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SO and I are going to Portland next week (25th-1st) and I’d love to get some suggestions of things to see and do! He’s been before, but it will be my first time. Of course we’re going to do the touristy things like Voodoo Doughnut and Ground Kontrol, but I’d love to hear other ideas!
We’re also going to be moving there from SC at the end of Feb./beginning of March, so if you the good/bad places to live, feel free to fill me in! 🙂
P.S. We’re big outdoorsy/nerds, so outdoors/nerdy things are a bonus!
Post # 3
There’s a famous, huge bookstore downtown…the name is escaping me right now though.
If you’re into wine, definitely make the short trek to some of the vineyards just outside of Portland — fantastic Pinot Noirs!
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PS – Love your username 🙂 FI’s alarm ringtone for a long time was Kick Drum Heart
Post # 5
I love Portland! We are moving there in January 🙂
Powell’s is the bookstore, it’s pretty great. We love the Pearl District and what’s called the Alphabet District for shopping, walking, restaurants etc.
Post # 6
Sooo many trails to hike…. Forest Park is awesome! We love Lan Su Chinese Garden too. Powells is the book store downtown. 🙂 There is the Oregon Zoo, the Japanese Gardens, the Portland Art Museum.. omg I could go on and on! I’ve lived in the area my whole lil life. So feel free to ask any question you have and I’ll do my best to answer.
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@KickDrumHeart: Ha, everything I remember about my trip to Portland involves food 😀 Let’s see, my fav places are The Meadows chocolate shop, Pine State Biscuits, and Bailey’s Tap Room ($7.50 for five 3-oz glasses of beers…many of them from local breweries. Furkin awesome!).
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@KickDrumHeart: Portland was my first trip with my SO! I’d recommend Multnomah Falls. Take the scenic drive and stop for pictures. We spent a couple nights at The Kennedy School which was awesome. And of the McMenens are fun. try The Screen Door for brunch- but don’t be too hungry when you get there cause there’s a wait but it’s worth it!
Post # 9
AH! I’m so exicted to see so many responses! 😀 Unfortunately, we’ll be lacking a car this trip, but we’re looking forward to getting to use all the public transport! Forest Park and Cathedral Park are definitely on the agenda.
I need awesome food/drink places too! We’re definitely foodies, and plan on getting blasted one night and wobbling back to his friend’s house where we’re staying, though I’m not sure where that is… I’ll find out haha.
@kmb727: Thanks! I always get excited when other Avett fans recognize it! 🙂
Post # 10
@KickDrumHeart: I grew up in Portland! Such a great place!
Powell’s is amazing, definitely go explore the many floors of books! The Zoo is really good, and while you’re up there wander around The Rose Garden (it is the City of Roses after all!), the Japanese gardens, and the arboretum. Lots of cool hiking trails right in the city!
Now, I love Voodoo Donuts, but I also remember when there was barely a line to get in. It has become quite the tourist attraction, and some think it isn’t worth the wait! I still do, but if you happen to be on the East Side, the location on Sandy Blvd is generally less crowded. Stick with the raised donuts- their cake donuts aren’t as good. Try the bacon maple if you must, but I think the real stars are the good ol’ chocolate frosted raised and the Portland creme. Their cream filling is to die for!
Post # 11
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OP – I grew up in central OR and my mom’s side of the family is from Portland. It’s SUCH a cool city. Hit up Powell’s, go to the Saturday Market (Sat and Sun), go to the Rose Gardens, eat from the amazing food carts, walk on the bridges, go shopping in NE portlnd, etc etc!
PS – I love the username. My husband is drummer and I love the drum part on that song!!
Post # 12
Food!! Some of our favorites:
Blue Moon Cafe downtown
Stepping Stone Cafe (you would need public transportation as it is out of the downtown area)
Portland City Grill
Urban Farmer (at the Nines)
Food carts are always fun!! 🙂
Post # 13
oven & shaker: good cocktails and pizza
Luc Lac: Vietnamese
Masu: sushi & great cocktails also good for sushi is Yama
Piazza Italia: amazing Italian
GREAT views and happy hour (7days a week) Portland City Grill
Pink Rose has bottomless mimosas for brunch!
Food Carts are a good bet Saturdays but most are closed Sundays.
The OMSI Museum is so much fun if you are a kid at heart! Forest Park is awesome for an easy and beautiful hike. Multhnomah Falls is GORGEOUS but a bit of a drive. There are tons of good breweries all over Portland if you’re beer people. Yelp is a great resource! PM me for more suggestions & if you know exactly where you’re staying I can help a little more!
Post # 14
@Kelly_mac: I can’t believe I forgot about Luc Lac! So hungry for their Pho right now 🙂
Post # 15
I grew up and still live in the Portland area! Definitely agree with PP suggestions 🙂 My favorites are Powell’s (the one downtown, on Burnside!), can’t help but love the Oregon Zoo (accessible from downtown via the max, which is Portland’s lightrail). For specific areas just to wander around Portland (and that are filled with lots of great food options!!), I would check out NW 23rd St, SE Hawthorned (from about 30th-45th or so), N Mississippi Ave, and NE Alberta St (from maybe 9th to 30th).
There are TONS of great places to eat in Portland. Pretty much any place on 23rd is going to be great, but probably pretty pricey. On NE Alberta St The Bye and Bye has really good vegetarian/vegan food. For breakfast I like a lot of places on Hawthorne; there is Chez Machin which has yummy crepes, the Waffle Window (pretty sure it was on Portlandia on one episode!), and Cup and Saucer. Voodoo Doughnuts as someone mentioned is fun but very busy. And the Mcmenamins are fun local attractions.
As to good/bad places to live that kind of depends on what you’re looking for! Do you want to be in the thick of it, in the city? The Pearl District is nice but can be pricey! Do you want a house with a yard? Maybe SE/NE is more for you? I used to live near Mount Tabor in SE, which is surrounded by nice neighborhoods. You should check it out while you visit; either way it is a fun outdoors-in-the-city place to visit!
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@HappyORBride: sooooooo goooooood!!
OP as PP said regarding where to live….there are SO many different areas you can chose from this Is a great website that can tell you a little bit about all the neighborhoods http://www.portlandbridges.com/portland-neighborhoods/