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Best Portland Oregon Hotels - or where to stay when you need to lay your head down at night

If you're traveling to Portland Oregon, either to visit or in preparation for moving there, you need to have a place to stay. Many people stay out at the Portland Airport, making a common mistake in thinking that it is "centrally located to everything."

No... not even close. It can easily take 45-60 minutes in normal traffic to drive the few miles from the airport to downtown. Longer if it is rush…

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Added by Rick Hamell on July 2, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

The Lessoning

What is that echoing cacophony I perceive across the landscape? That exultant ululation that fair speaks of expectations nearing realization, of anticipation no longer banked behind intervening walls of wretched patience? What is it in the air that seems to guide unsteady hands, struggling to maintain some modicum of control for the sake of appearances, to the corners of wall calendars, there to tremble as the urge to grasp and tear is barely throttled?

And accompanying those…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 29, 2013 at 9:01pm — 2 Comments

Theatricality

So I got an email this week letting me know about this event at the Hollywood Theatre.

I am so going to this. It's a no-lose, win-win kinda thing. As in I get to go to the Hollywood Theatre, which by itself is a treat. For one thing, I haven't been inside this grand old place in…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 15, 2013 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Carting Around

You have guests coming into town soon. They have an agenda.

“Please”, they fairly scream down the phone, “before we leave Arreegawn to come back home, please take us to eat at some of those wonderful food carts you have! We hear so much about those! Unless it's raining, we don't like to be wet when we're eating, except if maybe you have some umbrellas?”

You explain patiently that shipping umbrellas into Oregon is prohibitively expensive and that most…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Unplug!

So this happens a lot: our young charge Bella is expecting friends to visit so they can all hang out and play together, perhaps even have a sleepover. She's excited about it because she loves her friends, and she's excited at the prospect of finally not having to sit in mute horror of having a conversation with we grownups, because our conversations tend to be full of “lessons” and telling her things “for her own good”, and “Please bathe!” and “Please stop bathing, you've been in there for…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 1, 2013 at 3:31pm — 2 Comments

When a Cricket is not a Cricket: Cicadas in Oregon

As posted on the Nature of Portland blog:

I love the sound of crickets in the evening.  They always remind me of summers where I grew up in North Carolina.  It seems like we had more crickets there, and where my grandparents lived in the mid-west, than we do here in western Oregon (or should I say HEAR in western Oregon?). I don't know if that's true, but it…

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Added by PDX Nature Nut on July 27, 2013 at 1:29pm — 1 Comment

UnBox'd

I've come bearing a warning: beware boxes!

Boxes, my friends, are treacherous. Who can really trust them? I know I don't. Sometimes decorum demands that I succumb to ritual and therefore must gently, trepidaciously unseal a festively-colored, bow-festooned carton to behold dubious wonders, the expectation of which shines forth from the wide smile of the gift-giver because he or she is the one having the most fun in the room.

That's right, gifts are for the…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on July 18, 2013 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Nostalgia Strikes Again

More often than not I'm listening to music while sitting here at home in my office poking the pixelbeast, and much of the time it's via my favorite radio station's website KINK.fm. This afternoon, however, I thought I'd browse a few other Portland-centric radio stations, mostly because, except for…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on July 11, 2013 at 8:33pm — 2 Comments

Summer Whine

You're not hot, are you?

Lemme tell you something, one summer when I lived in West Texas, I actually put the egg-fried-on-the-sidewalk hypothesis to the test. Worked a treat. Worked the next aftenoon, too. Week after that, same. Year after that, ditto. The point here is that it's hot all summer, BIG heat, every summer in Texas. Portland doesn't compare. Some places in the state of Oregon get a bit warm, sure. Burns, maybe. Baker City, okay. But Portland stumbles into a hot day like a…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on July 4, 2013 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Poke and Prod

