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Old 11-15-12, 09:03 AM   #1
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Heading to Portland OR next summer, recommendations?

The wife and I are taking a weeks vacation next summer, over the 4th of July, and we've always wanted to see Portland. I'm just starting to look into hotels and I wanted to see what recommendations any of you west coast folks may have. We've been east coast all our lives and other than a California trip back in the 90s we've never spent any time out there. So I would love to hear what recommendations you may have re: hotels, places of interest, etc. I won't be bringing a bike, my wife doesn't ride and considering how much she puts up with my cycling I owe it to her to leave it at home for a week.

BTW, I love the show Portlandia, and some that I know have said it's quintessential Portland. I dunno, seems like a comedy and that's all, but I will be looking forward to seeing the guy with the chin beard when we get there
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Old 11-15-12, 09:43 AM   #2
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From NJ, head west.
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Look up Pine State Biscuits for some good comfort food.

Check out Powell's books. Walk along the water front, ride the Max light rail (used to be free in downtown, but no more). Check out the Pearl district. Ride a bike across the river. Go to Henry's Tavern (http://www.henrystavern.com/)

Those are just a few things.
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Voodoo Donuts.
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Portland sounds nice. Could not find any information on next summer. Tell us a bit about that place.
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I love my second home... it probably has more to do with my wife living there than anything else.

You should really have a bike when you visit Portland, if you are staying central it is the best way to get around although it is also a very walkable city in the inner core and there are quite a number of decent rental agencies.

Take a stroll on the waterfront, visit the Saturday market, pop on over to Voodoo donuts and wrap up a day with dinner and an iced Spanish coffee at Hubers, Portland oldest restaurant.

If you are up to it, go Zoobombing on a hot summer night as Portland's summers are hot and dry... you could see 100F and very little rain.

Some of the best things about Portland are not actually in Portland...

With a car you would be remiss to not visit the West Coast of Oregon (it is not a long drive) and makes for a wonderful day trip, drive the other way and go up the mountain to visit Timberline Lodge which is spectacular and should be high on your list.

You can drive the old Columbia highway and Multnomah falls and follow this eastward to check out many scenic gorges and trails that are very popular for hikers... Oneonta gorge is one of the most beautiful places on this earth and is easily accessible.

One would also want to head north into Washington and see Mt St Helens... again... this is a day trip that would have you back in Portland to enjoy some nightlife.

Did I mention food carts ?

POrtlandia is funny... but it isn't really Portland and once you go there you will probably want to go back.

I know several friends who have planned multiple trips to California and Texas and never made it past Oregon.
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I hear they do weddings too.

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July is a great month to visit Oregon, lot's going on, excellent weather and plenty to do in the outdoors.

July 4th weekend is the Portland Blues Festival on the downtown waterfront. http://www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/

I like to stay at the Residence Inn at Lloyd Center. Nice rooms, great neighborhood and there is a light rail stop next door. http://www.hotelsone.com/portland-ho...FSTZQgod3Q0AoA

As Sixty said, a trip to Timberline Lodge is a great experience. Dinner in the main dining room is killer. Also a car trip to Mt St Helens is a great day trip from Portland.

Have fun!
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I heard that somewhere, too...
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Dang, wonder if you could get a bike shop and donut shop to hook up for the mother of all weddings?
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POrtlandia is funny... but it isn't really Portland and once you go there you will probably want to go back.
Yes, it's really Olympia!
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Food/bar: Nicholas, Pine State Biscuits, Toast, Queen of Sheba, some on Alberta and Mississippi street, Voodoo, Food Carts, St. Cupcake, Bertie Lous, Kenny and Zukes, Gravy, Pix Patisserie, Le Bistro Montage, Mcmennamins Kennedy School (also a hotel), Moon and Sixpence, Salty's on the Columbia, Salt and Straw Ice cream

Things: Powells, Council Crest, Oregon Coast, Ape Caves (this is in Washington), Columbia Gorge, Mt. Tabor, Pioneer Square, Mt. Hood, there will probably be a bunch of brewery festivals, Hoyt Arboretum, shopping on NW 23rd, OMSI, Powell Butte, Rocky Butte, Saturday Market, Farmers Market, Ride the max
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BTW, I love the show Portlandia, and some that I know have said it's quintessential Portland. I dunno, seems like a comedy and that's all, but I will be looking forward to seeing the guy with the chin beard when we get there
I live here (OK, across the river in Vantucky, but what the heck). Portlandia is a documentary. There's lots of hipsters with chin beards walking their fixies around- male and female alike.

Stuff to consider:
Explore Forest Park (Zoo, Rose Garden, etc.) and Pittock Mansion.
Go book shopping at Powell's City of Books.
Drive out the Old Columbia Gorge Highway: http://www.columbiariverhighway.com/ with a stop at Multnomah Falls. FWIW: watch for cyclists, no matter what the weather. Also check road conditions- they are repairing one section and Vista House may be closed off.
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