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Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 23, 2010 06:00PM
Staying at the Nines for a convention. I'm looking for the best (not most expensive) seafood: King Crab, lobster, everything. Wife is at the convention and I'm tagging along at the end of April. I'll be on foot or on public transport so my options are somewhat limited.
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Z
Date: February 23, 2010 06:10PM
Can you go commissioning a large piece of equipment for me that is being built down there? It should only take you about a week.

Thanks,
Z
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: February 23, 2010 06:31PM
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blusubaru
King Crab

No, you get that when you go to Alaska. In the Northwest, you want Dungeness crab!!! Any Red Lobster can give you the frozen King stuff like the guys from Deadliest Catch get in the fall. It's a lot harder to find Dungeness outside of the Northwest.
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: kahuna1342
Date: February 23, 2010 06:35PM
If you want good seafood, go to Jakes Famous Crawfish. [www.mccormickandschmicks.com]

It is not the cheapest place, but, they have really good food and it is right downtown.

If you want other suggestions for restaurants and attractions around PDX, check out the pages that I set up for our customers that visit every summer for the Farwest Trade Show.

[jfschmidt.com]





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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Black
Date: February 23, 2010 06:38PM
I'll be on foot or on public transport so my options are somewhat limited.
In Portland, being on foot or transit does not limit your options.

Will you have time to kill or is this strictly about dinner?




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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 23, 2010 07:11PM
Take a bike if you can. Portland is a bike town.
I always enjoy OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry).
Powell's Bookstore is an overwhelming experience.
Finnegan's Toy Store is also fun.

Portland has overtaken Seattle as the place to go for good coffee so if you're into coffee keep an eye and a nose out for local shops. Breakfast joints are bountiful in Portland. I really enjoy Cup and Saucer and Papa Haydn.

[www.cupandsaucercafe.com]
Just spend some time wandering on Hawethorne. It has all kinds of little shops and restaurants and pubs.

[www.papahaydn.com]
Everything is good here.

Lots of small underground theater groups are springing up too. That is always interesting. Sometimes you hit gold. Other times it is surreal crap. Always interesting though. Portland also has a thriving music and brewing scene. Because most of the big name acts go to Seattle on Friday or Saturday nights, Portland often has the same acts, but on Wednesday or Thursday. Check out the local entertainment rags. The Mercury and the Willamette Weekly (aka WillyWeek) the easiest to find, or just look online.

[www.portlandmercury.com]
[wweek.com]

The Bagdad theater is always fun to. Drink some good beer while watching a movie. I recommend the Terminator Stout.



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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: February 23, 2010 07:27PM
...Portland, ME........?



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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: polychrome
Date: February 23, 2010 07:50PM
If you're short on time and want to explore a park, head to Mill Ends Park, the world's smallest park. Sorry, no restroom facilities.

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[www.portlandmercury.com]

If you have more time, go to Forest Park, the largest urban park west of the Mississippi.
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: February 23, 2010 08:11PM
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...Portland, ME........?
Nope. Been there, now headed to the other one on the other side of the country.

Thanks all for the suggestions! Keep 'em coming!
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Winston
Date: February 23, 2010 08:42PM
I second visiting Powell's Books. The store takes up an entire city block. They sell both new and used books, and file them together. Great place to spend a few hours.


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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Wags
Date: February 23, 2010 09:26PM
I've been writing A Cabbie's Guide To Portland for my company's website, it might give you some ideas. Its not done yet and a little of it is blatant pandering to our important customers, but most of it is from the heart, having lived here for 35 years and enjoyed every one. Too bad you weren't here this weekend, we had some unbelievable weather for this time of year.

Cabbie's Guide To Portland
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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Billybob
Date: February 23, 2010 09:45PM
On foot? The Washington/Forest Park area is particularly beautiful.

The Japanese Rose garden is quite nice.

If you're into hiking or running, the Wild Wood trail in Forest Park is not far from downtown and goes for miles.



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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: February 23, 2010 10:15PM
Oh, yeah...the gardens...

Japanese Gardens are near to the zoo which is very nice.
[www.japanesegarden.com]

Chinese Gardens are in Chinatown and are also very nice.
[www.portlandchinesegarden.org]

Rotadendron Garden
[www.portlandonline.com]

Last but not least, stop at Mary's Club and get a huge burrito while watching a few strippers ply their trade.
[www.marysclub.com] (NSFW)

For the record, Portland has an enormous number of strip clubs...just saying...



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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: February 24, 2010 12:25AM
Thank's for the tip about Mary's. I'll be in Portland for a conference, and will be killing time while the GF is attending seminars. I'm her sexy man candy for the weekend.

She says she's in too. She wants to watch the stripper pole action and get some burritos. I love that woman!

AWESOME! It's almost walking distance to the Doubletree!



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Re: Spending a weekend in downtown Portland, OR: what do I need to see?
Posted by: Buck
Date: February 24, 2010 12:31AM
Take a stroll around the Nike campus
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Posted by: Billybob
Date: February 24, 2010 07:43AM
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Buck
Take a stroll around the Nike campus

If you do, be sure to get a visitor's pass first. I went there one weekend with my son and son-in-law. On the way back to the car, security informed us that we were trespassing on private property.

Oh well, I guess it was pretty obvious we weren't athletes.rolleyes smiley

By the way, Nike isn't within walking distance of downtown.
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