Monday, November 9, 2015

Want to do Portland on the cheap for a
weekend? We'll show you how.
In a city that caters to artists, students, and a steady
supply of visitors, there's plenty to do in Portland on a budget-year-round
(though there's even more in summer, when free outdoor festivals for music,
art, and crafts abound).
Here's our plan for a great weekend that sticks to
$25 a day per person, without scrimping on tasty food and fun experiences.
Friday: Free Museum Admission Take the TriMet MAX Light Rail from the
airport to your hotel (sorry, your room isn't included in the $25 a day) for
just $2.30.
If it's the first Friday of the month, you can gain free
admission to the Portland Children's Museum from 4 p.m.
to 8 p.m., and if
it's the fourth Friday of the month, stop by the Portland Art Museum for
gratis admission from 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m.
(note that admission is waived for
those 17 and younger at all times).
And don't forget that the historic trains at the Oregon Rail Heritage
Foundation are always free to view.
For dinner, find a food truck pod and
sample amazing international fare that typically costs less than $10 a person
for a massive meal.
One of the biggest, the Alder pod offers traditional fish
and chips at the Frying Scotsman, and several pan-Asian options.
Another, the
Tidbit Food Farm and Garden, feels like an expansive outdoor beer garden, and
is perfect for lounging.
Saturday: Market and Ride Start the day at the Portland Farmers Market on
the grassy campus of Portland State University, one of the largest and best
greenmarkets in the country, running every Saturday of the year.
Walk around
and listen to the live music, people-watch, and sample the local meats,
fruits, vegetables, cheese, and desserts.
Then for a delicious $6 brunch, stop
at the market's Pine State Biscuits stand for a bacon and egg or fried
chicken sandwich on a biscuit, or try the even larger pepper, onion, and
Italian sausage sandwich at the Salumeria di Carlo tent.
You can burn off those delicious sandwiches by hopping on a bike.
Formalized
tours can be pricey, so instead rent a single-speed bike at Cycle Portland for
only $5 an hour, and ride along the Springwater Corridor, a paved cycling and
jogging path with great views of downtown.
For dinner, eat early to save big
bucks on great food and drinks—most restaurants around town have happy hour
until 6 p.m.
with specials on both.
One of the best deals is at upscale
Clarklewis, where happy hour runs from 4:30 p.m.
to 6:30 p.m.
on Saturdays,
and includes $5 for a martini or luxe macaroni 'n' cheese with fennel
sausage, roasted garlic, and parmesan.
Sunday: Ultimate Fun Day Work up an appetite hiking the scenic Pittock
Mansion in Forest Park.
Though it'll cost you to go into the historic home,
it's free to take in its lush gardens and panoramic views of the city (and
on a clear day, Mt.
Hood).
If the weather isn't cooperating, hang out with a
good book and warm up in the original Stumptown Coffee Roasters shop on SE
Division and 45th, where a steaming cuppa can set you back less than $3.
Speaking of books, you can browse the aisles of Powell's Books, the
largest independent bookstore in the country.
When you get hungry again, hit
another happy hour.
Locals love the one at Clyde Common, inside the Ace Hotel,
which runs from 3 p.m.
to 6 p.m.
on weekends, offering $4 beer and $6
cocktails (like the Bittersweet Symphony, with Aperol, gin, Punt e Mes, and
lemon peel), plus hefty meal options for just $8 each (mussels, french fries,
and chorizo butter; kielbasa; a burger with bacon jam).
Sarah Z.
Wexler is on the Oregon beat for Travel + Leisure.
Based in
Portland, you can follow her on Twitter at @SarahZWexler.
It's possible to have fun in Portland, Oregon, and spend as
little as $25 each day.
Read on for details how.

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