Written by lcampbell on 27 Aug, 2006
Morning Glory Café, 1149 Siskiyou Boulevard, (541)488-8636This was my favorite of the places that we ate. The breakfast selection was especially incredible. Gourmet omelets seemed to be the specialty—I absolutely LOVED the caramelized onion, toasted walnut, and Gorgonzola omelet. The coffee here…Read More
Morning Glory Café, 1149 Siskiyou Boulevard, (541)488-8636This was my favorite of the places that we ate. The breakfast selection was especially incredible. Gourmet omelets seemed to be the specialty—I absolutely LOVED the caramelized onion, toasted walnut, and Gorgonzola omelet. The coffee here was also the best I’ve had in a long time. We had one lunch at Morning Glory—Dan had a hamburger, one he said was excellent. My sandwich was…. Morning Glory Café had just a great atmosphere—it was colorful, cozy, and inviting. The staff was excellent also. It was worth the higher-than-average breakfast and lunch prices, for the high quality food and service.Morning Glory menuMorning Glory RestaurantStanding Stone Brewing Company, 101 Oak Street, (541)482-2448Our friend’s eyes actually rolled back in his head in sheer pleasure after he tasted his first sip of the Double IPA at Standing Stone Brewery. Seriously, I thought he was having some special experience that should have been in private! The food was pretty good too, and the atmosphere here was fun and lively. The historic industrial building is interesting. One night there was live music, and there is deck seating that was perfect on a calm and lovely night.Standing Stone Brewing CompanyAlso good were:Deep’s Indian Cuisine, 31 Water Street, (541)482-7300Thai Pepper, 84 N Main Street, (541)482-8058But there were plenty of other choices in many price ranges. We would have to stay much longer to check them all out!Also check out the Ashland Food Co-op for good healthy hiking and biking snacks. Close
Written by hillary_maybery on 03 Oct, 2005
During my childhood years, my family began going to the Oregon Coast for our vacations. It all started out in Seaside, Oregon, where we spent a few summers in my earlier years enjoying the beach and shopping. As the years passed, we found…Read More
During my childhood years, my family began going to the Oregon Coast for our vacations. It all started out in Seaside, Oregon, where we spent a few summers in my earlier years enjoying the beach and shopping. As the years passed, we found our love for the Oregon Coast was only growing, and wanted to further our horizons. My mom found a town farther south of Seaside and Cannon Beach named Lincoln City. Since I was in sixth grade, we visited Lincoln City yearly staying in the vacation home rentals the town has to offer (trust me, there is an abundance). During our stays throughout the years we made it a point to explore Lincoln City and the other towns located on the Oregon coastline.
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay and Newport are all wonderful places to drive and see, especially for the dining and shopping they have to offer. Other picturesque and exciting towns to visit along the coastline are Pacific City and Florence, both have amazing beaches and acres of sand dunes waiting to be driven on.
Even the drive down the coastline is breathtaking. There are various state parks and stops along Highway 101 that let you get out of the car and just enjoy the amazing views of the ocean. A five hour drive only seems like twenty minutes on this highway just because of the beauty of the coastline.
As each vacation came to an end over the years I found it harder and harder to leave the Oregon Coast, even driving home a few times crying, not wanting to come back into the reality of things. So, in the spring of 2005 my fiance and I made goal to come and live on the Oregon Coast within a few years. However, since we were getting married in Lincoln City at the end of the summer, we decided to accomplish our goal a little sooner then expected. We decided to pack up and move down to the Oregon Coast before our wedding. Despite a few obstacles along the way, our dream became a reality and we were moving in at the beginning of July. By the end of August, we had had the most perfect wedding along the shores of Lincoln City held at the Inn at Spanish Head.
Both him and I could not be any happier, we are living in our most favorite place with eachother and we are able to enjoy the beauty of the Oregon Coast everyday and our excitement and love for this place never fades. To make it even better, my family is still making it a point to come to the Oregon Coast every year to vacation!
