First trip to Portland... Advice?
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  1. laric33
    laric33
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    Posted 12/13/2010 1:14 PM

    Hey everyone, I'm finally gonna be able to go to my first basketball game in portland this friday the 17th. I've been a life long fan but was never close enough living in Vegas and never had the money to go to a game.  So this is my wifes b-day present to me.  So does anyone have an tips for me? Where is the best place to get blazer gear, like jerseys? How early should I get to the arena? Good places to eat? Good places to go see? Anthing would be appreciated. Thanks
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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 12/13/2010 1:24 PM

    Thats so cool man. Great to hear that. So you're going to the game Friday that should be fun. I would get gear at the game to make it easier.  I would definitely do a downtown walk on the waterfront (barring weather) and eat somewhere downtown.  I would get to the arena about an hour or so before the game to walk around and just see the arena, get a jersey maybe like you said, and maybe some other fan gear.  I would also make voodoo doughnuts a must stop place to get a world's famous doughnut.  Lastly, my tips would be to expect COLD AND RAIN! haha people from out of state often complain about the rain and cold weather here in December. So just be ready, and expect rainy, cold, again cold, weather
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/13/2010 1:49 PM

    Places to eat? Depends on where you are staying. The arena opens 1 hour before tipoff at 6 pm, but there will also be a Tweet Up at 6 right next to the fountains at the Ford display. Its about 30 minutes long, with prizes, trivia, and even ticket upgrades, so it could be worth you while!

    The Lloyd Center is just a few block East of the Garden and Pioneer Square is on the West side, but just a MAX ride away!

    As far as places to see...I would definitely go down to the waterfront like BFL234 mentioned, check out downtown, its really nice and the huge Christmas tree is downtown in Pioneer Square, so that's a must see during the Holidays.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 12/13/2010 4:04 PM

    Well I would suggest the Rheinlander restaurant as far as must do. Gustav's if you cant get in (which you probably wont). Good German food and more importantly Good German Beir! Other than that you really can not go wrong in Portland. Probably the best Culinary experianced city in the United States. As far as sights go if you are on a limited time than I would just do Downtown and the waterfront. 
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 12/13/2010 8:36 PM

    There's 3 things for visitors in Oregon

    The beaches are great, but not this time of year

    There's snow on the mountain but skiing is not for everyone

    And lastly there's BURGERVILLE (:
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. occassia
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    Posted 12/13/2010 9:06 PM

    On the east side of the Willamette, just a couple blocks south of where the Rose Garden is located, East Bank Esplanade begins, a nice 2 mile stroll along the river with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry at the end of it.

    MAX is our light-rail system and, last I checked, the Rose Garden is in Fareless Square so you can travel around downtown for free. "Downtown proper" is on the west side of the river. There's also a street car traversing the downtown core, which you can pick up at the stop -after- Pioneer Square ("Portland's Living Room"). See:
    http://trimet.org/max/index.htm

    Just over the river on the west side is Portland Saturday Market, open Sat and Sun through Christmas Eve. It's the oldest continually-operated outdoor arts & crafts fair in the country, and features quite a number of our famous food cart eateries. Elephant Ears!!!!
    http://www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com/index.htm

    For great places to eat, stay, hear music, see theatre or experience art, etc., start with our weekly, Willamette Week:
    http://wweek.com/
    Their MegaSearch for all things pleasurable is just under the masthead, and you can focus on the kind of good time you prefer. ;-)

    ANY McMenamin's establishment is a true PacNW experience:
    http://mcmenamins.com/
    Service is famously slow, but the food and brews and most especially the restored buildings are worth the wait. In many venues you can see a recent movie while you drink and dine, and in some they have live music, occasionally international stars, altho not so much in December.

    We're famous for microbreweries and brewpubs besides McM's, and it's hard to go wrong, no matter which one you wander into.

    And of course there is the coffee! There's a Coffee People a few blocks away from the Garden on MLK Blvd.

    Enjoy. ;-)
    I am a fan of really, really, really fun basketball!
  1. Bertram
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    Posted 12/13/2010 9:22 PM

    Well if it's your first time here in Portland, I highly suggest that you and your Wife go to pioneer square and enjoy each others company around that area. I suggest going to "Departure." Great view of Pioneer square. Or you can go to Portland City Grill and do the same thing during their happy hours. Their calamari is GREAT, and only 8 dollars during happy hour.

    As for the blazer game. My suggestion to get gear is this store on the second floor of Lloyd Center mall loads of local sports gear. It's not "Just Sports," so don't confuse it with that. The guy who owns the store is great, he'll have a sports conversation with you if you open up.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 12/13/2010 11:13 PM

    2nd the notion for Portland City Grill...great food, great view
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  1. blazersforlife234
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    Posted 12/14/2010 1:32 AM

    Hey just had dessert there last night for the first time ever! Yeah its a great place
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  1. laric33
    laric33
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    Posted 12/14/2010 9:19 AM

    Thanks everyone for your input... we were worried about finding stuff to do because we weren't sure on what there was, now it looks like we will have plenty to do. I am really just hoping portland pulls out a win friday night against the timberwolves, if they lose my whole weekend will be shot. haha
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 12/14/2010 9:24 AM

    3rd for the Portland City grill.  You already nailed the best thing to do in Portland if youre going to a Blazer game !
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 12/14/2010 2:36 PM

    Hope you have a great weekend laric33 and in advanced, welcome to Portland!

    Make sure you bring your raincoat to the game though. Our blazers are gonna make it rain!
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. mario250775
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    Posted 12/14/2010 3:35 PM

    wonderful  ! You are really Lucky Laric33, I wish You great time in Portland and during the match Now I can only dream about it, maybe someday ?

    GO BLAZERS !!!

    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
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