Portland Journals

Wandering Downtown Portland

An April 2003 trip to Portland by virgoleanne

Hawthorne Bridge Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: A journal about spending some time strolling, shopping, relaxing, and eating in a new place

Wandering Downtown Portland

Overview

Hawthorne Bridge Photo, Portland, Oregon
Quote:
Since on this trip I was determined to enjoy some solo travel I went looking for some places where I could relax my mind. One of the best places to sit, read, and vegetate is in the giant Powell's Bookstore in Downtown Portland. Its claim to fame is that it is the second largest bookstore in North America. Powell's sells new and used books displayed on the same shelves. Be careful though! It's easy to get lost throughout its many flights of books. Maybe my next trip will be to see the largest bookstore...Quick Tips: My suggestion for travel in Oregon is to act like you live in Oregon. Being from California we tend to be at a faster pace and Oregon just doesn't feel like that. Don't u...Read More

Doubletree Portland Downtown

Hotel | "Doubletree Downtown Portland"

Doubletree Portland Downtown Photo, Portland, Oregon
Quote:
The Doubletree Downtown Portland (on Lincoln -- sometimes confused with Lloyd Center) was very clean and well kept. All the staff I came in contact with were very nice and willing to help. The check-in agent showed me on the map all of the places I wanted to go. She also gave me the yummy cookie they give to all guests. The room was fine until the the toilet stopped working. The little chain inside broke free. The housekeeper only left decaf coffee and even though I requested coffee with caffeine, it never came. I ended up purchasing my own at a shop downtown. The walls are very t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 14, 2003

Doubletree Portland Downtown
310 SW Lincoln St
Portland, Oregon
(503) 221-0450

Typhoon on Broadway

Restaurant

Quote:
I love Thai food and had read some great reviews of this establishment. What I didn't know is that they aren't the best at catering to customers dining solo. I felt uncomfortable during my entire lunch. I was left alone except the bus boy folding napkins at a booth a little way from mine. I was never asked if I needed anything else. The waiter was caught off guard that I would want my tea iced. Iced tea may be a rare order in Portland?? Back to the food . . . I ordered an appetizer of "Vegetarian Spring Rolls: $4.95 Light and crunchy, packed with veggies and served with Bo's special plum sauce." The plum sauce was very good and is served with the plum pits. The serving size was perfect...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Typhoon on Broadway
720 SW Washington St
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 224-8285

Quote:
I love bookstores. I love to find books about my interests. Powell's City of Books. has books about any interest you might have. This place is huge and a common tourist attraction. Here is some of what is on their website: Powell's City of Books is a book lover's paradise, the largest used and new bookstore in the world. Located in downtown Portland, Oregon and occupying an entire city block, the City stocks more than a million new and used books. Nine color coded rooms house over 3,500 different sections, offering something for every interest, including an incredible selection of out-of-print and hard-to-find titles. Wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 14, 2003

Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 228-4651

Quote:
I came across the Woodburn Company Stores on my way to the Spring Tulip Festival in Woodburn. Let's just say I love to shop and hate to wait in lines. There were a trillion cars waiting to go to the festival . . . so I went shopping instead. Remember I wanted to relax on my trip to Portland and didn't want to feel cramped by crowds of people. I can only tell you that this is just like any other factory outlet mall. The prices are high just like in the normal stores, but if you search, you can find great bargains. I found the egg cups I wanted for my Easter eggs discounted at Harry & David. The capris at The Gap were only $14.99. I also got a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Woodburn Company Stores
1001 N Arney Road
Portland, Oregon 97071
(503) 981-1900

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Attraction | "Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)"

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Photo, Portland, Oregon
Quote:
What's OMSI like?? In one word . . . loud. I happened to go on a Portland school holiday and kids were jumping around everywhere. Remember again I wanted to relax on my trip to Portland. This isn't the place to go for peace and quiet, but it's a great place to go for education. My first stop in the museum was to see the planetarium show, "Pacific Nortwest Skies." I recommend sitting near the middle so you can easily see the entire ceiling. The show goes over all the major constellations and their visibilty throughout the year. The show is an additional $4.00 on top of the museum admission. I was scheduled to see the next showing of "Coral Reef Adventu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2003

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 South East Water Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 797-0002