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"
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 place to people watch and get a strong cup of coffee at one of the many cafes that line the blocks. Portland State University about three blocks, too, so you will see demonstrations, art for sale, etc.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 5, 2002
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
Attraction | "Cine-Magic"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 5, 2002
2021 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97214
Attraction | "Mount Taber"
Mount Tabor Park
SE 60 & Salmon
Portland, Oregon 97215
Attraction | "Peninsula Park and Rose Garden"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2002
Peninsula Park & Rose Garden
700 N Portland Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97217
4001 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, Oregon 97221
- 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 early; there is frequently a wait.
Fancy dinner - compass cafe- little known excellent food for a fancy night out. Be sure to try one of their wines; Oregon is known for its pinot noir from the Willamette Valley, about 90 miles from Portland.
organic groceries = the daily grind (not a chain! Down with Natures, etc).
Shopping is endless. Hawthorne has a lot of jewelery and trinket shops as well as a few great record stores. There is also a general Powell's bookstore as well as its Garden and Home branch if you can't make it to the big one on Burnside. Personally I find the staff at Powell's to be book snobs, which is irriatating. Their selection of new and used books, though, is truly great. IF you are looking for rare stuff, it's worth a stop.
The downsides of the Hawthorne area include lots of kids "spanging" (a.k.a. "Can you spare any change?"). It's still a little dirty, too, but there are a lot less yuppies to contend with. Parking along the main drag can be tough, but side street parking is still pretty easy to come by. There aren't many neighborhood parking restrictions.