Morning fog on landing The railroad bridge across North Portland Harbor as viewed from the start of Saltzman Road in Forest Park. North Portland Harbor is a harbored section of the Columbia River a couple of miles south of the point where it meets its tributary, the Willamette. This is about as rare a sight in this part of the country right now as a White Rhino. At this point, I might even wager on the rhino. Downy Woodpecker, the bright and diminutive star of yesterday's rather disappointing show. And here's the thing: you switch sides on a tree up here and everything looks different. You could bob in a kayak all day on that puddle in NZ and never pull off that trick.
(No offense to Kiwi's. Your island is on my bucket list.) Built in 1940, the Arts building houses an eclectic mixture of small businesses; everything from lawyers' offices to a day spa. It's also the primary location of a fine, locally-owned coffee brewer: Gaia Java.
Just so you know, ivy grows on many of the buildings in downtown Vancouver, but on none with as spectacular an effect as this one.
#Architecture Your Lake Wanaka gets all the publicity. But here in the Pacific Northwest, we have a few trees of our own. 1929 Travel Air B-4000 Downy Woodpecker teasing a larva out of an apple branch. Best BLT I've ever had. Served on a croissant along with a fried egg, avocado and basil aioli. The rest of the menu was equally tempting. Small chain with four Oregon locations - would love to see one up here in Seattle! Kaffir Lime Leaf and Lemongrass ice cream with Fish Sauce caramel swirl! Surprisingly delicious!
Wonderful homemade ice cream in a variety of mostly unique flavors. Other choices this week: Strawberry Honey Balsamic with Black Pepper, Chevre with Marionberry Habanero Jam, Sweet Summer Corn Buttermilk Sherbet, and Citra Hops and Apricot. This is going to be a regular stop for us every time we visit Portland! Vancouver's own version of the High Line (lite, folks, very lite) is known as the Land Bridge, a sweeping curve of concrete and steel that hangs over the start of State Highway 14 just east of town. It is part of Maya Lin's decade long Confluence project to link up 450 miles of the Lewis and Clark trail with a series of seven monuments.
It's a beautiful way to get from the famous Ft. Vancouver to the waterfront, and it's dotted with lots of artistic touches -- a great deal of them dedicated to the tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
This is one such installation, focused specifically on pre-Columbian trade and inter-tribal commerce. Another, similar structure appears on the north side, and a third circle was fixed just at the northern entrance, but was not completed.
The bridge has only been around since 2008, but it is has long-since become an extremely popular spot for runners, hikers and bikers.
It's also a very pleasant little walk on a sunny northwest day.
( #blue ) No longer a theater, this is now a gallery and the offices of Vancouver's Farmers Market.
But it has a storied past, and in 2017 will be 150 years old.,_Washington%29 I'd be hard pressed to categorize myself as an interesting person. But I do have some interesting friends. This is Alice. She is a Chilean Rose Tarantula, or, officially a Rose Hair Tarantula (Grammostola rosea). She belongs to the woman who regularly cuts my hair, and who recently moved to the location which marginally qualifies this post as a Trover discovery.
Several years ago, Alice lost one of her front legs, the result of one too-curious cat finding its way into a room full of tarantula terrariums. The cat got as good as it gave and has not been curious about tarantulas since.
As you can see, Alice bears no sign of this injury. Over the course of three years, she gradually molted herself a new leg. Apparently, tarantulas regularly shed things like fangs and even the linings of internal organs, all of which grow back.
So all those urban legends about how arthropods would be the only living things to survive the earth's total devastation are not entirely without merit. Alice herself is likely to live at least 20 years, and noone knows for sure how much longer since her species has only been marketed as a pet for about that amount of time.
I wish her a long (and cat-free) life. The southern entrance, with a sculpture/gate by the artist Lillian Pitt, made of two cedar canoe paddles and includes a glass sculpture of a Chinook woman's face.
( #blue ) If you're a commuter in Southwest Washington or Northwest Oregon, this is the bane of your existence. The bridge across the Columbia River between Portland and Vancouver is actually a pair of vertical lift bridges, one built in 1917 and the other added in 1958. That's right. Apart from the regular patching and tweaking done to keep the things intact, there hasn't been any major renovation done to either bridge since the Eisenhower administration.
The bridges can be lifted almost arbitrarily, in some cases, because maritime traffic has a kind of imperial right-of-way that eclipses all other forms of transit. And when those bridges go up, some large portion of the nearly 50-100 thousand cars which pass over the thing each day come to a dead stop. Getting them going again is no small feat, either.
For close to a decade, several local, municipal and state governing bodies worked to More arctic light from the banks of the Columbia River. These covered walkways, with their perforated steel grills, won't protect you much from the rain. But they're welcome shade on a hot day, and flow beautifully along the length of the bridge.
( #blue ) Wonderful French pastry shop and cafe. Had a tasty lunch here on a warm afternoon - the wall facing the sidewalk folds away so the entire shop becomes an open-air cafe. Don't miss the BLT sandwich. The northern leg of the Land Bridge Trail. Here at the Arctic, wait...we only seem to be getting the same amount of light as the Arctic Circle right now. We're actually a good deal south.
So, explain to me why this could be a photo taken at 11:30 in the morning?
Well, we'll take a rainless day, no matter how lugubrious it may actually be. A miserably wet day to have an alternator die out on the freeway, but the subsequent journey to the closest open mechanic deposited me next to this beautiful structure. Originally a First Christian Church, it was built in 1925 to house a thriving congregation which had outgrown its most recent house of worship. The building is now home to the unaffiliated Compass Church.
Even on a horribly grey day, the austere beauty of the place shines through.
And, yes, I love the #Architecture of the place. Glass trade bead necklaces crafted in the 18th and 19th centuries by Native American artists local to the Columbia River area.
