Want to follow in the footsteps of the “Wie Is De Mol?” season 17 candidates as they explore Portland and Oregon? Here’s a look at where they went in episode 1, plus other recommendations for your visit.
Episode 1 locations
Trillium Lake, located 97 km southeast of downtown Portland, offers year-round recreation in the beautiful natural setting of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. Winter brings snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, while summer provides prime photography opportunities sure to capture a perfect pairing — Trillium Lake with a stunning Mount Hood backdrop. In summer, it’s also a popular destination for camping, fishing (stocked with trout, including trophy fish), hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, wildlife viewing, picnicking and non-motorized boating.
Built in 1910, Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge is the oldest vertical lift bridge still in operation in the United States, and it’s the city’s busiest bicycle transit bridge. You can’t operate the Hawthorne Bridge like the WIDM contestants did, but you can cross it by bike, foot, bus or car. Stop mid-span to enjoy views of the downtown skyline and several of Portland’s other Willamette River bridges, including the striking Tilikum Crossing, opened in 2015 as the country’s only bridge dedicated to light rail, buses, bicycles and pedestrians — without automobile traffic.
McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub
The Bagdad Theater and Pub, first opened in 1927, is a wonder of Moorish architecture restored to its original glory by Portland’s popular brewers, the McMenamin brothers, in 1991. The theater, one of the city’s many view-and-brew-style venues, shows first-run features and serves craft beer, pizza and pub fare. The Backstage Bar, a hidden room behind the Bagdad Theater’s screen that stretches seven stories from floor to ceiling, offers pool, shuffleboard and a large viewing screen of its own.
The Bagdad is a landmark of Southeast Portland’s Hawthorne district, where you’ll also find funky vintage and boutique shopping, a large outpost of Powell’s City of Books and great food.
The landmark Pittock Mansion, built in 1914, offers picture-perfect views of the city and its surroundings, as well as a revealing glimpse of Portland’s past. Tour the structure’s 23 art- and antique-filled rooms, then stroll the rhododendron-lined gardens and savor knockout vistas of downtown’s skyline and snowy Mount Hood.
For more of the great outdoors, visit nearby wilderness Forest Park or Washington Park, which encompasses the Oregon Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden, two family-friendly museums, and more. Below the mansion, Northwest Portland (also known as Nob Hill) is one of the city’s best districts for shopping and people-watching.
In the area
At an elevation of 3,427 meters, Mount Hood is Oregon’s tallest and grandest peak – and it’s just 90 minutes from Portland. The mountain offers an array of outdoor activities year-round, including skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports in the winter and mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and birding in the summer. Lodging options on the mountain include the iconic Timberline Lodge, as well as resorts, vacation rentals and campgrounds.
Tualatin Valley wine country
The Tualatin Valley, just 20 kilometers from downtown Portland, is at the northern tip Oregon’s Willamette Valley, which was named 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Its 30-plus wineries showcase some of the best wines of the region. At welcoming spots like Ponzi Vineyards, Montinore Estate and Cooper Mountain Vineyards, wine lovers will find new bottles and learn about the rich soil and history of the land that grows favorite varietals. Take it all in on the Vineyard and Valley Scenic Tour Route, a 97-kilometer drive that shows off Tualatin Valley’s wineries and farms, amidst staggering views of the Cascade Mountains.
Visit these North Portland streets to enjoy live music, local shops and popular restaurants and bars. North Mississippi Avenue features a long stretch of stores, bars and restaurants; the acclaimed eateries and bars on up-and-coming North Williams are less than a kilometer away. Some standouts include music venue Mississippi Studios, shops The Meadow (gourmet salt and chocolate) and Queen Bee (handmade bags) and restaurants Tasty N Sons, Lincoln and Lovely’s Fifty Fifty.