View Full Version : Portland, OR--must see sites

11-06-2007, 01:20 PM
Planning a few days in Portland at the end of month - other than hitting as many brewpubs as possible, any other places to see, things to do that shouldn't be missed?

11-06-2007, 02:29 PM
Powell's-largest independent bookstore in the world-powells.com

Papa Haydn for dessert

McMenamin's for brewpubs, the Kennedy School they own and run as a hotel/brewpub/movie theater is pretty cool

It won't be a good time for the International Rose Test Gardens, but the Japanese Gardens there are nice and offer a decent view of the city. The newish Chinese Garden downtown is pretty nice-it's an entire city block built into a traditional Chinese garden complete with tea house that was built by Chinese artisans.

NW 23rd street is fun shopping and one of the two Papa Haydn's is on that street.

11-06-2007, 11:39 PM
Don't know if you have kids (or even if you don't) OMSI is great!
(Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)....they have lots of hands on stuff to do. They have and IMAX theater and a Planetarium!
Or if your into sports maybe you can snag tickets to a Trailblazers game.
Have fun!

11-07-2007, 11:22 AM
thanks, those are great suggestions.

anyone know of any places for afternoon tea?

11-13-2007, 12:43 PM
Depends on what you want in a tea: fancy, with finger sandwiches? That would be the Heathman Hotel restaurant. It's a very pleasant area where they serve tea, and depending on when you go there, the huge Christmas tree might be up -- very nice place to spend a cozy afternoon.

If you want a Chinese tea experience, the aforementioned Chinese Classical Garden has a teahouse.

Also, can't not tell you about yarn stores: there are a bunch of really nice ones in Portland. The Yarn Garden on Hawthorne is probably the biggest; there are also several cozy little stores. Do a Google search for Knit Stores Portland. One that's so new it might not show up in Google: Twisted on NE Broadway.

11-13-2007, 12:50 PM
From the Portland ravelry group:
For a list of shops all over the area, check out Judy's guide here: http://www.persistentillusion.com/blogblog/index.php?pagename=portland-lys (http://www.persistentillusion.com/blogblog/index.php?pagename=portland-lys)
As for places to hang out and knit, there are meet-ups all over town just about every night of the week. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SNB-Portland/ (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SNB-Portland/)

11-14-2007, 01:52 PM
There are some gorgeous hikes in Portland - I know this b/c my hubby went out there for a conference and when he returned and I asked "how was the conference" his reply was " did you know there are a lot of waterfalls in Portland." Yes, he and several other conference attendees donned their hiking boots, Levis and flannel shirts for a hiking. He will not admit to knowing the names of the falls, but if you are into hiking and waterfalls I'm sure the visitors bureau can point you in the right direction.

11-14-2007, 02:34 PM
Multnomah Falls is one. Bridal Veil Falls is another. There are a lot more up the Gorge. Most people go to see Multnomah Falls.

Oneida Falls/Gorge is my personal favorite-very free of crowds and you have to swim part of the way or scale the sides of the gorge part of the way.

11-14-2007, 07:47 PM
Definitely Powell's. We always stay a full day just for Powell's. Any of the McM's as mentioned before (heck, do a McM's tour - they are all slightly different!) The zoo is nice and OMSI is cool even if you don't have kids. If you are willing to leave the city, you can head down south a bit on 99W and do a winery tour through the valley! Lots tasty wineries in Yamhill County. And I highly recommend Eco-tours (http://www.ecotours-of-oregon.com/index.htm) if you want to do that. The fee is for the "touring" and you pay for all the wine and food yourself - so you set the prices, they provide the transportation. They also have a microbrewery tour as well as some other nice eco-friendly and fun tours.

11-14-2007, 10:14 PM
thanks for all the suggestions, now comes the hard part of picking which to do

11-14-2007, 11:16 PM
This thread has made me seriously consider convincing the boy to move back there. We are going there again the end of the month and it will be nice.

11-15-2007, 02:12 AM
Portland OR is mecca for knitters. I :heart: that I get to live here. Everyone get a ticket and come see us NOW!