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Nothing Like a Good Introduction:
Known For: Smaller urban center. This is a City of bridges, “best of’s” and bicycles. The Willamette River runs through it and there are 11 bridges over it. It’s has a fun and funky vibe. A City of “nice” – laid back, tattoos and piercings on people who are environmentally conscientious and yoga-fantastic. It has a great Saturday Market where tie dye, DYI and arts and crafts come together in a fun mix. Great public transportation. Always a little hotter or colder than Seattle but much the same weather. Restoration and remodel are much preferred and backed by tax breaks here to encourage that over new construction – ultimate recycling. Known for its many craft breweries (a point of pride!), roses and food trucks. This is a liberal town with a tolerance of the homeless and sense of political correctness. Art scene is cool and lots of artists show work all around town. Powell’s book store takes up a whole block and it is busy. I think of granola and quinoa when I think Portland. Healthy, good food scene. The neighborhoods are divided by geographic label, southwest, northeast…and have distinct flavors. Tax-free shopping. Kid friendly city- lots to do with them here.
This Particular Getaway – What We Particularly Liked, Christmas 2014: The Train stations at both ends – Seattle and Portland; Holiday decorations downtown and day after Christmas shopping; Deschutes Brewery; walking in the compact Downtown, the sculpture all around; The Pearl District.
A Place to Lay Your Head: Embassy Suites Downtown Portland
Two-room suites, free made-to-order breakfast each morning, and complimentary drinks and snacks every night.
Hilton Honor Points
|Check-In Time||3:00 pm|
|Check-Out Time||12:00 pm|
|Early Departure Fee||$75.00 For multiple night stays there is an early departure fee of $75 plus tax.|
|Late Check-Out Fee||$0.00 $25 plus tax until 2, $50 plus tax until 4. Half Day Charge 4pm-6pm.|
Parking Secured Self $27, Valet $34
Wi-Fi free in Lobby, fee in rooms $9.95 for 24 hours
Children with adult no charge, room occupancy limits
Cancellation Policy Varies
Specialty Rates, AAA ect.
Getting Around: Car, transit (Metropolitan Area Express, MAX Light Rail), and feet.
Museums: Have not had the opportunity to do many of the museums here. OMSI- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a great one for kids. Portland Art Museum is good. Here are some links to check these out and some others.
Good Bites: Links to ones not in Portland Blog Post:
Voodoo Donuts, Pok Pok, Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House, Dan & Louis Oyster Bar – the chowders, Saturday Market Food, Mother’s Bistro – breakfast
Parks, Gardens and Trails:
Get Bit by a Flea and Shopping:
Getting Out and About:
Local Wineries: http://pdxurbanwineries.com/
Local Breweries: http://www.travelportland.com/collection/beer/
Kids’ Stuff To Do: http://www.travelportland.com/collection/portland-with-kids/