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Weekend trip to Portland

Hello, I'm planning a short visit with my fiance to Portland for 3 days and would like any advice on places to visit, must eats/dos and accomodations. We do not have any dietary restrictions, will have a rental car and love the outdoors. If there are any recommendations for day trips outside of Portland those would be welcome as well. Thank you in advance for your tips!

6 Answers

answered by
Kiri from Boulder

For day trips you can either head west to the Coast - Cannon Beach, drive down 101 and loop back to Portland. Or if you'd like to do a hike then you should definitely go to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area....tons of options. Drive the Historic Highway and stop at the numerous waterfalls. Multnomah Fallsis the most popular. Other good hikes are Angel's Rest Trailhead or Oneonta Gorge on the Oregon side, or Hamilton Mountain Trailor Dog Mountainon the Washington side. All those would be half day trips/hikes so you can come back and have lunch or afternoon back in town if you want. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Cannon Beach (attraction)
  2. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (attraction)
  3. Multnomah Falls (attraction)
  4. Angel's Rest Trailhead (attraction)
  5. Oneonta Gorge (attraction)
  6. Hamilton Mountain Trail (attraction)
  7. Dog Mountain (attraction)
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answered by
Jon from Kalispell

If you are flying into PDX and then renting your car, my recommendation is drive right to McMenamins Edgefield for accommodations.

This has a number of benefits for new Portlanders.

1)  It is very close to the Portland International Airport.  And a great starting point the next morning if you do want to check out Multnomah Falls -which I second as worth while.

2)  You can get sloppy drunk and safely stumble into your cheap but beautifully historic room in the mansion.  (If you choose to get a dorm room it's like $35)

3)  There is a movie theatre on site that let's you drink brew and eat pizza while consuming.  An underground wine, bar and another sports bar with billiards and darts.  There is an outdoor stage with concerts on weekends (sometimes indoors and outdoors).  Golf course.  

4)There is a spa and outdoor heated pool / jacuzzi in the garden that is free for guests whom are weary from travel.  (The best part is this outdoor shower, from in the pool, with a pull chain that releases a hard stream of cold water to revive your neck and back!) 

5)It's a super cool historic landmark with a museum like feel.

Have fun.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Portland International Airport (attraction)
  2. Multnomah Falls (attraction)
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answered by
Fritzi from San Francisco

I also recommend downtown Portland. It has one of the great remaining bookstores, Powell's City of Books. The Pearl District is walkable and charming. On the west side there is a spectacular Rhododendron garden, right next to the Reed College campus. Depending upon when you visit you might still be able to see the amazing blooms. You can kayak on the river, it's very popular. Portland is a great city and I am sure you will love it.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Powell's City of Books (attraction)
  2. Pearl District (neighborhood)

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There is a wine district in the hills above Dundee, about 30 miles south of Portland, called Dundee Hills Estate.  The principal grape is pinot noir.  Expect to pay a tasting fee of 10 to 15 dollars.  The "bronze horse" rule applies: if you see one in front of a winery, that is money that did not go toward the wine, so pass on.  Some of the best wines are right on hiway 99.  A lot of tasting rooms are closed Monday and Tuesday, so check beforehand.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Dundee (city)
  2. Portland (city)
  3. Dundee Hills Estate (hotel)

answered by
Jeff from Portland

You should be able to have a great time. I think that there are a lot of great places to check out and see. I think this list: is a nice list of places to check out that are within a decent drive of Portland (1-2 hours for many). If you do go into the Gorge stop by and check out Hood River - they have a bunch of great breweries like Pfriem Family BrewersDouble Mountain Brewery

If you are sticking around portland, it sort of depends on what you want to eat and what you are in the mood for. So here are a few thoughts

For drinks check out Rum ClubExpatriate or Hale Pele

Breweries/beers: Migration Brewing Co.Hair of the Dog Brewing CoBailey's TaproomBreakside Brewery

Lunch (non-brewery): GrassaPicnic HouseLardo

Dinner: TuskQuaintrelleMediterranean Exploration Company - PearlKachka

Brunch: Peggy had a few good places below, but each of those will likely come with a 1-1.5 hour wait. Other options: Expatriate  Verdigris  Tusk  Han Oak Restaurant

If you have specific requests, comment and happy to provide more details/responses

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Hood River (city)
  2. Pfriem Family Brewers (attraction)
  3. Double Mountain Brewery (restaurant)
  4. Rum Club (restaurant)
  5. Expatriate (restaurant)
  6. Hale Pele (restaurant)
  7. Migration Brewing Co. (restaurant)
  8. Hair of the Dog Brewing Co (attraction)
  9. Bailey's Taproom (attraction)
  10. Breakside Brewery (attraction)
  11. Grassa (restaurant)
  12. Picnic House (restaurant)
  13. Lardo (restaurant)
  14. Tusk (restaurant)
  15. Quaintrelle (restaurant)
  16. Mediterranean Exploration Company - Pearl (restaurant)
  17. Kachka (restaurant)
  18. Expatriate (restaurant)
  19. Verdigris (restaurant)
  20. Tusk (restaurant)
  21. Han Oak Restaurant (restaurant)

answered first by
Peggy from Portland

You should absolutely go out to theColumbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, a national scenic are with superb views, waterfalls and hiking and only a 1/2 hour to 45 min East of Portland. Go on the Senic Highway, not I-84. Stop at Crown Point State Scenic Corridorand talk with the docents about the history of the Gorge and enjoy a fabulous view. Even if you're here during rainy weather you should go out to Multnomah Falls, maybe walk up to the overlook bridge or even the longer hike to the top. They have a nice gift shop and restaurant as well. Eagle Creek, a few miles up the scenic highway from Multnomah Falls is a beautiful and easy hike. You can make it a long hike or turn around when you're ready. Portland is famous for its excellent restaurants but also it's food carts. There are numerous food cart pods throughout the city, even in downtown. The Pittock Mansion has a beautiful views and a short tour of the historic home is nice. There is also the  Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, but if you come in the fall/winter you won't find too many blooms! A walk across the new  Tillicum Pedestrian Bridge is nice for beautiful views of the Willamette River and it's close to the Sky-tram that will take you up to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital and has beautiful views, plus it's pretty fun. If you're here over the weekend the Saturday Market has crafts and food and showcases the "keep Portland Weird" motto. Of course, there is Voodoo Doughnuts, but I think Pip's Original are better. Portland is a city of brunches. Screen Door, Tasty N Sons and Mother's Bistro & Bar are a few of my favorites. Enjoy Portland! It's an awesome and weird city! P.S. We are also the best coffee town in the USA, make sure you avoid Starbucks and go to some of our many local coffee shops.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (attraction)
  2. Crown Point State Scenic Corridor (attraction)
  3. Multnomah Falls (attraction)
  4. Eagle Creek (attraction)
  5. Pittock Mansion (attraction)
  6. Voodoo Doughnuts (restaurant)
  7. Pip's Original (attraction)
  8. Screen Door (restaurant)
  9. Tasty N Sons (restaurant)
  10. Mother's Bistro & Bar (restaurant)

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