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Trip Report First time to OR, last week in July

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Okay -- first trip report here, for my first trip to Oregon.

Finally joined after lurking and reading for AGES. Asked some questions before the trip and got some really good advice.

Okay, so a friend and I travelled together from July 25th to August 1, 2009. Flew on Continental from Newark to Portland on a 7 am flight. Arrived on time after an uneventful flight and got our rental car and headed into downtown Portland to find our hotel.

Stayed at the Hotel deLuxe for one night. Very nice room, if on the small side (although not tiny, just small). Great service at the hotel. We were able to check in early, and then headed out.

We walked to the Farmers Market and loved it. I go to the Union Square Greenmarket in NYC on occasion, and while that is a great market, thought this one was much better. Wether I'd think that if I went on a regular basis, or I was in the moment, I don't know; but it was definitely a great market. We got some bread and pate and fruit and cheese for picnic lunches.

We then wandered down along the river and to the Saturday Market, where we found a couple crafty things to buy. Found that a place called (I think) Dan & Louis and had some oysters (they had a whole bunch and we got 2 of each -- don't recall right now which ones, but all were good -- of course, some better than others, but no duds) and a glass of wine. Made our way back to the hotel after and dropped our various purchases and headed out again -- walking to the International Rose Test Garden. We didn't know it was all uphill from the hotel. Not too bad, but not necessarily a "nice" walk either, given the 90-something degree heat. Rose Garden was great, although I think the flowers certainly would have been better if they hadn't been in the middle of a heat wave.

After that, wandered down toward and around the Pearl District. We found a McMenamin's bar that I don't recall the name of at the moment, but it was right across the street from the bicycle storage/sculpture. Had a really nice wheat beer -- Ruby Red, maybe? Then wandered some more and ended up at REI -- fantastic store. I got a bike jersey and another top (didn't realize it was going to be SO hot and didn't have more than 1 sleeveless [i.e., HOT-weather] top), and my friend found a great pair of hiking boots. Made our way back to the hotel again.

After cleaning up, we had a drink in the hotel bar -- good drinks, but a great bartender. Mike was his name, and he gave us some advice about when we were going to be in Cannon Beach, and some advice about some other parts of our trip. Then headed to our dinner reservations at LePigeon. Fantastic restaurant. Great food. Really interesting flavor combinations. Great wine. Sorry I don't recall details a month and a half after getting home.

Not too late after dinner (maybe 10:00?), but we had started the day at about 4:30 east coast time and were going going going all day, so we just headed back to the hotel and crashed for the night.

Day two next.

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