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8/16/10 6:11 P

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Thanks! I was torn between Hotel Fifty and Hotel Modera and finally opted for Hotel Modera. Just made the reservations about an hour ago.

I didn't realize there was a Ruth Chris there... But I'm also going to check out El Gaucho. Thanks for the link.

If I give him a choice he'll want to try all the beer places and since it is for him, I'll probably go along with it.

Thanks for all your help, it's been greatly appreciated!

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8/16/10 6:06 P

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I happen to like Kimpton hotels (small boutique type), there are 2 here right in downtown in a great location.
www.kimptonhotels.com/hotels/hotels-
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There's also the Hotel Modera, University Place Hotel and the Ace Hotel, a younger 'hip' kind of place. They are all in the downtown area with easy access to transportation, entertainment, shopping and restaurants

The Ringside is a nice steak house. There is also a Mortons and Ruth Chris. My favorite is El Gaucho. Quite spendy but table side service and worth the splurge.
www.elgaucho.com/elgaucho/_portland/
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As for beer, try Bridgeport, Deschutes or Laurelwood, all in the NW Pearl District.

As for things to do, it depends on your taste but there have been some good suggestions. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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PARNELI's Photo PARNELI Posts: 2,373
8/13/10 11:35 P

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Thanks! I'll go check them out.

Christy

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8/13/10 9:49 P

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The Ringside on Park & Yahmill (also a location in NE) is a pretty decent steakhouse. The Portland City Grill is a good option as well...it's on the 30th floor of Big Pink, great view. They each have websites and you'd probably want to make reservations at either location.

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8/10/10 4:42 P

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THANKS Gerwyn for all the great tips. Definitely will take this list with me.

Christy

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8/10/10 5:51 A

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I'd say you have to factor in your personality. As NEVERGIVEUP states the zoo is great, if that's your cup of tea. I'm afraid the Portland Spirit was a let down for me, although at Christmas it is much better when the boats are all decorated with lights. For me, the boat thing was a been there, done that too many times. Pittock Mansion is another great stop, if you like that sort of thing.

I don't mean to offend any one. We all have different tastes. Here's a few ideas. . .
If you like to hike or even if you don't, I'd say you HAVE to head a few miles east and see Multnomah Falls. You can hump up the trail to the top or just stand at the bottom in awe. If you love flowers, the Rose Garden. To find your Zen go to the Japanese Gardens (NOTE: the rose gardens & Japanese are right next to each other). Also the Chinese Garden is great if this is a time of relaxation. If you're into people watching, don't miss Pioneer Square. If you like ANY type of art go to the Portland Art Museum. Bibliophiles drool uncontrollably at Powell's Books. To make sure you remember your trip, hit the Saturday Market (you don't even have to buy anything, although I guarantee you will). If you're a beer lover, you might hit a Mcmenamin's where you can also catch a cheap flick. Stroll with your sweetie at Waterfront Park (to burn off the beer). Science nerds (and Tom Clancy fanatics) should visit OMSI. My brother never misses a chance to hit the Portland Outdoor Store when he visits. . . ah, you get the idea.
It's a great city that has it all--outdoor fun, culture and shopping!

Edited by: GERWYN at: 8/10/2010 (05:55)
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8/9/10 12:10 P

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GAYEMC-I would like to keep it around $150/nt for the hotel. As far as dining goes - probably a good steakhouse or Italian for his birthday dinner. He also love microbrews so I'm sure he'd love to spend some time drinking a beer.

NEVERGIVEUP69-We've done the zoo and I agree, it's a great place even for us big kids. Pittock Mansion - have to check that one out. Thanks!

Christy

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The two places I would say u have to go is the Pittock Mansion, and the washington park zoo. I think most ppl think of the zoo, as a kid thing. But I love it!!!

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8/5/10 8:39 P

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We have Best Western, Comfort Inns and others go on line to Priceline.com it might be cheaper to check in there.

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8/5/10 8:09 P

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Christy, let me know what kind of price range you are looking at for a hotel, what kind of food you like, and what kind of musts (indoor, outdoor, art, history etc.)and I'll try to give you some ideas to look at.

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8/5/10 6:46 P

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I would highly recommend the "Portland Spirit" Dinner/Entertainment Cruise.

You ahve several destinations to choose from and menu/bands, etc.

Course it might cost you a pretty penny...



www.portlandspirit.com/



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PARNELI's Photo PARNELI Posts: 2,373
8/5/10 6:38 P

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For all you Portland folks out there - I'm planning a surprise trip to Portland in October for my husband's birthday. I'd like to stay in a hotel downtown - any recommendations?

What are the "must do" things to see and do while we're there?

Where do you recommend for a nice birthday dinner?

Christy

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