My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, US...

English: Union Station in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : Union station, la gare desservie par Amtrak à Portland dans l’Oregon (États Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from th...

The Fremont Bridge in Portland, Oregon from the east end. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had a Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Portland Oregon. “The Rose City” has are so many charming and distinctive residential neighborhoods with beautiful parks, gardens and bridges.Skidmore Fountain and, behind, the New Market ...

I loved the historic architecture, magnificent bridges and beautiful fountains. The culinary scene has world-famous food carts and plenty of outstanding farm-to-table and sea-to-fork chefs.

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Winery Wine Dinner at the Wine Blog Awards 2012

King Estate Wine DInner

King Estate Wine DInner

The area is brimming with wineries and breweries. There are spectacular annual festivals and events like FEAST Portland (www.feastportland.com) with 100 chefs and 40 events in September.

FEAST Portland September 20-23, 2012 http://www.feastportland.com

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard B...

The preserved main brewhouse of the Weinhard Brewery Complex in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Portland Farmers Market celebrates the bounty of Oregon with fresh produce, specialty cheeses, prepared food and plenty of gorgeous flowers. www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland's skyline from the South.

Portland’s skyline from the South. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wine

Wine

Foodies will swoon over Happy Hour in Portland with Food and Drink Specials all over own! If you want the best Vino con Vista in town, go to the Portland City Grill on the 30th floor of the US Bank Tower at 111 S. Fifth Street where you can see the entire city of Portland. www.portlandcitygrill.com 

 

City Hall of Portland, Oregon

City Hall of Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon.

US Bancorp Tower in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Willamette Week voters ranked Portland City Grill first place in the following categories: “Best New Hometown Restaurant” (2002), “Best Restaurant to Bring Friends from Out of Town” (2004), “Best Meat Market” (2005), and “Best Happy Hour” (2004–2007). I’d say it’s a WINNER!!!

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Happy Hour in Portland Oregon offers Plenty of Food and Drink Specials

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon's Willamette Valley

Anne Amie Pinot Noir Wine from the Oregon’s Willamette Valley

The Portland area is blessed with cupcake artisans, micro-brewers and passionate wine-makers. Who can resist the daily flavors at Cupcake Jones? Don’t cupcakes and Pinot Noir make a great couple?

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Foodies love Portland Oregon

Portland is wedged between a Pinot Noir Wine Tourism mecca and an incredible pristine coastline with scenic beaches. Furthermore, there is no sales tax in this culinary and shopping Wonderland!

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River...

The Fremont Bridge across the Willamette River in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. View is upstream (generally south). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland is cloaked with charming monuments like the Shang Dynasty  bronze elephants in North Park. I wish I more time in Portland; I would have loved to get a panoramic vista on that Aerial Tram.

Downtown Portland Oregon

Downtown Portland Oregon (Photo credit: Mr.Thomas)

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. ...

The Portland Aerial Tram in Portland, Oregon. View of the OHSU (upper) station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I loved the “Hop-on Hop-Off Big Pink Trolley.” I was able to visit the magnificent places and landmarks that characterize the Rose City. I took the free MAX (Metropolitan Area Express) from my hotel in Lloyd center to Pioneer Square. I paid $32 for a narrated Two-Day Pass at the Trolley Booth on Broadway and Yamhill and embarked on my exploratory journey of Portland Oregon. www.bigpinksightseeing.com. By the way, the Big Pink Trolley donates $1 for every ticket sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org).

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located...

The original Stumptown Coffee Roasters located at 45th and Division in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You may want to consider these options in Portland:

1. The Portland Attractions Pass where you can save up to 30% of admission to destinations in Portland is available online at www.travelportland.com

2. The Big Pass provides entry to many of the museums and gardens and includes the Pittock Mansion.

3. The Downtown Pass, Garden Pass and Washington Park Pass are also available.

4. The Distillery Row Passport waves tasting fees at 5 eastside distilleries at www.distilleryrowtours.com

5. Forktown Tours alows you to T0ur and Taste in delicious Districts on Thursdays and Saturdays at www.forktown.com

Seal of the City of Portland, Oregon

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland,...

