Subject: Re: Portland, OR and San Diego
Hi, Marguerite:

You've gotten some great suggestions about things to do in an afternoon in Portland. But wait, there's more!

Our museum of art can't hold a candle to the one in Chicagoland, but it's a fine little museum just the same. www.pam.org

The gardens you're thinking of are the Japanese Gardens, & they are stunning at any time of year. The roses in nearby Washington Park will be past their peak, but the Japanese Garden always has something going on. www.japanesegarden.com The Chicago Botanical Garden is, of course, one of the most famous in the world, but our Japanese Garden is worth a look as well.

A walk along the riverfront, Tom McCall Park, a block from Front Street along the Willamette ( say Will LAMB ett) River, is a great way to spend a glorious fall afternoon. There's a floating restaurant near the south end of the park featuring seafood. On the nearby esplanade are some Portland landmark restaurants, including McCormick & Schmicks.

Since Oregon is Nike's backyard, the Niketown store in downtown Portland is world-renowned.

The northwest neighborhood is a lively district of eateries, shops & B&Bs, tho parking's a little dodgy. My son & darling d-i-l love The Tuscany in the area for dinner.

The visitor's bureau site has yummy stuff to sift thru as well: www.pova.com

And finally, do be sure to let me know about your dates; perhaps Miriam (from Salem) & I could manage to get up there for a GTG.

Gail In Eugene but never for long