Portlandia Season 1 Filming Locations

Posted on January 12, 2012 by peter bell

Every once in awhile, I come across a show that is a slow burn for me.  I may see a clip, hear an anecdote about an episode, laugh for a bit, and then move on.  As far as tv goes, I’ll watch an episode of just about any show.  In some cases, I’ll watch the entire series of a show that I’m not even close to being passionate about (what’s up, My Name is Earl?).  But in some rare occasions, like Mr. Show and Arrested Development, I begin to develop an almost unhealthy relationship with a television work.  Right now, that current obsession is squarely focused on Portlandia.

There are several stages that I have managed to identify with this type of behavior.  The initial phase is the curiosity (or flirtatious) stage.  I get sucked in by a YouTube clip, or hear from a reliable source, or see a piece of marketing that resonates.  If these inputs make the synapses fire in agreeable sequence, it’s on to the next round.  For me, it was when Peter and Nancy (Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein) are at The Gilt Club and are presented a dossier detailing the life of their free-range organic chicken up until the point of their meal (in Episode 1, Season 1).

The second stage could be considered the first date with a show.  By it’s very nature, it’s an awkward and exciting way to see how someone’s mind operates.  What are their values?  What are their dreams?  What makes them laugh?  Please God, let this one be without a laugh track.  If the whole encounter sucks, at least you’ve gained a greater understanding of yourself, and what you don’t want out of life (and mind-candy entertainment).  Instead, you’ve given me a way to laugh like hell at dumpster-diving for tiny sweaters.

But maybe there is a spark- a connection that can’t be ignored.  We increasingly spend time with one another.  Each episode flashes by, like racing past busy storefronts during shopping season.  The laughter spills out naturally and uninhibited, surprising even me.  Oh Portlandia, you have such devilishly clever ways.

This is the point when we should part ways.  We’ve spent the reasonable amount of time together.  It is obviously diminishing returns from this point onward.  But you’re in my head, Portlandia.  I begin to watch each episode not only to laugh, but also to figure out why I laugh.  This tedious deconstruction is not the way you intended this relationship to exist, Portlandia, but it’s inevitable when something captivates and fascinates me.  Where does this leave us?  Wanting more, and me biding my time until Season Two.

In case the language of this post unintentionally leads to metaphor, I just want to make one thing abundantly clear:  I love you, Portlandia.  Let’s grow old together.

Portlandia Intro Locations:

Portlandia Episode 1, Season 1 Locations:

Portlandia Episode 2, Season 1 Locations:

Portlandia Episode 3, Season 1 Locations:

Portlandia Episode 4, Season 1 Locations:

Portlandia Episode 5, Season 1 Locations:

Portlandia Episode 6, Season 1 Locations:


Here are some locations from season 2.


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8 Responses to Portlandia Season 1 Filming Locations

  1. Karen Hook says:

    I have been trying to enter my information about my house to be used in an episode, but the form at portlandialocations.com has fields that are required and they are protected and I cannot enter the info so I can submit my form. I have tried many times. I received a flyer and would like more information about using my house, but can not submit the form. With no phone number, not sure where else to go. Someone needs to check their form entry before they send out the flyers.

    • peter bell says:

      Well said, Karen- we completely agree. However, we also have no idea what you’re talking about.

  2. Karen Hook says:

    I received a flyer about using my house in an episode. You are supposed to go to http://www.portlandialocations.com to fill out a form. There are two fields that are required to be able to submit the form and those two fields are locked, cannot enter the information. The fields are exterior and interior info about the house. Impossible to submit the form. Since there is no phone number, not sure what to do. Guess they really don’t want to use my house, but everyone else who received the flyer must be having the same problem.

  3. Karen Hook says:

    Interestingly enough, I was able to fill out the form on my lap top. For some reason the fields were not accessible on my IPad.

    • Anne says:

      Yes, Karen, who knows how or why you ended up on this website replying to this post that has nothing to do with your issue except for being about Portlandia.

      Nonetheless, I’m here to help with the form problems you were having. The two fields that you could not access were file input fields, meaning that they launch a file browser on your computer to find a file, or picture in this case, to upload. You were trying to do this on your iPad. There is no accessible file browser (yet) built into the iPad so that is why you couldn’t fill out the fields.

      Thanks for playing!

    • merkin3k says:

      Awesome. Just throw your problem out to any website that says “Portlandia” and you get a solution. Amazing.

  4. Meg says:

    Since commenters here seem so helpful, I’ll throw my question out: Does anyone know where the house is that is shown on Portlandia as the bed and breakfast that Peter and Nance owne?

    • peter bell says:

      Hi Meg. Looked all up and down NE Skidmore but couldn’t find it. If you find it, let us know!

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