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Brisk Weekend in Portland

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A November 2007 trip to Portland by CurlyGirl

Washington Park Photo, Portland, Oregon More Photos
Quote: A weekend trip to Portland with one day of business and two days of fun in the laid back atmosphere of Portland!

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower

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Hotel | "Hilton Portland & Executive Tower"

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower Photo, Portland, Oregon
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I stayed here Fri-Sat nights during a perfect weather early November weekend, for a conference rate of $60. Being a New Yorker, I was amazed at this rate (even being a conf rate) for such a nice hotel! Overall the stay was smooth and certainly worth the price. Walking in, you'll experience a high class business hotel amidst a mini-bustle of a downtown.My room held a cloudlike king size bed, along with the standard desk and two chairs. I was on the 13th floor, allowing me a superb view of the northern view of Portland including the rising mountains. Though the bathroom was small, the sliding door made it seem more spacious and the bronzed handles added a touch of elegance. The room wasn't cra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97204
(503) 226-1611

Screen Door

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Restaurant

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Southern cuisine made from local products makes this Portland restaurant a delightful experience, with a soft ambience, Southern flavor and serious drinks. Have a seat at the bar and a friendly yet gritty bartender will make you a stiff one - choose from the list including the Rhett Butler, the Dixie, or the Hot Bayou Buttered Rum. Also has a small selection of draft beer and a decent list of red and white wines.The real treat of course is the food. We started with the hushpuppies appetizer - hushpuppies being a key part of eating at a Southern restaurant, and their unique take on these was mouth-watering - round hushpuppies with an amazing honey creole mustard dipping sauce....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Screen Door
2337 E Burnside
Portland, Oregon 97214
(503) 542-0880

Tin Shed Garden Cafe

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Restaurant

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Rustic and fun in South Portland, the Tin Shed provides great food at a great value. In the winter, sit outside in the covered area and stay warm by the fire. Don't worry if you want to bring your canine friend, dogs have their own menu!The dinner menu has a mix of Mexican, American and pasta specialties. High on vegetables, the cafe serves meat too but with enough veggies to make your momma smile. I ordered the Holy Shroom burger, and though it appeared manageable when it arrived by the end I was full on my burger with tasty mushrooms and the special Shed sauce. The side of vegan potato salad complimented the burger well, and gave it a high class feel. This was no pub burger - it was a well...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Tin Shed Garden Cafe
1438 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon
(503) 288-6966

Veritable Quandary

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Restaurant | "Veritable Quandry"

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Though not a native to Portland, I know that the city is shifting - the downtown more bustling, an influx of new residents. Veritable Quandry existed before all of this, founded in 1970 and still a classic restaurant near the river. I went for brunch, and though we nearly had to eat at the bar since we had no reservation the hostess was able to fit our party of two into the little side nook where the bar changes to the restaurant. Though the weather was nice, the air was brisk and thus no one was sitting on the elegant outdoor patio.My friend had sampled a few of their brunch options, and the french toast was highly recommended. I'm a huge fan of the french toast brunch, but as of late try t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Veritable Quandary
1220 SW First Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 227-7342

Pizza Schmizza

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Restaurant

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Great Northwest pizza chain! The pizza is thick and YUMMY, and they offer a great value. I had a slice of the Cochino Chicken, loaded with pesto chicken, red onions, hickory smoked bacon & feta cheese - awesome! Specialty pies are great but can sometimes like the "pulled together" feel and just taste like ingredients slopped together. This chicken slice was thoughtfully done and a great mixture of ingredients for my quick lunch slice. I got a side ceasar salad to go, and a large drink, for under 7 bucks. The ceasar dressing was light and tasty and the quality of lettuce was superb, as was the quantity for a side salad.Though only two people were working, the meals were se...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Pizza Schmizza
9900 Se Washington
Portland, Oregon 97216
(503) 261-1100

Washington Park

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Attraction

Washington Park Photo, Portland, Oregon
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You can get lost in Washington Park, a favorite of local residents and visitors alike since 1871. The park contains the Oregon zoo, Portland Japanese Gardens, International Rose Testing Garden, World Foresty Center, Portland Children's Museum, a Holocaust Memorial and Veteran's Memorial. You can stay busy with a visit to Washington Park!We spent most of our time in the Hoyt Arboretum, an amazing collection of over 1,000 species of trees & plants. The Visitor's Center provides a plethora of brochures, including several options for walking the Arboretum - at one, two and four miles tour. You can also choose your own path, with well marked signs and a handy free map. We winded through...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 22, 2007

Washington Park
Southwest Park Place
Portland, Oregon 97210
(503) 823-2223