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Old 02-04-2010, 08:12 AM
 
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THANK YOU EVERYONE! Feel free to keep the advice coming!
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Depending on how you feel about festivals and crowds, be sure to factor the Rose Fesitval into your planning. Lots of folks in town, big parade, Waterfront amusement park. Check this out for this years schedule of events and plan accordingly.
Portland Rose Festival
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Depending on how you feel about festivals and crowds, be sure to factor the Rose Fesitval into your planning. Lots of folks in town, big parade, Waterfront amusement park. Check this out for this years schedule of events and plan accordingly.
Portland Rose Festival

I agree. The Rose Festival gets pretty packed full of people at times, and it isn't cheap to get in ( like $7 or $8 just to look around ) but the parade is nice to view. It is usually early June, we are starting to warm up ( into the 70's usually on a warm day, it is still rather wet. )
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Any foodies out there have tips for vegetarian must have meals in Portland? I'll be visiting in March for a library conference... thanks.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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Everyone's suggestions above are great. I will throw out (and probably get shot for it) that if you are more into city sights, do not be afraid to think about checking out Seattle for a few days as well, it is only about a 3 to 3.5 hour drive from Portland straight up I-5.

You might also want to check out Central Oregon and spend a night or two in Bend. It is a beautiful drive and a fun town, also about 3.5 hours.

Personally I think you could spend a week just getting acquainted with all of the local breweries
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Old 02-08-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Syracuse, NY
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Everyone's suggestions above are great. I will throw out (and probably get shot for it) that if you are more into city sights, do not be afraid to think about checking out Seattle for a few days as well, it is only about a 3 to 3.5 hour drive from Portland straight up I-5.

You might also want to check out Central Oregon and spend a night or two in Bend. It is a beautiful drive and a fun town, also about 3.5 hours.

Personally I think you could spend a week just getting acquainted with all of the local breweries
Actually, I would agree with you for the most part. While Seattle is more like a 2.5 to 3 hr drive north on the 5, there is a LOT more around Seattle to see. Expect to pay like 8.5% sales tax on everything ( whereas Portland is tax-free except hotels/motels ) but the Pike Place Market ( where fresh seafood is thrown from one worker to another, sold, and will even ship worldwide too if you wish ) and shops below, could take one half of a day easily. There are also the Piers, Space Needle, downtown core shopping districts, Mt. Rainier ( which is about 3k ft taller than our Mt. Hood ), a very big zoo near Tacoma ( Woodland Park Zoo I think it's called ) and if you're into gambling, various casinos around the Olympia/Tacoma/Seattle area.

One thing though about Seattle compared to Portland: if it is cloudy here, it will definitely be raining in Seattle, or at least showers.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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When you go to the Gorge/Multnomah Falls make sure to stop and eat at Tad's. Do take the old highway the whole way and not the freeway. You can easily spend an entire day on this scenic area.
Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins in Troutdale Oregon

Ecola State Park and Cannon Beach should not be missed. They are some of the best of the Oregon Coast. You could spend two days or more just on the Coast. The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport is very nice too.
Oregon Coast Aquarium - Newport

In Portland don't miss Powell's Books (world's largest bookstore), Hawthorne District, NW 23rd shopping district, Japanese Garden, the rose garden won't be in full bloom yet but still worth seeing, Pittock Mansion has amazing views, the Chinese Garden is nice too and OMSI is a great museum.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:39 AM
 
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Did someone say local breweries? Which ones, where, what, huh? We brew our own beer, so I'd be up for seeing some of the breweries.

We're going down to Bend for a day or so as well. Friends live down there. After all this advice we plan on doing...

Bend
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR / Las Vegas, NV
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You can hit several wineries on you way to the coast. Google Widmer Brothers, McMenimins, Bridge Port and Deschutes for some of the more popular breweries. There are a lot more.
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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It's difficult to find a neighborhood in Portland that doesn't have a brewpub.
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