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The Portland International Rose Test Garden

The climate of Portland, Oregon is apparently perfect for growing roses.  That’s why the Rose Council of the World (or whatever their real name is) decided to have their International Rose Test Garden in the fair city.

You can wander the gorgeous grounds for free and enjoy the more than 500 varieties of Frankenstein creations by gardeners who like to play God.  Here are just a few of the many splendors:

Ahh.

Ooh.

Lovely!

Well, I haven’t seen such beautiful flowers in all my days.

“Call it any stupid name. Don’t matter. It’s still gonna smell great.” – Billy S.

10
Sep 2012
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McMenamins Kennedy School: sleep in class guilt-free

Ever thought it would be a good idea to buy an elementary school and turn it into a hotel and microbrewery? Well, someone beat you to it. That already exists in Portland, Oregon. You can sleep in a refurbished classroom, watch second run movies in the school’s auditorium, and drink some high quality microbrews in several bars and restaurants “on campus.” And the best part is you don’t even need a hall pass.

03
Mar 2010
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Powell’s Books: where “gigantic” isn’t hyperbole

Nothing can please a lover of books more than Portland’s one-city-block bookstore:  Powell’s Books. With used and new books next to one another on shelves, Powell’s doesn’t try to hide the fact buying used books is cheaper. In fact, they encourage it. It’s another one of those progressive ideas in the Pacific Northwest. And with no sales tax in Oregon, you can stock up for beach reads, college textbooks, and Christmas presents and save 10%. Just make sure you have enough space in your luggage.

03
Mar 2010
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Downtown Portland, Oregon: fulfilling liberal stereotypes in the best way possible

With the soggy climate, progressive politics, and large population of plaid-wearing hipsters, downtown Portland fulfills many Pacific Northwest cliches. It’s not a bad thing. Who doesn’t like reasonable temperatures, public art, indie music, and microbreweries? Not to mention Powell’s Books, a bookstore mecca for the literary-minded. It’s all here in downtown Portland.

03
Mar 2010
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