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Jake's Famous Crawfish — 401 SW 12th Ave, 503-226-1419
One of the top 10 seafood restaurants in the nation, Jake's has been a Portland landmark for over 100 years. Every day features a list of fresh caught seafood. Its close to Powell's Books just in case they're a little busy and you need to kill some time. For those with meat on the mind try Jake's Grill in the historic Governor Building, a few blocks away.
Olympia Provisions — 107 SE Washington, 503-954-3663
A recent entry into Portland's competitive restaurant culture, Olympic Provisions has already created quite a buzz. A nice write-up in the New York Times never hurts. The restaurant and deli serves both lunch and dinner, and they're home to Oregon's first USDA certified meat-curing facility. Cuisine is influenced by European and North African flavors, showcasing ingredients from local farmers and ranchers. I walked in a few days ago to find my fare and it smelled so good I almost swooned. I think a field trip is in order, and soon!
Heathman Restaurant & Bar 1001 SW Broadway, 503-790-7752
The perfect choice for your pre-symphony dinner. Elegant but not pretentious, the Heathman Restaurant serves a up a fine dining experience in a friendly atmosphere, with outstanding service. Also, check out the Tea Court Lounge for cocktails, appetizers, some live jazz, and of course tea. Make your evening complete and book a room in the fabulous Heathman Hotel, all just a few steps away from the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and all the downtown attractions.
Mother's Bistro & Bar — 212 SW Stark, 503-464-1122
Featuring comfort food drawn from the special dishes of real mothers all over the world, Mother's gets consistent rave reviews from both the local and national media. Everything is made from scratch with the best hand picked ingredients available. Their weekend brunches have become legendary around town. Getting a little homesick from too much traveling? Go see Mother, you'll feel better.
Henry's Tavern — 10 NW 12th Ave, 503-227-5320
Located in the Brewery Blocks, Henry's serves up over 100 beers on tap, many from Portland's local microbreweries. Their extensive menu covers the entire spectrum, from afternoon snacks to gourmet dinners. When the weather's cooperating try the patio.
Portland City Grill — 111 SW 5th Ave, 30th floor, 503-450-0030
High up in "The Big Pink" the City Grill offers a spectacular view of the city, as well as a fine dinning experience. It's a great place to do Happy Hour - who knows, you might just get lucky!
Bijou Cafe — 132 SW 3rd, 503-222-3187
Feel like a hearty breakfast before heading out to explore Portland? If you're downtown you can't do much better than the Bijou. Pick up a NYTimes on the way in and rub elbows with the locals.
Papa Haydn — 701 NW 23rd Ave , 503-228-7317
Right smack in the middle of Portland's famous Nob Hill shopping area, Papa's is a great spot to get a little lunch between power shopping forays. Check out the desserts! They have an east side location too, near the antique stores in Westmoreland.
Miss Delta — 3950 N Mississippi Ave, 503-287-7629
The best down home southern cooking west of the Big Muddy - jambalaya, po-boys, gumbo, you get the idea. Me, I order the shrimp creole over cheese grits, pretty much every time.... yum. Handcrafted cocktails, too! Located in the eclectic North Mississippi neighborhood just across the river from downtown, where you'll find lots of interesting shops and good restaurants.
Apizza Scholls — 4741 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 503-233-1286
First, I have to admit I've yet to try the pizza here because every time I stop by the line is half way around the block. A few months ago I picked up a foodie from New York City who was in Portland working his way through a list of our restaurants, and this was near the top. Everyone I talk to says its fabulous and it gives you yet another reason to visit the Hawthorne District. Let me know what you think.
Laurelhurst Market & Grill — 3155 E Burnside, 503-206-3097 Butcher shop by day, steak house by night, the Laurelhurst Market has generated quite a buzz around town and many excellent reviews:
Right across the street is one of our best music stores, Music Millennium, and back down on NE 28th is a small little strip of very hip shops and cafes.
