Road Trip to Portland

Last weekend INTENReX went on a Road trip to Portland. Early Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and reached the pacific coast highway in The United States. We drove along, made some pit stops on the way until we finally reached Portland in Oregon. The city is known for their parks, bridges and as well for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Someone would call it the hipster city of USA. We made it to Portland around 6 pm and our first destination was the Rose garden, the oldest public rose test garden in the United States which features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties, were we enjoyed the sunset. After a long day we were all hungry and it was time for dinner at Pacific Pie where we got some delicious handmade Australian Pies. Thank you all at Pacific Pie for your pleasant service at your awesome restaurant 🙂 After the dinner we checked in to our Hotel, Aladdin Inn and Suites. During the evening people had a good time at their hotel rooms, either chilling in their pajamas with a beer in their hand or having a room party 🙂

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If you ever go to Oregon, you should know that there is no sales tax, so Saturday morning it was time to go shopping. Just 20 minutes out of the city you find the Woodburn Premium Outlet where you find more than 100 stores with exclusive brands at savings of 25-65%. After we almost emptied our credit cards we had a big surprise for the group and invited everyone for dinner at the elegant restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib. The food was delicious and the place was fantastic. Later on we had time to explore the city, and check out the nightlife in Portland. Sunday morning we left our hotel early and headed down town. First of all we went tpoertland1o the famous Voodoo donut shop, known for their good unusual donuts, and believe me they were good 😉  Than we took a walk around Portland Saturday Marked were we could see and buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. Afternoon before we drove back to Vancouver, we had a guided walking tour around the city “Secrets of Portlandia” a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture were we learned about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today.

We found Portland an interesting city, and I’m sure someone would found it weird, so it’s nothing that we wouldn’t have missed. Thank you all guys for joining us on the trip, and we hope you found Portland as interesting as we did 🙂

Roadtrip to Portland is coming up soon…

As you probably you know by now, INTERNeX is going to Portland on a roadtrip.
Our accommodation in Portland for the trip is the 3 star, newly renovated motel Aladdin Inn and Suites, located 10 minutes from down town. We will stay 4 persons in one big room with two queen size beds. Among other things the hotel offer free continental breakfast (which is included), free wireless internet, free local calls, guest laundry and free coffee all day 🙂 It’s 100% non-smoking hotel and there are many restaurants within walking distance.
You can check out their website her on the link below:
http://www.aladdininnandsuites.com/reservations.html
Down below you can read an extended overview of the program of the trip.

Friday

We’ll meet at Avis Rentel Car on Hornby street down town

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN
The IDEAL place for Instagram enthusiasts!
As we land in Portland the first activity we’ll do is the very beautiful rose garden (just take a look at the picture, woaw right?!) Portland’s international Rose Test Garden is the olderose-gardenst public rose test garden in the United States and features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties. The rose garden came to be nearly a century ago when a citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose garden to preserve the species of European roses that would be killed off during the World War one bombings. It opened in 1917 and from the beginning hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have come and enjoyed the sights and scents of the beautiful garden. No wonder why Portland got the nickname, “City of Roses”
DINNER TIME AT PACIFIC PIE
The most delicious pies you can get!
After visiting the rose garden it will be time for some food and what could be better than a Classic Chicken Pie or an Apple Pie Sundae for dessert? The Pacific Pie restaurants started back in 2009 when the owner from Australia was missing delicious meat pies from his home country. Since then the restaurant has kept on serving amazing handmade pies to the citizens of Portland. If you can’t wait to see the yummy pies, click on this link http://www.pacificpie.com/
PS. If you are not really into pies the restaurant also makes other delicious meals like soups and salads

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EXPERIENCE PORTLAND – Friday night after dinner we will have some free time in Portland. The city has a wealth of vibrant places and neighbourhood to experience and explore all of them unique. In Portland, people hang out in coffee shops, ride bikes, visit the art gallerie14192081_10154450800292103_3573164015685164374_ns or enjoy the variety of brewpubs with generous happy hour menus.

You can check out this coffee shops: World cup coffee, Coffee time, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Vivace or Anna Banana’s (for the Vegans)

If you are 21 or over, we recommend these brewpubs: The Blue Moon, Lucky lab beer hall, Bridge Port or The Rogue Brewery & Ale.

Saturday

FUN SHOPPING EXP14196127_10154447942092103_6605411704838309856_oERIENCE AT WOODBURN PREMIUM OUTLET MALL
On Saturday it’s shopping time! We are going to visit one of the largest tax free outlet centers in the west of the US. With more than 100 stores include Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Fossil, the North Face, Guess and much more… And the best thing? You can find exclusive brands at savings of 25% to 65%! So don’t miss the chance to catch your perfect deal and save money!