The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a list of my favorite Vino con Vista stops on the Big Pink Trolley.

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Ore...

English: The White Stag Sign, in Portland, Oregon, at night, showing the wording it began displaying in late November 2010. The 1940-built sign was designated a Portland landmark by the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission in 1977. During the Christmas and holiday season, a simulated “red nose” (of neon) is turned on, in imitation of the character, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland has many interesting neighborhoods like: Nob Hill, The Pearl District, Old Town Chinatown, North Mississippi, North Portland, Vista Hills and Council Crest. Art galleries are concentrated downtown and in the Pearl District, as well as in the Alberta Arts District.

Portland Oregon's Neighborhoods

Portland Oregon’s Neighborhoods

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Por...

Water tower, Old Town historic district of Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are plenty of historic buildings in downtown Portland that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Northwest Portland includes the Pearl District and most of Old Town Chinatown.

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland...

The entrance to Chinatown in downtown Portland, Oregon. The second oldest Chinatown in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01

Trip to Portland, Oregon 01 (Photo credit: DennisSylvesterHurd)

In Old Town/Chinatown at 4th and Burnside, look for the “Chinatown Gateway” structure. This 1986 masterpiece was created by architect Yu Tang Wang and artist Sun Chau. It is made of bronze, marble, granite, wood, tile ans steel. If you are interested in a list of Public Art in Portland, visit www.racc.org

Ther are many historic structures in Portland. Check out the list of historic places here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Southwest_Portland,_Oregon.

 

Explore the Peal DIstrict of Portland Oregon

Here’s a List of My Favorite Vino con Vista Places in Portland:

1. I couldn’t wait to arrive in the Pearl District and visit the iconic flagship Powell Bookstore.  College professors love bookstores! This is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world and it is owned by Walter Powell from Chicago.

Powell's Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books covers 68,000 square feet on an entire city block in Portland. This store has “more than 1.5 million books in 3,500 different sections.” Here’s a map that will help you navigate the nine color-coded rooms at 1005 W. Burnside Street. Powell’s Bookstore has 7 different locations around the metro area. www.powells.com

Powell's City of Books in Portland Oregon

Powell’s City of Books in Portland Oregon

Strolling through the Pearl District is one of life’s simple pleasures. I wish I could stay in Portland for Labor Day Weekend. I would stay at the Historic Benson Hotel at 309 S.W. Broadway Ave. (www.bensonhotel.com) so I could attend the Art in the Pearl Festival. At this Labor Day weeknd art festival, there will be more than 100 artists showcasing their unique talent with paintings and photography, as well as jewelry and hand-crafted furniture. If you follow my posts, you know how much I love art festivals and live music.  On the First Thursday of each month, The Pearl District Galleries have parties and events.

Table made out of a Beer Keg in Portland Oregon

I want one of those tables made out of a Beer Keg

When I was in Portland, I went to a number of festivals. I loved the Street Festival in front of the Deschutes Brewery and Public House at 210 N.W. 11th Avenue.(www.deschutesbrewery.com) I was impressed by the small tables that were made out of the end of a beer key. I loved how they drilled the holes for the umbrella. If you know where I can get one of these tables, please let me know.Do not leave this area until you have had a garlic burger at Deschutes Brewery!!

I also want a giant beer keg serving station like the one they lovinglly call Woody. Woody would be great for the Taste of Chicago and Chicago Gourmet! It would even look cute in my yard. Do you think they sell them on eBay? One last thing, do not leave Portland without having a Garlic Burger at Deschutes Brewery. They are absolutely delicious!

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festival.in Portland Oregon

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

We need these in Chicago!

