By: Revanche

Portland: what is there to do?

August 4, 2008

I’m heading out to Portland for a long weekend starting on Friday. My cousin and I are making this a girls’ weekend (aka: no family visits) but since I’m normally only up there to visit family, I have no idea what else Portland has to offer.

We’re going to go hiking, and I’d like to visit Powell’s City of Books since I’ve never been. I don’t want to buy anything, I just want to wander around the books and ogle them.

I’m not looking for touristy things, necessarily, just fun, frugal things to do or see. Does anyone have suggestions?

5 Responses to “Portland: what is there to do?”

  1. Karen says:

    Please see these for me: http://www.japanesegarden.com/visiting/
    The Green Dragon Bistro and Brewpub

    🙂

    PS I didn’t forget to email you.

  2. There’s no sales tax in Oregon, so whenever I’m in Portland I check out Pioneer Place and the surrounding shopping areas.

    Then again, I grew up in British Columbia, where the sales tax used to be 14.5%…so no tax = sizable discount on big-ticket items.

  3. Revanche says:

    karen: I’ll put that on my list of things to do. We’ll see how much cousin wants to drive me around. 🙂

    bacon: You know what I was really hoping for? An H&M. *guiltily looking ’round* But our sales tax is up to 8.25% so no tax is good times!

  4. Donut Shop! You have to indulge in fatty cream laden donuts from the VooDoo donut shop. And a day old bucket of donuts is only $5 .. its like 5lbs or more … That’s in the Pearl district. Also next door is this french bakery starts with a B … blue sign … name escapes me even though I loved their mushroom blue cheese gallette.

    go to Mt. Tabor Park (beautiful waterfall) and the Hawthorne area is like SF’s Haight – eclectic, cute and interesting. hip chicks do wine is a fun place to sample wine with female friends.

    if you can get out of portland and see the coast and wineries, those are amazing.

  5. Revanche says:

    sfordinarygirl: Am I going to have a heart attack from the donuts? Because if I am … I’ll have to hike extra far on Saturday to make up for it.

    We’re going to be in the Pearl District on Sunday, so that’s a distinct possibility.

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