$2 Admission At OMSI

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, aka OMSI, is Portland’s science and nature museum.  OMSI is a great way to spend a day with the kids.  There are lots of exhibits for them to interact with and learn about the world around them.  OMSI also has an adults only “OMSI after dark” that is a lot of fun too and includes a happy hour from 5-6.

The first Sunday of every month is “$2 Days at OMSI”  general admission is normally $12 for adults and and $9 for kids.  So taking advantage of the first sunday discount is a great way to save money for the family.  Unfortunately, general admission does not include admission to some of the special exhibits such as the submarine tour, and the temporary mythbusters exhibit.  However, with the money you save it will make up for spending a little extra on the special exhibits.

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The Hawthorne District

One of my favorite neighborhoods in Portland to spend time in is the Hawthorne Neighborhood.  It is filled with great restaurants, pubs, and shops.  If you are visiting Portland and want to spend some time out of downtown I highly suggest this neighborhood.  It is a great place to walk around and spend a few hours exploring.  Oregonlive published a great article about the neighborhood yesterday that you read here.

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Portland To Host 2024 Olympics?

Well, not exactly.  Portland was one of 35 cities solicited by the USOC to gauge interest in bidding on the 2024 Olympics. I know it is considered an honor to host the Olympics but count me as one how hopes it doesn’t happen.  The USOC notes that the operating cost for hosting the olympics is estimated to be $3 billion and that does not include constructions costs for stadiums, aquatic centers, and the olympic village.  Basically it all adds up to a lot of money Portland doesn’t have and I doubt will have in 10 years.  I know Portland does not foot the bill for the whole thing but still hardly seems worth such a huge expense. Here is an interesting blog post from the Portland Business Journal about our long odds.

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Enter To Win a Weekend Getaway to Portland!

Black Ball Ferry Line which runs a ferry between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, BC is running a contest where the winner receives a weekend getaway to Portland.  The package includes two nights at the Oxford Suites Hotel, two VIP passes to the Spring Beer and Wine Festival, a beer and wine themed gift basket, which includes a tasting glass and tokens for the festival.   Continue reading

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Reader Question: Columbia River Gorge And Mt. Hood In One Day?

Leo contacted me on Tripadviser with the following question:

Hi, I saw your comment in this topic: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g52024-i238-k6077162-Po… and that is just what we are planning to do. We want to stay for at least 4 days(5 nights) visit downtown Portland 1 day, 1 day CR Gorge, 1 day Mount Hood/Canon Beach. Would you say 1 day is enough in downtown Portland? Could our day trip to CR Gorge & Mt Hood be done in 1 day? BTW, we’re making a 4 week road trip in september starting & ending in SFO .

Thank you for your time.

Portland makes a great home base for some excellent day trips.  The Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood are both great day trips, but should they be done in a single day trip?   Continue reading

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Sansai Sushi


When it comes to going to restaurants I am big on eating local.  Whether here in Portland or when I travel, I try as best as I can to eat at local mom and pop type places.  I think they offer the best value, food, and service.  However, a chain here in town that I do like is Sansai.  Continue reading

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