Oregon and Portland Visitor Guide
Hotels and Accommodations - Places to Stay
Portland Hotel Guides
Portland Downtown Hotels
- Benson Hotel Portland's grandest hotel was built in 1912. The hand-carved Russian Circassian walnut paneling and the Italian white-marble staircase are among the noteworthy design touches in the public areas. 287 rooms. 2 restaurants, bar, coffee shop, in-room data ports.
- Embassy Suites This Old Town property in the Historic Multnomah Hotel building is within walking distance of the riverfront and MAX light rail. 276 suites, in-room data ports, indoor pool, gym, baby-sitting, laundry service, concierge.
- 5th Avenue Suites A four star hotel offers guests a luxurious retreat in the heart of downtown Portland's business, shopping and cultural district.
- Governor Hotel A world of gracious accommodations, elegant surroundings and up-to-the-minute amenities: from exquisite frescoes, murals and carvings to concierge services, health club, rooms for up to 400 persons.
- Heathman Hotel 150 rooms and suites in the heart of downtown Portland, in the center of cultural business and retail activity. Good week-end rates.
- Hilton Hotel Centered in the heart of Portland's cultural district, it was Portland's first large full-service business and meeting convention hotel.
- Hotel deLuxe Former the Mallory, this hotel has been remodeled and reopened for business in May 2006. The hotel’s restaurant — called Gracie’s after comedian Gracie Allen — serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a handsome room that brings to mind a classic Brown Derby restaurant. It is located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood at 729 SW 15th Avenue.
- Jupiter Hotel Conde Nast Traveler magazine called it, "One of the 116 best new hotels in the world.” Not in the downtown but close - the hotel is eight blocks east of the Burnside Bridge at 800 E. Burnside. The hotel's Doug Fir restaurant has also received good reviews.
- Hotel Lucia Art-filled design hotel in a 9-story tower near Pioneer Square. The Lucia has 128 rooms with a full service restaurant.
- Hotel Vintage Plaza Refurbished 107-room in the heart of the city. Has an eclectic selection of accommodations to include some unhotel-like solarium-windowed starlight rooms on the top floor.
- Mark Spencer Hotel Downtown and reasonable - all rooms feature fully-equipped kitchens for convenient in-room dining.
Bed and Breakfast - Oregon and Portland
Portland Metro Area Farmer's Markets Oregon farmers’ markets are a unique partnership between city residents and farmers. Recent estimates indicate that the markets attract more than 90,000 people each week during the peak summer months. The site includes the location, times, etc. for all market in the Portland metro area.
TV, Radio, Magazines, and Newspapers
- Computerbits Magazine
- Historical Gazette Linking the past with the future - excellent source about Oregon history.
- Metro Parent Metro Parent is a monthly magazine that features local issues and is a resource for Portland activities and outings as well as a monthly listing of area family events.
- Open Spaces Open Spaces is a general interest magazine featuring articles by noted experts in a variety of fields to include: law, medicine, science, society, culture and the arts.
- Oregon Business Channel
- Portland Monthly The first issue came out in October 2003.
- Channel 6000 - Weather Cams Live shots of various locations in and around Portland.
- PittockCam Lovely Portland, Oregon as viewed from the city's Pittock Mansion.
- Tripcheck Oregon Department of Transportation cam that allows commuters to check commute routes.
Arts, Museums, Galleries, and Entertainment
- Arts for the Artists Portland-based non-profit organization made up of musicians, dancers and painters who create for a living—as well as parents, educators, businesspeople and friends of the arts dedicated to raising awareness and funding for arts education in tri-county schools.
- Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children Ramona Quimby is the beloved young heroine of Beverly Cleary's whimsical books about growing up in Northeast Portland. She has been immortalized, along with Henry Huggins and Henry's dog Ribsy, in the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden for Children in Portland's Grant Park (which is four blocks from the real Klickitat Street).
- Chinese Garden The Classical Chinese Garden Society, the City of Portland, the City of Suzhou, and the Classical Chinese Garden Trust have worked to build the largest Suzhou style garden outside of China. The garden opened to the public in September 2000.
- Farmers' Market in Portland Open on Saturdays and Wednesdays during the summer and fall.
- Oregon Historical Society Museum
- Oregon Live Entertainment via The Oregonian (state largest newspaper).
- Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
- ORLO Italian for "on the brink" or "edge"- Orlo is a nonprofit organization using the creative arts to explore environmental themes.
- Oregon Zoo Located minutes from downtown. MAX, the light rail system, has a stop at the zoo.
- Portland Art Museum One of the better art collections - don't miss the museum on your visit.