Written by Hank Jennings on 03 Sep, 2005
The screams you hear can only mean one thing — the monsters have returned to Scream at the Beach. This collection of haunted houses in Portland, Oregon, features low-gore, family-friendly attractions, but that’s not to say that they’re not scary. The Scream at the Beach…Read More
The screams you hear can only mean one thing — the monsters have returned to Scream at the Beach. This collection of haunted houses in Portland, Oregon, features low-gore, family-friendly attractions, but that’s not to say that they’re not scary. The Scream at the Beach website claims 224 wet pants in 2004. Everywhere we turned there were people exclaiming, "I just wet my pants," as wave upon wave of monsters made their attack. We especially enjoyed the dark mazes where creatures with glowing eyes ran around the floors and crawled up the walls.
It was our second trip to this event, and we plan to return again this year. The crew works on this production all year-round to create the highly detailed environments that make the experiences so real. They also make use of animations created by the same people who build creatures for major amusement parks, so you can place your expectations high and not be disappointed.
Guest comments on the website say it all, and reviewers have consistently rated it as the top event in the Pacific Northwest. Industry peers say that it’s one of the top haunted-house productions in the country, and I agree.
The best time to go is early in the month, to avoid long lines later. We also recommend going on a weeknight instead of a weekend, when crowds pack the place.
Written by Backpackingrl on 05 Feb, 2005
This entry is intended for budget travelers and students wanting to visit Portland. I have flown to and from Portland around 10 to 15 times. For someone on a budget, the best option is Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com), deals on the Travelocity fare watcher…Read More
This entry is intended for budget travelers and students wanting to visit Portland. I have flown to and from Portland around 10 to 15 times. For someone on a budget, the best option is Southwest Airlines (www.southwest.com), deals on the Travelocity fare watcher (www.travelocity.com, create a username/profile and click on fare watcher), or Student Universe (www.studentuniverse.com). You’ll fly into the Portland International Airport (code PDX). You will be able to find round-trip airfare from almost any major location in the US for $300 or less if you buy 2 weeks or more in advance. The standard Southwest internet deal costs $149 each way. This trip will not be the most comfortable or convenient (1 to 2 layovers and a much longer traveling day) compared to other airlines, but it can save you some major cash. Having said that, check Travelocity and Student Universe first. You have a good shot at finding something more direct for an equal or lower price.
For a two-city tour or a more extended West Coast trip, fly to Seattle. Seattle prices are generally cheaper than flying into Portland. Jetblue (www.jetblue.com) flies here, in addition to Southwest. I find the transcontinental Jetblue flight more comfortable and convenient than Southwest. For starters, the flight is more direct, you will have a TV at your seat, and you will be assigned a seat number rather than group boarding pass. This way, you will know before your trip that you won’t spend a very long flight crammed into a center seat. The major drawback to Jetblue is the return flight at 11:59pm - the only option for many East Coast destinations. If you can sleep on the plane, this won’t bother you. Otherwise, it may be a major disadvantage. However, if you are doing Seattle and Portland in one trip, a great option is to take Jetblue to Seattle on the way there, spend some time in Seattle, head on to Portland (via car or train), and return home on a Southwest flight from Portland at a more convenient hour. The great thing about discount airlines is the ability to purchase one-way fares at low prices.
To get from Seattle to Portland, you can drive (about 2 hours) or take Amtrak trains (www.amtrak.com, 3 hours at $27). Once you get to the Portland International Airport, take the Max to your destination. The Max Stop is located near the baggage claim area. See my entry on getting around the city for detailed information on the Max.
This is easy in Portland. Portland is a city far ahead of its time in environmental policy. This way of life stretches from green spaces and large sections of untouched land to the way people travel. Portland gets our vote for best…Read More
This is easy in Portland. Portland is a city far ahead of its time in environmental policy. This way of life stretches from green spaces and large sections of untouched land to the way people travel.
