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Hi all,<br><br>
I'm traveling to Portland in the next two weeks to attend a doula PP training - me and my 4 month old. I've never been to Portland before, so I'm rather nervous about being both on my own, and on my own with a baby (and about being apart from my 3 year old; we've never been apart at night since he was born).<br><br>
So I need some suggestions for lodging, transportation, and things to see. We're considering moving to Portland, so I want to get a good, well rounded feel for the city while I'm there. Will I be able to get from the airport to elsewhere in town via public transportation easily? The training looks like it's in SE Portland, at the Glisan St Baptist Church (10401 Glisan St.) What should I expect weather-wise? I'm coming from SoCal, so I'm expecting it to be cold and wet. I know it snowed this past week. Should I be expecting more of that?<br><br>
Thanks for any and all advice!<br><br>
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I wish I had time to give you a proper reply...I am at work and need to do a ton of work. PDX mamas come out, come out where ever you are and give your ideas.<br><br>
I am on spring break the last week of this month so there is a possibility I can be of some help.<br><br>
Yes, you can get from the airport on the MAX (light rail public transit) quite easily. We generally have great public transit and if you call them (<a href="http://www.trimet.org" target="_blank">www.trimet.org</a>) they are really helpful (as is their website, but that is not all that handy if you don't have computer access).<br><br>
Weatherwise expect the temps to be in the 50s during the day with some clouds and drizzle. If it's nicer than that--sweet deal!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi all,<br><br>
I'm traveling to Portland in the next two weeks to attend a doula PP training - me and my 4 month old. I've never been to Portland before, so I'm rather nervous about being both on my own, and on my own with a baby (and about being apart from my 3 year old; we've never been apart at night since he was born).<br><br>
So I need some suggestions for lodging, transportation, and things to see. We're considering moving to Portland, so I want to get a good, well rounded feel for the city while I'm there. Will I be able to get from the airport to elsewhere in town via public transportation easily? The training looks like it's in SE Portland, at the Glisan St Baptist Church (10401 Glisan St.) What should I expect weather-wise? I'm coming from SoCal, so I'm expecting it to be cold and wet. I know it snowed this past week. Should I be expecting more of that?<br><br>
Thanks for any and all advice!<br><br>
Saille</div>
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Transportation: You are in luck, the airport and your training are both near the max lines (you can look them up on Trimet, see pp) But Glisan is in NE, not SE!<br><br>
Lodging: There are lots of chain hotels near the airport, and some more near LLoyd center and the Rose quarter, which is also a major transit hub. i'm not sure about any cool places in town except Kennedy School (and that might be rough with a babe, because you have to share bathrooms)<br><br>
Sightseeing: If you're here on a weekend, catch the Max down to Saturday Market, you can shop for handmade artisan goodies, listen to free music and eat Wholewheat Elephant Ears<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">. You can also hit the Art Museum, or the Historical Museum whilst downtown, or head across the river to OMSI (but it might make you miss the 3 y.o.)<br><br>
If it's not raining, (good luck there<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) You can walk from OMSI down the eastbank esplanade and take in the scenery.<br><br>
Plus, you can eat almost anywhere in town, no matter what your dietary persuasion!<br><br>
There's lots of other places to see and things to do, but this is a good start!
 

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Thanks alone for the link! Looks like hubby and DS might be going along too (which I am very happy about!) and might get to have a nice day at the children's museum.<br><br>
Please, please, more suggestions! I'm somewhat concerned about the hotel arrangements.<br><br>
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I would call the person organizing the PPD training. Is it Ren Doulas? Call Erica 503-493-7390 for the suggested hotel (she is really nice).<br><br>
There are several nice hotels at the airport but I would stay away from the ones ON SE 82nd. Downtown there are nice ($$$) ones and in the Lloyd district there are some.<br><br>
I personally would rent a car with a newborn, but I'm lazy that way.<br><br>
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You MUST visit Powell's book store. The zoo is great too!
 

