Portland Journals

A Former Local's Advice: Portland, Oregon

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An August 1998 trip to Portland by Elli Metz

Powells City of Books Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: Culled from my personal art journals of the time I lived in the city, this is an overview of places you can't miss while in Portland, Oregon.

A Former Local's Advice: Portland, Oregon

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Overview

The Magic Tunnel Photo, Portland, Oregon
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There are hundreds of things to do in Portland. It's one of the finest cities to visit -- though the rain can be rough to deal with day after day if you're a resident. You simply can not miss: * Powell's City of Books * Forest Park and the Arboretum * The Hawthorne District * Pioneer Square * Saturday Market * Mt. Hood and surrounding areas (items in bold will be elaborated upon)Quick Tips: Take a jacket, even in the summer. Even though the termperatures can get quite warm, at night, if it's raining, you can easily catch cold. Take extra spending money if you're a booklover -- you'll be leaving most of it at Powell's. ...Read More

1201 Club

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1201, ingeniously named for its address, is a dark, moody club behind an inconspicuous (though bright red) door. Unmarked except for a small hanging sign, it's an easy place to overlook -- but not easy to forget. Though dark, 1201 makes up for in attitude what it lacks in light. The art on the walls is done by local Art Institute students, and is for sale at relatively reasonable prices. It's not uncommon to see assemblages made of Mexican loteria cards and burning candles right next to a relatively classic oil painting. It's just part of the charm. The wait staff is sometimes hard to pin down during the lunch hours -- this is because 1201's primary function is as a bar and nightcl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

1201 Club
1201 SW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97207
(503) 225-1201

Rocco's Pizza & Pasta

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Restaurant | "Rocco's Pizza"

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Rocco's is a tiny pizza joint with a fabulous location. It's always busy in the evenings, bustling with the trade coming in from Powell's browsers and take-out orders. Though small (probably less than ten tables), it is easily the best pizza I've found in the city. You can get traditional pizza fare here, at relatively low prices for a hand-made pie. Where Rocco's really shines, however, is the specialty pizzas that knock the socks off the mass-produced chain restaurant styles. With a true east coast crust, Rocco's can add in just about anything -- including an amazing crab and artichoke pizza that makes my heart long for a plane tickets back to me city. Prices are reasonable (und...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Rocco's Pizza & Pasta
949 SW Oak St
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 223-9835

Powell's City of Books

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Attraction

Powell's City of Books Photo, Portland, Oregon
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For the bibliophiles among us, and even those who aren't yet addicted to books, but have that proclivity, you have to see Powell's while you're here. It's the largest independent bookseller in the United States -- and for good reason. It's not called a "city of books" for nothing. The main store (there are five or more at present, most of them satellite stores) is located on Burnside, housed in an old warehouse. Three solid floors, taking up a -full- city block, with nothing but shelf after shelf of new and used books positioned side-by-side. Prices are great, and they do take trade-ins for cash, if you're looking to unload. The literature for the store says, only partly tongue in ...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

Portland Art Museum

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Attraction

Portland Art Museum Photo, Portland, Oregon
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The Portland Art Museum isn't one of the largest I've come across, but it is one of the museums focusing on quality exhibits. Housed in a large building with a modern facade in the Park Blocks (a part of the city where in between the sides of the street are long, narrow stretches of park and greenery), the outside of the building is misleading. Inside is a classical masterpiece of architectural design. The cost to get in varies by age and status (student, senior, etc.), though it hovers between $8 and $15, sometimes more or less with special exhibits. I went for the Wonders of Ancient Egypt exhibit in 1998, and it was around $10 per person for adults, minus $2 each for a special coupon from t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97205
(503) 226-2811

Portland Saturday Market

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Attraction | "Saturday Market"

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If you are lucky enough to have a weekend in Portland, or if you have time for only one local event during your stay, make that stop the Portland Saturday Market. Located just inside of Fareless Square on the MAX line (get off at the McCaulay Fountain stop, I believe), this small local festival grew from just a few vendors in the '80's to a huge, two-lot affair that includes local artisans selling wares to local cuisine of various styles, to performing local musicians. Clowns and fairies wander freely through the milling crowds, entertaining and sprinkling fairie dust. It's another world. Offerings include bizarre items, like glasses made from old silverware, to clothing, soaps, and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2001

Portland Saturday Market
108 W Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon 97209
(503) 222-6072

The Hawthorne District

Attraction | "The Hawthorne District: SoHo in Portland"

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When I moved from Philadelphia to the other coast, I thought I'd never find anything as cool as South Street---an artsy little district where people of all types mingled and coexisted peacefully in the midst of funky, little shops. Portland's Hawthorne district cured me. It's a fabulous place -- narrow streets lined with tiny, independent shops (you won't find a Blockbuster here, though I believe there's a Starbucks if you crave a little bit of mass-marketed coffee while shopping). It is mainly geared for those with a disposable income -- however, the people milling about don't seem to know that, or care. It's a very accepting place. Some of the things along Hawthorne that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 6, 2001

The Hawthorne District
lies across the Willamette River from downtown
Portland, Oregon

A Portland Driving Guide

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Portland drivers are actually not too bad (as compared with places like New Jersey, where driving a car is taking your life into your own hands). They've driven in the rain so often that it's barely even a concern, but for the unwary traveller with a rental car, the experience can be harrowing. Wet conditions require some getting used to -- pay attention to your fellow drivers. Coming into Portland from the East is usually along the 76 freeway. This is also called the "Bandfield", and I will warn you now: it is almost always congested during rush hours both a.m. and p.m.. If you do drive in this way, though, further past Gresham is the most stunning view of the Columbia Gorge that you're ev...Read More