Our next-door neighbor Judy owns a dachshund named Munchkin. Munchkin is a dear soul who loves nothing better than to run around in the yard and play fetch with her orange tennis ball and her mom-human, and every once in awhile dare to stand nose-to-nose with one or another of our feline brutes (from the safety of the other side of a screen door). She's white around the muzzle and a bit girthsome, but she's always ready for her ball, the mere mention of which sends her ears up…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on June 27, 2013 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

Daydream

I've been working a temporary manufacturing gig in Clackamas the past couple of weeks. It's one of those jobs where you have to wear a lab coat or a Tyvec suit, and a hair net (and, in my case, a beard net; all of the bearded employees and contracted laborers are generally identified by height and gait and general amiability.

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on June 13, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Little-Known Portland Stuff (and a Cool Website!)

Wikipedia was born in Portland, Oregon. It's true! I read it on Wikipedia! Of course I cross-checked other sources as well, but it appears to be legit.

That's only one thing I didn't know. Once I read the above fact, I had to find if I could dig up some more little-known facts. Turns out we aren't the city with the most superheroes (that would probably be New York City, because you know, New…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on June 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Color Me PDX

See that? That's my attempt to photograph something truly marvelous while out with my camera in the Belmont area this last weekend. As you can see, I failed mercilessly. Remember last week when I complained that the rain (or, rather, my inability to plan and adapt to conditions) messed up my…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 30, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Best Laid Plans, or No They Weren't

You know how a writer's chief complaint is usually blank-page syndrome and the struggle to drum up something to write about?

Well, today's entry is pretty easy and photo-intensive, because I spent a considerable amount of time yesterday gathering local color and some snaps of Southeast Belmont Avenue and Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in preparation for updating PortlandNeighborhood.Com's neighborhood pages.…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 23, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Let's Go Out To The Movies!

I used to go to the movie theater every week when I was a kid, sometimes twice a week if I (meaning my parents) could afford it. If it had spaceships and monsters or ghosts or aliens in it, I wanted to see it. I even managed, at the age of 14, to get into an R-rated horror film called Wicked, Wicked (and I did myself no favors, because it was a terrible movie that no quantity of bare breasts could improve, but nevertheless haunted me for weeks afterward).…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 16, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Morning Walk

I've lately been suffering from a combination of schedule-fu and malaise, and perhaps just a touch of early spring laziness. For sure my energy has been oscillating like mad, accompanied by a very slight scratchiness in the throat and a head that feels loosely weighted by unsecured ballast. I can only assume, being exposed to school-age kids often these days, that I have run afoul of some invisible wiggly menace.

Because of this off-kilterness I've been less active, and naturally this…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 9, 2013 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Shades of Sunshine

The first tour we took of Portland after having moved here from the Dallas area, I found myself blinking and squinting more than usual.

I don't suffer allergies, but I thought the sudden eye sensitivity might have to do with some airborn microfuzzy to which my system was unfamiliar.  I knew that a lot of people had problems with pollen and wondered if I had finally been introduced to a variety that found Garrison membranes irresistable.  My father was susceptible to…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on May 2, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments

There's No Spring Indoors!

My living room was knee-deep in tweens this morning.

School is out for the rest of the week, so we're a flop for kids whose parents know a good thing when they don't hear it shrieking in their ears. There are blankets and pillows and a blow-up mattress and various plushy animals and…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 25, 2013 at 5:05pm — No Comments

Go Be Nice

Tough week.

Usually I'd be extoling the virtues of our fair and fairly odd city here, cracking wise and trying to impart my own perspective of what it's like to live here.  This week, though, my mind is elsewhere.

