You asked for ‘em, we’re making it happen! In case you haven’t caught wind, DPC is now offering a series of three recurring walking tours of downtown Portland. The first three tours went great, and we asked each of our guides for a recap…in hopes you’ll join them this month.
Today’s recap comes from Carye Bye, “Portland’s Museum Lady,” who leads Hidden Portland: City Treasures (coming up Friday, October 19 and Friday, November 9). In case you missed it, the Portland Mercury tagged along and reviewed the tour. Read it here. From Carye:
My first tour went great! I had a mix of people. A few long term Portlanders, a few new in the last 5-10 years, and one short term visitor. A mother and daughter went on the tour and they were having great fun reminiscing because the father/husband used to work downtown in the city. So they were noticing new things and remembering the old.
My tour is somewhat informal and small group so it gave a chance for people to show me things they were noticing. The Hidden Portland tour is all about learning to train yourself to be in what I call Explore mode. This means you are an active participant in the environment.
On this tour, a man was cleaning outside of the Portland Art Museum, he knew a lot about the building and shared some secrets with the group! At the end of the tour one person said “It’s over?!” with a little disappointment on her face. That’s a pretty good compliment for a 2 1/2 hour walking tour. We are having so much fun explore the city and learning from each other on our “group art date” that it’s hard to believe how fast the time goes!
Each tour group is going to be different depending on who is on the tour which means I can slightly tailor the tour to who is in the group since there’s more to see than we have time for. So it makes every tour not quite the same as the last. Also have goodies I hand out to the tour so you don’t want to miss out on those!