Sunday, August 12, 2012

Portland Tips

Jon and I are planning a short get away to Portland next month. We are hoping a few days away will remind us we are Jonathan and Stephanie not just Dad and Mom. :) I thought I would reach out to my favorite people for some tips on where to go, what to do, where to stay, etc.

We are thinking that if we stay in downtown Portland we won't have to rent a car for more than maybe a day to go see the natural beauty. What do you think? I hear public transportation is pretty good there.

You know I love good food. Anybody got some MUST EATS from the Portland area?

Give me the good info people. :)

17 comments:

i said...

You will really love it here. :) You will have to locate the food carts. Your tummy will be happy here for sure!

Jonelle Hughes said...

You MUST go to Powell's book store. If you are like me, you will spend days there. Also, all the little shops and eateries around it.

Robin said...

Voo Doo donuts- bacon maple bar. My brother in law went to school in Portland and brought us a box as a wedding gift.

Angela said...

Must check out the SE Hawthorne, SE Belmont, and NE Freemont neighborhoods. Great restaurants and one of a kind shops!

teachermegpie said...

Yes food carts and Voo Doo for sure!!!
Any of the hotels downtown are fabulous! Laurelhurst Market is awesome, Portland City Grill, Mother's Bistro for any meal is great but breakfast is the best! Public transportation is great!

A & M Ras said...

I have always been a stalker and not a commenter but I thought I could help you out with this. I served my mission in Portland and there are TONS of things to do. The Rose Gardens is awesome. I am not sure if the roses will be out but the views are to die for. Make sure you find the Rose Gardens and not the Rose Garden (that is the stadium where the Blazers play). There light rail goes quite a few places so you can get pretty far on that. The OMSI they have is awesome as well. If you are there on a Saturday make sure to go to Saturday's market. It is one giant flea market. If you end up getting a car a must see is Multnomah Falls out by Gresham. Also if you can get out to the temple grounds I would suggest that as well.

s g said...

stephanie...you can call us if you need anything...we are 15 min. from portland airport :). I have loads of tips...hit the pearl district for shopping and good eats, little bakeries, (Pearl Bakery) etc. favorite restaurants...cafe mingo, laurelhurst market, little bird, PoK Pok is amazing thai (kind of a drive) HAVE to go to Moonstruck cafe (our favorite chocolates) for chocolates and a shake...NW 23rd is one of Portland's famous streets..fun shopping...and one of Moonstruck's cafes is there. Papa Haydn's is famous for dessert on NW 23rd. I could go on and on, definitely hit the FOOD trucks..most are open during the day, we like the People's pig. Ditto on Mother's bistro for breakfast...only breakfast though ;)

you could drive up to multnomah falls, beacon rock, rose garden is pretty...just driving up colombia gorge is beautiful. lots of hikes around there. Message me on FB if you want more deets.

sara gillespie

DinaJ said...

I live here also. I guess if you wanted to stay just downtown you wouldn't need a car. What do you want to do while you're here? If it's eat, shop, wander around you'll be good. My DH and I like to hike in the gorge, or drive to the beach and lay on a blanket and relax together, but you'd need a car for that. I don't know that I'd go to Beacon Rock. I just climbed it with my middle schooler. Meh. :) Welcome to Portland!

i said...

I second what sarah said about the gorge/multonomah falls. an amazing drive!

buchanancasa said...

Powells, Moonstruck Chocolate, Mother's Bistro, Pambiche (Cuban), Japanese Gardens, Multnomah Falls. Dash out to Cannon Beach if you can!

buchanancasa said...

And food carts are a must!

Rebecca Whitcomb North said...

Powell's Bookstore is always a favorite must-go for our family when we visit downtown Portland. Make sure to get a map at the front, because you'll need it to navigate through the store. If you're thinking of wandering away from Portland for some site seeing, I would recommend Multnomah Falls and Cannon Beach. So, so pretty!

Anonymous said...

If you are heading to the beach, might I suggest going thru Tillamook. The Tillamook Cheese Factory is great. A free tour of the factory and a must have is some Ice Cream, oh and Squeaky Cheese!!

Anonymous said...

If you plan on staying IN Portland you will not need a car. There is a free train that runs throughout the city. Definitely go to Powell's Books (it is a HUGE bookstore that takes up an entire city block, new and used books, big kids' section too). On Saturday and Sunday mornings there is a big art/craft market that is always fun to check out. If you're looking for a quick outing out of the city, head to the Oregon coast (about 60 miles from Portland). I would recommend any of the beaches between Tillamook and Cannon Beach (just pull off the road when you see signs. you can find some beautiful and empty beaches). Hope that helps!

click here said...

Thanks for reminding. I was so stunned about it.

LKB said...

check out Portlandmama.com It is a blog all about things to eat and do while in Portland and if you are not familiar with the blog of yourhomebaasedmom.com check that out. She lives in that area and talks about all of the great places to eat all the time. I think you would like her blog. She is LDS and seems like a really neat lady.

LKB said...

Ooops.... that is yourhomebasedmom.com