Best things to do in Portland, OR?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

PS – Love your username 🙂  FI’s alarm ringtone for a long time was Kick Drum Heart

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@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!).

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@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 # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@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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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@kmb727:  Powell’s!

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Food!!  Some of our favorites:

 

Blue Moon Cafe downtown

Killer Burger

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Downtown Restaurants:

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@Kelly_mac:  I can’t believe I forgot about Luc Lac!  So hungry for their Pho right now 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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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