Portland is world famous for its microbreweries. Just the other day I picked up three gents fresh off the plane from Ireland. They were here simply to check out our hoppy offerings, having heard all about our great local beer from the other side of the planet! Their first stop, Portland's beer nexus - The Horse Brass Pub. Here's a list of brew pubs to get you started. Careful, once you begin you'll find it hard to stop. Please, don't drink and drive. You might hit a pothole and spill some. Play it safe, take a Radio Cab - leave the driving to us.
Alameda Brewhouse - 4765 NE Fremont (503) 460-9025
Amnesia Brewing - 832 N Beech (503) 281-7708 One of my favorites, located in the hip up and coming North Mississippi neighborhood. They craft some really nice local beers in a down to earth and friendly atmosphere. No pretention, they simply let their beer do the talking. I had Chris, from Amnesia, in my cab recently and after talking beer during the ride he ran in and came back out with a couple of quart jars for me to try out. Mmm, mmm, that's one of my more memorable tips!
Bridge Port Brew Pub - 1313 NW Marshall (503) 2412-7179
Bridgeport Ale House - 3632 SE Hawthorne (503) 233-6540
Cascade Brewing - 7424 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (503) 296-0110
Deschutes Brewery - 210 NW 11th (503) 296-4906
Full Sail Brewing - 307 SW Montgomery (503) 222-5343
Hair of the Dog - 4509 SE 23rd (503) 232-6585
Hopworks Urban Brewery - 2944 SE Powell (503) 201-8957
Laurelwood Public House - 5115 NE Sandy (503) 282-0622
Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. - 915 SE Hawthorne (503) 236-3555
MacTarnahan's Brewing - 2730 NW 31st (503) 226-7623
Mas Tun - 2204 NE Alberta (503) 548-4491
Max's Fanno Creek – 12562 SW Main St. (503) 624-9400
McMenamins Brew Pubs – Numerous locations
New Old Lompoc – 161 NW 23rd (503) 225-1855, plus 3 other locations
Old Market Pub and Brewery – 6959 SE Multhnomah
Rock Bottom Brewery – 206 SW Morrison (503) 796-2739
Rogue Ales – 1339 NW Flanders (503) 222-5910
Roots Brewing – 1520 SE 7th (503) 235-7668
Tugboat Brewing – 711 SW Ankeny (503) 226-2508
Upright Brewing – 240 N Broadway (503) 286-6442
Widmer Brothers Brewing – 929 N Russell (503) 281-2437
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Hotel DeLuxe — 729 SW 15th, 503-219-2094
OK, I was little peeved when they closed down the old Mallory Hotel, a venerable Portland landmark since 1912. But I'll grudgingly admit, the Hotel DeLuxe has turned out to be a fabulous replacement. Great ambiance, all the amenities you could possibly want, and a prime location. Its become my most often recommended hotel.
Ace Hotel — 1022 SW Stark, 503-228-2277
Located right downtown within walking distance to all the popular core destinations, it's also near the streetcar line and MAX. The Ace is a great little boutique hotel, hip and family friendly - pets are welcome, too.
Hotel Monaco — 506 SW Washington, 503-222-0001
Featuring a great location in the heart of downtown, with all the luxuries anyone could ask for, the Monaco gets a consistently high ranking as one of our best hotels. The friendly staff render an extra effort to make you feel welcome. If you step into the elevator and find yourself surrounded by lofty giants don't be alarmed. The NBA teams visiting our Portland Trailblazers stay there, too. And what's more, the Monaco is Green Seal Certified to help allay any eco-guilt. They're also pet friendly.
Jupiter Hotel — 800 E Burnside, 503-230-9200
One of the trendiest spots in Puddletown, this vintage motor inn has been completely renovated, updated, and given a giant dose of uberhip. As an added bonus one of the best lounges in town is right there, too - The Doug Fir. If, like me, you begin to nod off soon after Jeopardy this is not for you. At the front desk you can buy a thong with their logo on it, as a memento. I don't really know what that is, but it sounds uncomfortable.
Kennedy School — 5736 NE 33rd, 503-249-3983
The McMenamin brothers are famous for finding unique properties and turning them into great destinations. This old grade school, circa 1915, has been reinvented as a delightful lodge, with everything you need right on site - rooms, restaurants, movie theater, and more. All the character of the old school has been carefully preserved, like the old chalkboards in the rooms. They show movies in the auditorium - take your pizza and beer in with you, kick back in the overstuffed chairs. It's a short walk to the Alberta Arts District where you'll find lots of shops, restaurants and galleries.
