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10-12-2011, 04:36 PM
I loved the Heathman and the restaurant was great.

My friend used to direct this ballet company: http://www.obt.org/
It was quite good last time I saw them, but he isn't directing anymore. They have a season this week if you happen to be there now. Otherwise, they don't perform again until December.

10-12-2011, 04:43 PM
Christopher Stowell has done wonders for Oregon Ballet Theatre. It's too bad they won't be performing over Thanksgiving weekend, but they'll be preparing for the "Nutcracker" and their grown-up alternative, "A Holiday Revue".

10-12-2011, 05:39 PM
If you like coffee, make sure to get a cup of coffee at Stumptown Coffee. It's just a block (or 2?) from Voodoo Donuts.

10-12-2011, 07:02 PM
My brother live in Portland, so my sister and I go down there often. We keep saying we need to take a stealth trip down, because we can never seem to get to all the places we want to go!

Lots of great suggestions here. Powells, Voodoo, Stumptown, the food pods. The Saturday Market can be fun as well. As far as hotels go, the ones that UMBS go blue mentioned are very good - The Nines also has a very good restaurant - The Urban Farmer.

The Ace Hotel is also good. Do you like great cocktails? Because the Ace also has one of the best cocktail bars in town in Clyde Common. Check out what Jamie is barrel aging and have that - the barrel aged Negroni is amazing. Another awesome cocktail bar is The Teardrop Lounge. Another place to go is Hubers http://www.hubers.com/ . It's the oldest restaurant in town, and if you want a meat and potatoes kind of place this is it. You need to go back to the bar area, which is old-timey gorgeous, and get a Spanish Coffee. Yum - and enjoy the show.

10-17-2011, 03:19 AM
I asked a friend who used to live in Portland and keeps up with the restaurant scene there for some suggestions for restaurants, and he sent me me these:

Sals Italian Kitchen is quite nice http://www.salskitchen.com/index.php/about-sals-italian-kitchen/

Ringside is awesome http://www.ringsidesteakhouse.com/ and he can click through to their Fish House location right downtown in Fox Tower.

Portland City Grill is good and AMAZING views http://www.portlandcitygrill.com/

11-06-2011, 02:44 AM
Thanks for all of the recommendations! I had a great time in Portland. Ended up having two half days of free time, and then had to come back east for various work and personal stuff.

Highlights for me:

1) Japanese Garden - incredible! Especially at this time of year. The trees look like they're on fire - so many shades of red and orange.

2) Chinese Garden - wow, they're not kidding when they say it's the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. I didn't have time to stop and have tea, but the smell was incredible!

3) Powells - yowee kazowee, lots of books. I stocked up and have enough reading for six months.

4) Pearl District / First Thursday - had a lot of fun walking around and browsing the galleries. Lucky to be there when I was!

5) The Food Trucks - yum! And so much food! You could buy enough food to last you for the day for $5. I tried to ignore that I saw most of the vendors handling food, dirty dishwater, and money all with their bare hands. :yikes: When in Rome....

I also checked out the International Rose Test Garden, which still had a few roses in bloom, and I did some shopping at Pioneer Place since it was :cold: and I needed a couple of sweaters.

To do something more off the beaten path, I also went to a small architecture museum across the bridge and really enjoyed it. I did not know about Portland's (forced) urban redevelopment in the 1950s, nor the ethnic groups, including Italian-Americans, that inhabited Portland in the early 20th century.

Portland is definitely in my top 10 U.S. cities, and pushing for a spot in my top 5. It's the first west coast city I've been to where I think I could actually live happily.

A few too many people for my liking looked like they should be at an occupy-something protest (i.e., in need of a haircut and a bath), but when the public transit is free, even I will cut the hipsters some slack. ;)

I should have another work trip to Portland next year and will plan to stay an extra day again to check out some of the things I didn't have time for this time around.

11-06-2011, 03:47 AM
glad you had a good time! :cheer2:

05-07-2012, 01:01 AM
Bump - it looks likely I'll be visiting at the end of the month.

Can someone double check if the 2010 Skate America thread is accessible? I don't seem to have access from the link upthread (second post), and can't see it listed in the archives, but I haven't renewed my season pass yet.

Any recommendations for rose/convention/Lloyd-side hotels? I'm eyeing the Crowne Plaza and Courtyard Marriott for the amenities. I'm :biggrinbo at The Nines website but that is outside of my budget, as are most of the downtown hotels for late may.