DINNER TIME IN PORTLAND
On the Saturday night we will go out for a dinner at the restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib in Portland. The place is one of Portlands oldest and most distinguished restaurant were casual elegance and classic style come together. Their number one goal is to delight their guests, with a wonderful dining experience in there elegant dining room, with a roaring fireplace and dazzling chandeliers, and enjoy their live jazz, R&B and blues. It’s a guaranteed an evening that we’ll not forget anytime soon. The menu offers slow Rosted Prime Rib of Beef, tender steaks, fresh seafood, succulent chicken and pork, pasta, salads, sandwiches and other fine dishes and deserts. See more about the restaurant on the link below 🙂
http://www.clydesprimerib.com/#about

THE HOLLYWOOD THEATRE 14212680_10154454700052103_7042996371040716907_n
Have you always dreamed about stepping into an old Hollywood theater where people dressed up for seeing a movie and had an amazing night. Saturday evening we will go few years back in time and visit the Hollywood Theater in Portland. It’s a true Hollywood theater back from 1926, where we will go and see an old vintage movie preserving a historic Portland landmark. Check out their website on the link below 🙂http://hollywoodtheatre.org/

NIGHT OUT IN PORTLAND 
Saturday night we will go out to a very special nightclub in Portland. The club is named THE ESCAPE were there will be a special “7 fa14222141_10154455149447103_2643802467215780766_nces of the apocalypes” theme for the night. Don’t worry if you are younger than 21 because it’s open for all ages.

 

 

 

Sunday

WALKING TOUR – SECRETS OF PORTLANDIA
Sunday morning we will go on a walking tour around Portland. Think of the tour as stand-up comedy about Portland’s history and culture were we will laugh our butt off and learn about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today. The tour is about 2 hours long so remember comfortable shoes.

LETS GET A SUGAR SHOCK AT VOODOO DOUGHNUT SHOP – of course you know doughnuts but these ones are crazy! On Sunday after the walking tour we are going to Voodoo Doughnut shop. This shop is known for their unusual doughnuts as well as for their electric décor and their iconic pink boxes. They m14241666_10154474185532103_445804381674756105_oake for example vegan doughnuts and bacon doughnut that are just so yummy!
In total the Voodoo Doughnut Shop offers over 100 different varieties so there’s plenty to try.
 

 

 


PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

  • To be able to drink alcohol in Portland you need to be 21 or older
  • No sales tax = cheaper prices
  • Based on information provided to us, you might not need the ESTA visa however you should check it out before leaving
  • Remember good walking shoes and toiletries
  • Remember Passport and your work permit if you got one

The PR team is excited and we hope you are too!

What is so special about Portland?

portland downtownWhat’s so special about Portland, you might think? Why should I go on a roadtrip there? Well my friend let me tell you. Portland is the largest city in the state Oregon and is best known for its many parks, bridges, microbreweries and the International Rose Test Garden. You might have heard of Portland as, Rose City, PDX or Stumptown, but what makes this city special and fun to visit is the hipster vibe. You can run into fully grown men with big beards sewing their clothes on an old fashioned and non electrical sewing machine. Portland is a city that embraces self-expression and the inner artist! The city is all about getting down to earth which is clear in the many different cafes, breweries, bakeries where only the finest ecological ingredients are used. It’s homemade, fresh, delicious and WORTH A TRY.
Portland is really serious about being casual and about not getting caught up with things. The atmosphere is low key and supportive of those who are different. The citizens of Portland definitely want their city to be like no other and their unofficial slogan for the city is “Keep Portland weird” which is something you will quickly notice when you are there. We have put all the best things Portland has to offer into our 3-day trip and we are so much looking forward to it.picture portland
Down below you can see an overview of the program for the trip.

PORTLAND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FRIDAY
*International Rose Test Garden

*Dinner

*Free time in Portland

SATURDAY
*Woodburn Outlet Mall (no sales tax here = much cheaper price)

*Hollywood Theatre (optional)

*Dinner and a SURPRISE

*The Escape Night Club (15$ – all ages – optional)

SUNDAY
*Walking Tour:Secrets of Portlandia

*Voodoo Doughnut shop

*”Keep Portland Weird” group photo

We hope this blogpost came you a better idea of what kind of city Portland is and remember you can already come to the INTERNeX office and secure your seat on the trip.
For more information on the trip follow this link -> Roadtrip to Portland
The ticket price is ONLY 260$

We hope to see you! – PR Team at INTERNeX

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com