|Pioneer Courthouse Square, photo credit|
SHOPPING: Oregon has no sales tax, which means you have one less excuse not to buy that plant you’ve had your eye on. If you like to shop for things other than plants, Travel Portland has a great round up of shopping here. Our hotel is a short walk from Pioneer Place and The Pearl.
MUSIC: Whether you’re into rock, classical, or jazz, we’ve got you covered.
CULTURE: Powells Books is the best book store in the free world. It's HUGE so you could spend a few hours here. This is a short walk from the hotel. Please don’t be turned away by the construction that’s currently happening, it’s still great inside. Across the street is Reading Frenzy, an independent bookseller with really unusual books and comics.
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ADVENTURE: We have an aerial tram that runs up to the hospital on the hill, which gives you a perfect view of Mount St. Helens and Mt. Hood. It’s a stretch calling it an adventure, but the view sure is nice.
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HIKING/NATURE: Forest Park is the largest urban forest in the United States, and it’s right outside of downtown Portland. There are hundreds of trails ready for walking, running, or biking. Sauvie Island is a beautiful little island just outside of Portland and home to Cistus Nursery. Go berry picking, bird watch, or just drive around. Or go to Cistus again, we won’t judge you.
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|Columbia River Gorge, photo credit|
|Timberline, photo credit|