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52 Hours in Portland

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A July 2003 trip to Portland by lisanti

Driving on Lurch Mountain to Vista House Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: I didn't expect to really like Portland that much. After spending two full days there, I grew to LOVE it. It's gorgeous and there is so much to do! I will definitely be back!

52 Hours in Portland

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Overview

Driving on Lurch Mountain to Vista House Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The scenery is amazing. Portland is fresher and greener than anywhere I've been in my life. Driving around on the back curvy roads and watching the scenery passing by was an experience in itself. The Columbia Gorge Vista House. It's been there since the 1900's and provides a gorgeous view of the Columbia Gorge. Multnomah Falls was extremely beautiful, but a little crowded. If crowds aren't your thing, you may want to check out some of the other falls nearby. Not as large, but just as beautiful. Portland's minor league baseball team (The Beavers) play at PGE Park downtown -- it was cheap to go, and lots of fun on a beautiful afternoon. If you are a Goonies...Read More

Ringside Steakhouse

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Restaurant | "Ringside (Downtown)"

Ringside Steakhouse Photo, Portland, Oregon
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Our last night in Portland coincided with my friend's 25th birthday, so we wanted to go someplace special. Ringside turned out to be the perfect spot. We called at 9:30pm to make reservations for 10:30 (it took us a while to get ready). We arrived at the restaurant, and since it was late, we were allowed to park ourselves in the valet lot for free. We walked into the dark, intimate restaurant to be warmly greeted by the guy that made us the reservation. He lead us to a semi-private table in a back room that had been set with everything. After we sat down, our waiter asked us if we'd ever been there, because there had been some changes to the menu and the regulars (some of which have been comin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Ringside Steakhouse
2165 W Burnside St
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 223-1513

Blue Moon Tavern & Grill

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Attraction | "Blue Moon Tavern & Grill"

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We arrived in Portland around midnight on a Thursday. Our friend immediately took us to the Blue Moon, a bar/restaurant located in a historic building in the "trendy area" downtown. Blue Moon is owned by the McMenamin family and has recently reopened after a fire destroyed much of the inside two years ago. The McMenamin family owns numerous pubs, breweries, music venues, historic hotels, and theater pubs throughout Oregon and Washington. All of them are unique and located in historical locales. The family is known to buy out old factories and buildings and convert them into entertainment districts or restaurants. Each McMenamin's brews its own beer. Blue Moon's recent remodeling includes the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Blue Moon Tavern & Grill
432 NW 21 St
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 223-3184

Cannon Beach

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Attraction | "The Goonies Tour Part 1 (Cannon Beach)"

Cannon Beach Photo, Portland, Maine
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Being a child of the 80s, "The Goonies" was my favorite movie. So, when we went to go visit my friend in Portland who said he could take us to Astoria, where The Goonies was filmed, I was ecstatic! So, on Saturday morning, we set out from Portland and drove the 70 miles to Cannon Beach on the coast of Oregon. Cannon Beach is an adorable little beach town, with one main road running parallel to the beach, crowded with B&Bs, shops, restaurants, small hotels, and some houses. Not commercialized at all -- No McDonald's or anything of the sort. However, it was 4th of July weekend, so it was really crowded. Traffic was awful, parking was a nightmare. We eventually found a spot in a p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2003

Cannon Beach
Cannon Beach Loop (Off Interstate Highway 101)
Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
(503) 436-2623

The Goonies Tour--Astoria

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Attraction | "The Goonies Tour Part 2 (Astoria)"

The Goonies Tour--Astoria Photo, Astoria, Oregon
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Astoria is located about 30 minutes up the coast of Oregon from Cannon Beach (in The Goonies they make it seem like they are really close). My friend only knew where the County Jail (732 Duane Street at 9th Street) was and the Museum where Mikey and Brand's dad, Mr. Walsh, worked (Flavel House Museum @ 441 8th St.). They are pretty easy to find, and located across the street from each other. We were directed to the Heritage Museum (Exchange and 16th Street) where we bought a little book for $1 with all the Hollywood "landmarks" in Astoria ("Kindergarten Cop," "Short Circuit," and some other movies were filmed in Astoria as well). From there, we followed the map in the book to "The Goon...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 21, 2003

The Goonies Tour--Astoria
Nw Of Portland
Astoria 97223