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06-23-10, 02:43 PM
I'm likely going to be in Portland, OR, for about a week in July. Assuming I want to see some of the city, what's the best area to be in? Any guidance is appreciated.
06-23-10, 04:46 PM
You might want to cross post your question on the Pacific northwest regional forum.
Do you have a place to stay yet? There are several new boutique hotels like the Ace and the H50 in the downtown area; if you're on a budget there are also two hostels, one on SE Hawthorne at 31st and one in the NW part of town.
There's always plenty going on downtown during the summer. Hot districts outside downtown include NW 21st/23rd, NE Alberta, N Mississippi, SE Hawthorne, SE Clinton at 20th and 26th, and more. There are tons of good restaurants all over town and lots of great food carts as well.
Bike event calendars are located at: http://www.shifttobikes.org/cal/ and http://bikeportland.org/
Local weeklies: http://www.wweek.com/ and http://www.portlandmercury.com/
PM me if you want more info.
06-23-10, 09:51 PM
You didn't say what sort of things you like (aside from cycling)!
The downtown waterfront is worth an afternoon to stroll or ride through, especially when the weather is good. On weekends, it hosts the Saturday Market.
Aside from normal hotel options, if you want something out-of-the ordinary, the McMenamins hotels and brewpubs are something to consider. The White Eagle is closest to downtown. Kennedy School is reasonably close in but nicer. Edgefield is the most interesting, in my opinion, but a couple miles outside of town.
06-24-10, 09:37 AM
Thanks for the tips. I'm looking to book at the Ace, as it looks pretty cool and the sort of place I like. Flight is booked. Now it's time to get the hotel reservation done.
The Ace puts you right in the heart of town, but this place was very very nice as well:
It is not right in the middle of things, but nice quiet neighborhood, super fast to town by light rail (5 mins or so), and by the end of our four day visit we were just walking back and forth to town - maybe 15 mins tops. They give you a decent breakfast and lots of amenties, great rooms. Even if you stay right there, there are plenty of shops (including a nice little bike shop and a terrific restaurant/brewery) and food right nearby. Groovy tea house lounge with live music a few blocks away.
I'm jealous - we loved Portland, can't wait to go back. Have fun!:thumb:
06-24-10, 11:23 AM
I loved Portland and I'm looking forward to going back too. When I stayed last year, we stayed in a great B&B in Gresham, and then took the train in every day, without any schedule and just walked around. It's dense enough that you can walk the city easily. A couple of my favorite places (which aren't exactly original - every pamphlet will tell you about these) were Powell books and Old Town Pizza.
There are some great places to get a drink in the Pearl District, but in general I had the most fun just wandering around.
06-24-10, 11:28 AM
After Portland, we stayed at the Cannery Pier hotel in Astoria (short drive North) for a couple nights. It's a cool little town and the hotel had free single speed eye-catching cruisers that you can take out to the town. The hotel told us not to even bother locking them up, and to just call them for a ride if the bikes were stolen. Sure enough, no one touched the bikes and we had a great time there too. Had the best Baked Alaska for desert at a restaurant that was aptly named "Baked Alaska".
06-24-10, 02:44 PM
From my brief trip to Portland 3 years ago I would highly recommend hitting up the Lucky Lab for beers. Assuming they're still around.
06-24-10, 06:07 PM
I've enlisted my old college roommate, who is living in Portland these days, for extra tips. Apparently I've timed my trip well. The Oregon Brewers' Festival is happening while I'm there. Ought to be good. I'm really looking forward to this. I've missed the northwest since I was there last.
06-24-10, 06:25 PM
They are. Bear in mind that Portland has the most brewpubs per capita of any city in the world so even if (dog forbid :D ) it went out of business, there are plenty others to take it's place...
I'm dying to go back. We had such a good time there. And not one bad meal on our whole trip- great food, great beer, great coffee.
+1 for Powells if you are a book person, and Pearl district was very nice for strolling after dinner. The Zen Garden is a nice visit as well.
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