Brewery Street Festival in Portland Oregon

Deschutes Brewery Street Festivalin Portland Oregon

In the Pearl District, visit the historic Portland Center Theater and see a performance at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Have a snack at the Cafe or arrange for a “Backstage Tour” of this magnificent state-of-the-art renovated barrel-roof Armory at 128 N.W. Eleventh Avenue.

On the first and third Saturdays of each month, The Gerding Theater at the Armory hosts FREE  public tours where you can learn about the evolution of the Armory Annex from an 1891 military drilling site, to a public meeting space, to beer storage facility, and ultimately to one of the “world’s most sustainable performing arts centers.” Tours are from noon to 1 p.m. and meet at the concierge desk inside the lobby of the building. For more information or to buy tickets for Portland’s Center Stage performances visit: www.pcs.org

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Historic Theater Building in Portland Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

I love the black foundation blocks and Romanesque stone windows of the Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

Portland Center in Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

The Armory Building was converted into a Theater in Portland Oregon

I had lunch at Oven and Baker in the Pearl Distirct where Chef Cathy Whim works her magic on those “Puccia Pork Meatball Sandwiches.” That was the best meatball sandwich that I have ever had in my life!! www.ovenandshaker.com. For dinner you can visit Nostrana for more of Cathy’s Italian cuisine.

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

Puucia Meatball Sandwich at Oven and Shaker in Portland Oregon

We met some new friends from Yamhill at the Cupcake shop and when I told them I wrote books about wine tourism in Italy,  they dragged us over to Coppia at 417 N.W. 19th  Street. This restaurant prepares cuisine from the Piedmont reion of Italy. They said that they come here from Yanhill because they love the Sformato Souffle and the Risotto Butternut Squash. We all shared a bottle of Codazzo Terracruda. It was wonderful!

We shared a bottle of wine at Coppia in Portland Oregon

Codazzo Terracruda at Coppia in Portland

It was fun browsing through the charming eclectic shops and boutiques in the Pearl District. Remember there isn’t any sales tax!

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

No Shopping tax in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Vintage Marihuana Poster in Portland

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District. I loved these candles.

Shopping in the Pearl District

Shopping in the Pearl District

2. Visit the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland.

This extraordinary garden is the most authentically built walled Ming Dynasty-style garden outside of China. Visit the covered walkways, bridges, pavilions, tea house and lush landscape that frame picturesque Lake Zither (a small artificial lake). This Classical Chinese Garden is a verdant urban oasis built by Chinese artisans from Portland’s sister city of Suzhou.

This is the perfect Vino con Vista destination for a sophisticated sojourner who wants to experience a 2000-year-old Chinese tradition. “There are more than 100 trees, orchids, water plants, perennials, bamboos and unusual shrubs located throughout the beautiful garden.” Hopefully, someday I can attend the two-week Chinese New Year celebration at Lan Su Chinese Garden located around N.W. 3rd and Everette Streets.

 

3. Stroll through the Portland Saturday Market where you can enjoy 350 artisans selling their wares. There’s live music and plenty of exotic food at the international food pavillion at Waterfont Park in Portland’s historic Old Town. www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station)

Old Town / Chinatown (MAX station) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can take the free train to the Skidmore Fountain MAX station. Get off at Southwest Ankeny Street and Naito Parkway. This is the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market with unique arts and crafts sold exclusively by the folks that make them. Everything in the “Local Section” must be from Oregon or Washington and made by hand.

Walk over to the Skidmore Fountain on 1sr Avenue between Burnside and Ankeny and admire Portland’s oldest commissioned public work of art. “Druggist Stephen Skidmore left $5000 in his will so that Horses, Men and Dogs could have a cold drink.”

Skidmore Fountain

Skidmore Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Portland Saturday Market sign.

English: Portland Saturday Market sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

There are many beautiful fountains in

4. Get some coffee at Stumptown Coffee Roasters; a haven for latte junkies like me. I loved the latte art!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Por...

