The gray rains in Oregon do not necessarily mean a dreary visit. Portland Oregon was listed as one of America’s greatest cities according to cnn.com.
Located along the Pacific Northwest, Portland is home to coffee drinkers and book readers as well knitting and church going. Portland is a great city to visit and live in.
One of the highlights of the city of Portland that it is known as the City of Roses. Portland is also a beautiful city to sight see because of the mountainous setting.
A great part of visiting Portland is that there is a great transit system including busses, trains and streetcars.
Portland also has great places for visits to stay. The trendy Ace Hotel located at 1022 SW Stark Street, is a great place to stay and is located right downtown. The hotel takes up an entire city block and includes 79 rooms. The hotel is uniquely decorated by hand by a particularly artist. Prices for the hotel range from $95-$250 for the extra special rooms.
The locals in Portland are happy to sip coffee at one of the many breakfast cafes. The city of Portland is also full of walkers, so when you visit, bring a good pair of walking shoes and a good book to read while sipping coffee.
The weather is a bit unpredictable in Portland so a lot of rainy days are spent at one of the city’s five Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Americano’s are Portland’s favorite drink and can be found on pretty much every city block in the city. Stumptown is especially known for its commitment to quality beans. Searching for the best beans in the world makes Stumptown unique. It is also known for its efforts to go green.
Environmental friendliness is a key characteristic of Stumptown which is also a theme of Portland locals.
Another popular feature of Portland Oregan is Voodoo Doughnut located on 22 SW 3rd Ave.
The doughnut shop is in the business of luring travelers and locals in by the smell of warm dough rising. The shop has doughnuts from $.85 to $4.95 depending on what you order. The unique arrangement and options are also what makes Voodoo a fun place to visit.
Voodoo Doughnut even does wedding catering. So if you are looking for a great catered meal, try out the doughnuts and check out what Voodoo has to offer for meal choices as well.
Another popular place to visit in Portland is Mother’s Bistro & Bar on 212 SW Stark Street. The bar has lots of down-home comfort food for visitors to enjoy.
Powell’s City of Books on 1005 W. Burnside is another must see stop during your visit to Portland. The bookstore covers an entire city block and there are actually five Powell’s within Portland.
If you have any interest in Barnes & Nobles and coffee shops, Portland is definitely a city worth visiting.
Known for its cloudy gray skies, Portland makes up for the shifting weather with plenty of coffee and books. Portland is also known for bringing in great authors for book signings and presentations.
Powell’s books also allow visitors to thumb through books without having to buy it.
Another place to check out in the city of Portland is the Doug Fir Lounge located at 830 e. Burnside Street. The Lounge is slightly rugged and hip. The Lounge also has interesting specialty drinks such as the tart Blackberry Cosmo and the Cowboy Coffee. The Lounge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is a trendy and hip place to go in the city of Portland.
Portland is also a great city to find quirky music from local artists.
Portland is a busy place full of browsers and people with hoods. If you are hoping to blend in, skip the umbrella and grab a baseball cap. Locals are used to the rain and umbrellas are mainly for the tourists.
On a beautiful sunny day, Portland visitors can hit one of the many beautiful parks scattered throughout the town.
It is also fun to catch a movie in the city at the Bagdad Theater & Pub along Hawthorne Blvd. The cinema has cheap movies (only $3 per person) and also serves pizza and alcohol.
Portland is a popular city for all these reasons and more, so load up the hooded sweatshirts and hit the road!