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Looking Up in Downtown Portland – What Will You Find?

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Do you need a new way to “see” a city, to explore the nooks and crannies of it all and come away with a different experience than the next guy?  A simple solution is to “LOOK UP!”  Easy in theory but when I walk the streets everyone seems to be looking down, no longer at […]

The Nines Hotel Portland

Fashionable and Fabulous at The Nines Hotel in Portland

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Not everyone swoons over a great hotel like I do, some people just see it for what it is – a place to sleep.  Fair enough, we each have our own travel styles, mine involves hotels that make me happy with great design, comfort and good service. So choosing a great hotel in a new […]

Washington State from the air

The 19k mile itinerary – London, Philly, Paris, London, Portland, Seattle in 6 weeks

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When I was asked for my room number in Seattle, I had no idea, I looked in my purse for the room key and pulled out key cards from Portland, London, Paris and Philly (an indication that I need to clean out my purse!).  I was at the end of my six weeks of travel […]

The Amtrak Cascades Review – Business Class from Portland to Seattle

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“You’re last”, “You’re last” were the words the small four year old boy in front of me was yelling about at Union Station in Portland, Ore.  He was very cute along with his older sister as they jumped with excitement for their first train ride back home to Seattle (the family drove down and dad […]

Cheating with Voodoo Doughnuts

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I cheated, I didn’t mean to but the concierge had visited Voodoo Doughnuts before I arrived and left me two doughnuts as a welcome amenity (I had joked that i was working out at the gym like a fiend before my visit having heard about the doughnuts). I cheated because I didn’t wait in the […]

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge tour – Views of Nature and Multnomah Falls

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With only a day open in my conference schedule on my first visit to Portland, I asked the concierge for tour suggestions as I did not have a car during my stay.  My initial plan was to visit the Willamette Valley wineries known for Pinot Noir but as she found out (and I already knew) […]

Portland suggestions and map from concierge at Vintage Plaza Portland

Hotel Review: Hotel Vintage Plaza, Portland, Oregon

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Attending a conference in downtown Portland, there were a few preferred rates offered by the local hotels.  With such a great stay at the Kimpton in NYC (prior post), I decided to stay at another Kimpton hotel, the Hotel Vintage Plaza in Portland. Arriving after 9 pm from the East Coast, i was pretty tired […]

Willamette River Waterfront Park Portland

A Local Experience in Portland – Exploring Downtown by Bike

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Visiting any city in the U.S. on July 4th (Independence Day) can be challenging as there will probably be fireworks on display somewhere after the sun has set but many (most) businesses and tourist attractions will be closed so what to do with your time?  In Portland, Oregon, I would join the 9 am Pedal […]

Willamette River Waterfront Park Portland

Leaping for the World Domination Summit (WDS) in Portland

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Looking before you leap is the logical thing to do, at least for me.  I, of course, take it a bit far though on the conservative side – rather than just jump – I will look, assess, over think it, work the pros/cons, etc.  Sometimes you need to jump, take the risk and see what […]