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Wanted to comment on getting a good overview on a short visit...I haven't found it possible. Heck, we even got married outside of Portland, requiring many many visits over nearly 2 years, and I STILL don't have a great concept of what Portland is like! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So don't put too much on yourself for one visit.<br><br>
What sort of budget are you looking at for a hotel? That might help with suggestions. Also, I've found tripadvisor.com to be helpful when looking at hotels.
 

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Don't want to hijack the thread here, but my husband, daughter (16 mos.) and I will be in Portland for a couple of days this weekend visiting friends. We'll have one whole day free (Monday). Just wondering a couple of things for you Portlanders with toddlers+:<br><br>
--We love Powell's, and go every time we're in town, but we haven't been there since the kid. Do they have a good children's section? The type where my toddler can roam a bit?<br><br>
--Any suggestions for toddler-friendly restaurants?<br><br>
We have our lodgings figured out, but good luck to the OP on figuring out yours!
 

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This <a href="http://ypng.areaconnect.com/areac.main/yellow-pages/results-details/Glisan%252BStreet%252BBaptist%252BChurch/Portland/or/00000000000/-/qsearch/20/-/-/-/0020887800/-/1/-/-/-/1/-/yes/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/extern" target="_blank">link</a> *might* take you to a map, and should have a link to nearby hotels and motels, by the way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Oh, looking up that church, it looks like it's <b>N</b>E, rather than SE. Hmm.<br><br><br><br>
Toddler-friendly restaurants...we LOVE McMenamins restaurants, we always have a great time there with DS.
 

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Old Wives Tales (close-in SE) is really family friendly and healthy.<br>
Peanut Butter and Ellie's (farther out SW) is really fun for the 5 & under crowd.<br>
The Kennedy School McMennimans (NE) seems like it could be fun for children. They even have a theater and two restaurants and the pool...<br><br>
OMSI is another fun place to go (close-in SE)<br><br>
We'll be around and would be happy to help, too. Let us know!<br><br><br>
Best wishes!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone. Looks like it'll be just me and the baby after all. But we'll be staying with a friend in the St. John's area. And checking the weather forecast, looks like I can expect to be driving on snow for part of my trip. Haven't done that in almost 10 years when I left NE!<br><br>
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St. John's should be a fun place for you to stay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
enjoy!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for all the great suggestions, everyone. Looks like it'll be just me and the baby after all. But we'll be staying with a friend in the St. John's area. And checking the weather forecast, looks like I can expect to be driving on snow for part of my trip. Haven't done that in almost 10 years when I left NE!<br><br>
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Snow? I think its supposed to be in the mid 50's all week. Are you driving up through mountains?<br><br><br>
Its a bit of a drive from St. Johns to Gateway (where the chuch is) are you renting a car?
 

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Well, the 15 day forecast 2 days ago mentioned morning rain and snow. And now it doesn't! Yay me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I'm flying up from Pasadena on Thursday.<br><br>
Would anyone be available/interested in getting together for dinner or something? I'm there for my doula class, but secretly, I'm scoping out the area for a potential move this summer. We're about 80% certain that Portland's where we want to go, but I'm never actually been there. Would love to meet some MDC folks.<br><br>
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i'd be happy to meet you for dinner or whatever works for you! i live west of portland but it's an easy traffic-less trip over the hill to the st johns area for me. what evening/day is best for you?<br><br>
and i have to ask: how do you pronounce your name? i love the spelling, but i can't even begin to guess how it's said...<br><br>
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If your freeon Friday afternoon, we are getting together at my house for a knitting intervention<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> for mamas and kids. ALL ARE WELCOME...<br><br><br><br>
we now return you to your regularly scheduled thread, already in progress.
 

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My class runs until 6:30, unfortunately. I don't knit, but sounds like a great thing to meet folks.<br><br>
My name is pronounced "sigh ah".<br><br>
I'm trying to figure out what nights I'll be available. Will get back to you soon!<br><br>
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