Scenes from Oregon's Springwater Corridor.
More of Oregon's Springwater Corridor Travel Facts
Where to Stay
Portland's hotels and inns will accommodate the full range of tastes, from the historic Benson Hotel and the elegant Governor to the more modest Mark Spencer. The Portland Oregon Visitors Association (POVA) offers great deals and tips on festivals.
What to Do
What our author, Harry Jaffe, loved about Portland was the scale of its center city, the ease of getting around by bike, foot or light rail, and the proximity to the Willamette and its bridges. You can stroll from its cool and quirky downtown stores to the very hip and emerging Pearl District on the North end. To great jazz joints, like Jimmy Mak's; and to pubs that offer tasty micro-brewed beers. Thumbs up on Higgins Restaurant and Bar on Broadway near the Heathman Hotel. Make time to take in the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood Loop, a gorgeous drive that can be done in a day. Hit some wineries along the way.
Waterfront Bicycle Rentals has a full range of wheels, from mountain to hybrid to road bikes. The shop is right on the Willamette River at the Riverplace by Waterfront Park (0315 SW Montgomery, Suite 360; 503-277-1719).
For More Information
Portland takes its reputation as a great bicycling town very seriously. Make sure to get two maps: "Portland by Bicycle" from the city's office of transportation; and the "Discover" map put out by the parks and recreation department. Try to get a wonderful regional map, "Bike There!" from www.metro-region.org. It's worth the $6. Springwater has its own Web site, as does the 40-Mile Loop. The best all-around information comes from POVA.