Synopses & Reviews
Portland, the secret gem of the West Coast, is almost too good to be true. Imagine a city where a bookstore occupies an entire city block. A city where brewing beer has been elevated to an art form; a city containing both the worlds smallest dedicated park and largest forested city wilderness. No sales tax, old-fashioned gas stations, the only volcano within city limits, and a world-renowned transit system. You would have to be imagining Portland, and you wouldnt be dreaming. Secret Portland is the only guide that takes the time to explore the citys scores of lesser-known treasures the secrets that make it a place worth dreaming about. Leading you to the spots that only locals know, Secret Portland is readable, quirky, and intimate, exposing little-known histories and legends, the best ethnic eateries, chicest cheap hotels, and locally favoured nightspots. Dont miss the opportunity to watch the weather machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, choose a favourite blossom at the International Rose Test Garden, ride the only three-door elevator west of the Mississippi, or embark on an epic pub-crawl to the citys celebrated microbreweries. Let Secret Portland show you a side of the city youll never forget. Secret Portland is the latest in the acclaimed and award-winning Secret Guides series. To date, weve unlocked the secrets to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Providence and Newport, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Montréal.
"For a rare view into a treasured city, Secret Portland offers a quirky perspective." Sacramento Book Review
Exploring the quirky eccentricities of the City of Roses, this intimate pocket companion to Portland examines numerous lesser-known gems treasured by locals of this unique West coast metropolis. An offbeat alternative to most basic travel guides, this accessible volume exposes local histories and legends while revealing the best eateries, choicest hotels, and hottest nightspots. From watching the weather machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square or choosing a blossom at the International Rose Test Garden to riding the only three-door elevator west of the Mississippi or embarking on a microbrewery pub crawl, this handy travel tome shows that experiencing the unknown can be truly unforgettable.
About the Author
Ann Carroll Burgess is an award-winning travel journalist who has written for numerous publications--including the "Boston Globe," "Easy Living," and "Natural History"--and served as host of WGUN Atlanta's radio show "Postcards." She is the author of "Atlanta Alive," "The Essential Little Cruise Book," and "The Guide to Western Canada." Tom Burgess is a travel writer, photographer, and retired chemical engineer who has traveled worldwide and written or contributed to seven travel books. They live in Portland, Oregon. Linda Rutenberg is the photographer of "Secret San Diego" and "Secret Vancouver." She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.