White House Bed and Breakfast — 1914 NE 22nd, 503-287-7137
Like the idea of a friendly bed and breakfast experience? We have many wonderful B&B's in Portland but this is my favorite, located in the beautiful historic Irvington District close to Lloyd Center. Built in 1911 by a wealthy lumber baron this elegant Greek Revival mansion has been restored to its original splendor. I've heard the meals are great, and the location offers easy access to shopping or a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood.
Governor Hotel — 614 SW 11th Ave, 503-224-3400
One of Portland's premier hotels located in the heart of downtown. For architectural enthusiasts the Governor Building itself is a must see, with glazed terra cotta features blending art noveau and Native American motifs. The architect was William C. Knighton, who was also the first Oregon State Architect and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building. Extensively remodeled in 1992 they offer top flight accommodations while preserving the original character of the historic building.
On a Tight Budget? Try one of our friendly hostels. The Northwest Portland International Hostel, at 425 NW 18th Avenue, 503-241-2783, offers dorms with 2-4 beds per room, private rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a coffee bar. Another nice option is the Portland Hawthorne Hostel, 3031 SE Hawthorne, 503-236-3380. It's right on Hawthorne Blvd., one of Portland's most interesting neighborhoods loaded with many unique shops and cafes. The hostel is right across the street from Artichoke Music, the center of the folk music community in Portland. Here's a link to a few more: Portland Hostels
OMSI — 1945 SE Water Ave, 503-797-4000
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has been a popular family attraction since 1944. They have 100's of interactive exhibits and hands-on demonstrations filling 5 exhibit halls and 8 science labs. Your kids will have a great time and probably won't even notice they're inadvertently learning science. Pay attention and you can throw them a pop quiz later. While you're there you can also take in a show at the Omnimax® Theatre. If you've never been to one of these IMAX® productions you're in for a treat, but wait until afterwards to have lunch because the sense of motion can be really intense. Did I mention they also have a submarine? Honestly, what more could you ask for?
The Oregon Zoo — 4001 Southwest Canyon Road, 503-226-1561
Maybe I'm just a kid at heart, but I never get tired of visiting our zoo. Its the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi, founded in 1887. They have the world's most successful Asian elephant breeding program and are the newest member of the Condor Recovery Team. During summer months they host outdoor music concerts which are wildly popular. The elephants love them too - their house is just up the hill from the stage and they hang around outside, swaying to the music. I'm not making this up, I've seen them dancing to Tower of Power. Who wouldn't, really? There's also a miniature train that takes you to the highly acclaimed Washington Park Rose Gardens and Japanese Gardens. I promise, you'll have a great time.
The Lan Su Chinese Garden — 239 NW Everett, 503-228-8131
Opened in 2000, Portland's Chinese Garden is one of our most beautiful and interesting attractions. Covering an entire city block this authentic Scholar's Garden is rich in detail, Chinese culture, and tranquil beauty. It is based on a garden built in Suzhou during the Ming Dynasty(1368-1644 AD). The majority of the materials and craft work originated in China. Inside you'll find a tea house, lake, scholar's study, several beautiful pavilions, Chinese art, and much more. The extensive plant collection contains hundreds of Chinese species, some quite rare. Take the tour, its free with your admission. The guides are excellent and you'll learn some fascinating information that you'd be likely to miss without them. Its a good place to visit on a rainy day as well, since most of the pathways are covered and the eaves are specially designed to create soothing sounds as the water drips off of them. Highly recommended, but perhaps not suitable for boisterous young children.
The Children's Museum — 4015 SW Canyon Rd, 503-223-6500
Founded in 1946, the Portland Children's Museum is one of the oldest in the nation. In 2001 they moved into the former OMSI site near the Oregon Zoo. Since then the Museum has hosted over 1.6 million visitors from across the country and the world. With all sorts of imaginative and interactive exhibits this is a great place to spend a few hours with your young children. If they get bored, which seems impossible by all accounts, the zoo is right across the parking lot. Make a day of it.
