Posts Tagged ‘Weekend Trips’

Portland, one month later

March 24, 2009

I’m working on catching myself up here….a few highlights from my weekend in Portland in late February:

Our drive down was (nearly) this clear and sunny:

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(from legendsofamerica.com)

Stayed at the Westin in downtown Portland (I wanted to stay at The Nines but didn’t win that one).   Points scored for a free beer tasting in the lobby (below) which happened to be going on while we were checking in.

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(from images.travelnow.com …my camera’s on the fritz so I didn’t get as many of my own photos as I’d like.)

After going to a sports bar around the corner (can’t recall the name), we cabbed it to the Rose Garden for the Trailblazers game.

Vantage point from my seat:

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Apparently the Blazers are a hot ticket in Portland, so the game was sold out. and we had to scalp.

(I, of course, am always interested to see and critique the dance team…which I annoyingly do at every professional sporting event.  I can’t help it.  Too many years dancing and coaching.)

I did make it to Powell’s (per my stated plan going in to the weekend). 

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It’s very easy to get a little lost there.  From the rare book room:

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Look at the date on this – 1788 – and the price – $1200! 

Pearl District window shopping:

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The Northwest District (specifically, a couple blocks of bars on NW 21st Avenue)  was the site of a pub crawl of sorts:  Gypsy (karaoke was going on, but we didn’t sing.  Bummer!), North 45, and a third one. 

Sunday Brunch at Mother’s – I loved this place….it may be worthy of a separate post.mothers

Biggest missed opportunity: Sales-tax-free shopping.  I need to go back to Portland for just this sort of trip.  Portland has so many fantastic boutiques, independent designers, home shops, and that sort of thing, and yet my purchases were limited to a coffee table book at Powell’s and a Christmas ornament (something I buy on every trip). 

On my list for next time:  Lots of (tax-free) shopping, Japanese Gardens, the Columbia River Gorge/Multnomah Falls, and probably some wineries and/or breweries.  Not that Portland wasn’t an amazing city for exactly what we did – walking around, eating, and drinking.  It’s so walkable and quirky.

I need to go back to this city.

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Upcoming Travel: Portland, Oregon

February 18, 2009

A conversation today regarding my upcoming Portland trip: 
A:  What do you guys want to do during the day on Saturday? 
Me:  The number one place I want to go this weekend is Powell’s.  You know…the bookstore. 
S:  (laughs)  A bookstore?  That’s the #1 thing you want to do in Portland…?
Me:  It’s an entire city block of books.  It’s like a landmark.
S:  Whatever, Trep.
Me:  I guarantee it’s on a “Top 10 Things You Must Do In Portland” list somewhere.
B:  (Googling)  Here it is…#8 on this list. 
Me:  Thank you. 

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Powell’s   Wiki

Yes, I am actually going to Portland this weekend, though I haven’t even unpacked from Whistler yet.  I feel like I’m on a permanent tour of the Pacific Northwest these days (not a bad thing). 

On that note – I really need to do my taxes.

Last minute dash (Whistler Edition)

February 13, 2009

The night before a trip usually becomes a screeching-halt collision.  I tend to come up with 10 things I need to do “before” packing, and then end up really just sitting on my couch with my laptop. 

Last night, I accomplished the following tasks that had nothing to do with packing for my trip:

  • Watched 2/3 of Juno (I fell asleep towards the end, as it was after 1 AM)
  • Watched the screen test special features of Juno
  • Decided it was time to do a first run at clearing out one of my storage cabinets in my office (I only got about half of it cleared out)
  • Caught up on my Reader
  • Swiffer-dusted every surface in my apartment

As a result, I only got about 5 hours of sleep and I’ve been running around packing and trying to finish work this morning.  Of course, now that I’ve finished most of that, I now have some time to sit and wait for my friends to arrive so we can finish loading the car and get on the road!  (If I could have planned it better…I definitely would have funneled this extra 30 minutes towards sleep!)

Even with the craziness and the effort it takes to get out – it is always, always worth it!  I’ll be back on Monday with pictures (and probably two very tired legs).