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An October 2003 trip to Portland by Coach Dad

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Quote: I visited Portland for a week of business meetings and training. I have colleagues throughout the country and these meetings are the best time to catch up and have some fun. Several of us decided to come in a day early, rent a car, and see the sights.

Portland On Business

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Overview

Mount Hood Photo, Portland, Oregon
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We began our day heading East on I-84, along the Columbia River Gorge. The weather was beautiful for this awe-inspiring drive along the Columbia River. Seeing all of the brilliant waterfalls that tumble from the glaciers and snowfields of Mount Hood was breathtaking. We spotted Multnomah Falls from the highway and we had to stop for pictures. Our next stop called for wine tasting. Most of the Portland-area wineries are located to the south, near Dundee, Oregon. We were heading east towards Mount Hood. We did find two wineries close by in Hood River, Oregon. Hood River Vineyards and Flerchinger Vineyards both had some exceptional wines, but one had a slight problem with...Read More

Pizza Schmizza Riverplace

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Restaurant | "Pizza Schmizza"

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We were staying at the Marriott Downtown on Naito Pkwy, which is right across the street from Portland’s Riverwalk and the many nearby shops and restaurants. We had about an hour and a half for lunch, the weather was sunny and warm, so a few of us decided to take a walk and dine at a restaurant on the river. We ended up at Pizza Schmizza. Pizza Schmizza was voted Portland’s 2002 Best Pizza, and for good reason. This New York-style pizza was fantastic. We watched as cooks hand-tossed the pizza dough into the air. They had several varieties of pizza-by-the-slice, many unique specialty pizzas, or you could order a whole pie with the toppings of your choice. Their specialty...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2003

Pizza Schmizza Riverplace
1811 SW River Dr. #100
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 295-0400

BridgePort Brewpub

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Restaurant

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There are a few members of my group that appreciate cold beer, and we try to hit a local microbrewery when we visit a new city. We were staying at the Downtown Marriott on Naito Pkwy, near the Willamette River. The closest microbrewery was BridgePort Brewpub located nearby, in Portland’s historic Pearl District. BridgePort Brewing Company is Oregon’s oldest craft brewery. The magnificent, three-story building is more than a century old. The walls are covered with trimmed vines and the outdoor patio area is surrounded by trees, making this a great spot to sit, drink a few cold beers, and catch up on old times. As the late afternoon turned to evening, it got a little too chilly t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2003

BridgePort Brewpub
1313 NW Marshall St
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 241-3612

Vineyards of Hood River

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Attraction

Vineyards of Hood River Photo, Portland, Oregon
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If you take the scenic drive along Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway and Mount Hood Loop, you can take a break from the road and do a little wine tasting. There are two wineries nestled high above the Columbia River in Hood River, Oregon. Hood River Vineyards was our first stop. We followed the signs through the vineyards, and up to the main building. As we pulled in, we began to question whether we were in the right place. The building resembled an old, run-down barn. There were a couple of doors, no signs. We felt like we were walking into someone’s shed. We tried the "yellow" door. Inside, things were not much better. There were several displays built fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 10, 2003

Vineyards of Hood River
I-84 East
Portland, Oregon

Multnomah Falls

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Attraction

Multnomah Falls Photo, Portland, Oregon
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When we arrived at our hotel in Portland, our rental car was ready for our day-trip plans for a drive along the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway and Mount Hood Loop. Our only real plan was for wine tasting, along the route in Hood River, Oregon. The scenery was beautiful, especially in the fall, and the route was easy to follow with a simple hotel map. The gorge rises high above and lines the Columbia River. Along the route, there are several streams and small waterfalls, making this a wonderful sightseeing drive. We were heading east on I-84, when we saw an amazing sight. Rising high above the rocks and trees, rushes the water of Multnomah Falls. We pulled into the parkin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2003

Multnomah Falls
Exit 31, I-84
Portland, Oregon 97010
(541) 386-2333