Powell's Books — 1005 W Burnside, 503-228-4651
Begun in 1971 this iconic Portland institution is arguably the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Bibliophiles are required to wear locator beacons upon entering the stacks, to avoid costly search and rescue missions. I like to head straight for the New Arrivals section, then over to the Staff Picks. All the areas are color coded to aid navigation, and there's lots of staff around to help. The staff? Not your typical gum chewing mall juvies. These folks really know their books. Take the kids, a whole corner of one of the floors is devoted to your wee readers. If that's not enough there's also an espresso bar. Don't leave Portland without a visit to Powell's City of Books.
Bicycle Tours In The City — 345 NW Everett, 503-360-6815
Walking Tours — 503-774-4522
The Portland Jazz Festival — February
Founded in 2003, the Portland Jazz Festival has quickly become one of our most popular events. They bring in top-notch jazz musicians from all around the world, plus offer lots of free performances, workshops, and educational opportunities. Venues are near downtown hotels making it easy to combine world class jazz with the amenities Portland is known for. You can get package deals that guarantee good seats to all the shows. Each year's theme gives tribute to an artist, organization, or movement important to jazz. Don't miss this singular musical experience.
Cinco De Mayo Fiesta — First weekend in May
Now in its 25th year, the Portland Cinco De Mayo Fiesta has grown into one of our most popular events. It's our first chance to get outside after a long winter of gray drizzly skies so everyone looks forward to it. If it sprinkles a little, doesn't matter - everything's under tents. Tejano singers and Mariachi bands, tamales and margaritas - who cares if its not quite summer yet. We're all going!
The Rose Festival — First two weeks in June
Its the grand daddy of all our festivals, loaded with events, parades, carnival rides, sailors, Rosarians, queens and princesses. Naval ships from the Pacific fleet steam in from Astoria and you can "dial a sailor". Meanwhile girls stalk the waterfront hoping to claim the ultimate Rose Festival prize - a sailor hat. Families camp out on the sidewalk days ahead of time to get a good spot for the Grand Floral Parade. We all go a little nutty during Rose Festival. It rains on a least one of the parades but nobody minds, its a time honored tradition. There's something in the Rose Festival for everyone.
The Waterfront Blues Festival — The weekend around July 4th
This is the largest blues festival on the West Coast and the second largest blues festival in the nation. Its also a major fund raiser for the Oregon Food Bank, so part of your entry fee goes to help feed hungry folks. Bring a can of food to drop in the collection box on your way in. Every year features a lineup of the world's best blues artists, plus some of our own stelar musicians. The first evening kicks off with a huge fireworks display. If you are a bona fide fan of the blues you are required by law to attend this festival at least once.
The Oregon Brewers Festival — Last full weekend in July
This year marks the 23rd time for this ever popular event. They pour over 80 craft beers from all around the country, but frankly, our local brewers always own the spotlight. OK, could be I'm a little biased. You be the judge. This is the one perfect opportunity all year to sample so many great beers all in one place. Food and music, too. What more could you ask for, except perhaps a Radio Cab to get you back to your hotel safely. Do me a favor. Let your driver know if you start to feel a little queasy after all that good beer, food, and frolicking....
The Bite of Oregon — First weekend in August
Three days of non-stop food, Oregon beer and wine, music and more, all in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. This is the perfect chance to sample the best food and drink Portland and the surrounding environs have to offer, right in one spot. It's always a hugely popular event, so expect big crowds. Pace yourself, there's a lot to sample and you don't want to miss anything. Have a great time!
Jimmy Mak's — 221 NW 10th Ave, 503-295-6542
Portland's premier jazz club is nationally recognized as one the best venues anywhere for live music. Located in the Pearl District its easy to get to from downtown since the streetcar line runs right by it. Better yet, it's a quick trip in a Radio Cab. They generally feature the NW's best jazz musicians but occasionally bring in a national act. If you like jazz and you've only got one night out this should be where you spend it. Good food, too!
