Subject: Re: Portland Oregon
George, You will love Portland. As a Seattlite we visit Portland on a regular basis and it is one of our favorite cities. (If you have time while you are out here, come north to Seattle and we'll show you a really great city, ha ha!)

First, if you get to choose your hotel, we highly (HIGHLY) recommend the Hotel Lucia. Located in the heart of downtown we have gotten incredible rates for a superb room from We spent the week before Labor Day there for under $100 a night. The rooms are wonderful, the hotel fantastic and the service is WOW! We have tried lots of other places over the years but we always go back to the Lucia. Their web address is but book them through They would not match the price I got there.

Our favorite place to eat in Portland is the Couch Street Fish House. Very classy and it will cost you a pretty penny but worth every cent. If you love desserts (and we do) order the Grand Marnier souffle as soon as you walk in. It takes an hour to make but it is incredible.

If you are there on a Friday or Saturday night and like to laugh as we do, try Portland Comedy Sports, a superb improv group. A great cheap evening.

For breakfast we love the Pearl Bakery. And they are just a couple of blocks from the what I think may be the countries biggest bookstore, Powell books.

Portland has tons of other great stuff to do but we like it best for its rapid transit. It is the closest we have seen in the US to Europe. Free downtown and fairly cheap everywhere else, with a combination of busses, light rail and trolleys you can even take it into town from the airport.

As soon as you get there, head to Pioneer Square to the superb Visitor's Center you'll find there. They know everything.

Downtown is a joy and Portland has a great one. Enjoy.

Jim & Kathleen in Redmond, WA