Stumptown Coffee Roasters sign in downtown Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stumptown Coffee  is a roaster and retailer. The chain’s flagship cafe and roastery at 4525 S.E. Division Street opened in 1999. They have expaned since then with 3 more cafes, a roastery and a tasting annex have opened in Portland. They also have 2 locations in Seattle and one in New York.

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland...

The downtown Stumptown Coffee cafe in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. If you have time, go to the the east bank of the Willamette River and explore the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). You can experience an earthquake or tour the U.S Navy’s last non-nuclear submarine. This is the home of the USS Blueback submarine that was  used in the film The Hunt for Red October. Have a VIno con Vista at the River-View Cafe.

OMSI has 5 enormous halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays. OMSI also has an OMNIMAX Theater. It is located at 1945 S.E. Water Avenue.

If you want to take a Willamette Jetboat Excursion, the ticket office in near the museum on the River.

 

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science a...

The Turbine Hall at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as ...

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, as seen from the west bank of the Willamette River. The USS Blueback (SS-581) is in the foreground. Taken by User:Cacophony on February 21, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Muse...

Outside the OMNIMAX theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

6. The Portland Art Museum owns the city’s largest art collection. It was founded in 1892 and with the recent addition of the “Modern and Contemporary Art wing it became one of the United States’ 25 largest museums.” It is the oldest museum in the Pacific Northwest. It has a lovely outdoor sculpture court.

There is a magnificent permanent collection that reflects the history of art. There is special exhibition of California’s Impressionism until September 16th, 2012.

It is located in the heart of the downtown Cultural District at 1219 S.W. Park Avenue. Admission is free on the fourth Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m.

The Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portl...

English: Facade of the Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Taken by myself. NRHP reference # 85000370 (under name Seward Hotel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

7. Stay at the historic Governor Hotel.It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Governor is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland, so if you stay here, you can walk to Portland’s sights and enjoy the exciting night life.

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Governor Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Enjoy a Vino con Vista Happy Hour at Jakes’s Grill in the Governor Hotel!

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Happy Hour at Jakes Grill in the Governors Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel

The hotel was placed in the US National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The building was extensively remodeled in 1992 when it was joined the neighboring Princeton Building.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The Arts and Crafts–inspired glazed terracotta exterior blends art nouveau and Native American designs. I love the majestic antlers on the animals that are mounted on the wall of the bar in the hotel.

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

Governor Hotel in Portland Oregon

The hotel’s architect, William C. Knighton, went on to become the first Oregon State Architect in 1912, and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building. The rustic interior furnishings are quite impressive.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

There are amazing floor-to-ceiling murals that were painted by San Francisco-based artist Melinda Morey. I love the vintage Lewis and Clark map “Trade along the Columbia” on the wall in the lobby.

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Murals in the Governor Hotel

Some movies were filmed at The Governor Hotel: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of My Own Private Idaho and Madonna filmed several scenes of Body of Evidence.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland.

Hotel Governor building in Downtown Portland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Map in the Lobby of the Governor Hotel

The Heathman Hotel http://portland.heathmanhotel.com/ is another outstanding hotel in Portland. The Heathman Hotel doormen will greet you in their red Beefeater costumes.

8. Tour the famous Pittock Mansion and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views of downtown Portland from the grounds. The mansion is nestled in the West Hills of Portland and soars 1,000 feet above sea level with an impressive view of the city’s skyline. This high elevation makes the mansion one of the best places for birdwatching in Portland.

This could my perfect Vino con Vista residence with perfect views of rivers, forests, bridges and mountaintops. There are 23 rooms filled with treasures from a by-gone era. Maybe the city will sell this property to me? Of course, I would have to wine the lottery to pay for it. The century-old Pittock Mansion  symbolizes “Portland’s dramatic transformation from a small lumber town to a bustling city” at 3229 N.W. Pittock Drive.

The French Renaissance Chateau was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The Pittock Mansion was once the private home of Henry Louis Pittock founder of the Oregonian Newpaper. At 1000 feet above sea level, the mansion has commanding view of five mountains in the Cascade range: Mounts St. Helens, Adams, Rainier, Hood and Jefferson. For more information visit www.pitockmansion.com.

