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In Portland, getting around is a breeze. And it's easy to find limitless recreation, fabulous dining and flourishing culture. And, oh yes - the nation's largest variety of local microbrews. See for yourself. We invite you to discover why Travel + Leisure magazine recently honored Portland with a No. 5 ranking on its list of "100 Fabulous Places (and Things)" for 2001. You are invited to come early or stay late to enjoy all that Portland has to offer.

Portland International Airport

Portland International Airport (PDX) is currently served by 16 international and domestic commercial airlines offering over 300 arrivals and 300 departures daily. Daily non-stop flights are offered from 33 U.S. cities.

MAX Light Rail

The award-winning MAX light rail system runs on a 38-mile track connecting downtown to its east and west suburbs and is the only west coast city to offer direct rail service to and from the airport. The PDX light rail station is conveniently located next to the south baggage claim area. Also, Airport MAX's low-floor trains mean that luggage rolls easily on and off the cars; riders never have to struggle with stairs. Downtown-to-airport travel time is approximately 38 minutes. MAX service begins around 4:30 a.m. and runs every 3-10 minutes until midnight.

Portland Streetcar

A new $56.9 million streetcar system now links Portland's downtown Cultural District, the Pearl District, the Northwest/Nob Hill neighborhood and Portland State University. The sleek European-designed streetcars follow a 4.8-mile loop route that travels through the PSU campus, downtown Portland, the art gallery-filled Pearl District and Nob Hill, known for its outstanding restaurants and upscale shopping. Click here to find the Portland Streetcar's schedule.

"Fareless Square"

There is such a thing as a free ride in Portland. Transportation on all MAX light rail trains, buses, trolleys and streetcars is free in the 330-block area called "Fareless Square," which encompasses downtown Portland and stretches across the Willamette River to include the Oregon Convention Center, Rose Garden arena (home to the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers) and the Lloyd Center mall.

Northwest Fresh: Restaurants, Wines & Microbrews

A new generation of cooks in the 1990's has created a distinctive Northwest cuisine in our dining establishments - a nouvelle style that reemphasizes local products and produce: fresh oysters, crabs, clams, tuna, and Chinook salmon; local lamb and beef; crisp apples and pears; flavorful blackberries, cherries, raspberries; and fine cheeses such as Oregon blue (plus anything made by Tillamook).

To accompany your meal, may we suggest an Oregon wine? Perhaps a delicately perfumed Pinot noir? Or, perhaps, one of the riot of handcrafted beers that places Portland at the center of America's craft-brewing renaissance? Finish with a fresh marionberry tart and a snifter of our local eau de vie, which is known to rival the best of France. The fact that we have no food and beverage sales tax just adds to your dining pleasure.

Tax-Free Shopping

With no sales tax , Portland is a haven for commerce regardless of budget, transportation or personal style. Haute couture and hot cuisine rule Portland's Pearl District, which has quickly become the place to see and be seen. You can also find great shopping areas in bustling Nob Hill/Northwest Portland, another of the city's hippest hubs. Seemingly designed for people-watching, the main streets never fail to produce an eclectic mix of leather-clad Harley riders congregating outside Starbucks, immaculately dressed West Hills' shoppers searching for imported linens, and boisterous Gen-Xers enjoying pizza and microbrews at sidewalk cafes.

Portland Saturday Market is the nation's largest open-air market for handcrafted goods. Located in the Old Town District, the market offers more than 250 craft booths, as well as an international food court and live entertainment. Open Saturdays and Sundays March through December 24.

What to See & Do

  • Drown out the city noise in the Portland Classical Chinese Garden, an entire city block of tranquility.
  • Ride the only three-door elevator west of the Mississippi at Powell's City of Books, the world's largest independent bookstore. Powell's spans a full city block and rises three stories to house its selection of 1 million new, used and out-of-print titles.
  • Visit the Oregon Zoo, where more Asian elephants have been born than in any other North American city.
  • Get caught in an earthquake registering 5.5 on the Richter scale at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).
  • Visit turn-of-the-century Victorian and Georgian homes along the tree-lined blocks of Northwest 21st and 23rd avenues that have been reincarnated, housing more than 250 unique shops, brewpubs, art outlets and eateries.
  • Hob-nob with local artists in the Pearl District's elegant cafes, exotic boutiques, and fine art galleries.
  • Learn about the mysterious past of the Old Town/Chinatown District. Or experience some of the nightlife that Old Town is best known for today.
  • Catch dramatic city views as you stroll or bike along the new Eastbank Esplanade.

Come Early, Stay Late

Take in a bit of Portland during your meeting. Then prepare to have your breath taken away with an extended stay in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge, just an hour east of town. A breakout session has never been so appealing.

So make your meeting, then make your break for East County's broad spread of wonders. You'll discover what "hospitality room" is all about.

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