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Tell me about interesting things to see, places to visit, absolute musts on the "if you're only in Portland for a few days, you must go here" list.

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marc17 From: marc17 Date: September 15th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
VooDoo Doughnuts - maple bacon dooughnuts

Powell's Books - an entire city block of books both new and used, separate store for technical section

Acropolis - strip club with the best steak I've ever had, $10 filet mignon complete with steak fries, Texas toast and trip to salad bar. There are some really good and cheap places to eat in Portland. Many of them are strip clubs. It's not unusual to see couple out for dinner at such. The one I just mentioned has tables in the corners fairly out of the way of the rack for such couples.

alexiarnps From: alexiarnps Date: September 15th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Powell's (as mentioned)

Hawthorne Street *or* 23rd Ave NW. Pick one if it's a short trip. Hawthorne is less walk-y fun, but has better shopping deals. 23rd is gorgeous, but is pricy. There are good pubs and clothing stores on both (including a Buffalo Exchange on Hawthorne in a town where everyone needs to sell and no one can buy...stock up), but definitely make time for The Mission (NW) or The Bagdad. They are the movie theaters owned by McMenamin's that serve food and booze during the movie. You may say we have Central Cinema, but it has NOTHING on these.

If you are going when it is nice out, hit the Pied Cow. It's in a Victorian house with the side yard converted for outdoor seating. On a sunny day it is what I would choose for my afterlife.

For actual touristy stuff the zoo there beats the pants off ours.

If you can do a Saturday, the Saturday Market and river front / Pearl District is a very nice day. Portland's Chinatown has been shrinking, so you can fit that in this day too.

If you want the best hair cut of your life, make an appointment with Morgan at the NE Davis Bishop's. Srsly.

OMSI, the Japanese Garden (attached to the zoo), the rose garden, Pittock Mansion and the classic Chinese garden in Chinatown are also fun.

sonder From: sonder Date: September 15th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The japanese garden is nice, and downtown portland (what little of it there is) is nice to stroll around.
marc17 From: marc17 Date: September 15th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
What days are you going to be there? There are some interesting things happening there in the next month or so.
mrsloane From: mrsloane Date: September 16th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC) (Link)
rooneg From: rooneg Date: September 16th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC) (Link)
There are things to do in Portland other than Powell's?
staticengine From: staticengine Date: September 16th, 2009 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and computers are useful for things besides video games and porn.
rooneg From: rooneg Date: September 16th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Seriously though, if you're looking for a good martini, I recommend Vault: http://www.vault-martini.com/. The 7 deadly sins martinis are, well, deadly.
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: September 16th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
The walking tour of the downtown area is affordable, only takes a couple hours, but is incredibly informative, and you get to see a lot of the city that you'd never notice.

The Japanese Garden is lovely (I'd recommend the rose garden in the late spring/early-mid summer) as is the huge park that contains them both and the zoo. It's a little out of the way (take the light rail to it), but the station that's something ridiculous like 500 feet underground is kinda cool.

There is a Chinese garden that is downtown, and it's gorgeous as well, not to mention in Chinatown, which is always fun to roam though.

Paragon has the most amazing grilled cheese sandwich ever, which makes it a fabulous lunch option.

Voodoo Doughnuts of course.

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