Portland, Oregon. The western land of the hip and friendly. It’s currently ranked in the “Top 10 Best Places to Live” list by U.S. News and World Report, and Business.org named it the #1 best city in America to live in for working women. Luckily for you, SpecialtyCare is currently looking to fill a position there for surgical neurophysiologist. If you have IONM experience under your belt and are already certified, read on as we look at the top reasons Portland may be worthy of your presence. It may just be the change you were never looking for.
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There’s Always Something to Do
There’s a reason why 30,000 people flock to Portland every year. It’s absolutely loaded with fun things to do. Portland sits in the Willamette Valley and is mostly flat, but it’s surrounded by gorgeous mountains and foothills. On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood, St. Helens, and more. So it’ll come to no surprise that the locals are huge on hiking, trailing and biking. There are dozens of trails and parks in the area, including Marquam Nature Park, a 178-acre in the breathtaking Tualatin Mountains with several hiking trails. You can also check out Hoyt Arboretum which features thousands of native and endangered trees and 12 miles of trails.
Portland is also near the Pacific as well. The nearest beach is Cannon, about 90 minutes away. The city is also home to two professional sports teams, the NBA Trail Blazers and the MLS Timbers. Since soccer and basketball have almost total opposite seasons in regards to time of year, chances are there’s usually a game to check out each week. The city also has a booming food scene that’s quality-focused. Many restaurants boast organic and locally grown food, while many bars boast craft-brewed beer. Brunch in Portland is also huge.
Awesome Annual Events
Rarely a month goes by where there isn’t a massive annual event going on in the city. Each year kicks off with the Portland International Film Festival (which celebrated 42 years this year), bringing over 140 independent films with a draw of 38,000 people every year. Then there’s the epic Shamrock Run, a glorious Saint Patty’s Day celebration with an iconic beer garden. Then later on in the year, Portland’s premier pop culture event, the Rose City Comic Con takes place with major companies like Dreamworks, Legendary and Dark Horse Comics all involved. And no Christmas season would be complete without the Holiday Ale Festival.
And let’s not forget Portland is west coast city. This means all the wine you can handle with tons of winery and vineyard options, such as Hip Chicks do Wine, a smaller winery with an intimate tasting room and weekly events like Game Night or Pop and Paint. Or check out Portland Wine Bar & Tasting Room, specializing in small batch Oregon and Hawaiian tropical fruit wines. No matter what your taste, there’s a winery for everyone in this booming city.
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