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Visiting Metro Portland

Portland, Oregon's largest city, is enjoying the traditional warm dry summer weather, ideal conditions for it's famous roses. Portland is home to the annual Rose Festival with the popular Grand Floral Parade. Portland, set beautifully near where the Columbia and Willamette rivers converge, is filled with coffee houses, brewhouses and micro-distilleries. Visitors can enjoy Portland via the light rail system and on foot with plenty of places to relax and take a break. A well known Northwestern city, Portland is one of the “greenest” cities in the US. The city is also know for its counter-culture movements and is a haven for young individualists.

The Portland Farmers Market is a must do for summer visitors to the city. Six markets are held on different days in various locations throughout Portland. The most well-known is the Saturday market held at Portland State University. New markets in 2010 will be Mondays at Pioneer Courthouse Square and an additional Thursday market on NW 23rd Street. The Wednesday market at Shemanski Park caters to downtown Portland, the Buckman market in Southeast Portland is on Thursdays and Sundays the King Market serves the North and Northeast of the city. The Markets run through the end of September.

The 23rd Annual Waterfront Blues Festival is held at Tom McCall Waterfront Park July 2nd through the 5th. The 2010 Festival is a fantastic way to celebrated the 4th of July with a fireworks spectacular over the Willamette River topping off the July 4th performances. Headliners include Taj Mahal, Booker T, and several zydeco groups. Just a few of the top names that are scheduled. Music fan will not want to miss this Blues Festival, it is one of the biggest in the country.

The Best Western Inn at the Meadows located off I-5 and the Best Western Pony Soldier Inn - Airport just off I-205 are convenient for travelers to the Waterfront Blues Festival and downtown Portland. Both are within walking distance of light-rail service, so you can park the car and enjoy the city and events on foot.

The Portland area offers great summer options for exercise enthusiasts. The 15th Anniversary Providence Bridge Pedal takes place August 8th. The Willamette River bridges are shut down to cars and open to bicycles on routes from 3 to 36 miles. Walkers are also welcome on a 6 mile walk beginning and ending in downtown Portland.

The Portland Triathlon, sponsored by the Freshwater Trust, is August 22nd. Geared for athletes of all abilities, events include Olympic and sprint distance triathlons plus 5k and 1K runs. This is Portland's only triathlon. The Hood to Coast Relay passes through Portland on leg 12 of the course. The Portland to Coast Walk and the Portland to Coast High School Challenge are sister events of the HTC relay and are held the same weekend.

The Best Western University Inn & Suites in Forest Grove is just west of Portland and convenient to downtown, area wineries and the coast. The Best Western Northwind Inn & Suites is about 20 minutes from downtown on the road to the coast. A convenient location and with jetted tubs and suites available, this hotel makes a great place to relax after a big race.

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