113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Things to Do in Portland

Museums and Cultural Attractions

Portland has several notable museums, including: 

Powell’s Books is a beloved local landmark and is the largest independent bookstore in the world.

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop is gaining a devoted following.

Wordstock:  Portland Book Festival, Portland Art Museum, Sat. Nov 7, 2015.  Sponsored by Literary Arts, the event includes author events, workshops, and a book fair (the admission is $15):


The Willamette River and the Saturday Market

The Willamette River bisects Portland, and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park offers excellent views and people watching.

On both Saturdays and Sundays, the park is home to the (somewhat misleadingly named) Portland Saturday Market.

The Portland Spirit boat departs from the park and offers cruises up and down the Willamette.

The Farmers’ Market on the Portland State University campus is home to both produce and food vendors every Saturday.


Parks and Gardens

Washington Park is home to the Oregon Zoo, many miles of paths, and the International Rose Test Garden (one of Portland’s nicknames is “City of Roses”).

The Lan Su Chinese Gardens are located downtown, a short walk from the conference hotels.


Food and Drink


Portland is home to one of the most vibrant coffee scenes in the nation. Nearby local roasters and cafés include:


Portland has a dynamic range of dining options, from street-side food carts to fine dining establishments.

The “Travel Portland” website has a variety of helpful pages to help navigate the local dining scene.

The “OregonLive” website: Best restaurants in downtown Portland.

Notable restaurants within walking distance from the conference hotels include:

For something unusual, don’t miss the food carts, located in “pods” throughout downtown!

And don’t miss Voodoo Doughnuts, a Portland must-see (open 24 hours, but they only take cash).

Quick Breakfast

Beer and Wine

Affectionately referred to by aficionados as “Beervana,” Portland is home to 61 breweries. While many breweries are located on the east side of the Willamette River, several notable breweries can be found downtown in the Pearl District (just north of the conference hotels):

Detailed list of breweries (with a map)

While the epicenter of the Oregon wine industry is in the Willamette Valley (45 minutes south of Portland), there are several “urban wineries” with tasting rooms on the east side.


Other Resources

Portland-centric smartphone apps

From tracking light rail schedules to pinpointing the right food cart for lunch, smartphone users have access to all sorts of local information right at their fingertips.