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, ...

English: Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon, USA. Français : La demeure Pittock à Portland, en Oregon (États-Unis). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The mansion was originally built as a private home for The Oregonian newspaper publisher Henry Pittock  (1836–1919) and his wife, Georgiana. Georgiana was one of the founders of the Portland Rose Festival. She died in 1918 at the age of 72 and Henry died in 1919 at the age of 84.

The City of Portland purchased the estate in 1964 for $225,000. The estate is made of Tenino Sandstone situated on 46 acres. Roughly 80,000 people visit the Pittock Mansion every year.

The rear of the Pittock Mansion

The rear of the Pittock Mansion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon

Pittock Masion, Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

9. Enjoy the culinary treats offered by the Portland Food Carts. The 431 registered food carts in Multnomah County serve a delightful spectrum of ethnic flavors: Mexican, Greek gyros, Vietnamese Pho, Indian curries, Polish sausage and Moroccan specialties.

Portland Oregon

Food Cart in Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon's Food Carts

Portland Oregon’s Food Carts

Try some Korean-Oregon fusion at Big-Ass Sandwiches or check out Khao Man Gai or Nipa Hut. Entreprenuership is alive and kickin’ inside Portland’s Food Cart Culture!

Portland Oregon Food Carts

10. I loved Pioneer Courthouse Square because it reminded me of a Historic Piazza in Italy. The Courthouse was built in 1869 and is the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest. There’s plenty of action in Courthouse Square; it’s the home of the annual Italian Festival in August. As a former groupie for my son’s California Band, I loved the “Noon Tunes” offered on Mondays.   Check out the "Noon Tunes" in Portland

Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, ...

Check out the “Weather Vane Weather Machine” in Pioneer Courthouse Square. This 33-foot tall metal structure is surmounted by a large silver orb. Everyday at noon, the weather is announced with trumpets, flashing lights and a spray of mist. Light bulbs on the side light up brighter as the temperature increases. The orb opens to reveal the next day’s forecast: a golden leaf sun for a clear day; a Blue Heron to forecast a misty day; and a Dragon when storms are anticipated.
Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

Pioneer Couthouse in Portland Oregon

English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon
English: Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flyin...
The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flying in Pioneer Courthouse Square (upside-down) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: 'Allow Me' Sculpture in Pioneer Court...

English: ‘Allow Me’ Sculpture in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In December, Pioneer Courthouse Square has an annual Holiday Ale Fest under the holiday tree. This five–day celebration features more than 40 of the Pacific Northwest’s premier seasonal brews.

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland

Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon....

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. At center is Jackson Tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Journal Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square i...

English: Plaque at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

11. Pay hommage to “Portlandia”. She is made of hammered copper and is 36 feet tall. She is based upon a figure in Portland’s City Seal and depicts a woman dressed in classical attire. She welcomes traders into the port of the city. The sculpture is on the third floor of the Portland Building.

Portlandia is the second largest hammered copper statue in America (the largest is the Statue of Liberty). It was sculpted in 1985 by Raymond Kaskey for the Portland Building. You can visit Portlandia at 1120 S.W. 5th Avenue.

English: at the

English: at the (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

12. I am from Chicago and we have plenty of interesting bridges. I love Portland’s bridges! Portland is lovingly called “Bridge Town.”
Portland Oregon Willamette River at night

Portland Oregon Willamette River at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Alexander Low Waddell invented the vertical lift bridge. You can explore some of the glorious bridges that cross the Willamette River near Portland’s downtown area at  Bridge Pedal in August. This annual bike ride across Portland’s bridges offers 14-36 mile ride options. There’s also a PDX Bridge Festival that celebrates Hawthorne Bridge. This festival combines multimedia art and events to celebrate the ten bridges that connect Portland’s central city.
Here’s a list of some of Portland’s bridges:
Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

The  Marquam Bridge, was built is 1966 for $14 million. It is the busiest bridge in Oregon and is the 3rd longest tress bridge in North America. It links the I-5 corridor between Oregon and Washington.  The bridge is named after a judge who was later elected to the Oregon legislature, Phillip A. Marquam.

