Portland: Your Essential 3-day Itinerary
By Kathy Chin Leong
Going with a group of friends, a family, or with grandparents? Our recent trip to the Portland area was full of excitement with never a dull moment. Here’s what we’ve unmined.
Day One: Nature at its Best
Sightseeing: Going to Multnomah Falls- a treat for the senses, and overall fun. A reasonable but steep hike takes you through forest glades, nicely cut paths, and brings you to the top of Multnomah Falls. Awesome! Go to www.multnomahfalls.org .
Eats: McMenamins Edgefield Pub – This group called McMenimins takes over existing historic buildings and creates restaurants and inns out of them. So here we ate at the Edgefield site, set up like a European farming community which includes an inn and a gift shop. Food was very good with an all-American menu that left our group of 18 pretty happy afterwards. The historic property is huge with a pool hall, clay shop, bewery, picnic areas, vineyards and more. The main lodge used to be a dorm for poor folks and also a recovery ward for a nursing home. See www.mcmenamins.com .
Lodging : We hung out at the Embassy Suites in Tigard, a small town outside Oregon. We love the full breakfasts that always get us raring to go in the mornings. The cost was reasonable at less than $150 per family per night. Go to www.embassysuites.com .
Surprise bit: The weekend we were there, June 11, was the Tigard Balloon Festival, so do check your calendar to see this splendid event. You get so close to the balloons you can touch them! Check out www.tigardballoonfestival.com .
Day Three: More of the City
Sightseeing : Portland Art Museum is set amid a nice walking neighborhood by a park full of beautiful roses. We enjoyed the stroll from our hotel. Find out more on www.portlandartmuseum.org .
Lodging : The Hotel Monaco Portland is a boutique hotel that is full of luxurious art, and features a nice wine hour in the afternoon. We loved the lavish suite and enjoyed the location since it was walking distance to everything we needed to visit. Click on www.monaco-portland.com
Eats : Anyone who goes to Portland has got to go to Mother’s Bistro & Bar for the cozy atmosphere, chandliers, friendly services, and the homecooked menu items that include real mac cheese, great burgers, stews, meatloaf, and all the good stuff that moms make. It is quite y with pastel wall paper and flowers everywehre, but that’s part of the fun. You will feel so comfortable and happy you will drift out in a delightful gastronomic stupor! We all gave it a up, for sure! See www.mothersbistro.com
For more stuff to do in Portland and the surrounding area- www.travelportland.com
Or call 1/800-962-3700
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