Dante's — 1 SW 3rd & Burnside, 503-226-6630
Mississippi Studios — 3939 N. Mississippi, 503-288-3895
Aladdin Theater — 3017 SE Milwaukie, 503-234-9694
Portland Music News —
A comprehensive listing of live music events in and around Portland.
The Portland Center for the Performing Arts — 1111 SW Broadway, 503-248-4335 (PCPA Box Office)
The PCPA actually consists of 3 separate buildings: the Antoinette Hatfield Hall, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, and the Keller Auditorium. All are part of an organization within Metro that runs venues for live theatre, concerts, cinema, and small conferences. The Schnitz, formerly the Paramount Theatre built in 1928, was extensively renovated in 1984, at the cost of $10 million, and has been painstakingly restored to its original beauty. Next door is the Antoinette Hatfield Hall, which contains 3 theatres of graduating size, built in 1984. Check the schedule because often tickets are available at short notice. The small theaters in Hatfield Hall, in particular the Winningstad, are absolutely wonderful venues for live theatre.
Live Theater — Speaking of live theater, Portland has a vibrant scene and it's likely there are multiple choices on any given evening. Don't shy away from the smaller companies located away from downtown, sometimes they're the best deal going. Radio Cab will get you there on time for curtain call and come pick you up after. Here's a link to help you explore some options. Travel Portland - Arts & Culture
Movies — We've got lots of multiplex theaters showing first run movies, located all over the metro area. It should be easy to find something to your liking, close by even.
There's also some other interesting options, besides the Hollywood big box movie house experience. McMenamins operates several movie venues in their system of brew pubs and resorts. They don't usually screen first run shows but you can't beat the setting. Order your food and drink, find a seat and they'll bring it out to you. Relax, have a beer, a little supper, and enjoy the show. In their old reclaimed theaters they've removed rows of seats to make room for tables. Close to downtown in NW Portland there's the Mission Theater, the Hawthorne District has the Bagdad Theater, my favorite is at the Kennedy School. There's several more as well: McMenamins Movie Listings.
Living Room Theaters — 341 SW 10th, 971- 222-2010
Featuring high-def digital movie projection, plush recliners, private tables and chairs, good food and alcohol served right up until movie time, this is quite an enhanced movie-going experience. They show first run films, too, in small intimate screening rooms. Right downtown, it makes for easy logistics and multiple post-movie options.
Timely Events — In town for just a couple days and want to see what's going on? Here's a few links to help you find something interesting to do while you're here:
Portland has many great opportunities to get outside and experience the diverse flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest, without ever leaving the metropolitan area. Our climate is generally described as marine west coast/temperate rain forest so we enjoy a great diversity of native and exotic plant species. Nearly anything will grow here, making Portland a gardener's paradise. Put on some comfortable walking shoes and follow me.
The International Rose Test Garden — Washington Park, 503-823-363 This is our most well known garden, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each the year. It's the heart of beautiful Washington Park, the crown jewel of Portland's extensive park system. Built in 1917 it's the oldest public rose test garden in the United States and home to more than 8,000 roses. The garden also offers some spectacular views of the city. Close to downtown, it's a 10 minute cab ride that takes you through the historic Southwest Hills neighborhood and enters the park along a lush meandering roadway. Free admission.
Peninsula Park Rose Garden — 700 N Rosa Parks Way Built in 1913, this rose garden contains nearly 9,000 plantings on its 2-acre site at the southern end of Peninsula Park. It was the city's first rose garden and with most of its original features intact, such as the 100 year old fountain, gazebo, lantern-style streetlights, stone pillars, and vast brickworks, this beautiful example of a formal rose garden merits a visit. A pleasant stroll through the garden will transport you back to a simpler time before the hectic pace of modern day life. After the garden you could wander out into the surrounding neighborhood for some great examples of early Portland Craftsman Bungalows.
How about this for a great afternoon that won't break your budget: take the MAX yellow line north, get off at Rosa Parks Way (formerly Portland Blvd.), stop in at New Seasons Market Arbor Lodge and get a picnic lunch at their fabulous deli, then walk east (away from the light rail line) across I5 about 6 blocks to the park. When you're done call Radio Cab, 503-227-1212, and have the driver show you the North Mississippi District on your way back.
