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What are some great activities to do with toddlers in Portland?

Portland is super toddler friendly so you’ll have so much fun. We highly recommend the following: Sauvie Island pumpkin picking, hay rides, corn maze and so many great snacks OMSI science museum is a very hands-on place that is so great for kids and families at the same time Oregon Zoo has family events almost…

Which Portland luxury hotels should we consider for our family reunion?

My first two recommendations would be either the Kimpton Riverplace or The Nines. Both are located in or near downtown Portland with access to MAX lightrail or streetcar as well as beautiful catered banquet rooms. Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel (1510 SW Harbor Way) is located on the waterfront next to Tom McCall Park and is a six-minute…

Do you have recommendations for an afternoon tasting beer in Portland?

An afternoon doesn’t give you much time, so I’ll limit this list. Were you to be staying longer, this list could grow quite a bit. Deschutes in downtown Portland (actually the Pearl, but that’s not important) is definitely one of the best places to consider. You may well know Deschutes, but it’s really worth visiting the…

Where should two Texan beer connoisseurs visit during their Oregon honeymoon?

Congratulations on the wedding! The McMenamins pubs are definitely worth checking out — they have some of the most interesting properties in the region. (I have my favorites.) Beyond that, there are literally dozens of breweries in Oregon (six dozen, last I counted). Unless you’re planning for a very long honeymoon, you may not be able to see them…

What outdoorsy things can my dog and I do together in Portland?

October is my favorite month and dogs are my favorite humans — so you’re in good hands. When I first moved to Portland I picked up this book and it’s changed my life. And my dog’s. But really, most of the trails in and around Portland are dog-friendly as long as your dog remains on…

I’m staying in Portland for several days. What are some “don’t miss” places in and around the city?

Portland is surrounded by the beautiful ocean and the mountains, plus there are so many get restaurants and shops in the city that you would surely appreciate staying a few more days to explore the NW. Here are some suggestions: Get lost in Powell’s books, the largest new and used bookstore in the world. Go see…

Where can two teenagers and their mom have an outdoor adventure near Portland?

Oregon is a great place for teenagers (and you!) You definitely won’t need camping stuff, but if you could pack a pair of sturdy shoes to hike in, you might be happy you did! There are plenty of hikes in the area that are just under an hour drive to get to. And there are…

We’ve never been west of the Rockies! What are the cannot-miss spots in Oregon?

I actually grew up in South Dakota so I definitely want you to have an amazing time. And I am absolutely sure you will! Highway 101 down the Coast is an amazing drive. I’d highly, highly recommend this over taking I-5 South. There are tide pools, the Goonies House, crabbing, local surf spots, delicious seafood…

What are the most scenic hikes in Portland?

My favorite and most scenic hikes in Portland: Forest Park at any entrance Hoyt Arboretum Oaks Bottom near Sellwood Leach Botanical Garden There are tons more but this is a good list to begin with. Just outside of the Portland area near Multnomah Falls is whole other list so let me know if you’d like…

We have 3 days in Portland and want to see art exhibits, theater and explore the neighborhoods. What do you suggest? -Joanne

I recommend a visit the Portland Art Museum to start!  Portland also has a ballet, opera, and many theater options: http://www.portlandtheatre.com/calendar/index.php Most of these cultural offerings are in Downtown Portland.  Adjacent is Portland’s Pearl District, a modern artsy neighborhood.  I would also recommend visiting the Mississippi Avenue, Alberta St., Hawthorne Blvd, and Nob Hill neighborhoods.

I will be in Eugene for a meeting on Jan 14th and 15th and would like to see some of the Oregon Coast; perhaps on the previous weekend or maybe starting on Jan 10th. What area would be relatively easy to drive to from Eugene or Portland? What kind of weather should I expect? Can you suggest some B&Bs? — Lois

From the coast, the most direct route to Eugene is from Florence on the Oregon Coast via OR 126 (just under 1.5 hours). You didn’t mention where you are traveling from, but it sounds like you may be coming from the north and you could easily spend four days traveling the North and Central coast…

Ideas for day trips from Portland in September for a family?

