Oregon Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98
  • Local Customs
    by Ewingjr98

Oregon Local Customs

  • umbrellas? Not for locals!

    Portland Local Customs

    This is a weather related tip and thus doesn't fit into any of the currently available VirtualTourst categories: Portland has a well-earned reputation as a place where it rains a lot. The local tourist and convention bureau, colleges and universities, real estate agents, and various others have attempted to pass off the Portland reputation for...

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  • Blackberries for everyone

    Portland Local Customs

    Blackberries are everywhere in the Portland area, and to a lesser extent all over the northwest. The most common type was introduced and is now considered an invasive species because they take over just about any open space and to a lesser extent forest land. Therefore, you can pretty much find them everywhere. Most commonly they are around in...

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  • Stay in your car

    Portland Local Customs

    In this day and age, self service is the norm. But not in Portland, at least not when it comes to gasoline. Oregon is only one of two states in the US where you cannot pump your own gasoline. In 2003, a bill was introduced in the Oregon legislature to allow self service gas pumps. It did not get enough votes to pass. So, the rule of thumb is "hands...

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  • Rose Queen

    Portland Local Customs

    The Rose Festival Court is comprised of 14 outstanding women who are selected from 14 Portland-area high schools by their respective student bodies. Each court member represents her school throughout the months of May and June at many community events, including meetings with business leaders, visits to hospitals and senior living centers, and...

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  • Voodoo Donuts in Portland

    An observant traveler departing the Portland Airport may notice any number of fellow travelers carrying boxes of donuts home from Portland. In fact, we eschewed the box, but did bring some of the tasty and creative, flavorful gutt bombs home to our loved ones. Voodoo donuts is a "must do" whilst in Portland. There are two in the downtown Portland...

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  • Got Beer?

    Here's some general info on the Brewers Festival. Please visit my Portland page for more information.I once read that Oregon had more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the United States and had fewer than only Copenhagen, Denmark. We love our craft beers and pretty much anyone will point you to their favorite brewery. The web site below...

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  • Craft Beer Pioneer

    Many are coming to realize that Oregon is full of many scenic wonders but it has been a forerunner in the craft beer revolution in the United States as well. In the early 1980s, small breweries started to spring up around the the US with many of the first in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. The climate is quite good for growing hops...

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  • Oregon White Oak

    At one point in time, the Willamette Valley had a significant portion of oak savanna and other ecosystems that revolved around the large oak trees found here.The tree is also known as the Garry Oak, and was named after Nicholas Garry of the Hudon's Bay Company.For various reasons, the wood from the tree is difficult to use commercially, and...

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  • Wapato, Sagittaria latifolia, native...

    Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest held this species of plants in particularly high regard. There have been some attempts at trying to restore some of the native habitats for these plants.The particular photo shows a small display of growing wapato as part of a display outside the entrance of the Jackson Bottoms Wetlands Nature Center, which...

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  • Salmon

    Fish that live in the ocean and return to fresh water to reproduce (salmon and steelhead) have been part of life in the Pacific Northwest as long as anyone can remember. Native American folklore has some fish stories, and native culture heavily depended on the fish, to the point where important trading centers were centered around fishing grounds...

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  • Don't Pick the Trilliums

    Trilliums are a native Oregon (and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest) flower that arrives in March or April, depending on the winter weather, flourishes for a few weeks, continues to live in relative obscurity as a three-leafed plant, and then disappears completely as summer wears on.It exists as a bulb under the ground.They are very selective...

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  • Oregon Grape

    I can not count the number of times I have had people make comments to me about "that strange holly plant with the blue berries rather than red ones" because they are unfamiliar with Oregon's state flower: the Oregon Grape.While the leaves are somewhat like holly, the blue berries are a give away. I have been told that some people use the berries...

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  • Douglas Fir Trees

    The Douglas Fir tree is Oregon's state tree, and they serve as popular decoration, shade, park feature, and Christmas tree. It is also a popular tree to cut down and use as lumber for housing, and is therefore a prime mover of local industry.