The Japanese Garden — Washington Park, 503-223-1321 Opened in 1967, the Portland Japanese Garden is considered one of the most authentic in the US. It was designed by Professor Takuma Tono, an internationally recognized authority on Japanese landscape design. Located in Washington Park close to the Rose Gardens, you could make a day of it by visiting both. It is composed of five distinct garden styles, each designed to elicit a sense of peace, harmony, and tranquility. Some 200,000 visit throughout the year, taking in the beautiful seasonal changes. Admission charge.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden — SE 28th & Woodstock, 503-771-8386 This 9.5 acre garden is beautiful at all times of the year, but really shines during early spring when the rhodys are blooming. With more than 2,500 rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants, the garden is a riot of color starting in early April. It's a great place for a family to while away a pleasant afternoon. Don't' forget to take your camera.
Duniway Park Lilac Gardens — SW 6th & Sheridan Even many Portlander's are unaware of this lilac garden nestled in a turn on the way up to Pill Hill, (Oregon Health Science University). If you're in town when the lilacs are blooming, that'd be late March to early May, a stroll through this little garden nook will overwhelm your visual and aromatic senses. There are 125 varieties of lilac here, which ought to be enough for even the most ardent fan of the colorful and fragrant plant. If you need to clear your head after that experience it's a few hundred yards to the Marquam Nature Park Shelter Trailhead that will take you 3.8 miles all the way up to Council Crest for a thrilling view of Portland and the mountains. See below for more on urban hiking.
What? That's right, we've got several wildlife refuges right in the urban area. Portlanders take the great outdoors seriously and we don't mind sharing some of our city space with the local fauna. Here's a few of my favorites, right in the city limits.
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge — SE 7th Ave & Sellwood Blvd
This 140 acre wetlands area is great for bird watching, biking, and hiking. Take the two-mile loop around this protected marshy floodplain and you'll be surprised by the diversity of birds and other wildlife. I've seen bald eagles, osprey, hawks, many types of songbirds, and of course our official city bird, the Great Blue Heron.
Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area — N Marine Drive
This is one of the best kept secrets in Portland, and that's amazing considering it's nearly 2000 acres, making it the largest protected wetlands within an American city. It's my favorite spot for birding, with more than 100 birds recorded there. You might also see deer, beaver, raccoons, western painted turtles, river otter, and maybe even a sasquatch. There are wheelchair accessible paved paths that lead to a couple of viewing platforms. Unexpectedly located amidst the north Portland commercial and port facilities, hardly ever crowded, it's well worth the 10 minute drive from downtown. Sorry, no dogs allowed.
Audubon Sanctuary — 5151 Northwest Cornell Rd., 503-292-6855
Just a few minutes from downtown this 150 acre wildlife sanctuary has over 4 miles of beautiful forested trails and is home to many birds, wildlife and native plants. On site you'll find a small stand of old growth Douglas Fir that serves as a reminder of what the entire forest was once like. There's also a Nature Store full of books, feeders, and all manner of birding gear. Near the store is the Wildlife Care Center where you can often get a close look at some of the birds they are tending to. Last time I was there they had an owl and a red tail hawk recuperating. The trails in the sanctuary connect up with the extensive network that runs through Forest Park.
Forest Park —
5,000 acres of lush forest and natural beauty makes this the largest city park in the US. Overlooking the Willamette River, the park stretches for nearly eight miles on a north/south axis. There's a total of more than 70 miles of well maintained trails running through it and the adjacent Hoyt Arboretum. If you've got the time and inclination you can begin the 30 mile Wildwood Trail in Washington Park, follow it to the Pittock Mansion and continue on all the way to its terminus at the end of Forest Park. I like to do it a couple miles at a time over the course of several summers, pausing to refresh in town at one of my favorite pubs. If you can get through it all on a long weekend, well, you've earned some serious bragging rights.
Mount Tabor Summit —
How about an easy 2 mile climb to the top of our very own extinct (we hope) volcano? Mt. Tabor Park, in SE Portland is one of our most unique parks. Not too far from the Hawthorne District it's an easy jaunt to the top where you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view of Portland's east side neighborhoods with Mt. Hood looming in the distance. During the summer we throw caution to the wind and hold music concerts in the crater.