- Portland Center for the Performing Arts The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is comprised of three main buildings: Keller Auditorium on SW 3rd between Market & Clay and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (home of the Oregon Symphony) at SW Broadway and Main. The New Theater Building at 111 SW Broadway and Main houses the Dolores Winningstad Theater, the Newmark Theater, and the Brunish Hall.
- Portland Parks and Recreation
- Portland Saturday Market
- Portland Symphonic Choir A nonprofit founded in 1946, Portland's oldest and largest choir, singing the great choral works.
- Rose Festival A traditional festival held in June - great parade.
- The Regional Arts and Culture Council Their events calendar tracks plays, art shows, dance, and concerts.
Arboretums, Parks, and Gardens
Outdoor Clubs and Conservation
- Audubon Society of Portland Very active organization with numerous trips and activities.
- Bergfreunde Downhill ski club.
- Columbia River Volkssport/Walking Club CRVC is a non-profit organization based in Portland, Oregon. CRVC organizes quality non-competitive walking events in scenic and historic areas.
- Cycle Oregon Cycle Oregon is an annual seven day bicycle tour that provides the opportunity to experience and explore rural Oregon. Each September 2,000 cyclists travel a different route on paved roads that open the door to the places and people that make Oregon special.
- GreenScene Newsletter Metro's publication about the region's natural areas, outdoor events and volunteer opportunities; printed and mailed quarterly
- Mazamas Oregon's famous climbing club. The Mazamas offer a variety of outdoor activities.
- Natural Conservancy of Oregon The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
- Oregon Department of Fish and Game Numerous education programs for every member of the family to include the kids and mom.
- Oregon Nordic Club Outdoor activities with emphasis on cross-country skiing.
- Oregon Shoreline Conservation Coalition Dedicated to the protection of Oregon's coastal environment and the public trust therein.
- The Trust for Public Land The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit working exclusively to protect land for human enjoyment and well-being.
- Willamette Pedestrian Coalition WPC is a non-profit community-based membership organization in the greater Portland area dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe and attractive.
Professional Sports Team
- Portland Timbers The Portland Timbers play in the Major League Soccer (MLS). The league comprises 18 teams, 16 in the U.S. and two in Canada. MLS represents the top tier of the American and Canadian soccer pyramids.
- Portland Trailblazers NBA basketball. Portland does not have an NFL, NHL, or MLB team.
- Portland Winter Hawks Western Hockey League team - 18 teams in three divisions.
- Audubon Society of Portland This organization has excellent programs to include summer camps for kids.
- Kids Portland Weather Keys in on the weather in the Portland area. This site is good for all ages.
- Kids on the Block Awareness Program A Portland Oregon nonprofit educational organization, uses life-size puppets to help children learn to understand and accept differences in one another and to protect themselves in difficult situations
- Northwest Parent Connection A colorful and fun site that is structured around the Portland community. Includes parenting articles, resources, interactive forums, an activity guide, and more.
- Multnomah County Library Kids A good place to start with links to all kinds of activities and aids. We especially like their page called read to your baby.
- Oregon Kids Interesting and fun Web site for children of many ages to enjoy. Features games, surveys, homework help, links, and even has an section for parents.
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) Make sure you see the grossology exhibit.
- Oregon Parent Information and Resource Center The Oregon Parent Information and Resource Center is a US Department of Education Parental Assistance Center. OPIRC's Web site includes research-based Hot Topics articles, links, a lending library of books, audio and video, training materials, and research reports, and contact information for the parent serving agencies across the state that are OPIRC sites.
- Oregon Partnership Provides many local resources for parents and youth.
- Oregon Zoo Located minutes from downtown. MAX, the light rail system, has a stop at the zoo.
- PBS for Kids PBS Kids Online has thousands of pages to explore with loads of learning fun. Just had to include this site even though we are suppose to address Portland-based resources. Try the "silly songs".
- Portland Children's Museum Located next to the Oregon Zoo.
- Portland Kids Portland Area activities and ideas for you and your family. Join the conversation on their blog to share some of the favorite ideas.
- Portland Fire Women's NBA Team The team's page for kids.
- Portland Radio Guide for Kids Listings of radio programs for kids. Some of us are old enough to have grown up with radio (no TV) and listening to wonderful weekly shows.
Commerce and Economic Data
- FedStats The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy. maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by 70 government agencies. If you like numbers, you will love FedStats.
- Oregon District Export Council Promoting international trade in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
- Oregon Economic & Community Development Department The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department is a cabinet-level agency, reporting directly to the governor.
- Portland Development Commission A city of Portland agency. PDC has four major services: redevelopment area planning; develops housing, retail, office and other projects; neighborhood revitalization; business retention, expansion and recruitment.
- US Census State Data Center Among the best sources for state and local data available online.
- World Trade Center Portland An International Resource.
