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Weekend Journey in Downtown Portland

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A May 2005 trip to Portland by ak1

Pittock Mansion Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Downtown Portland has allot to offer. I like visiting Portland for the shopping,the great dining and the scenic views from the Pittock Mansion. Of course there are plenty of other things to do while you visit.

Weekend Journey in Downtown Portland

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Overview

View of the City from the Pittock Mansion Photo, Portland, Oregon
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I love visiting downtown Portland and walking around town and viewing the scenery. This town has old buildings to admire, parks and shops to explore, and dining to indulge upon. Throughout downtown I’ve noticed a few buildings with dates on them, some of which date back to the 1800s. The oldest public building still standing in Portland is the Pioneer Courthouse, which is now used as a post office. If you enjoy shopping, especially when it’s tax free--there are several neat places to go while you’re visiting the downtown area. Pioneer Place is a mall that has a movie theatre, food court, and has several name brand stores. There is even a Saturday market, which sells local arts and cra...Read More

Marriott Portland Downtown

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This is my favorite Marriott to stay in downtown. It is located right next to the Willamette River and is within walking distance to the downtown shopping. This Marriott has beautiful marble-and-granite floors in the entry and has a nice seating area in the lobby in case you want to meet someone there. The rooms always seem to be clean and nicely kept. You can choose whether you want a river-view or city-view room. Both rooms are nice, but if you are looking for a romantic weekend, definitely go with the river view.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2005

Marriott Portland Downtown
1401 SW Naito Pkwy.
Portland, Oregon
(800) 228-9290

Ringside Steakhouse

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Restaurant

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Ringside is one of my favorite dinner restaurants in Portland. They are a steakhouse that offers the best pieces of red meat around, they also feature some seafood selections on their menu. They’re known for having the best onion rings in town, and they’re definitely the best that I’ve ever had. The onion rings were even recognized with a James Beard award which helped make them world-renowned. Portland has been home to Ringside since the 1940s. In the 1950s they moved from their original building to their present location on West Burnside. In the 1970s they added another restaurant in Portland’s eastside on the Glendoveer Golf Course.Ringside takes pride in their food, service...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2006

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

Pittock Mansion

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Attraction

Pittock Mansion Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The Pittock mansion was home to Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. The couple began designing their home in 1909 and it took 5 years to complete. The home included many modern features including a central vacuum system, intercoms, and indirect lighting. In keeping with their loyalty to their home state, the Pittocks hired Oregon craftsmen, and used Northwest materials to build the house. The final estate included the mansion, a three-car garage, a greenhouse, a servants' residence, all of this was located on 46 acres of land almost 1,000 feet above downtown Portland.Henry Pittock moved to Oregon from Pennsylvania in 1853 and began working for the Weekly Oregonian and he quickly took own...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 6, 2006

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Dr.
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 823-3624

Oregon Zoo

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Attraction

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I’ve visited the Oregon Zoo twice now; I enjoyed it much more than most zoos that I have been to. The Oregon Zoo is the oldest Zoo west of the Mississippi. It is situated on 64 acres with an incredible layout for visitors. This Zoo is very organized and provides easy to follow paths and signs. This zoo has my favorite animal, the polar bear in an arctic exhibit. One of the polar bears walked backwards in a circle for us while we were there watching; I was just thrilled that they weren’t sleeping. This zoo also had a Sun bear which isn’t all that common to see, they are significantly smaller than most bears; they have deep brown to black coloring and usually weigh about 150 pounds. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2006

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