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« on: March 20, 2006 10:23:41 AM »

Hey There you crafty Oregonos! I am attending a conference at Reed in June (10-17). I'm planning to come out a day or 2 early to check out Portland (and get a tattoo at Atlas!). So I'm wondering...what are the MUST SEE spots in Portland for a crafty gal who has a limited amout of free time? AND can anyone recommend a cheap but cool place to stay for a night or 2 if I come out early? (possibly near Atlas Tattoo if that's even feasible?). I won't have a ton of time due to conference obligations but I've never been out there so I don't want to miss anything awesome that I'll regret later! Thanks!!

*If I see a scooter whiz by at 35 mph with a cackling chicken in a panta on the back I'll KNOW I'm in P-town*  Shocked  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2006 02:44:38 PM »

hi batgirl,

some good places to stay:
jupiter hotel, super hip, a little more spendy: http://www.jupiterhotel.com/
hawthorne hostel, in the heart of the action: http://www.portlandhostel.org/
northwest hostel, quieter in an upscale neighborhood: http://www.2oregonhostels.com/nw_home.htm

obviously, you have to visit the big powell's on burnside. near powell's is reading frenzy: http://www.readingfrenzy.com/
there's a cute knitting cafe called mabels:  Mabels Cafe and Knittery, SE 33rd and Division. lots of shops on NW 21st & 23rd, and hipper cheap stuff on Hawthorne, Belmont, and Mississippi

for eating, there are so many good options:
cheap: Paradox Palace Cafe on Belmont, lunch trucks near SW 5th & Oak, taquerias on Alberta,
pricy but delicious: Farm on Burnside, Higgins on SW Broadway

for entertainment, consult the Willamette Week http://www.wweek.com/ and Portland Mercury http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/Home
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2006 02:58:29 PM »

THANKS, craftcoeur! That's really helpful!!!  Kiss
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2006 09:17:30 AM »

If you get the chance check out the Saturday Market (its on Sundays too) , tons of very crafty people selling their stuff.
http://www.saturdaymarket.org/
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2006 01:41:49 PM »

If you're a meat-eater, check out one of the McMenamin's. They're an Oregon company that turns old buildings into restaurants, and the burgers are good, cheap, you can get them with tots, and they're also a brewery.
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2006 01:44:46 PM »

Nice! Thanks! I am getting excited about this trip!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2006 01:56:24 PM »

you'll be here for the 3rd Crafty Wonderland craft show on June 11 at the Doug Fir! i'll be selling my crafty wares there:

http://www.craftywonderland.com/
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2006 11:19:12 AM »

I recommend checking out NE Alberta St which is full of little artist studios, galleries and handmade clothing boutiques.

I'm partial to Frock which is connected to the DIY loung (they have a website):
Frock and the DIY Lounge - 2940 NE Alberta St.

Is Atlas on N Albina?  If that's where you're looking to stay around the only suggestion I have is the Kennedy School which might be kinda expensive.  Check it out anyway though because it's in NE and close to Alberta and you'd be staying in a converted elementary school with soaking pool, bars and a movie theater:
http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=57&category=Location%20Homepage

Though you'll probably be on a time constraint and might not need food when you're at the conference, check out the Woodstock neighborhood.  It's a hop skip and jump up from Reed.  I love the Delta Cafe (southern food and bar).  You might also wonder down to the West Moreland and Sellwood neighborhood which isn't far far away from Reed as well.

If I had to tell you one thing to go to it's Powell's Bookstore, the one on Burnside.  The orange room is the crafts section. Smiley 
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006 11:48:09 AM »

if you like yarn, go to the yarn garden on 11th & Hawthorne. they're fabulous.
nobody mentioned it yet, but the oregon college of arts & crafts is nearby.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2006 11:50:41 AM »

It's a hop skip and jump up from Reed.  I love the Delta Cafe (southern food and bar). 
If I had to tell you one thing to go to it's Powell's Bookstore, the one on Burnside.  The orange room is the crafts section. Smiley 

spot on!  the delta kicks ass, try the meatloaf. yummy. and if you're vegetarian, the poboy sammiches are great, too!  and if you've never been to powells then you're in for the best bookstore experience ever. it is a gem on the westcoast.
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