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 3, plus other recommendations for your visit.
Episode 3 locations
This scenic town 129 kilometers from Portland claims two coastal landmarks: Ecola State Park and Haystack Rock. Named for a native word meaning “whale,” Ecola State Park’s stretches of rugged, forested headlands offer outstanding hiking and quick access to cliff-framed Indian Beach. Just to the south, iconic Haystack Rock rises 235 feet above a long, sandy beach and some of the best tide pools on the coast. The lively midtown area of Cannon Beach is home to a vibrant arts scene. The dozen or so galleries include the Cannon Beach Gallery and the DragonFire Studio and Gallery, which offers seasonal workshops. Bill’s Tavern and Brewhouse is a favorite for its seafood-centric pub grub and house microbrews, like the award-winning Duck Dive Pale Ale.
At the heart of downtown Portland is red-brick-lined Pioneer Courthouse Square, also known as “Portland’s Living Room.” The most-visited spot in town hosts some 300 events each year, including a farmers’ market on summer Mondays, free concerts, movies and a grand holiday tree-lighting party. For tourism recommendations and information, stop by the Travel Portland Visitor Information Center in the square.
Downtown shopping center Pioneer Place houses major brands like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Camper and more. The mall has over 75 shops — and zero sales tax.
With more than 600 food carts, Portland’s street-food scene is legendary. Unlike other cities’ mobile food trucks, most Portland carts stay put in groups dubbed “pods.” Downtown, the Alder Street pod is one of the city’s largest. Try fish and chips from The Frying Scotsman, veggie bowls topped with an addictive garlic sauce from The Whole Bowl, or garlic- and ginger-infused chicken and rice from Nong’s Khao Man Gai.
Peninsula Park Rose Garden
North Portland’s historic Piedmont neighborhood is home to a unique horticultural gem – Peninsula Park Rose Garden. A formal French garden, this tranquil treasure is Portland’s first public rose garden and the original site of the Rose Festival activities. More than a century old, the Garden’s iconic fountain and bandstand are perfect complements to the splendor of more than 5,000 roses. The garden’s wide, brick walkways and ramps, along with level grassy paths, provide easy access to all. The garden is home to Portland’s official rose, Madame Caroline Testout, which was planted by the thousands along city streets in the early 1900s, ensuring Portland could rightfully claim to be the City of Roses.
In the area
A trip to the beach in Oregon might deliver more than expected – such as a sighting of a 27-metric-ton whale. Oregon’s whale watching season peaks twice a year, when as many as 20,000 gray whales migrate between the icy seas of Alaska and their breeding lagoons in Baja California, Mexico. (A couple hundred of these mammoth swimmers also stick around the Oregon Coast all year-round.) The best approach is to scan the horizon with the naked eye for spouts, which can reach up to 3.7 m. Once you’ve spied one, zero in on an active area with binoculars. Whether you visit during those weeks or any time in winter or spring, grab some binoculars and head to one of these spectacular viewpoints.
Powell’s City of Books
Covering an entire city block, Powell’s City of Books is more than a great bookstore: It’s a microcosm of Portland, packed with smart and eclectic offerings, passionate people, and (naturally) its own coffee shop. And just like Portland, it’s open 365 days a year? Founded in 1971 in a former car dealership, Powell’s has grown into a city landmark and is the world’s largest new and used bookstore. It’s easy to get lost in the countless stacks and sections. In addition to the incredible selection of books, don’t forget to pick up one of their quirky souvenirs.
Portland’s signature park isn’t just loaded with big trees and picnic tables. Located a mere two miles west of downtown and accessible by Portland’s light rail, MAX, 64-hectare Washington Park offers up a zoo, two museums, a spectacular rose garden, one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in the world and more — all bordered by Forest Park, one of the country’s premier urban wildernesses, stretching across 2,064 hectares.