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Portland, Oregon

Here's the place to find those "cheap eats".

Aaron Whiteford, a Society for Applied Anthropology student member, has compiled a list of affordable places to stay, places to eat, and things to do in Portland with a student's budget in mind.

If you've got a tip or a suggestion < HREF="mailto:anneball@erols.com">e-mail the Chair, Anne Ballenger and she will include it here!

Places to Stay
Downtown Value Inn
415 SW Montgomery St, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 226-4751

Days Inn Portland City Center
1414 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 221-1611
(800) 329-7466
Outside of Downtown-

While these are not located downtown they do offer moderately priced accommodations and is only a bus ride away from the Marriott and meetings themselves.

Motel 6
3104 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
PHONE: (503) 238-0600
FAX: (503) 238-7167

Travelodge South West Portland
10450 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-0151

Looking To Share A Room?

If you are looking to cut down on the lodging expense, check out < HREF="http://www.sfaa.net">SfAA's Forum's and you will find two places to find roomers. The first is on the SfAA Conference Subject Section. In addition, you can post your requests on the Student Forum as well under our Conference Subject Line!

Places to Eat

One cannot truly know Portland until they have experienced "Bento", nor can you spend much time in the city without asking someone, "What is Bento?"

This Japanese form of fast food is usually sold in small little huts, and is essentially teriyaki chicken over rice.

Honestly I don't know what the exact seasoning is, but it sure tastes like teriyaki chicken.

Quality and prices, which normally run in the range of 5 to 7 dollars, can vary dramatically but Bento is a uniquely Portland fare.

Another relatively unique Portland establishment is McMenamins. As ubiquitous as Starbucks Coffee in Portland is this chain of microbrews.

Each McMenamins offers a slightly different menu and atmosphere. There are even two movie theatres where you can enjoy a fresh brewed beer and a second run or classic film at the same time.

McMenamins generally offers a good selection of classic American food ranging from Pizza to Burgers to Quesadillas.

Here are some other places worth checking out for reasonably cheap yet tasty food:

  • Koji Osakaya. 606 SW Broadway, 294-1169; Japanese
  • Pazzo Ristorante. 627 SW Washington St., 228-1515; Italian
  • Berbati's Pan. 10 SW 3rd Ave., 248-4579; Middle-Eastern
  • Pizzicato Gourmet Pizza. 705 SW Alder St., 226-1007; Italian/Pizza
  • The Roxy. 1121 SW Stark St., 223-9160; Pub Grub
  • ROCCO'S. 949 SW Oak St., 223-9835; Italian/Pizza

Additional Food Resources:
Also check out the free Portland newspaper Willamette Week's webpage for a searchable list of Portland restaurants < HREF="http://www.wweek.com/flatfiles/fooddrinkmain.html">http://www.wweek.com/flatfiles/fooddrinkmain.html.

Getting Around

Public transportation:
This is the easiest thing to do in Portland by far. Portland has very good public transportation system that incorporates trains (referred to as either MAX or light rail), buses, and streetcars all converging in Downtown Portland.

This makes getting from the Airport to say the Marriott Downtown almost seamless, but it also means that is easy to go from other hotels outside the downtown area, such as the Motel 6, to the Marriott Downtown very simple.

Most busses pass through downtown Portland's transit mall which takes over 5th and 6th Avenues, and fortunately the Marriott Downtown is right on 6th Ave. This means that you can have nearly door to door service from many locations throughout the Metro area by bus!!

To & Fro the Airport
Portland International Airport is served by both buses and MAX (trains), and while MAX doesn't go directly to the Marriott it gets you within easy walking distance and is a relative fast and cheap way of getting from the airport to downtown Portland.

Street Cars
Finally, Portland also has a new streetcar line. While the streetcars have a similar look to the MAX trains, they are actually quite a bit smaller, but provide a vital service linking downtown and Portland's trendy 23rd Ave.

Cost of Transportion
Tickets on all three forms of public transportation run between $1.25 and $1.50, and while the Streetcar is not run by Tri-Met (which runs the buses and MAX), but I believe they do honor one another's transfers so you can ride both on the same ticket.

Things to do

As in most large cities there is a fair amount to do in Portland, but there are a couple of things that are unique to Portland that may be worth checking out.

Rose Gardens
One site not to be missed is the Portland Rose Gardens. Portland is, after all, the city of roses and even the police cars have roses on them. The rose garden is located near Washington Park and is free to the public.

Japanese Gardens
Located adjacent to the Rose Gardens are the Japanese Gardens, but unlike the Rose Garden they do charge an admission fee, which is why I can't tell you more about them.

For those of you whose thumbs aren't green and are made for turning pages I have the perfect place for you. Powell's City of Books is located on Burnside and about 12th Avenue and cannot be described - only experienced. Let's just say it is one whole city block comprising a number of buildings and levels and provides you with color-coded maps in order to help you find your way around.

More Info

For more information on Portland you can visit the Portland Chamber of Commerce at http://www.pdxchamber.org or the Portland Oregon Visitor's Association at Suggestions & Comments

As always, suggestions,comments and new information always appreciated! Drop me a-line (anneball@erols.com).