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I have passed thru Portland several times and want to add it as a stop over so I can check out the food cart pods. I was wondering where the best pods are and any suggestions of hotels that are within walking distance of these pods.

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There are a number of food carts (I want to say but it's been a few years :o since I've been to PDX downtown) on Burnside. There are also many around Pioneer Square, which is right on the Red and Blue lines. With MAX, you can stay anywhere, even at the :o airport :o and take MAX and be within walking distance.

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I've been to Portland several times & love the city but I dont know what "Food Pods" are???

The light rail there is great, no need to get a car, for sure! Plus they now have the "Pink Bus",which is like the Old Town Trolleys!

RF

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hey June,

Here ya go: http://www.foodcartsportland.com/maps/.

Once you decide what neighborhood you want to visit the food carts in, ppost that info and we'll see who knows about hotels!

I second the suggestions about light rail, you can always find rail and bus schedules (and a great trip planner) at http://trimet.org/index.shtml. Portland is a very pedestrian-friendly city!

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June,

If you go, take in the Pink Bus. It is very interesting & goes thru Washington Park, which I really enjoyed!

Have Fun

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June,

 

Take a look at McMenamins.com to see what they have in the area and if they're not close you might find one right on a transit line. They have a couple where the rooms might be $45-50. Not gonna be luxurious and will be quirky but something to check out.

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(Just my own personal opinion.) I am not a big time doughnut eater, but I did not think Voodoo Doughnuts were any better or worse than others. To me, it's not worth a trip out of the way.

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If you're looking for more to do in Portland, this is a pretty good website. They sometimes have discount coupons.

 

You can get around on the MAX rail system, the Portland Streetcar, and buses. You can now pay with the TriMet ticketing app.

 

Also check out the Portland Aerial Tram

http://www.gobytram.com/

 

And here are some of the places to go and things to see that have been recommended to me over the years. I've been to some of them, but not all.

 

Portland Art Museum

http://portlandartmuseum.org/

 

Museum of Contemporary Craft

http://www.museumofcontemporarycraft.org/

 

Oregon History Museum

http://www.ohs.org/exhibits/index.cfm

 

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

http://www.omsi.edu/

 

Oregon Rail Heritage Center

http://www.orhf.org/

They do steam train excursions, and "Santa Trains" in season.

 

Powell's Books

https://www.powells.com/

Check out the train section in Powell's 2 across the street

 

Elephants in the Park
877 sw taylor at sw park

 

Park Kitchen is in the Pearl District

http://www.parkkitchen.com/

Brunch at Tasty N Sons

"This brunch is so good you'll want to plan your trip to Portland around it."

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/brunch-at-tasty-n-sons/96656.html

 

Really unique pancake place:

Slappy Cakes

4246 SE Belmont Street

Portland, OR 97215

503-477-4805

 

Natural Selection

3033 Northeast Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211
503-288-5883

Country Cat Dinner

7937 SE Stark
Portland, OR 97215
503-408-1414

Beast

5425 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
503-841-6968

Pacific Pie Co.

1520 SE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214
503-381-6157

VooDoo Doughnut

1501 Northeast Davis Street
Portland, OR 92732
503-235-2666

[i actually prefer Top Pot Donuts in Seattle. Not sure why anyone would stand in line for an hour or more here, but they do.]

Screen Door
2337 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
503-542-0880

Pine State Biscuits - sandwiches
3640 Southeast Belmont Street
Portland, OR 97214
503-236-3346

Pok Pok - street food
3226 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
503-232-1387

The Waffle Window street food

3610 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
503-239-4756

The Bake Shop

http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/videos/bake-shops-wholesome-pastries/96606.html
"Unique flour blends make these Portland pastries super satisfying. "

Apizza Scholls
http://www.apizzascholls.com/

Ken's Artisan Pizza
Signature Item: Bacon Pie.
The wildly popular—and still going strong—Monday Night Pizza events at Ken's Artisan Bakery prompted supertalented baker Ken Forkish to open a stand-alone spot in 2006.

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I made a reservation at the Mark Spencer hotel in downtown. It sounds perfect for the 'artist' in me, does anyone have any experience with this one? Looks to be very close to all the downtown sites including Powell's books!!! Thanks for all the links, they've been really helpful.

