Portland Journals

Portland Oregon from a native's point of view

A travel journal to Portland by noelle_1

Quote: Where I go to eat, what I do for fun, how to get around in Portland, OR, "the rose city"

Portland Oregon from a native's point of view

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1. The Rose Garden in spring time/early summer 2. The microbrews 3. The pinot noir 4. The art in The Pearl district 5. Forest Park - The largest urban park (Portland also boasts the country's smallest park) 6. You want sports? We got sports! Wind surfing, skiing, running, boating, fishing, biking...Quick Tips: -Portland Airport is tiny - flights may be expensive, so think about flying into Seattle, where it's alot cheaper. From Seattle it's about a 3 H car drive -Bring rain gear for sure if you are coming between Oct and MayBest Way To Get Around: -good public transport - the Maz (train) and a trolley system downtown. I find the buses to be on-t...Read More

Portland Art Museum

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The special exhibits here are wonderful! I have seen Grandma Moses, a collection of artistic objects around the house, a collection of Japanese and Chinese art on loan from their respective countries. Look into what their special exhibit is when you are visiting - it is worth the extra money. The 'basic' exhibits are nice, but small. I especially liked the modern art rooms. You can see the whole museum in about 4 hours. Parking is a bit tight, but look for a Smart Park - these are city sponsored lots that are really cheap - about $1-2/hour for the first few hours. The museum looks over the "Park Blocks", which are literally patches of trees, shrubs and grass in the middle of downtown. Good ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 226-2811

Cinemagic

Attraction | "Cine-Magic"

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Old school theater, w/ the red velvet seats and ornate decorations. Shows some good artsy films and is dirt cheap - only $1.50 a movie. The popcorn is made in the old-fashioned way, too. And you can specify the toppings. The seats are a little creaky, but it has a romantic feel, and it is about 1 mi from the Hawthorne district which is hopping at night. Lotsa hippies.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Cinemagic
2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 231-7919

Mount Tabor Park

Attraction | "Mount Taber"

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Mt Tabor is the largest extinct volcano in a major city. It is a hill you can see from downtown. I go there to walk around and unwind. There are several unique things about Mt Tabor. One, there are lots of trails for trail running/hiking (probably up to 10 miles or so). There is a big water reservior at the start of the park that holds SE Portland's drinking water. The sun shimmers off the water in the early evening; it is quite calming. There are paths around the reserviors. You can watch the sunset over Portland from Mt Tabor - beautiful! Finally, Mt Tabor is a 'leash free' park. There is a hill side just beyond the reserviors that is a popular place to let dogs run and play with each othe...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Mount Tabor Park
SE 60 & Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97215

Peninsula Park & Rose Garden

Attraction | "Peninsula Park and Rose Garden"

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The rose garden, from what I understand, is actually a test garden for hundreds of different roses. The garden also overlooks the city, so it's a nice place to start out your trip to portland. The main blooming time is in June and early July, and it's not really worth going at any other time of the year. Watch out for Saturdays - major wedding location for Portlanders!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

Peninsula Park & Rose Garden
700 N Portland Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97217
(503) 823-3620

Oregon Zoo

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The Oregon Zoo is in Portland and is the only zoo in all of Oregon! It is a bit out there, so it's best to take the Max to the zoo. The stop is only a few ft from the entrance. The zoo itself is on a large plot of land and is a good walk to see the whole thing. There is a special emphasis on Pacific NW animals - mtn goats, marine life, otters, eagles, hawks, deer, etc. Very neat and educational. There are also the zoo standards - polar bear, lion, tigers, giraffe etc. Check out the African savannah exhibit and the Alaskan tundra exhibit as well. Very natural exhibit spaces w/ lots of room for the animals to move around. The animals are well taken care of. The docents are better than average....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2002

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

Hawthorne district

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I have lived in the Hawthorne district for 2 years now. It is in SE Portland. It is a community of young people (lots of hippies mostly) and some young professionals too. We all seem to comingle without much trouble. Most of the action takes place on the Hawthorne Blvd itself. This is a 12 block strip that is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Some of my favorites: - Cafe = coffee people (portland's answer to starbucks) Breakfast = it's a tie, Cafe Lena and Cup and Saucer. Both very veggie friendly and cheap. Lena almost never has lines. Bar = Bridgeport Ale House, which brews all its own beer, including some in the firkin. Their pizzas are gourmet and yummy. Come ear...Read More