Portland gets our vote for best public transportation system in the world. The Max is Portland’s super convenient and efficient rail system. The Max covers an extensive area, including the east and west sides of the city and outlying suburbs, including the airport. You can get to almost all major sites in the city by riding the Max and walking a few blocks (at the most). The website has a trip planner where you can enter your starting point and destination and print out the best route (http://www.trimet.org/).
City dwellers and travelers are encouraged to use the Max through an extensive fare-free zone. This zone includes all of downtown Portland between the Willamette River and I-405, and also includes the Lloyd center on the east side of the city. Beyond this area, tickets are bought and used on the honor system. That’s right, you heard me correctly. You buy your ticket from an electronic ticket vendor at any Max stop for $1.25. There is no one to take your ticket, however. The city of Portland relies on your honesty for ticket sales. What other city could operate on a system like this?? For visitors to the city, the all-day pass is a good option at $3.50 per ticket for unlimited use of all tri-met services. For a 3-day version, you will pay $10 per person.
The Portland Streetcar operates under the umbrella of the Max system. The streetcar is the first modern trolley system in the US. It opened for the first time in the summer of 2002. This is a nice way to step back in time and visit the city. The street car travels between the PSU area (including the Portland Farmers Market) and northwest Portland (NW 23rd Ave. and Washington Park). The fare system is the same as the Max. For a great day utilizing the street car, begin a Saturday morning at the Portland Farmer’s market (South Park blocks, see my other entry) and pick up some local produce, bread, wine, and cheese. Then hop on the street car at the far end of the market and ride to NW 23rd Ave. Spend some time window-shopping and walking here and then hop on the no. 63 bus (or walk about the half a mile up the hill) to Washington Park and the Rose Garden (see my Rose Garden entry for a great picnic location where you can enjoy your farmer’s market meal). The tri-met bus system links to the Max Rail system and offers wonderful service. Buses run about every 15 minutes or less everyday and can get you to just about every location that the Max doesn’t go. The same fare system described above applies to the bus system. On the note of environmentally forward-thinking policies, the city of Portland is one of the few in the process of testing hybrid-electric buses. The company is testing these buses over the next 2 years with the hopes of working them into the mainstream to replace existing buses. For more information on tri-met, including trip planners, maps, and schedules, visit http://www.trimet.org/.
Portland was also the leader in another environmentally friendly form of transportation - the bike share. Around the city of Portland, you will see yellow bikes. These bikes are part of a program run by the Community Cycling Center. Simply hop on a bike (completely free) and ride to your destination. Then leave the bike for the next person to pick up and use. This idea really embodies the spirit of Portland. The system relies on honesty, sharing with others, and living in a way that promotes healthy people and a healthy world. Since Portland initiated this program, other cities such as Toronto have created similar programs. Visit http://communitycyclingcenter.org/ for more information.
For those who must drive to a location, Portland offers a greener option. The flex car company was initiated in the city of Portland and has now spread to several locations throughout the country. Through this company, you can borrow a car from a number of convenient locations, use the car for a few hours, and then return it to a site at your destination. Gas, insurance, and parking are included in the price of $9 an hour. See http://www.flexcar.com/portland/default.asp.
The best way to see the city is via tri-met. But if you want to have use of a car for a short amount of time, a car share is a great idea. On a final note, don’t forget about Portland’s best transportation option - walking. Portland is a wonderful city for walking (try NW 23rd Ave,, NW 21st Ave., or a walk down by the Willamette River - see my other entries).
The Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Broadway and Yamhill) occupies 40,000 square feet and encompasses a whole lot of history. This is the single most visited site in the city of Portland. You will find a healthy mix of tourists and locals spending the…Read More
The Pioneer Courthouse Square (SW Broadway and Yamhill) occupies 40,000 square feet and encompasses a whole lot of history. This is the single most visited site in the city of Portland. You will find a healthy mix of tourists and locals spending the afternoon here. Portland’s first real schoolhouse, the Portland Hotel, and the historic Pioneer Courthouse are all located here. The square features a waterfall fountain, amphitheater seating, and a lot of young people hanging out. Skateboarders also love the square. Powell’s Bookstore has its Travel Bookstore here. This is a great place for independent travelers to shop.
Many events take place here, including the Festival of Flowers (annually in early June) and an event featuring the Budweiser horses (late summer). Most weekends in the summer, something will be going on here. The square is very accessible, with a Max stop along its border.
While you are here, make a stop at Honkin’ Huge Burritos. This is a vendor-style stand at the corner of the square. For under $5, you will get the biggest burrito you have ever had in your life custom made right in front of you. This will be enough for two or three people to share for lunch, or enough for two or three meals. The burrito is very good. One of my husband’s friends basically lived off these burritos for a summer. You will encounter a large homeless population in the square. Read my other entry for some information on Portland's homeless population.
Kornblatt’s deli occupies a prime plot of real estate. Located on 23rd Avenue (628 NW 23rd Ave., 503/242-0055), this is a great location for feeding hungry walkers and window-shoppers. Seating is similar to a deli in NYC. You will be seated as…Read More
Kornblatt’s deli occupies a prime plot of real estate. Located on 23rd Avenue (628 NW 23rd Ave., 503/242-0055), this is a great location for feeding hungry walkers and window-shoppers. Seating is similar to a deli in NYC. You will be seated as quickly as possible, often sharing a table with strangers. This will bring the wait to about 10 to 20 minutes on a busy afternoon. For travelers, this can be a great way to meet some locals. For those who are really hungry, this will speed things up. For those who want to have a quiet lunch conversing with a friend, this will not be your first choice. For less of a wait and a quieter meal, come during off hours (11am or after 2pm).
The menu is overwhelming. You can order just about any deli-type food you can think of here: any sort of sandwich, bagel, soup, or breakfast dish. Kornblatt’s has a specialty, though - the Rueben. It comes with potato salad (a rather small portion, but homemade) or a bag of Kettle chips. If you come here and you like Reubens, this is what you should order. For vegetarians, the Vegetarian Rueben is one of my favorite sandwiches. They also offer desserts. Your eyes will be immediately drawn to the king-size éclairs in the display case. These can be split among four or five people. The food is well-priced at around $5 to $8 for a very filling lunch.
The service varies. There have been times we have been there that our drinks have been refilled promptly and have had no other problems. Most of the time, though, the place is just so busy that the service suffers a bit. You may have to wait for a refill on your drink or to get your check. The staff remains friendly and enthusiastic, however.
If you are walking around 23rd Avenue, we would recommend Kornblatt’s for lunch (Monday to Thursday 8am to 9pm, Friday 8am to 10pm, Saturday 7:30am to 10pm, and Sunday 7:30am to 9pm).
This restaurant is pricey but has completely delicious food. Higgins (1239 SW Broadway, 503/222-9070, dinner entrée around $20 to $30) uses fresh local ingredients to create one-of-a-kind entrées. The atmosphere is a smart,casual French bistro type. It is good for adult groups,…Read More
This restaurant is pricey but has completely delicious food. Higgins (1239 SW Broadway, 503/222-9070, dinner entrée around $20 to $30) uses fresh local ingredients to create one-of-a-kind entrées. The atmosphere is a smart,casual French bistro type. It is good for adult groups, couples, and friends who want to enjoy an evening of conversation. The location is a little out of spotlight (nice, but not in the hub of downtown), so this place is not overcrowded.
Keep in mind, though, that the food is so good, you need to make reservations in advance. If you are travelling to Portland for the first time, this would be our number one recommendation for a sampling of local cuisine.