The one on the far left contains mountain lion dew claws. The talking clocktower with the dancing salmon at Esther Short Park.
The cylindrical building in the background is a local landmark -- a set of apartments known as the If you hustle down along the river bank looking for a place to shoot a perfect portrait of Mt. Hood, you'd think you'd be rewarded at almost every turn.
Fat chance. The shorefront property is almost all in private hands, commercial and or otherwise, and your camera may sit idle for a good long time if all you're looking for is an unobstructed view of Oregon's highest peak.
But if you put your mind to it, you might find something equally as interesting, and your intended target might just make a cameo if you frame it right.
Another view of the gateway at the northern entrance. If you've had a beer anywhere in Canada, Asia, South America or the United States since, say, 1934, chances are that the Great Western Malting Company has has something to do with it.
Hard to believe that a monstrous corporation such as this one should have had its humble beginnings in Vancouver, Washington. But back in 1935, that is exactly what happened.
Today, the flagship facility is going stronger than ever, driven by the micro-brewing movement, and bolstered by its status as only one of two malting plants in North America with direct access to the ocean.
It's an impressive facility, by any measure and, even at a distance from the city's center, it towers over everything in the area.
I've been trying hard to find a way to represent it in a way that gives you a sense of its grandeur. This is as good a place to start as any. Beaded Gauntlet -- Unknown Plateau artist.
c. 1920 High-level specifications for three Curtiss aircraft.
Glenn Curtis worked for Alexander Graham Bell on a short-lived project called the Aerial Experiment Association. He moved on from there to design, build and sell motorcycle engines, a few of which found their way into pioneering aircraft built by other aviators.
Eager to get in on the action, Curtiss started designing planes, which eventually became a standard issue for government military and non-military contracts.
But Curtiss himself was no desk jockey. He purportedly made the first officially-witnessed flight (presumably in an heavier-than-air craft) in North America, is credited with the first long-distance flight in the U.S., and entered and won a race in the first international competition for aviators, the Grande Semaine d'Aviation aviation meeting at Reims, France, held in August 1909.
Curtiss's company eventually merged with Wright Aeronautical Corporation (that's right, those Wrights), to form the Curtiss-Wright Company, and entity which still exists to this day.
Truth be told, I never heard of the man, his aircraft, or his engines before my visit to the museum. But for about three decades in the early twentieth century, he and his company were the spruce-and-canvas predecessor to McDonnell-Douglas and Boeing. Bells, buttons and beads used in Native American fabric art. The Clark County Historical museum features a rotating series of exhibits, though a large portion of its space is devoted to a semi-permanent display of Native American crafts.
This set of Kiowa women's moccasins date from 1900. Some pieces are contemporary, and decidedly on the whimsical side.
This one is entitled Beaded Gauntlet -- Unknown Plateau artist.
c. 1920 Affogato made with salted caramel gelato. I had to get a second one. Benni Hill with smoked salmon Modern cafe in the Alberta neighborhood serving updated Swiss classics. Pearson Air Museum is located in one of the most historic sites in the Northwest. Learn about early aviation pioneers and the first trans Arctic flight by Russian aviator Valery Chkalov.
#Hometown #VancouverWA #PearsonAirMuseum The Pearson Air Museum is an aviation museum at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Washington, USA. Managed by the National Park Service as part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, museum exhibits provide an opportunity for visitors to explore aviation history tied to Pearson Field and Vancouver Barracks. Objects and artifacts from the National Park Service collections and on loan from members of the community and other museums depict history of aviation in the Pacific Northwest It may be a hipsters paradise but the fine people at Mississippi Studios are Collectors, sellers & producers of America's finest vinyl. They also put on one hell of a live show. Worth your time and cash Awesome Indian Food #foodiefinds Lunch with a view. Clam strips were tasty.
#lifeatexpedia MB9 and Ham & Gouda Dutch Tacos in Portland, Oregon Great grilled chz choices & you can eat in a converted school bus. Before i die... Good food, wonderful view
An entire window display of Star Wars Lego sets, in the window of the most comprehensive selection of light bulbs in Oregon... Craft cocktails? Yes, please. First sleeper cab. 1950 Freightliner.  Stop in at this good Italian cafe, deli and wine bar and watch people go by on main street of this quaint downtown. Everything homemade here, including breads, lemongrass pickles, chips, desserts. Free to tour this historic house, named for commander of the Vancouver barracks, also available to rent for events. #StunningStructures Walk through the working garden of flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables in front of the Fort and step back in time by talking to the reenactors. Winter Boats
🌊🌊🌊⛵️ Tasty Indian food and colorful ambience. Panner thali is a must try. #oregon #indianfood #forevercheat Boat of Discovery sculpture near the bridge on the Washington side of the Columbia River before crossing into Oregon. #roadtrip This local chain (handful of stores) offers some of the most bizarre and delicious ice cream flavors ever!! Loved the lavender and the balsamic. Even the blue cheese was a big hit. Also the neighborhood around this location is very fun and funky. JUBITZ. Truck stop. Huge! In addition to tour of Fort, enjoy view from bastion of bridge over Columbia River between WA and OR. After touring the Fort, walk through a field where an archeological dig was in process, and see this monument and museum, highlighting one of USA'S oldest operating air fields. View exhibits of early military and civilian aviators here and about the site's WWI Spruce Mill. Amazing place to have a great Indian experience! Vancouver, WA - Fort Vancouver Natl Historic Site - Fort - Chief Factor's Residence - Main Dining Room
This Truck stop eatery. And some replicas of transport trucks. Here a 1940 Ford. Marmon- Herrington dump truck. Vancouver, WA - Fort Vancouver Natl Historic Site
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Get an overview of this hotelMotel with free breakfast, walk to Portland Meadows Racetrack