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  • Slugs

    Slugs ("snails without shell" according to the Lewis & Clark Expedition) are very common in the Pacific Northwest. They come in two types: native slugs and imported European black slugs. The native Pacific Northwest slug is not quite like the bright yellow "banana slug" that is found further south in California, but it is a close relative.The...

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  • You won't be pumping your own gas in...

    Oregon and New Jersey are the only 2 states in the USA that do not have (nor allow) self-serve gas pumps.The disadvantage is that gas costs a few cents a gallon more but the advantage is that when it is cold or rainy outside your car, someone else is getting cold and wet.

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  • Blowing Up the Neighborhood

    Oregon is very conservative about what entertainment explosives are allowed by the general population (those without professional fireworks training or licence). This includes just about anything that flys up into the air.Washington State and the Indian reservations are far more liberal about what is sold.Thus, every 4th of July, New Year's Eve,...

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  • Native American Fishing Platforms

    Since time immemmorial, the tribes along the Columbia River have constructed wooden platforms to allow them to get out over the river and catch fish.Today, power tools are used to build them, but the idea remains: get out over the water to catch fish.Some of the platforms are quite intricate, and almost all look quite dangerous.This, however, is...

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  • Don't pump your own gas

    All gas stations in Oregon are full service. You are not allowed to pump your own gas. Although at most gas stations this simply means that the attendant starts pumping gas and then walks away, leaving you to finish. At least, that's what happened to me when I stopped to "fill up" while driving along the Coast. The state of Oregon is one of only...

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  • Faerie Worlds

    an international festival inspired by the artistic works of artist Brian & Wendy Froud and the musical talents of "Woodland". Each year, hundreds to thousands of musicians, artists, authors, craftspeople, and faerie enthusiasts gather together to celebrate the realm of faerie. Put on annually by Brian Froud, Woodland Productions, and Imaginosis ......

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  • NO Sales Tax

    There is NO sales tax in Oregon. Everything from food to shoes to art-what the price tag says is what you pay. Hotels can still charge tax though and so can rental cars (I think) but for whatever reason, these taxes don't fall under the umbrella of sales tax.

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  • Don't pump own gas

    Oregon is one of only two states in the U.S. I believe in which it is illegal to pump your own gas. It supposedly has to do with safety (though somehow the other 48 states haven't blown up in a ball of fire yet); the last time it was on the ballot to change the law, it was defeated by voters. (As another VTer informed me, New Jersey is the other...

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  • The Oregon State Song

    Oregon, My Oregon Words by J.A. BuchananMusic by Henry B. MurtaghLand of the Empire Builders, Land of the Golden West;Conquered and held by free men, Fairest and the best.On-ward and upward ever, Forward and on, and on;Hail to thee, Land of the Heroes, My Oregon.Land of the rose and sunshine, Land of the summer's breeze;Laden with health and vigor,...

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  • Don't get depressed if you...

    Don't get depressed if you don't like rain in Oregon. Especially in the winter, it can drizzle non-stop for weeks and you never get any sunshine. A positive attitude and a vacation to someplace sunny during the rainy season is always a good idea. Or you may be lucky and get an occasional vacation day form all the rain. Winter sports like skiing and...

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  • All beaches are public

    From Washington on the north to California on the south, the full length of Oregon's coast belongs to the public. No homeowner or hotel can block off any part of the beach -- it is all public. I think this is unique among all states bordering an ocean.While you aren't to trespass through other people's property to reach the beach, there are well...

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  • No sales tax!!

    Oregon is also one of the only states in the United States that has no sales tax.Of course we have high income tax and at present extreme budget problems, but that shouldn't affect the well being or pocket books of visitors to our fair state.I'm not sure how many times through the years a sales tax has been voted down by Oregonians, though I do...

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  • Tip the gas people if they wash windows

    In Oregon, there is no self service gas...so please tip these nice people if they go the extra mile to wash your windows and give your doggie a treat...a buck or two is suffice. be nice..

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  • Sales tax, Caffiene, and Gasoline.

