’ve personally found the downtown area very walkable.

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Best things to do in Portland Oregon with Liz Eischen Blue Star donuts close up

Tourists go to VooDoo, but locals go to Blue Star Donuts.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Liz Eischen about Portland, Oregon. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Portland, Oregon
  • Green dots = best things to do in Portland, Oregon
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Portland, Oregon

Who is Liz Eischen?

Liz has lived in Oregon all of her life and her family has a century-old farm just west of the city. The idea behind Kitchen Table Finances is based on her personal experience of sitting around the kitchen table talking money, business ideas, and more with her family.

On her blog, Liz is documenting the journey towards financial independence while sharing tips with readers about how they can have better money conversations with their family.

Here are a few articles that she’s written:

You can connect with Liz Eischen at her website and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Best things to do in Portland Oregon with Liz Eischen Powell’s Bookstore

Powell’s Bookstore is the largest independent new and used book store in the world

Stay tuned for our next episode

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