It's in Boston, a city that's been wounded in a viciously cruel way by two young men who decided that some ideology, or some perceived slight, had to be illustrated with the spattered blood and shattered limbs of fellow human beings.  This is what I'd like to say to…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 18, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Radio PDX

I was listening to this song ("Portland, Oregon" by Loretta Lynn and Jack White) again yesterday. You may remember me mentioning it before if you came anywhere near my Twitter feed or my Facebook profile or, well, here on PortlandNeighborhood. It's trés cool to hear your own town mentioned in a…

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Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on April 10, 2013 at 4:57pm — No Comments

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Rogue Pack Yoputh Theatre Open House at Sellwood Playhouse

December 1, 2018 from 10am to 4pm
Rogue Pack storytelling theatre for youth at the Sellwood Playhouse will be having an Open House to introduce our lineup of spring classes, play games, and eat some food! We will be telling our stories through writing, drawing and collage. Drop in; write your six-word memoir, a tweet story. Act out your story by playing some improvisational theatre games; or draw and collage your story. There is no one way to tell your story, so you get to choose.See More
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Winter Break Camp at Portland Audubon at Audubon Society of Portland

December 17, 2018 at 8:45am to December 28, 2018 at 4:15pm
Don't miss Portland Audubon's Winter Break camp! Whether campers are snowshoeing on Mt. Hood and staying overnight at our new Marmot Cabin, learning the art of candle-making, visiting a wolf sanctuary, or making nature inspired art, our educators are dedicated to helping every camper build an authentic and meaningful relationship with the natural world, all while playing games, making friends and exploring!See More
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Oregon Sinfonietta Performs Mahler Symphony No. 4 in Free Concert at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church

November 4, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
The award-winning Oregon Sinfonietta, now in its 46th season and conducted by Dr. Donald L. Appert, is a full symphony orchestra of 75+ members that draws together community musicians from the greater Portland metro area. The Sinfonietta performs four free concerts per season. On Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm, the orchestra presents Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No 4. in G Major. Joining the orchestra for this…See More
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Holiday Wine Sale: 12 for $12 at Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar

September 28, 2018 at 12pm to September 30, 2018 at 6pm
Come stock up on delicious wine for the holidays! Here's how it works:• 12 handpicked wines all selling for $12 a bottle• $12 to taste all 12 wines• 12% off EVERY BOTTLE on our shelves• BONUS GIFT: Two tickets to a Food & Wine Pairing Class when you buy 12+ bottlesJoin us:Friday Sept 28--12 to 10 pmSaturday Sept 29--12 to 10 pmSunday Sept 30--12-6 pmSee More
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Artistic Portland introduces “Art After Dark” at First Thursday Gallery Art Walk in October 2018 at Artistic Portland

October 4, 2018 from 2pm to 9pm
Artistic Portland, a downtown co-operative gallery of 40 local artists, will open its doors for “Art After Dark,” from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, on October 4, 2018.  The evening of music, wine, food and art will give the public a chance to meet many of the artists behind the creative work at the gallery. Husband and wife duo The Sweet Peas will play from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and everyone is welcome to the free event. This summer Artistic Portland celebrated its five-year anniversary at 318 SW Taylor Street,…See More
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Sophisticated Beads Holiday Jewelry Show at Monarch Hotel & Conference Center

November 17, 2018 from 10am to 5pm
Homemade refreshments, holiday beverages, prizes and stress free shopping all in one location!Our designs are handcrafted with a vibrant assortment of semi-precious stones accented with Austrian Swarovski crystals, pearls and sterling silver. We design with unique gemstones to create wonderful women’s jewelry that can be worn for a special occasion or every day.Beads On a Mission are two of our jewelry lines that include bracelets in which 10% of the proceeds go to five cancer foundations and…See More
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Artistic Portland Celebrates the Gorgeous Gorge at First Thursday Art Walk on September 6, 2018 at Artistic Portland

September 6, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm
The Art Co-operative will honor the gorgeous Columbia Gorge at the First Thursday Art Walk between 4-6 p.m. on September 6, 2018.  The 50-foot frontage windows will artfully play on the mighty Columbia River that helped formed the region.  Many of the 40 member artists will be present to talk about their latest works and will again encourage visitors to express their own creativity for free by painting a ceramic bisque-fired bowl.  The very popular Community Bowl Project is sponsored by…See More
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