home page | contact | help | login | For News Media | Follow us:

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 20th Biennial ConferenceEstuaries and Coasts in a Changing World1-5 November 2009, Portland, Oregon, USA

Discover Portland!

November 2nd

At the end of your first day of oral and poster sessions, with CERF Happy Hour in the Poster Hall ending at 6:30pm, you've got a free evening to truly enjoy the sights and sounds of Portland's nightlife!

The CERF 2009 Conference Leadership Committee has put together a list of Portland's best scenes. Attendees will want to get around Portland via transit.

Here’s the skinny and some sites to see or things to do:

When discovering Portland, there's no better place to start than at the local favorites:

  • Horse Brass
    4534 SE Belmont
    Note : Not walkable. Either cab it or take the #6 MLK bus (catch in front of OCC) south to SE Morrison. Catch the #15 Belmont out to SE 45th. (2 ½ miles, probably 30 min by bus, including wait time)
  • Produce Row Café
    204 SE Oak Street
    Note: This is walkable. Walk south (hang a right out the doors of the OCC) on Martin Luther King Avenue about 8 blocks to SE Oak St. Turn right two blocks to the café. (Total about ½ mile each way). Should be safe, especially in a group.

You could also get away from the crowds, indulge in a convenient pub-crawl, and sample a good selection of local microbrews with the following three pubs (all within walking distance of each other):

Hang out at any of these distinctive venues with great selection of food and beer on tap:

These two venues are conveniently located on the MAX:

  • Full Sail
    307 SW Montgomery St.
    (503) 222-5343
    Note: This is a Pilsner House at Riverplace. It may be reached via the Greenine MAX to Portland State University and then catch the Portland Streetcar down the hill to Riverplace. Not in Fareless Square, so buy a ticket for the Streetcar.
  • Rock Bottom
    206 SW Morrison St.
    (503) 796-2739

Local Spots Hosting Fun Special Events:

Not into the bar scene? Portland has other charming areas to stroll about:

  • Powell’s City of Books
    Powell’s City of Books is, without a doubt, one of Portland’s premier attractions. It is the largest new and used book store in the whole freakin’ world, with more than a million books in its quirky labyrinth of multiple levels and nine distinct color-coded sections. A café and restrooms are also located in Powell’s. There’s an art gallery. Author events are scheduled almost every day. A rare book room holds treasures for you. And just like good reference librarians, staff are knowledgeable in their areas about what the store has to offer. Check out the online tour at http://www.powells.com/info/citytour.html If you can’t kill a good four hours in Powell’s without noticing, you should see your physician or therapist. This is a great place.
  • Portland Classical Chinese Garden
    This incredible garden is located on NW 3rd and Everett Streets, just two blocks west of the Old Town/Chinatown MAX stop, the first stop on the west side of the Willamette River. It is also walkable from the Convention Center via the Steel Bridge. Built as a result of a sister-city relationship with Suzhou, China, a bastion of the art and tradition of Chinese classical gardens, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden is an authentically built cultural heritage garden and living museum of Chinese trees and flora. Within this authentic Ming Dynasty scholar’s garden, serpentine mosaic pathways lead to harmonious landscapes of plants, water, stones, pavilions, and poetry. It is open 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $8.50. Prepare to be transported!!!
  • Pearl District
    Portland's best-known art district

Not all of the listed locations are accessible by the MAX. Make sure you have the right transportation:

  • TriMet
    This is your key to mobility around the city. TriMet is the region’s transit agency and operates the regions’ bus system as well as MAX, the light rail system that serves the Convention Center, airport, downtown, and beyond. This website has maps, fares, schedules for anywhere in the region. NOTE: The Double Tree Hotel, Oregon Convention Center and all of downtown Portland are within “Fareless Square” for the MAX. Just hop on and go. But if your ride extends beyond Fareless Square (say, east to the airport or west to the Oregon Zoo), you must have a ticket. MAX connects to the Portland Streetcar in downtown Portland. The Streetcar is also free within Fareless Square.
  • The Portland Aerial Tram
    The 3,300 ft-long tram opened in 2007 to link the Oregon Health Science University “Pill Hill” campus with the new South Waterfront campus near the Willamette River. It is open to the public for round trip sight-seeing and offers a spectacular view of the region. The cost is $4 round-trip. The tram can be reached from the Convention Center by taking MAX light rail to Portland State University (Green Line), then the Portland Streetcar from PSU to the lower terminal of the Tram where tickets may be purchased. NOTE: MAX is free from the Convention Center to Portland State University, all within “Fareless Square.” But there will be a small ticket cost for the Portland Streetcar from PSU to the tram terminal.
  • The Portland Streetcar
    The streetcar will extend visitor reach away from MAX light rail. By taking Red Line MAX from the Convention Center to the Galleria stop at SW 10th,and Morrison, a visitor can connect to the Streetcar at SW 10th and Alder and ride north (to the right exiting MAX) to Powell’s books (four blocks), through the heart of the Pearl District with shops and restaurants, and on to NW Portland’s shops, pubs, and restaurants. The Streetcar is free within the Fareless Square portion of its route. The Streetcar is your passage to several pubs listed below.

© 2009 Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation
P.O. Box 510 · Port Republic, MD, 20676
Ph: (410) 326-7467 · Fax: (410) 326-7466
http://www.erf.org · info@erf.org

Conference Management
5400 Bosque Blvd Ste 680 · Waco, TX, 76710
Ph: (254) 776-3550 · Fax: (254) 776-3767