Don't let Portland's clouds rain on your parade — Photo courtesy of Travel Portland
Planning your first trip to Oregon's Portland and there is rain in the forecast? Do not despair; it’s almost always raining in Portland, but the city has an abundant supply of indoor activities and fun for first-time visitors.
Start your day off right with breakfast at one of Portland’s one-of-a-kind restaurants. Perfect for any budget is Pine State Biscuits in the Alberta District. For $6–8, you will get a biscuit piled high with your choice of fried chicken, a fried green tomato, bacon, eggs, grit cake, cheese and more.
After breakfast, go enjoy a visit at the Portland Art Museum in downtown Portland; most days they open at 10 a.m. It’s one of the oldest museums in the United States and home to a vast collection of art from ancient times to the present day. Museum admission is $15 for adults and free for ages 17 and under.
For lunch, treat yourself to Papa Haydn on NW 23rd. The menu changes frequently, allowing the chefs to craft fresh, seasonal creations everyone is sure to love. The best part of dining here is the beautiful desserts: more than 26 exquisite desserts are available every day.
Papa Haydn — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
After lunch, go burn off the calories you just consumed at the Portland Rock Gym. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never climbed; they offer instruction for all ages and all abilities. If you are a true beginner, consider one of the three-hour introductory classes. If you already know what you're doing, then just pop in and enjoy yourself. You can rent all the equipment you need here.
Consider making dinner an event, because Portland has some of the best restaurants in the nation. If you are able to splurge, try the French bistro Le Pigeon. Though the menu changes daily at Le Pigeon, you can expect entrees like corn-braised sturgeon, beef cheek bourguignon and rabbit blanquette for under $30. They also have a five-course chef’s tasting menu for $70 per person.
If you're visiting on a budget, try the superb Tex-Mex cuisine at Casa Del Matador, where the average entrée is only $12. They have entrees like tacos al pastor, which is marinated pork shoulder that's pan seared with fresh pineapple; topped with salsa de arbol, red onion and cilantro; and served on corn tortillas.
Once you're energized from your unforgettable meal, head to Mississippi Studios or Al's Den to catch live music in Portland. And if you packed your dancing shoes, then don't miss Portland’s popular night clubs, such as Jones or Groove Suite.
Casa Del Matador — Photo courtesy of eyeliam