Portland, Oregon Lardo

With a name like Lardo you know it is going to be good, right?  Here are the only two things you need to know about Lardo to know it is worth a stop.  First from their twitter page, “Bringing fat back in PDX.”  Ok, you have my curiosity.  And from their website, “Lardo is a modern sandwich shop and beer garden.”  Beer garden?  Fatty food?  Check and check.  I knew I was in the right place when you walk in the front door and a pig is painted on the wall.  Continue reading

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Portland’s Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Bridge

Here in Portland, Oregon we are blessed with the perfect combination of rain and sun.  Yes, I did use the word blessed in the same sentence as rain, but here me out.  I say blessed because have you ever noticed how green it is in Portland?  Green is everywhere.  As a result of this wonderful combination we have really beautiful parks and gardens, such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Japanese Garden, and the Lan Su Chinese Garden.  One garden that often gets overlooked is the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.   Continue reading

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Disclosures and Privacy Policy

Well, it was bound to happen.  So a friend of mine has been bugging me for a long time that I need to put up a disclosure policy and a privacy policy on the blog.  I have resisted because frankly, I didn’t think this blog would receive enough attention for it to matter.  However, in the last few months I have been receiving numerous inquiries from marketing people about promoting events and or products.  Aside form mentioning a contest that earned you a free weekend getaway to Portland I have said no thanks to all of them.  However, a week ago I was approached by a company to get a first hand tour of a website that will be launching a beta version in Portland.  I won’t go into details about what it is but it seems like a potentially cool website and so I am going to hear them out.  I may or may not decide to mention it on Portland Travel Tips but I believe my friend is right that I need to have these policies up.  So here you go in honor of my friend, which I will name after her, I give you this site’s Cannon-Maries:   Continue reading

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Kell’s Brew Pub: Portland’s Irish Inspired Brewery

Kells Brew Pub

Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub is my favorite Irish pub in Portland. But it is not to be confused with Kells Brew Pub. The Irish pub came first and is located on SW 2nd Ave. between Ash and Pine Streets. The place has been around forever and throws the best St. Patrick’s day party this side of the Mississippi River. It also has one of my favorite happy hours in downtown Portland. Of course this being Portland, naturally Kells had to start brewing their own beer. The Brew Pub opened up a little over a year ago in NW Portland. After our day at the zoo last weekend, we decided to go to the Brew Pub for lunch and a pint.   Continue reading

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Getting Around on Trimet: Portland’s Public Transit System

Trimet is Portland’s regional public transportation provider.  Trimet serves all of Portland and all of Portland’s suburbs.  If you are visiting Portland and are not planning on any day trips out of the city, my advice is to save the money on the car, gas, and parking and use Trimet.  If you plan using Trimet at all during a visit to Portland, I highly suggest using the PDXBus App.   Continue reading

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Guestmob, What Is It? And How It Compares To Priceline And Hotwire


Guestmob is a new hotel booking website that is similar to Priceline and Hotwire.  Hotwire and Priceline can offer steep discounts on hotel rooms because of “opaque booking,” that is the site does not disclose the hotel brand until after you have paid.  By doing so these sites are able to offer steep discounts over the “rack rate,” the rate offered by the hotel itself or on more traditional online travel agencies.   Continue reading

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