Natural Home Goes to Portland

Explore, relax, and eat in the progressively green Oregon.


| July/August 2002



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Photo by Howard Silverman

Even if you’ve never visited, you’ve probably heard about Portland, Oregon’s progressive ways. Portland is a city that replaced a downtown parking garage with a public square and ripped up a freeway to make way for a park. The city boasts more public transportation options—bus, light rail, streetcar—than many cities twice its size. It’s a great town for walking and biking (Bicycling magazine named it the most bike-friendly city in North America last year). And if you’re looking for a restaurant, shop, or hotel in tune with your natural lifestyle, you’ll find no shortage of those, either.

Sleeping

All major hotels in Portland are encouraged to follow a green policy: Housekeeping carts include recycling bins, and guests are asked to forego daily linen and towel changes.

5th Avenue Suites Hotel
5th Avenue Suites Hotel goes one step beyond with its Spend the Night with Doug program, which offers guests the company of a Douglas fir tree. Each tree comes with a profile, including birth date, ambition, turn-ons, and turn-offs (“chainsaws, lumberjacks, and Christmas”). When the trees mature, they’re donated to the Hoyt Park Arboretum. 506 SW Washington St.; (800) 711-2971

Exploring

Portland Classical Chinese Garden
The largest Suzhou classical garden outside of China, the Portland Classical Chinese Garden features nine pavilions, including a teahouse, a bridged lake, and acres of plants, rocks, and poetry. Guided tours are available. Northwest Third & Everett; (503) 228-8131; admission $6 adults; $5 students and seniors; children under 5 free





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