    Three very important things about Oregonians. 1. There is no sales tax. Something is priced 99 cents, you get a penny back. Sometimes I am still amazed myself.2. They drink alot of caffiene. There is a coffee shop on every corner. 3. Oregonians are not allowed to pump their own gas. I'm not kidding. There is no self serve. You pull in and there is...

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  • Be nice!!! Oregonians are...

    Be nice!!! Oregonians are friendly, laid back, easy-going, etc... we have a slower-paced lifestyle than the Washingtonians above us and the Californians below us. We drive slower on the freeways, we eat slower, we walk slower.... so if you're in a hurry you will probably not receive the best service. Be friendly, understanding, and patient, and...

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  • Don't get out of your car if...

    Don't get out of your car if you wanna get some gas anywhere in Oregon...you do not need to do ANYTHING..workers of the gas station will come to you, ask what you need and for how much, fill up your car, clean your windows, take your money and bring the change without that you even move once open the door...don't think that its cheaper if you do it...

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  • Buckle-Up!

    You must wear a seat belt (also called a safety belt or restraining belt) while in a moving vehicle. Also, babies must be in baby seats and a law was just passed regarding children and safety seats:Oregon's Child Restraint Law (ORS 811.210) states that all vehicle passengers under 4 years of age and weighing 40 pounds or less must be properly...

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  • Dumb Oregon LawsDishes must...

    Dumb Oregon LawsDishes must drip dry.The 'Peer Review Statute' prohibits you from finding out details of any written or oral discussion about your medical treatment. Not even a court of law can. All you can access is what the doctor or nurse voluntarily records in your chart.It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on...

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  • Oregon is a very friendly...

    Oregon is a very friendly place. I must say that they have four seasons through out the year. I really enjoyed the fact that when I stayed at my friends place, we were able to leave the door unlocked. Nice feeling!! Cannot do that much in America anymore.

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  • People won't give you wrong...

    People won't give you wrong directions! Lots of folks have been around for ages and it's fun to talk to strangers, especially old ladies who own knick-knack shops. Generally people will talk a lot once you ask them something. You'll find lots of crafts here.

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  • The Portland Art Museum offers...

    The Portland Art Museum offers a rich taste of culture for those who are interested..Right now and through September 22,2002 the 'Splenders of Imperial Japan' is the exhibit to focus on..This features the art of the Meiji Period from the Khalili Collection. Incredible works of art belonging to individual collectors on loan to the museum..Well worth...

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  • Portland is where you want to...

    Portland is where you want to go for great museums, music, freelance art, and fine dining!Head north to Portland!

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  • Littering in Oregon will get...

    Littering in Oregon will get you in trouble, while I would not expect visitors to throw trash (including cigarette butts) out the car window, the Oregonians have roads posted with significant fines. Trash should be stored and go where it's suppose to. Don't ruin camping area's or rest stops by throwing litter.

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  • After doing alot of driving to...

    After doing alot of driving to the coast, I noticed these little huts dot the country roadsides. They vary in intricacy from a roof with supports to little playhouses with their own heaters. For years, I wondered what the darn things were. (Seems like an awful place for an outhouse) Turns out, since the Oregon coast has very harsh winters with lots...

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  • The notion that Oregon is a...

    The notion that Oregon is a 'rain culture' is not the complete truth. There are wonderful sunny days thruout the year.'Top down' weather! Culture lovers will be pleased to visit the Portland Classical Chinese Garden,Portland Art Museum,Oregon Museum of Science and Industry,Oregon Zoo, and the International Rose Test Garden. Too mention a few...

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  • Remember on the West side of...

    Remember on the West side of the Cascade Mountains, it rains, and rains, and rains. The best time of year is Sept/Oct when the short summer rains have ended before the fall/winter/spring rains begin. People who visit or move here and claim the 'love the rain' are full of crap. You simply ignore it and go on with life because the clear days are...

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  • There's an old Oregon saying...

    There's an old Oregon saying 'Welcome to Oregon, but please don't stay'. Oregonians like the state the way it is. Not too crowded and semi-wild. Many native Oregonians cannot stand Californians. If you want to start a conversation, just ask about Califs. moving to Oregon. You'll get an ear full! On average, I would say Oregonians are somewhat...

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