Popular property highlights

Free breakfast
Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Business center


Situated in Portland, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portland Meadows Racetrack, Portland International Raceway, and Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center. Portland Expo Center and Jantzen Beach Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Property Features

Along with a spa tub, this smoke-free motel has a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. Free full breakfast is provided, as well as free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle. Additionally, dry cleaning, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 146 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and LED TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include coffee makers, free newspapers, and free local calls.

Languages Spoken

Best Western Inn At The Meadows

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Wireless Internet access is complimentary. This motel offers access to a 24-hour business center and a meeting room. A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. Event facilities measure 1100 square feet (102 square meters). An area shuttle within 1 mi and a roundtrip airport shuttle at scheduled times are complimentary for guests. This business-friendly motel also offers a spa tub, multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Complimentary self parking is available on site, along with a car charging station.

Best Western Inn At The Meadows is a smoke-free property.

  • Express check-in 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Express check-out 
  • Electric car charging station 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 102 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Luggage storage 
  • ATM/banking 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1100 
  • Free train station pickup 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 146 
  • One meeting room 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean
  • Spanish


Free self parking, RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Free newspaper 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free local calls 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • HDTV 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • LED TV 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

A complimentary full breakfast is served each morning between 6 AM and 9 AM.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the motel include a spa tub.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available at scheduled times during limited hours. Contact the property in advance to get details.


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 20 per pet, per night
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room
  • Specific rooms only, restrictions apply
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
  • The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
  • Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.
No rollaway/extra beds available
No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 20 per pet, per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Best Western Inn Meadows
  • Best Western Inn Meadows Portland
  • Best Western Meadows
  • Best Western Meadows Portland
  • Best Western Inn At The Meadows Hotel Portland
  • Best Western Portland
  • Portland Best Western

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport and train station. Guests must contact the property with arrival details 24 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Up to 2 children 12 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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