Portland Journals

The Thorns and Roses of Portland

A travel journal to Portland by reddlaydee

Quote: The Rose City is often overlooked because of the looming urban shadow of Seattle. The cities are similar, but for the most part Portland has a slower pace and less crowded streets. It has many hidden treasures - coffee houses, art galleries, dim-lit antique shops, and streets full of "counter-culture" businesses.

The Thorns and Roses of Portland

Overview

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Althought the highlights of the city depend on when you visit, don't miss the summer Rose Festival, or the great concert series at the Portland Zoo - which is in itself a great destination. Go shopping on Northwest 23rd Ave or Hawthorn Blvd, and don't miss out on picking up something to eat along the way. It is also worthwhile to head downtown to shop at Pioneer Place, the classiest mall around, and also check out the Tiffany and Co. which just opened. While you are in the area, visit the recently renovated Multonomah County Public Library, and then catch an event at the Portland Art Museum.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Many, if not most, of the best destinations can be rea...Read More

Utopia Cafe

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Restaurant

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We stopped in a Saturday morning, in a rush because I had to be at work. The place was packed, but they found us a seat in the back corner (a great place to be in this restaurant) and promised us that they would do their best to get our food to us quickly. I ordered the Brioche French Toast, one of their house specialities. The waitress described it as "one of our super-yummy secret things." Super-yummy was right! Not only was it the best french toast I had ever had, but the serving size and price were perfect as well. My boyfriend ordered one of their egg scrambles - the choices for these range from everything from Italian spices and tomato to a fabulous Greek mix that includes feta cheese. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2001

Utopia Cafe
3308 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 235-7606

Caro Amico Italian Cafe

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Restaurant | "Caro Amico"

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I have to be in the right mood for pizza. When my boyfriend suggested we try his favorite pizza place, I objected. And then I walked into the Caro Amico Italian Cafe. It is a very large restaurant, and since my first experience there I have seen it both packed and as empty as can be. Monday nights are the slowest, and I think the best time to visit. The first night I visited was a Monday, and the first thing I notices was the sign on the door, "Serving Slow Food since 1949." It sets the mood for the entire place - even when they are busy, it doesn't feel rushed. The tablecloths are paper, and come with a side of crayons, to spend your time scribbling while waiting for your meal. What fun! In ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2001

Caro Amico Italian Cafe
3606 SW Barbur Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97239
503-233-6895

The Pied Cow Coffeehouse

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Restaurant | "The Pied Cow Coffehouse"

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The Pied Cow is one of Portland's two secret coffehouses. Among certain circles, everyone has heard of it, but to many others, it is an undiscovered diamond. It is on Belmont St., one of the many homes to casual counter-culture that Portland embraces. People of every type go to sip an espresso and chat there - from businessmen to college students. It is a renovated Old Portland style home, with about ten or twelve tables, and a variety of seating arrangements including a very comfortable pair of couches. The dining area consists of two small rooms, giving it a very inimate feel, and people will usually talk long after their coffee is gone. In the spring through early fall, there are about five m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

The Pied Cow Coffeehouse
3244 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 230-4866

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Attraction | "OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry"

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The building is huge, and arranged into rooms which each focus on a certain type of science. One of my favorites is the Earth Sciences, in which you can ride the Earthquake machine (which feel just like a real California earthquake, something many people have never experienced)or learn how the tides work. In another room, a combination of medicine and industry, there is area in which you can explore disabilities. This is a great learing experience for children - they can put on glasses that make them see the way a color blind person does, or ride about a house in a wheelchair. Further on, you can see the stages of fetal developement, and like many of the displays, press a button to hear all about ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2001

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

Powell's City of Books

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Attraction

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Powell's City of Books is exactly that - like visiting another city entirely, one entirely made up of the written word. They have nine different rooms full of books, and also an Arts and Crafts annex just across the street. All told, the downtown branch of this local chain has become the largest bookstore in the United States. Not only do they carry all the books that you might be looking for, but they almost alway have a used copy as well - which can usually be bought for about half the price of a new one. Looking for something old and ancient? Their Rare Book Room is one of the most complete in the nation, featuring an excellent selection of hard-to-find children's books, such as the Wizard of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

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

Torso Boutique

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Attraction

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Anyone whose sense of style tends toward that of yesterday will love the look and feel of Torso Boutique. Of the vintage stores around town, it is by far the most expensive, but also offers the highest quality of merchandise. They carry everything from unlabeled clothes that stand on their beauty alone to the classiest of yesterday's designers, including Chanel and Valentino. The shop is dim, as antique and collectible shops should be, but has just enough light to be able to see the true colors of the clothes. The manager is also one of the shop's highlights - he is friendly and helpful, and knows clothing and colors inside out. It is unfortunate, however, that some of his employees are not as he...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Torso Boutique
36 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 294-1493

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When I found that there was no way for me to escape to my yearly vacation this last summer, I resolved to take as much of a vacation as I could here in Portland. I became a tourist in my home town, and consequently went places I had never been, found restaurants I had never heard of, and looked at my favorite shops in an entirely new way. It has been seven months since I started, and I am no where near finished exploring the city. I am still organizing my pictures and trying to record all my experiences, but I am thrilled to have a forum to record them on. I hope you enjoy, and that you will be patient with me, as this journal will take a long time to complete! Please message me with any question...Read More

Getting Around the City

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Story/Tip

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In order to get to some of the hard-to-find destinations, you really have to have a car. You won't want to use it the whole time, however. MAX, the LightRail train system for the city, goes from the far ends both east and west to head into the City Center, and anything that you can find to do downtown can be easily reached with a short walk from the MAX line. It only costs $1.40 for an adult to ride through all zones as many times as you please for three hours, or pay a little more - about $3.50 for an all day pass. It is less expensive by far than any parking garage, and you can always get on at one stop and travel to the next a few blocks down to find new stores and restaurants. Some of...Read More