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Go and take a browse around the houses in the Southwest Hills area. Find Vista Avenue, which borders Washington Park, and follow it to the Southwest. The beautiful house here is on Montgomery and Jackson Avenues. Needless to say, they all have magnificent views from up here.
First Congregational Church
Don't you just love this beautiful stained glass window? Located in the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland on the corner of S.W. Park and Madison, First Congregational Church is a Portland Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The church is known for its Venetian Gothic architecture and the red-roofed bell tower that can be seen from many parts of the city.
And, as for the glass, from my information it appears to be Povey Glass, designed and created by the famed Povey Brothers Art Glass Works, which operated in Portland from 1888 to 1929.
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Such a happy place!
Another thing Portland is famous for is its high number of microbreweries, earning the city such nicknames as "Beervana" and "Brewtopia". At the moment there are 26 breweries located in the city, which is more than what you'll find in any other American city, along with the highest number of brewpubs in the US - the McMenamins brewery alone owns more than 20 pubs in Portland, several of them being located in historic buildings. Funnily enough, statistics show that despite all these local breweries, the most popular beer in Portland is Pabst Blue Ribbon! Nonetheless, Portland's beer culture has turned it into one of the country's best city for happy hour - from the smallest pubs to the fanciest restaurants, roughly between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 pm, you can enjoy cheap drinks and food in a fun atmosphere all over town. On a semi-related note, I was surprised to find out that Portland should also boast the highest concentration of strip clubs in the US - Portland is even home to the world's very first Vegan strip club!
Depends on the Time of Year
Large tote bag or backpack. You never know what kind of neat stuff you will pick up and they make hauling your treasures much easier. If you have luggage, make sure it's small and wheeled. Getting on & off the MAX with 70 pounds of luggage is impossible, and irritates other commuters. VARIABLE. Just to be safe, plan for the worst. If you come between October and Mid June, plan for rain. (Keep in mind though, locals don't believe in umbrellas.) Beginning in May, the weather tends to be a lot nicer, but summer storms are pretty common so look out.
A good, comfortable pair of shoes are highly reccommended. Walking around Portland is tons of fun on it's own, and you shouldn't miss out just because you are wearing the wrong shoes. Most locals don Birkenstock sandals or Dr. Marten shoes, depending on the season. Both are very comfortable, durable, and weather appropriate.
In the summer, keep a sweatshirt with you. It gets pretty cool at night. In the winter, make sure to layer. Often, the clouds will part and you will suddenly be under direct sun. Make sure to bring lots of film or an extra memory card. There are tons of unique aspects of the city that you will want to take back home with you. Depends where you want to go. Within 4 hours any way you go is a different experience.
High Desert - Be prepared for ANYTHING. Gets VERY hot in the day and gets VERY cool at night.
Coast - Tends to get more rain than Portland, and is cooler. Great camping though! Some campgrounds even allow camping right on the beach.
Valley - Bring your allergy medication, they grow the most grass seed in the world in the Wilamette Valley.
Mountains - Bring your favorite board, skiis or innertube. Bachelor, Rainier, and Hood are all within a five hour drive of Portland.
Forests - Are everywhere you go. Mt. Hood National Forest is a popular one with avid hikers, bikers, and backpackers. It's truly beautiful too.
http://www.oregoncampgrounds.com/ The Oregon Zoo is an excellent diversion if you have children, or want to get away from the city for a while. Beautifully landscaped, there is plenty to see and do. The Zoo is famous for it's conservation efforts, including one of the top elephant breeding programs in the nation.
Mount Hood Railroad
Located 60 miles east of Portland (down the scenic Columbia Gorge (I-84), this century old train makes excursions from the depot in Mt. Hood to the foot of the mountain. The excursion train has Pullman coaches, an open air car, and concession car offering light refreshment. During the 4 hour ride you'll pass through pear and apple orchards, meadows, forests and along the Hood River. There is a one hour layover in Parkdale where you can get some lunch or dinner, do a little shopping, or tour the local museum.
There are also a special 4 course Dinner Train on Friday and Saturday evenings and a Sunday morning Brunch Train. They both last about 4 hours. On selected dates there is a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. My husband treated me to this for an anniversary and I thought it was a lot of fun.
Throughout the year there are special occassion trains, such as the Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Trains, Western Train Robbery and BBQ, Native American Celebration, and Autumn Trains. Contact them for the dates as they vary.