Portland Highlights!

City of several festivals, local coffee shops, great shopping, water sports & winter sports -- the city has it all.


Portland Highlights!

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

Portland Rose Festival, Oregon Microbrewery Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Rhythm and Zoo at Metro Washington Park Zoo, Hawthorne Boulevard Street Fair, Salmon Street Springs (a fountain playground), Portland Opera, Oregon Ballet, unique bridges, Great shopping, Great hiking, parks and boating ${QuickSuggestions} ${BestWay} Driving -- when visiting you'll need to rent a car to really take full advantage of all the sights.

Hotel Vintage Plaza

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

This downtown hotel is decidedly Italian -- custom cherry furnishings in a neoclassical style are found throughout the lobby and in each of the guest rooms, many of which overlook courtyards. I instantly felt like I was somewhere in Tuscany. Choose between two-story townhouse suites with jetted tubs or a sleep-under the stars option in the 'Starlight Room' which offers conservatory windows for stargazing from your bed. Evening wine tasting by the fireside living room is another nice touch.
Hotel Vintage Plaza
422 SW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97205
(503) 228-1212

Red Star Tavern & Roast House

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

It's not surprising that such a popular restaurant has made its name on its wood-stove-smoked meats and seafoods. There has to be some trick or magic to it, because their "house classics" wow crowds: pepper-scented king salmon, Oregon chicken, rib-eye steaks, and Diablo pork loin with "smashers" (garlic mashed potatoes). Luscious desserts include banana cream pie and an old-fashioned devil's food cake.
Red Star Tavern & Roast House
506 SW Alder
Portland, Oregon, 97204
(503) 222-0005

Museum of Science an Industry

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

A great experience -- especially with children. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the jewel of all Portland's museums, is living proof that science is best learned through exploring -- active, engaging, surprising journeys into the past and future. There's more here than the most engaged science buff can see in a day.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
1945 South East Water Avenue
Portland, Oregon
(503) 797-0002

NikeTown

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

How could a retail outlet be considered an attraction? Nike's headquarters are in Portland, making this spot the original futuristic museum of sports and an interactive mecca of motion. Nike went to extraordinary lengths to showcase the best that athletics can bring out in people through interactive video, playstations, inspiring memorabilia, virtual reality product testing and hands-on try outs of equipment. They didn't skimp on the flash, sounds and tastes of the game. It's a great locale to frequent before a Blazers game, and occasionally sports greats will make personal appearances at the 'town.'
Nike Town
920 SW 6th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97204
(503) 221-6453

Saturday Market

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

Saturday Market has, over the years, become a staple of Portland's weekend scene. Held from March through Christmas on both Saturdays and Sundays, it's one of the community's best-loved and most widely attended ongoing events. You'll wander through a historic neighborhood while street musicians serenade, vendors offer everything from fresh-cut flowers to international foods, and more than 300 booths display art and every other imaginable creation. Feels like a cross between Carnival and a colorful flea market.
Portland Saturday Market
108 W Burnside St.
Portland, Oregon, 97209
(503) 222-6072

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Go Girl! on October 17, 2000

Affectionately dubbed Portland's living room, this giant piazza serves as a communal front porch, a people-watching spot and an architectural wonder. It's also one of the first places folks should hit when they arrive downtown. What's not to enjoy? Roman columns line the south end of the square. An amphitheater -- designed so flawlessly that you'll barely notice it -- boasts day and dusk concerts. And the travel branch of Powell's Bookstore literally tunnels under one side of the square. On warm days you can soak your feet in the purple tile fountain while choosing from gourmet coffees or traditional hot dogs (the vendors bark for your business). And if you happen to be hanging around come high noon, the famed two-story weather machine, complete with whistles, mist blower, lights, trumpet blasts and moving electronic creatures, can alternately startle and delight.
Pioneer Courthouse Square
715 SW Morrison St. Suite 702
Portland, Oregon, 97205
(503) 223-1613

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