Between the parks and wildlife refuges you've got enough choices to keep you busy trekking for quite awhile, without ever having to leave the city limits. There are lots more great hikes around town, too many to list here. If you're interested in exploring some other options you could start here:
OK, fess up. You clicked on this tab first, didn't you? I like you already. Here's a few things that might not be in the AAA Guidebook.
Pioneer Courthouse Square — SW Broadway and Morrison
There's a couple interesting things going on here at the square, besides the usual motley collection of street urchins, buskers, and stock brokers. The first is the Weather Machine. Right below Starbuck's you'll see a 33 foot tall column with a large silver orb on top. Everyday precisely at noon it goes off with a fanfare of trumpets, flashing lights, and a spray of mist to announce the following day's weather forecast. The orb opens to reveal one of three different symbols: a golden leaf sun indicates a clear day on the way, a silver great blue heron forecasts a drizzly, overcast day, or a dragon, which means hunker down there's a storm coming. Near the column is a semi-circle of brick steps with a medallion at the center point. Stand on the medallion facing the steps and say something, anything. Sing if you want, or yodel. You'll get a curious acoustic effect.
The White Eagle Saloon Ghost — 836 N Russell St, 503-282-6810
The Eagle is famous for being the most haunted place in Portland, and has quite an extensive and nefarious history. An old nickname for the saloon was the Bucket of Blood, due to the many fights and killings that took place inside. All kinds of unexplained things happen, like doors opening and closing, faint music drifting up from the basement, coins falling from the ceiling, and employees being groped by cold and unseen hands. If there's a choice, sign me up for groping. One time a waitress got pushed down the cellar stairs, where there are some old tunnels leading out to the docks. Men were often shanghaied from the White Eagle, drugged and rowed out to ships where they awoke to find themselves on a two year ocean voyage. You can get a room there if you dare, let me know what happens.
The 24 Hour Church of Elvis — 408 NW Couch, 503-226-3671
Well, it's not really open 24 hours, it's not really a church, and it really doesn't have all that much to do with Elvis, but you can get married there for $5 (not legal) or $25 for the real deal. Go get the marriage license yourself first. For your money you get a sidewalk parade, a first dance and kiss (not sure from whom), something called a Fashion Twirl, and much, much more. A Portland mainstay for about as long as I can remember its moved around a little over the years. You can get stuff there. Lots of interesting stuff. Dare I say, art? Yes, I will. I'm classifying this as an enigma. Let me know if they still have vending machines, I haven't been to the new location. Do not accept imitations!
Mill Ends Park — SW Naito Parkway and Taylor
The worlds smallest park, with a total area of 452 sq. inches. It was created on St. Patrick's Day in 1948 to be a colony for leprechauns and a location for snail races. Originally it was supposed to be a site for a lamp pole. When the pole never arrived and the hole began to sprout weeds Dick Fagan, a columnist for the old Oregon Journal, planted flowers in it and named it after his column, Mill Ends. Over the years its featured some unusual items, like a swimming pool for butterflies (with diving board), the occasional flying saucer, and a miniature Ferris wheel, delivered by a full size crane. It became an official city park in 1976.
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Mary's Club — 129 SW Broadway, 503-227-3023
Exotica — 240 NE Columbia, 503-285-0281
Union Jack's — 938 E Burnside, 503-236-1125
Spyce Gentleman's Club — 33 NW 2nd, 503-243-4646
Safari Showclub — 3000 SE Powell, 503-231-9199
Sassy's — 927 SE Morrison, 503-231-1606
Club 205 — 9939 SE Stark, 503-256-0527
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Egyptian Club — 3701 SE Division, 503-238-4333
C.C. Slaughter's — 219 NW Davis, 503-248-9135
Fox & Hound — 217 NW 2nd, 503-243-5530
Embers — 110 NW Broadway, 503-222-3082
Darcelle XV — 208 NW 3rd, 503-222-5338
Scandal's — 1125 SW Stark, 503-227-5887