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Great choice! Portland hotels can be pricey especially downtown so hopefully you snagged a good rate( under $200 a night would be a deal for this type of hotel) wifi and Continental breakfast are included as is a mini kitchen! Also coffee/hot chocolate machines with cookies and a Wine and snack Reception in the evening! Our Penny would love it causecWhole Foods is 4 Blocks away! LOL

 

A few reviewers found the light rail, street noise and Union Station traffic a distraction but its music to most train buffs ears!

 

The location in the Pearl District can't be beat and the staff is very professional and helpful in this is European style hotel!

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Jim, glad to hear I picked a good one:) Unfortunately, I didn't snag a room for under $200, but it wasn't much over that. The day I'll be there is in early August, which is prime time for high summer rate - and considering many other downtown hotels were well over $300 for that night, I think I did pretty well! Ordinarily I would never pay this much for a room, but the day I'm there is also my birthday and I'm treating myself - Love the list of amenities and plan to take full advantage of them. [and as a vegetarian, Whole Foods is a necessary stop before taking coach EB to Spokane the next day!!] Now, just anxious to GO ~

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I'm trying to figure out where to stay in Portland for an upcoming trip.

 

It's only one night, arriving on the EB and departing the next day on the southbound CS. So, we may have some time on our arrival day, but we're not counting on it. At best, we want to see Powell's books and go to dinner - anything extra in addition to that would be great.

 

We'll have several hours on the following morning before heading to PDX. Ideally, we'd like to go to the Oregon Zoo, which sounds like a pretty easy bus/train ride, especially from downtown.

 

In general, I'd prefer to stay downtown. However, there are a ton of hotels out by the airport, and they're generally a whole lot cheaper. However, the airport is on the opposite side of the city from pretty much everything we'd want to do. It looks like it takes about an hour to get from the Amtrak station to the airport, so a couple of trips to our hotel and back would take up a HUGE portion of our time.

 

That Mark Spencer hotel looks nice, and I'll definitely look into it, but if anyone has any other suggestions - especially on the downtown vs. airport issue - I'd love to hear them.

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D.P., look at hotels in the Convention Center/Lloyd Center area. They're right across from the train station on the other side of the river, just a couple of stations away on the MAX light rail, and they're generally much cheaper than downtown unless a convention is in town. I have had good luck with the Courtyard Marriott, although you should probably stay away from the Red Lion.

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D.P., look at hotels in the Convention Center/Lloyd Center area. They're right across from the train station on the other side of the river, just a couple of stations away on the MAX light rail, and they're generally much cheaper than downtown unless a convention is in town. I have had good luck with the Courtyard Marriott, although you should probably stay away from the Red Lion.

 

Charlie's advice is good, and I'd add: there are three Max light rail lines going past the Lloyd Center area, only one of which goes to the airport, so the transportation options are a lot better. There's also plenty of great food in the Broadway District, a short walk on the other side of Lloyd Center (if you don't like the options right where you are).

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Across the street from the Mark Spencer is Ken & Zuke's Jewish Deli. Plan on eating there at least once.

You can send books home from Powell's if you don't want to carry them around.

The $5/day Trimet ticket is a bargain for light rail ,bus and streetcar service that extends all to way from Beaverton to Greshem and south to Milwaukie.

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The cheapest lodging option within walking distance of the PDX station is the HI hostel at 15th and Glisan (SW corner). I'd guess about 0.8 mi west on Glisan.

Powell's is on Burnside @ 10th. This is the Alphabet District (Burnside, Couch, Davies, (forgot E), Flanders, Glisan and Hoyt)

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I was going to chime in with the HI Hostel suggestion too, stayed there two or three times and met a nice international crowd. They do have individual rooms as well as my pick... the cheapest dorm please!

 

Ed :cool:

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Since Seattle had Guns and Roses, Portland can have Beer and Roses! LOL

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If you're into flowers (and I'm not!), check out the International Rose Test Garden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rose_Test_Garden

 

 

The International Rose Test Garden is a rose garden in Washington Park in Portland, Oregon, United States. There are over 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties. The roses bloom from April through October with the peak coming in June, depending on the weather. New rose cultivars are continually sent to the garden from many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland's nickname, "City of Roses."

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