For a coast trip, I recommend taking Highway 26 from Portland, and then take the Highway 6 turnoff to Tillamook. In Tillamook visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory! Then proceed up Highway 101 and stop whenever your curiosity is piqued. There are lots of beaches and parks and vistas to check out. Some cute towns along that route…

Does Portland have any shopping areas with upscale boutiques and cute shops?

Yes! You’ll probably enjoy the Nob Hill area – specifically Northwest 23rd Avenue – it’s a mile or so of cute shops and upscale boutiques. In downtown Portland, I’d recommend the Pioneer Place Mall. Adjacent to downtown is the Pearl District, which is famous for its upscale boutiques.

My sister and I are looking to relocate to Portland, but don’t know where to start. We would like a neighborhood that is pedestrian-friendly. Where one can walk to near by restaurants, grocery stores, banks, etc. ight budget since we are unemployed due that we are taking care of our Mom. What part of Portland would you recommend to us that would be a nice and safe place, yet housing would be inexpensive? – Natalia T.

Portland has lots of pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods – check out these posts on my blog along with the discussions in the comments: “Best Thing About Your Neighborhood” and “Top 5 Portland Neighborhoods for Car Free Living.” In general the further out you get from downtown, the more affordable housing becomes.  Some neighborhoods I would recommend that…

We’re coming to Oregon this summer. We want to rent a place on the beach, walk, eat well, see local sites and shop in art galleries. We also want to spend a couple of days in Portland. There are four of us and none of us have ever spent time in Oregon before. Do you have any suggestions for how to set up a couple days in the city and four days on the coast? – Elaine R.

On the Oregon Coast your best bet for art, beach, and eating well is probably Cannon Beach on the North Coast, or Newport on the Central Coast. I’m also partial to Astoria (where I live part-time) for everything you listed, except it’s about 10 miles inland from the beaches, on the south bank of the…

I am looking for a place to go to that is on the beach but not too far from Washington state to take my family to in the summer. Suggestions? – Alicia P.

You’re in luck, as Oregon’s north coast has plenty of places to stay at the beach.  You’ll find lots of rentals and hotels and lovely beaches in Pacific City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside, and Astoria (though Astoria is actually about a 10 miles inland, it’s the closes to Washington – right across the…

Are there tour destinations from Portland to Astoria?

There are several routes you could take to Astoria from Portland. If you take Highway 30, there aren’t too many tourist destinations, but there are a few viewpoints over the Columbia River. Highway 26 is another option, and along that route you’ll find various viewpoints and parks that are worth visiting, also places like Camp…

we are traveling to Portland this summer and have a flexible schedule. we want to see live music, preferably in a festival or concert setting. what’s the best source for things to do? – Byrne P.

During the July 4th weekend there’s the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Oregon Zoo hosts several summer concerts. Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square hosts concerts and events featuring live music (e.g. Cinco de Mayo, Festa Italiana) throughout the year. Once you’re here you can also find information on live music events at the websites of the Portland…

My wife and I will have one day & night in downtown Portland. We are in our late 20s and enjoy hikes, good food, live music, and generally cool, unique experiences. Any suggestions for our one day of awesomeness in Portland? – Ben & Amy

Since you’ll be right downtown, you should definitely explore the city – there are lots of parks, shops, and restaurants worth checking out. The Willamette Week and Portland Mercury newspapers will have entertainment listings. Also check out my blog for more ideas!

What are some fun and exciting things to do in portland for kids and teens? Also some places to go swimming that aren’t too cold?

There are quite a few municipal pools in Portland.  The outdoor ones are only open during the summer. And here’s a discussion on a local blog about “Portland Swimming Holes.” With regards to other activities, there are plenty!  When you visit check out some local blogs to find community events.