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kringenwally

I'm just mad

by kringenwally »

Portland OR is a fine town (just be sure you know which side you'll be on when rush hour starts because you can't change your mind too easily on a whim...). But I don't think Portland is Oregon's biggest draw, there is not all that much "there" there. That would have to be the coast, followed by the mountains. If you take the time to go to Oregon, see if you can fly into Medford, visit the lovely Shakespeare town Ashland, then get a car, head out across Grants Pass to Crescent City on the coast near the CA/OR border and drive north, then head back inland to Portland. What a treat!

I can highly recommend staying at http://www.innatottercrest.com/index2.html

This is from their website, a promo pic, but it really looks that good - get a room with a view. They have a swanky restaurant, and the town is barely ten minutes away.

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AWineGeek

RE: I'm just mad

by AWineGeek »

I am no expert, but I visited Portland this past September, spent 5 days there and then some time on the coast.  I will head to the OR forum this week to see if I can help you at all. Start a new thread in OR.

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Joanna

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by Joanna »

I, too, am planning a week in Portland.  I like your idea of whom to consult.  In fact, I'd very much like a week with that naughty boy!

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drfumblefinger

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by drfumblefinger »

Hey JohnT, Joanna,

This is the New Frommers forums.  No wining allowed!

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Joanna

RE: I'm just mad

by Joanna »

It definitely should be moved to Oregon but is Saymoi's to move.  In the meantime the information is good and I've emailed my travel companion to have a look at the possibility of driving the Gorge.

JohnT, I confess, the original thought was the wine and the afterthought was the family connection.  Have no fear.

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JohnT

RE: I'm just mad

by JohnT »

Don't forget to drink the wine...particularly the Pinot Noir...when your in the Willamette valley. laugh....and yes, it always come down to the wine...

 

This post should be moved to Oregon...lol

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drfumblefinger

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by drfumblefinger »

The Columbia Gorge is one of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest.  I think it's worth the extra day.  There are a variety of hikes you can do within the gorge, or it lends it self to driving, hopping out for a view and photo, then continuing on without too much walking.

I'd head as far as The Dalles, a place with great Oregon Trail history.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dalles,_Oregon   A pretty small town with some nice older historic buildings.  If you've more energy, consider heading up towards Mt. Hood to complete this day.

See if using the TriMet website lets you figure out how to get to your destination:  http://trimet.org/  If it doesn't work out well you can take a cab from the airport to your rental.  Cab fare from the airport to downtown in non-rush hour is around $20-$25.00 depending on exactly where you're going.  Say another $5-10 for Sellwood.  Or a third option would be to take the TriMet train into downtown for a few bucks each (fast and easy), then grabbing a cab from downtown into Sellwood.

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Joanna

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by Joanna »

Thanks, DrF. - I have no choice but to visit the Willamette Valley as I have a family obligation, to get together with a nephew I've never met (long though obvious story) who lives there.  My travel companion is coming from England and wants to see the coast too but maybe we should keep the car another day for the Gorge.  I will discuss it with her.

I haven't been able to figure out how to get from the airport to Sellwood by public transport although maybe a taxi is in order on arrival.  What do you think?

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drfumblefinger

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by drfumblefinger »

The Chinese Garden is nice, but smallish, especially when compared to the world class Japanese gardens.  Powell's is an easy place to get lost in, especially on a rainy day.  Organized bookstores like this are hard to find, especially with such a massive selection.  It's the best bookstore I've visited in the USA. 

The coast and Willamette Valley are lovely, but if you've never been to Columbia River Gorge, especially the old historic road, the scenery here is top notch.  Very much recommend this over the Willamette if you have to make a choice of one over the other.  http://www.fs.usda.gov/crgnsa

The public transit system is as good as you've heard.  Not sure how it connects to Sellwood, but I've always used to get to and from the airport, and to a few odd corners as well.

I usually don't keep a record of budget eateries unless they are truly exceptional, but a wonderful source for good quality "American food" is www.roadfood.com .  They've a number of places in Portland, all very fairly priced, all recommended.  I hope this link works.  http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurants/SearchResults.aspx?st=latlong&latlongid=460&ob=LatLon .  If you are looking to treat yourself to one excellent mean, then I'd recommend Jake's Famous Crawfish.  The variety and quality of the food is exceptional.  If you've never tried sturgeon, then this might be the place.  http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/Locations/portland-oregon/portland-oregon/SW12thAve.aspx

If you like Lewis and Clark history, visit the mouth of the Columbia on both Oregon and Washington, sides.  I was especially fond of Long Beach, Washington.

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Joanna

RE: I'm just mad

by Joanna »

I'm particularly interested in seeing the Chinese garden, followed with interest while it was being built a while back.  And Powell's, of course.

During the week we'll be there we plan to rent a car mid-week for 1 day to the coast and another through the Willamette Valley.  We've rented an apartment through AirBnB in Sellwood so otherwise plan to use the much-praised public transport system.

I'd love to hear of any good places to eat for a person on a budget.

I suppose we should really move this to "Oregon".  Saymoi?

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