Hawthorne Bridge is the city’s oldest vertical highway lift-bridge and it was designed by Waddell. It is Oregon’s most heavily used bridge for bicycles. It opened on December 19, 1990 and cost $500,000. It leads leading directly into the central business district (CBD) from the east side. Hawthorne Bridge is named after Dr J.C. Hawthorne (founder of the Oregon Hospital for the Insane).   The street was originally called Asylum Street but changed when the hospital moved to Salem, Oregon.

Morrison Bridge is a drawbridge that leads directly into the CBD from the east side. It opened in 1958 and cost $12.9 million. It is named after John L. Morrison, a Scottish Immigrant who served as a lieutenant in the Oregon Rangers.

Burnside Bridge connects the east side to downtown and the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. It was built in 1926 for $3 million. The Rose Parade crosses the Burnside drawbridge.  It was named after Dan Wyman Burnside from from Vermont. He helped raise funds to have the Willamette dredged in 1866.

Steel Bridge is one of the only dual-lift bridges in the world with independent lifts. The lower deck accommodates Amtrak and freight trains and carries MAX light Rail into Old Town/Chinatown. Lift operators are on duty 24 hours a day. In the summer, Portland bridges open nearly 300 times a month. The Steele Bridge opened to trains in July of 1912 and August of 1912 to cars. It cost $1.7 million to build. The Union Pacific Railway owns the lower section and the State of Oregon owns the upper section.

The Broadway Bridge connects the Lloyd District to Old Town Chinatown. It opened in April 1913 and cost $1.6 million. It is the longest drawbridge in Portland. It is named after the street that it connects.

The Fremont Bridge  carryies I-405 past the Pearl and Northwest districts and into downtown. It was built in November of 1973 and cost $82 million. It is the newest bridge to span the river. It is America’s longest tied arch bridge.  It was named after John Charles Freemont, an explorer and army officer.

The Hawthorne Bridge in Portland, seen from th...

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008 (Photo credit: dklimke)

Portland's Bridges

Portland’s Bridges

Voodoo Doughnuts

13.  I loved VooDooDonuts.

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Their donuts are amazing! They are covered with interesting tidbits like M & M’s and bits of cereal. Some are covered with bacon, Captain Crunch and Oreos. They don’t just have a pretty face, they taste incredible!

VooDooDonuts

VooDooDonuts

They have iconic pink boxes that feature the company’s logo and drawings of Voodoo priests with the tagline, “The magic is in the Hole.”. Of course I ate too many-how could I resist them?

VooDoo Donuts

VooDoo Donuts

Located in Old Town’s popular nightlife district, Voodoo Doughnut is one of the city’s favorite culinary destinations. Locals and visitors line up 24 hours a day for what may be the most innovative doughnuts in the world.

In addition to the original Old Town shop, there’s a second location at 1501 N.E. Davis St. 22 S.W. Third Ave.

14. Spend some time in Washington Park.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park

Visit the International Rose Test Garden

Portland’s International Rose Gardens are the largest and oldest test gardens in the country with more than 8000 rose bushes. There are 550 different varieties of roses. The lush Washington Park features some of the most amazing Cascade Mountain views. The Test garden is inside Washington Park at 4oo S.W. Kingston Avenue. The best rose-viewing months are May-September.

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Beautiful Roses in Oregon

Wide angle image of the International Rose Tes...

Wide angle image of the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rose Garden

Washington Park, in the West Hills of Portland. It is the home of ome of Portland’s most popular recreational sites including the:  Oregon Zoo, the Portland Japanese Garden, the World Forestry Center and the Hoyt Arboretum. There is also a Veteran’s Memorial and Children’s Museum.

