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Looking for suggestions during my vacation to Portland.

greenidentity | Sep 13, 201102:45 PM

Ahoy from Minnesota! I am going to be visiting Portland in November, and being that I have never been there before, I am asking around for suggestions. I will be visiting a few friends, but half of my trip will be solo. So I get to do whateeeever I want.

A few things:

-I am staying for 5 days, 4 nights.

-I don't have a ton of money. Looking for $-$$$ (tops) places to eat. Areas of interest: steak and sushi. But other suggestions are good.

-I think I will be staying at The Monticello Hotel at 4801 North Interstate Ave, which I hear is close to transit. Since I will be relying on transit, location is important. I considered the Days Inn or Best Western, but from what I hear the Monticello has the best location, plus clean rooms.

-Besides restaurants, I am looking for suggestions on things to do. I am probably more attracted to things a bit off the beaten path, although I fully intend to see the Art Museum. Does Portland have an aquarium? Things I am interested in: gardens, wine, art, (cheap) shopping. Mostly things in the cultural/dining/entertainment department.

-Suggested transport from the airport? I am trying to avoid taking a lot of cabs, and plan on getting a 7 day Trimet pass.

Any suggestions/opinions/information would be very helpful! Thanks!

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