Only one year ago, my husband and I took the train from Albany, Oregon and spent a lovely couple of days in Portland, Oregon. We had only driven through the area and never stopped to see or enjoy the city. Well, now Portland has become one of our most favorite destinations. I still am in awe of my husband when I follow him like a puppy dog as we get on the MAX, get off the MAX, get on a street car, well you know where this is going. I really don't but I am always game for a ride and we always end up somewhere fun.
Two Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inns come to mind when I think of location, luxury, and relaxation in the Rose City. The first Oregon Bed & Breakfast is The Fulton House B & B. It is located in the heart of Portland and minutes from city center and just a block from the Willametter River. This inn has quite a history. It was built in the late 19th century and was originally a floating bordello and around 1910, it was moved to its present location on logs by teams of horses. The inn offers two guest rooms with private baths, a beautiful outdoor patio and a hot tub.
The second Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild inn, The Lion and The Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast is on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1906, this Queen Anne and is decorated with period furnishings and offers a two course breakfast, is near restaurants, shops and the downtown area. It was also listed as one of the Best Places to Kiss in Oregon.
When we go to Portland our goal is to do something new, something we have never done before. However, we are kinda hooked on the Deschutes Brewery in the Pearl District in Portland. It's an easy step off the streetcar right across from the Armory and you will not be dissapointed! The brewery originally began in Bend, Oregon and this new brewery was opened in 2008. They specialize in a "Northwest style that brings a taste of Central Oregon to the heart of Portland." And of course their brewery offerings are as spectacular as their surroundings. Using a collection of large salvaged timber beams to build the bar and tables, they also boast a beautiful collection of carvings that bring a natural feeling to the setting while you dine, drink and enjoy your burger with house made pickles.
Hopefully you won't see too many "pink elephants" while you are in Portland after hitting the breweries when you go to the Portland Zoo for the "Elephantastic" celebration on April 18,2009. This event features a party for "Packy" who is a resident elephant turning 47 years old. The Portland Zoo is the world leader in Asian elephant care and is planning to offer special training sessions and other fun birthday activites for Packy at the party.
Wow! It looks like Portland has something for everyone in the family. We covered Portland, Oregon lodging, elephants and beer. So, all we have left is quilts! Quilting is a craft that many people have taken up recently. Many cities in Oregon actually celebrate quilting by offering quilt shows that draw thousands of crafters from all over the region. Portland, Oregon will celebrate with "A Festival of Quilts", March 26th to March 28th, 2009. This 35th annual show will offer over 400 quilts to be viewed along with vendors and supplies to be purchased.
It kinda looks like someones "Spring Break" is all planned out for them. A trip the whole family can enjoy!