Business Women Resources
- Emergent churches National movement. Emergent seeks to create space where people who might not ordinarily interact with each other can gather and engage each other in areas related to theology, practices, culture and how churches and organizations.
- Imago Dei Holds three crowded services every Sunday at the Old Laurelhurst Church. Emphasizes art, music, and social activism.
- Evergreen Community Meets every Sunday at the Lucky Lab pub in Multnomah Village.
- Portland Shambhala Center - Portland - offers meditation instruction and practice in Vajrayana Buddhism and Shambhala training, as taught to western students by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
- Zen Commmunity of Oregon - Portland - practices sitting meditation, and is affiliated with the lineages of Maezumi Roshi (Soto) and Harada Roshi (Rinzai).
- AboutItAll has 30-plus blog writers from Oregon.
- Dr. Pat is one of the funniest guys in our city. Physician (geriatrician), musician, hunter, and a very dry sense of humor.
- EatonWeb Portal has a couple of things going for it. First, it has a "clean look" to it. Secondly, you can read a few words about the blogs before deciding to enter. This portal seems to catered to the more literate blog writers.
- Good Stuff Northwest Kathleen loves living in Oregon with its combination of urban style and down-home friendliness and her blog shows it. Good information about events and food.
- Jack Bogdanski has two blogs: Jack Bog's Blog and Blue Oregon Blog
- ORblogs is a site devoted to keeping a list of links to weblogs written by people who live in the state of Oregon, USA. You can sort this one by where the bloggers reside (city) within Oregon.
- Portland Web is a favorite for geeks with lists of coffee shops and quaint places to hang out in Portland. Good design and easy to navigate.
- Northwest Noise Tim Germer talks about Oregon history and news. He also plays music by Oregon artists.
- Delta Park Project Comedy sketches, monologues, songs and witty banter with a former improv cast member.
- Chuck and Adam Do Everything Self-deprecating humor and topical discussion between two college buddies.
- PodcastX Josh Bancroft of Beaverton runs a how-to site that provides guidance for new podcasters and discussions for the more experienced.
- Tiny Podcast Two self-described geeks discuss technology trends, with a focus on small gadgets such as phones and hand-held computers.
- Energy Trust of Oregon Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing how Oregonians use energy by promoting energy efficiency and clean renewable energy for Oregon customers of Pacific Power, Portland General Electric and NW Natural. Energy Trust offers Oregonians cash incentives for energy-efficient improvements to their homes and businesses.
- Oregon Solutions An online resource that provides tools for individuals interested in sustainability to connect with resources, organizations, agencies and other inspiring individuals who are putting progressive ideas into action.
- Portland Greenmap The free map allows people to make better choices in finding environmentally conscious places and things. More than 1,200 "green" features are identified in the Portland metro area. You can download the map as well as "Neighborhood Greenmaps" at the Greenmap Web site.
- Redirect ReDirect creates tools that promote the growth of businesses that promote socially responsible, environmentally wise, and healthy lifestyles.
- Sightline Institute Sghtline is a not-for-profit research and communication center - a think tank--based in Seattle. Founded in 1993, Sightline's mission is to bring about sustainability - a healthy, lasting prosperity grounded in place.
- Sustainable Industries Journal The Pacific Northwest's first trade publication for sustainable industries. It explores "economic gain through environmental innovation."
- Tidepool This online resource offers news stories on environmental, social and economic issues in western North America. Information is collected from more than forty on-line news sources.
- Calendar of Events Includes cultural, sports, festivals, etc.
- City of Portland Official home page for the City of Portland.
- City Auditor Annual Review Report Annual Service Efforts and Accomplishments Report evaluates performance in the City's nine largest service areas.
Senior transition and elder planning services.
- Hands on Portland Hands On Portland connects 10,000 volunteers a year with opportunities that match their schedules and interests. Volunteers select from one-time, group-based volunteering to longer-term opportunities to opportunities for volunteer leadership.
- Hometown Links to over 250 organizations in the Portland area - covers everything from A (Adventist Adoption) to Y (Yellow Bike Project). No Zs yet.
- Literary Arts A non-profit organization that promotes the importance of language as a means to express, explore and experience the world in which we live. If you're interest in poetry and books, they have many outstanding programs.
- Oregon Reference Sam' guide to everything you wanted to know about Portland and Oregon.
- Northwest Parent Connection Site for planning children's activities.
- Portland Area Library System - PORTALS Portland Oregon Area Library System.
- Portland Planning History Ernie Bonner, who served as Portland's planning director under Mayor Neil Goldschmidt in the 70s, created this Web site. It full of history and interesting interviews.
- World Affairs Council of Oregon The World Affairs Council is a non-profit educational organization whose purpose is to broaden public understanding of world affairs. on international affairs