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Weekend in Portland -- Embassy Suites Downtown

A July 2002 trip to Portland by thecopes

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Quote: We decided to take a quick weekend trip to Portland to check out the renovation of the historic Multnomah Hotel by Embassy Suites and watch some minor league baseball.

Weekend in Portland -- Embassy Suites Downtown

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Overview

Portland Tri-Met Light Rail Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The historic Skidmore district is a fascinating collection of old buildings and the Embassy Suites is fantastic. The weekend public market is lively and quite interesting. The waterfront park along the Willamette is an excellent spot for walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, etc. In the evening, the park attracts the homeless and local "characters", so be forewarned. Chinatown and downtown shopping are all within easy walking distance from the hotel or take the free Tri-Met. We went to recently renovated PGE Park to see the Portland Beavers play some AAA baseball and also to the Oregon Zoo and enjoyed both very much (reports are in work).Quick Tips: Be hungry! There a...Read More

Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown

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Hotel | "Embassy Suites"

Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown Photo, Portland, Oregon
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We're big fans of Embassy Suites and this hotel is a great reason why. They've done a fantastic job restoring and renovating the historic 1912 Multnomah Hotel. The exterior retains the historic look and the lobby has been restored in all its turn of the century splendor. Our room was very spacious with a king bed in the bedroom, queen sleeper in the living area, wet bar with mini-fridge and microwave, average size bathroom with single sink and tub/shower. Everything was in like new condition. TVs were in both the living area and bedroom had HBO, LodgeNet movies ($9 to $11), Internet access for $9.95/day (actually until noon of the following day after whenever you start), or a free mini-ver...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2002

Embassy Suites Portland - Downtown
319 SW PINE ST
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 279-9000

PGE Park

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Attraction | "Portland Beavers & the Famous Chicken at PGE Park"

PGE Park Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Jim Bouton wrote in Ball Four that compared to the majors, the minors are all very minor. This may be true for players but for fans, minor league baseball is great entertainment and a welcome alternative to the high cost of attending a major league game. The Portland Beavers are the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres and play in recently renovated PGE Park. Ticket prices range from $2.99 on the Family Deck out in left field to $8.75 for box seats (which is what we chose). We were along the first base line behind the visitors dugout. The slope of the seats is much steeper than Safeco Field in Seattle and offers excellent viewing of the game instead of the back of the head of the person i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2002

PGE Park
1844 SW Morrison
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 553-5400

Oregon Zoo

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Attraction

Oregon Zoo Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The Oregon Zoo reminded me of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo about 10 or 15 years ago. It's in transition from an old fashioned zoo with cages and "Monkey Houses" to a modern zoo with open area natural habitat viewing. Our favorite exhibits were Stellar Cove with it's excellent underwater viewing of the sea lions swimming, the Africa Rainforest which features a thunderstorm with rain and lightning, and the Amazon Flooded Forest with it's exotic animals -- poison dart frogs are always a kid favorite! While the elephants weren't being too cooperative at first (see picture), there is also indoor viewing that let us see their faces. The adjacent Elephant Museum has some excellent pachyderm ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2002

Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon 97221
(503) 220-2786