Making New Friends in Portland
Even if you’re a confident, social, 100% normal adult woman, it can be really hard to make a few new friends, even in a city as friendly and awesome as Portland. It’s SUCH a common problem in fact that there are new ladies joining GirlCrew groups in cities all over the world every day with the sole purpose of making a few new pals. So you are literally, definitely, not alone.
Have you ever messaged everyone you know to invite them to a gig or brunch but everyone is busy/tired/away? That’s the biggest reason we see girls joining GirlCrew for. It’s not that we don’t have friends, we just don’t have enough of them or a big enough variety of them anymore!
As we grow up, we all become busier with careers or family and relationships and it can just be hard to find time when you and your BFFs are all available as well as not being too wrecked to do anything. We also see heaps of members connecting and forming friendships because they have something in common that they didn’t have in common with their current friends – be that an interest or something they’re struggling with. It’s been really special to get that benefit from it personally as well as seeing it do the same thing for thousands of other women too.
GirlCrew simply offers you a platform with heaps of women in the same boat as you are that you can pop in and out of and join in any activities going on whenever you wish or suggest your own ideas. Join GirlCrew Portland, post what you like to do (brunch? dinner? a bike ride?! cocktails? dancing? you name it, GirlCrew has done it.) and then wait for the responses to come in and head along to your first GirlCrew get together. The groups are open to all women over 25, with no upper age limit. Check our our other city groups if you’re not Portland based.
Now that you’ve got a crew sorted, what’s good to see, do or eat there? Why not join the group and see what they’re up to! I’ve never seen better more reliable recommendations than I’ve gotten from posting in GirlCrew groups.
Portland’s Japanese Garden
Get Zen at Portland’s Japanese garden where there are five different garden styles to see. The idea of the garden is to feel more peaceful and tranquil, to connect to nature and enjoy the history and culture of Japan. Once you’re finished with your walk take some extra time out to visit the Tea House where you can participate in a tea ceremony and relax in the beautiful zashiki. Oh, I feel more relaxed already.
Pedal Bike Tours
For the cycling GirlCrewers, there is a great bike tour around Portland city. No matter what your fitness level is, this is a fun easy bike ride around the city. There are also various tours to try such as team building and historical Portland. Cycling is such a great way to explore a city, and with guided tours or the capability to rent a bike and go wherever the wind takes you, it’s a great way to spend a few hours.
Helium Comedy Club
I’m a big comedy fan so I definitely recommend going to a comedy club. The Helium boasts a great line up every night, they also host open mic nights if you want to get up yourself and have a go. Or get an event together and try a comedy 101 class. Comedians like Kevin Nealon, Jay Mohr, and Justin William have all performed at the venue so you know the offering will be top notch.
Portland Art Museum
Everyone loves a bit of art, and the Portland Art Museum has a huge range of pieces on display, including works by Andy Warhol and Rodin. They also host film festivals and classes where you can learn photography and film editing. Founded in late 1892, it is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. With over 42,000 objects across 112,000 square feet you might need to set aside quite some time to get around this place, but it’s well worth it. It’s renowned for an extensive display of Native American artworks and artefacts, with an impressive 90% of the space devoted to the permanent collection.
If these tips sound like something you’d like to check out, get your crew together and go explore Portland!