We were here in late summer, when our entrées were constructed from local produce. I will never forget the asparagus risotto I had there. It was one of the freshest tasting dishes I have ever eaten. Dessert was just as good, featuring locally grown Marionberries. The service is wonderful: professional, friendly, and prompt. Don’t miss Higgins. Hours are Monday to Friday 11:30am to 12am, Saturday 4pm to 2:30am, and Sunday 4pm to 12am.
Written by Backpackingrl on 31 Jan, 2005
You will recognize Greek Cuisina (404 SW Washington St, 503/224-2288) by the large purple octopus on its roof. This place is a full-blown Greek experience. If you are in the mood for some dancing, plate-smashing, and all-out audience participation, come here. Greek Cusina…Read More
You will recognize Greek Cuisina (404 SW Washington St, 503/224-2288) by the large purple octopus on its roof. This place is a full-blown Greek experience. If you are in the mood for some dancing, plate-smashing, and all-out audience participation, come here. Greek Cusina has two parts: the downstairs restaurant and the upstairs bar/dance floor. For all the excitement, head upstairs. You will be charged a small cover (when we were there, it was under $5), but it is well worth the expense. Arrive around 8:30pm on a Friday or Saturday night for the Greek entertainment. You will experience a Greek conga line, belly dancing, plate-smashing, and a liquor-drinking contest (any audience member may volunteer for the owner to pour liquor above his or her head. Whoever can drink the most in one pour is the winner). The owner even lifts a restaurant table up using nothing but his teeth. By the way, we cannot figure out how he does this, since he does not touch the table with his hands or his feet, and there is no tablecloth on it. See if you can figure it out. If you want to be dragged onto the floor to participate, sit in the front section. There is a good chance you will be recruited by the staff. If you just want to watch, stake out a seat in the rear.
The crowd is mixed here from 20- to 40-somethings, from bachelorette parties to an older crowd. Everyone participates. Once all the Greek entertainment is over, the crowd normally dwindles down to the 20- or 30-something group, but of course, there are exceptions! At this point, the Greek party gives way to a dance floor with live band or DJ. The dance floor can get a little crowded here, but it is a lot of fun. If you have the energy later in the evening, stick around. Food and drinks are affordable: think typical mid-range priced Greek food (pitas, gyros, and burgers with fries are all around $8 to $10). Show up a little early on Friday between 3-6pm for $2 appetizer specials, and stay for the entertainment. Greek Cusina is highly recommended. http://www.greekcusina.com/
Art-lovers will have a great time at the market. Craft-lovers will have an even better one. Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is open both Saturdays (10am till 5pm) and Sundays (11am till 4:30pm) from the first weekend of March until Christmas…Read More
Art-lovers will have a great time at the market. Craft-lovers will have an even better one. Despite its name, the Portland Saturday Market is open both Saturdays (10am till 5pm) and Sundays (11am till 4:30pm) from the first weekend of March until Christmas Eve. It is located between Front Avenue and SW 1st Avenue under the Burnside Bridge. The market features vendors selling all varieties of handmade items. Ceramics, jewelry, wood carvings, and photographs of Oregon are a few of the many items offered. Local foods make an appearance as well, with loads of free samples. Carnival-type food is also found here.
The market occupies an area that is covered and "indoors," and it then sprawls outside onto a large paved section. Street performers are commonplace, and some of them are very good. There is a teenage boy that frequents the location, playing his instrument of plastic buckets that double as drums. His music is so good that he could have his own CD. Other people’s talent amazes me. There are also official music events in the covered area of the market. One weekend we had the pleasure of hearing a xylophone band play. This was some of the coolest music we have heard. It was very different and unique.
The market is very accessible, with a Max stop (Skidmore Fountain Station) only a few feet away. Many people enjoy walking by the adjacent waterfront (see my other entry, Portland Bridges and Walking Path) after a visit to the market. Kids cool off in the Salmon Street Springs fountain.