Thursday, October 30, 2008

Taking a Poll....

Portland/Seattle in April or May for first time visitors looking for a rockin time? A friend is bringing her neice as a high school graduation present. Would the weather be better in April or May?

Would welcome any ideas on places to stay and places to visit, as I'm the world's worst hostess.

Rose Gardens
Japanese Gardens
Multnomah Falls
Silver Falls
Tupid Fields
Shopping in NW Portland
The beach
Portland Zoo
Bonneville Dam
Portland Art Museum
winery tours
Mt. Hood
Mt. Saint Helens
Crater Lake

Seattle Art Museum
Ballard Locks
San Juan Islands
Space Needle
Seattle Center
ferry ride

Any suggestions????


Paris said...

April and May are about the same weather-wise. Probably wouldn't make much of a difference. In Portland, there are some great walking tours... even a ghost one that might appeal to a teen. The Pearl is great for restaurants and shopping too. In May the Rhododendron Garden in SE is killer! Friends of mine just stayed at Homewood Suites by Hilton and loved it. It is off of the 26 and Cornell Rd. In Seattle, we love Pike Place Market... cool eclectic shops and food and flying fish! We have stayed at the Silver Cloud Inn on Lake Union and it was pretty nice. Love taking a ferry over to Bainbridge too. We also love Snoqualmie Falls but that is a drive from downtown. Great brunch and view though! We also did a bunch of hiking at Mt. Ranier back in the day, but that would also be a drive. And of course the San Juan's but that really deserves a special trip of its own :) Otherwise, you hit all the biggies! How exciting for a grad gift!!

So good to see you today. Happiest of Halloweens to you and yours tomorrow. Love you, p

Anonymous said...

The weather SHOULD be better in Portland than Seattle but depending on the time, both are fab cities to visit. Weather for those months, well flip a coin.

When we have visitors for the first time we do the Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Eagle Creek or Beacon Rock for a hike, Timberline if time allows and the beach with Manzanita being our fav with a hike to Oswald State Park which is North of Manzanita. Also love driving up to the Pittock mansion for the view of the city and of course the Rose gardens in Washington Park. many choices but downtown is a blast with the Pike Place Market, EMT and Seattle Center and major shopping.


Anonymous said...

May I recommend beautiful southern Oregon...and rafting the Rogue River in late May is perfect!

Loni said...

The ferry ride to Bainbridge from Seattle is a must-do for out-of-towners. It's an easy 1 mile walk to the village where they can have a nice lunch a do a little shopping.

Soochal said...

Wow - thank you, Shauna! You and your friends rock! I can't wait to get out there...