Quality Inn Downtown Convention Center
431 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 233-7933
Fax: (360) 282-6133
This newest spectator sport in Portland is catching on like wild fire. See the talented women of the WNBA match up in the Rose Garden Arena, where more than 17,000 seats all offer a good view. The team is part of an expansion in the ever-popular women's basketball league. Games are played from the end of May through August and, if they make the playoffs, into September. Sport the hometown black, red and white and see basketball played as it was intended. There may not be as many dunks, but girls, boys, women and men have to appreciate this talent.
You'll find the Portland Winter Hawks here from September through March. While they're the main attraction on ice, there are other skating shows and competitions here. Concerts and other community events are scheduled throughout the year in this little cousin of the Rose Garden. Located near the Convention Center in Northeast Portland, the stadium is an oval-shaped coliseum encased by a large glass housing. It keeps Portlanders dry and comfortable while they're being entertained. Next to the Rose Garden, it's the biggest draw to the Rose Quarter.
Is there a certain art to the way you clean a room? Can a machine have historical significance? You could survey the janitors and housekeepers of the world, or you could just stop at this museum and see for yourself. Attached to the vacuum cleaner showroom of the same name, this establishment, which has kitsch written all over it, is filled with vacuums dating all the way back to the turn of the century. Check out the Hoovers, Kirbys, Royals, Eurekas and more. Admission is free.
Scale the walls at this indoor climbing gym, featuring over 8,000 square feet of wall space filled with plenty of challenges. There is a lead wall that stands 40 feet, two top ropes and boulder climbing areas. The facility also includes a cave. Doing its best to bring the outdoors in, this gym has a second outfit at The Powerplant. Equipment rental is available at an extra cost.
Resembling a community garden you would find in Suzhou, Portland's sister city, Lan Su Chinese Garden is a beautiful green space near the bank of the Willamette River. The garden is complete with winding pathways, gorgeous plants, a lovely teahouse and a convenient store. You can take a tour to get insider knowledge of the garden and try to come during one of their many interesting events, including exhibitions and lectures. This place is a must-visit for its unique beauty.
Relief columns grace the formal entrance of this solemn site located at the south end of the Japanese Memorial at Waterfront Park. Haiku-engraved broken stones and 100 cherry trees line the walk. The plaza recalls the 110,000 Japanese-Americans who were put in internment camps during World War II, and the broken stones represent the broken dreams of these people. Although the stroll or bike ride is a sobering journey, the year-round beauty of the memorial is a testament that we may still learn from our mistakes.
Named for the city of Albina and one of its beloved police officers, this old neighborhood park was acquired in 1940. Known most commonly as Albina Park, it was renamed in 1947 when the community came together to honor former officer Mike Lillis. The park boasts a softball and football field, and playground. Picnic tables are available, although you cannot rent the space for group parties. Perfect for an afternoon nap with shady old growth trees offering protection from the sun. There are no fees to use the park.
Spanning the Willamette River, this old, red bridge connects downtown's Pearl District to the Northeast's Rose Quarter. A pedestrian and bicycle-friendly bridge, it offers a clear view of the Fremont Bridge and Union Station. Stop midway and enjoy scenic sights up and down the river. You can even see Mt. Hood from some spots. This bascule bridge opened for traffic in 1913 and is the seventh longest of its type in the world. The bridge uses counterweights to raise its midsection for passing ships.
Another testament to Portland's cultural diversity, this museum has quite a collection of interesting historical material relating to Oregon Jews. Exhibits focus on Judaism in the state and around the world, featuring groups like "The Chinese Jews." Once a part of the Oregon History Center, this attraction gradually grew into a two-room museum. Still, because the museum is so small, only one exhibit is shown at a time. Admission is free.
Spring is a great time to visit this fascinating piece of historic Portland. This is the season when the cherry trees bloom—you might think you are in Asia. Sixty-four fierce dragons and two ferocious lions guard the gate to Chinatown. Kaohsiung, China—one of Portland's sister cities, dedicated the ornate gate to Portland in 1986. In addition to Chinese restaurants, markets and specialty stores, you will find some of the city's most historic architecture, with buildings dating back to the late 1800s. This is a cultural mainstay of the Rose City.
Portlandia flows to the sea as you visit this piece of Rip City's past. Step on board the only remaining operational steam sternwheel tug in the country to learn all about boating while admiring all of the artifacts and exhibits. Take the tugboat tour and hear how old seafarers battled the river currents. If you want to learn more visit their library, the cheerful staff will give provide some interesting bits of information. Visit the gift store and check out the books and nautical themed gifts.
Biking is a great way to get to know a new city. Pedal Bike Tours, the Portland-based tour service offers several, diverse bike tours throughout Portland and Hawaii. In Portland itself, they have daily bike tours that shed light on various facets of the Rose City. One one hand there are historic downtown tours that delve into historic facts of Portland, while on the other, they also have food-centered tours that cover the culinary delights that the city has to offer. For a fun, unique way to see Portland try one of the Pedal Bike Tours - check their website for more information.