Thursday, August 18, 2011

Three Perfect Days In Portland: What are the Best Things To do: Intro.

What to do with three days in Portland?  It’s a challenge to set an itinerary for a visitor because there are so many wonderful things to do.  Tonight, brother Scott arrives. 

Outdoor adventures and tours can include the Pacific Coast on the far west and hikes around Mt. Adams on the far east.  Both only about a 90-minute to 2-hour drive.  River rafting the wild and scenic White Salmon River?  What about the wind surfing capital of the United States at Hood River, Oregon, 60 minutes away.  Closer still are the hikes up, around, and under waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

But the city is great, too.  Which of our favorite restaurants and coffee houses? Or food cart pods?  Which neighborhoods?  Alberta St.?  Pearl District?  The Farmers’ Market in the South Park Blocks is a must for Saturday Morning.  

Any sights worth seeing? Pittock Mansion for the overview?  Rose Garden (the garden, not the basketball arena)?  Maybe the current exhibit at the Portland Art Museum?

Maybe a jaunt to the nearby wine country.  But again, which of the 100+ wineries to visit?  How can I only pick 4 or 5 of them? 

Tonight he arrives.  Tomorrow, we start making these difficult decisions. 

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