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Springtime on the Waterfront

MMS readers, Welcome to Portland Travel Tips.  Hopefully, you didn’t click on the link expecting another points blog.  While I am as knee deep in the mile and points hobby as the rest of you, creating a miles and points blog was never something I was interested in.  Although I consider myself well schooled, I don’t consider myself an expert on the subject.  I think of myself as a member of the proletariat in the miles and points community.

I take a couple of family vacations a year (domestic vacations) on miles and points and consider myself fortunate to have the time and ability to do so.  International trips have been non-existant the last couple of years due having two young kiddos so close together in age.  Thankfully the international trips will start back up next year. Collecting miles and points has been a blessing for my family.  I love the vacations we take every year, especially the trips to Hawaii.  If you are new to the hobby, I hope you don’t think the bloggers and some of the hardcore flyer talkers with their weekly trips around the world represent a realistic picture of most of us.

If you haven’t considered using your miles and points for a trip to Portland, you should.  Portland is a great place to visit especially if you are just looking for a long weekend to get away.  Portland is a food and beer lovers paradise.  We have over 40 individual breweries (see my beer map), amazing restaurants, and you can’t hardly walk a few blocks without running into a food cart of some kind.  I can’t really do Portland justice with words, so check out this video:

So, lets talk about how to use your miles and points to get here.   Continue reading

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Spring Beer And Wine Festival This Weekend

The Spring Beer and Wine Festival starts this Friday at the Convention Center.  This is an event that features over 80 local beers, wines, and spirits for “tasting.”  On Friday admission is free for the first 500 people at the door.  Doors open at 12:00 PM, a pretty good way to start your weekend.  The only downside it is not outside, because this weekend is going to be gorgeous.

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The Baowry: From Food Cart to Fabulous Restaurant

Photo Courtesy of Food Carts Portland

The Baowry was a popular food cart is St. Johns serving up some pretty delicious baos which is a fluffy chinese pastry usually stuffed with meat.  The Baowry food cart being as awesome as it was out grew its humble beginnings and about a year or so ago opened up a restaurant in a house they renovated.  Continue reading

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Saving Money With Vacation Rentals

Casa Bella, Courtesy VRBO

I am a big fan of vacation rentals.  I used a vacation rental for the first time a few years ago when my wife and I traveled to Maui with a couple friends of ours.  It turned out to be such a great deal that we are starting to use vacation rentals more often than hotels.  For your next trip to Portland you should consider using a vacation rental, here’s why.  Continue reading

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I Have Spring Fever

Every March I start to get antsy.  I can feel spring just around the corner, yet I look outside it is still wet, cold, and gray.  Spring cannot arrive soon enough.  Compared to the rest of the country Portland winters are pretty mild.  Did we even have any snow this year?  It doesn’t get very cold but month after month of gray skies can get depressing.  But flowers are already starting to bloom in my yard so there is hope spring may be here soon.  Here are some things that I am looking forward to this spring, in no particular order.  Continue reading

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