Washington Park

Washington Park

Washington Park Children's Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park Children’s Museum in Portland Oregon

Washington Park

Washington Park

“Lions and tiger and bears, Oh My!” At the Oregon Zoo, you can observe more than 2,000 animals from around the world. Go to the African Rain Forest Exhibit to see an intersting rainforest rodent. This conservation zoo is renowned for its Asian elephant breeding program.

15. Visit the beautiful fountains in Portland: Salmon Street Springs Fountain at Governor in Tom McCall Waterfront Park; Elk Fountain on Main between 3rd and 4th Avenures; Animals in Pools Fountains with bears, sea lions, river otters , ducks and deer at Morisson and Yamill Streets between 5th and 6th avenues and Shemanski Fountain with Rebecca at the Well at Southwest Salmon and Main Streets. For more information about Portlands Fountains visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/fountains

16. Portland is a City of Festvals. Here’s a list of Festivals you can attend:

Feast Portland – September

This international culinary festival taps into the wealth of renowned Portland chefs and welcomes noted culinary stars from around the world.

Portland Jazz Festival – February

Timed to coincide with Black History Month, the Portland Jazz  Festival features performances around the city, including ticketed  headline concerts, free shows and a range of educational opportunities.

Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival – February

Scheduled in the middle of the Dungeness crab season, this upscale festival celebrates both the bounty harvested from the Pacific  Ocean and the state’s vineyards at the Oregon Convention Center.

Taste of the Nation Portland – May

Treat your taste buds to the very best at the “Taste of the Nation” in Portland. This  annual gourmet extravaganza features more than 70 Oregon chefs and restaurants, with 40 wineries and microbreweries.

Spring Beer & Wine Fest – March/April

This beverage exposition celebrates handcrafted microbrews, regional wines and distilled spirits.

Portland Rose Festival –June

The Portland Rose Festival celebrated its centennial in 2007. with three weeks of family events. Highlights include the Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade, the Starlight Parade, a waterfront carnival for families, dragon boat races, concerts and fireworks.

Waterfront Blues Festival –July

The largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River takes place each year during Independence Day week. Portland’s Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park sets the stage with top national acts performing over five days. there’s a fireworks display on July 4th.

Oregon Brewers Festival – July

Craft breweries from around the United States bring their beers to Portland for this four-day festival, the largest gathering of independent brewers in North America. More than 60,000 beer fans enjoy the atmosphere with over 70 beers during the last full weekend of July.

Portland International Beer Festival – July

The Portland International Beer Festival draws more than 150 brews from at least 15 countries to a beer garden setting in the Pearl District’s North Park blocks.

Cathedral Park Jazz Festival – July

Founded in 1981, this three-day event is the now the West’s largest and oldest free celebration of jazz and blues. It is held beneath the historic St. Johns Bridge.

The Bite of Oregon – August

Benefitting Special Olympics Oregon, The Bite is one of the “Rose City’s” most popular festivals. Sample food created by local chefs and taste regional wines at the Oregon Wine Garden.

Musicfest NW – September

This annual festival was established in 2001 to showcase local musicians, bring in national acts and benefit children’s music education in Portland. Downtown becomes a massive block party as wrist-banded attendees check out more than 100 bands at nearly 20 venues over the course of four days.

Some of the well known shopping areas are Downtown Portland
Nob Hill (NW 21st & 23rd Avenues)
The major malls in the metropolitan area are:

Now you are ready to visit other Glorious Vino con Vista Destinations in Oregon. Explore Canon Beach http://www.cannon-beach.net/ and Hood River!

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Read this post if you want some historical information about the Portland Waterfront http://portlandwaterfront.blogspot.com/

Now it’s time for touring beyond the city. EcoTours of Oregon can take you Whale Watching on the coast, or th scenic waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge @ www.ecotours-of-oregon.com

The flags of the United States of America and ...

The flags of the United States of America and the State of Oregon, flying side-by-side in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com________________________________________________

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