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Situated at the northern border of Oregon adjacent to Washington, Portland is a Pacific Northwest city combining the best of both worlds by balancing big city convenience with small town accessibility.  Framed by the Columbia and Willamette Rivers and sporting a clear view of the imposing Mount Hood, Portland is a great starting point for excursions to a number of outdoor activities and sights including the rugged Oregon coast and Multnomah Falls.  Closer to home, the Rose Garden is a must see.  Be sure also to take the time to stop at the numerous independently owned cafes and coffee shops to relax and soak in a taste of Portland, or browse Powell's Bookstore for an impressive collection of rare or out of print books.
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Portland's White House

If you’re looking for a bed and breakfast in Portland a little off the beaten path look no further than Portland’s White House. This historical mansion located in the North East Historic Irvington District has been beautifully restored by it’s owners, Lanning and Steve. The B&B’s exterior resembles the White House in Washington DC and inside the eight guest rooms are beautifully appointed with luxurious linens and antiques. Lanning and his staff make every guest feel like part of the family during your stay. The delicious breakfast served in the dining room is not to be missed. It’s also a good time to meet your fellow travelers and exchange stories and highlights of your trip to Portland. It’s over the communal breakfast that we discovered the amazing drive up the Old Columbia River Gorge Highway… something we might have missed otherwise. I highly recommend a stay at Portland’s White House on your visit. It’s unique style, family atmosphere and informed, friendly staff make it a pleasant alternative to the formal, anonymous living found at most chain hotels.

Unique Qualities: Lanning, the proprietor is excellent, charming and knowledgeable. The full breakfast was outstanding! And the beds are extremely comfortable.

Prices: US$120-180

Phone: 800-272-7131

Address: 1914 NE 22nd Ave, Portland, Oregon 97212

Website: http://www.portlandswhitehouse.com/

Other Contact: 503-287-7131
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This city is interesting, the most European from american cities that I have visited. Reasonably priced Tram from airport to the city,USD2,05, in March'08. Choose you hotel next to tram line it is easy to arrive. Inner city public transportation is also for free.
For good city overview take a tram(cable car) to the top of the city. We walked down from there, giving interesting look into local neighborhood. City itself is also safe. I'm sure that it has it own areas which should be avoided.
Rent a car for a day or two to explore areas around. I did beautiful day trip to west coast over magnificiant mountains. Highway 6 to Tillamook and back via Cannon Beach Highway 26. Between those cities stop at Hug point and Tolovana Beach. Near Cannon Beach you can visit Oregon largest Spruce tree, some 3 meter wide and 60 tall.

For Air Museum fans there are 3 air museums in 100km radius. Tillamook, VAncouver, WA and ther "evergreen" with Howard Hughes Spruce Goose.

Oregon itself is shopper paradise. No sales tax! Great amount Ross Stores and Marshall's help to keep budget. More fancy shopping Lloyd Center, Cascades by airport and Columbia and North Face Stores in the city.
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Portland Saturday Market, Powell's Bookstore (largest independent book retailer in the country, with 6 stories of bliss), theaters and concerts, art, parks and restaurants.... things to do and see in Portland abound. My fave restaurant is the Greek Cusina on 404 SW Washington.  We discovered it on an Easter Sunday, killing time before a U2 concert in 2001, where it was the only thing open for twenty blocks (apparently Easter holiday is big with the Greeks, and eating out is part of it!).  The food here is authentic and delicious, and you'd pay just as much eating at Denny's or Red Robin, but you wouldn't be getting the unique dishes, great service and lively atmosphere.  a nice touch is the fresh flowers on every table, no matter what time of year it is. One place to avoid at all costs is Portland's Chinatown at night.  My husband and I, with one of our friends, were followed for twenty minutes, even as we zigzagged and made abrupt detours in an effort to lose the guy, until we lost ourselves in a crowd of drunken forty-somethings.
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