Welcome to the City of Roses! Portland is known for its thriving art and music scenes, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods, eco policies, world-class cuisine, indie bookstores and movie theaters, unique coffee shops and galleries, and friendly Northwest style. Our natural setting is spectacular. There's a lot to see and do, whether you confine yourself to the city or wander off to explore Oregon's snowcapped mountains, ocean beaches, wild rivers, or rolling wine country. We hope you'll stay for a while.
Portland's famous transit system provides easy, inexpensive access to all parts of the city. It includes buses, light rail, streetcar, and even vintage trolleys, and these options can be combined. One ticket allows you to hop from bus to streetcar to light rail, for example. Tickets are good for 2.5 hours. Learn about the options at www.trimet.org.
Getting from the airport to downtown
MAX Light Rail: Board outside the baggage claim area. The 35-minute ride to downtown costs $2.50.
Taxi/limousine: Available at the baggage claim level. 15-20 minutes to downtown, about $35.
Car rental: All major rental-car companies are represented at Portland Airport. Most downtown hotels charge for parking (about $25/day). Ask when you book.
Getting to Bullseye Factory/Resource Center from downtown
MAX Light Rail: Catch the Orange!—We're 3 blocks from the SE 17th & Rhine station on the new MAX Orange Line. The Orange Line begins at Lincoln & SW 3rd Ave, but southbound Yellow Line trains continue as Orange Line trains after leaving Interstate/Rose Quarter Station. Use the brand new pedestrian bridge (featuring elevators on both sides).
Bus: Board the #9 (Powell Boulevard) bus on SW 5th Avenue. Get off at the intersection of SE 21st Avenue and Powell. Do not cross the street. Walk south on 21st Ave one very long block to Bullseye. The bus trip takes about fifteen minutes and the fare is $2.50. The return bus to downtown picks you up on the opposite (north) side of Powell, crosses the river and travels along SW 6th Avenue, stopping every two blocks.
Taxi: Catch a cab along SW 5th Avenue. Depending on traffic, it's a 7-12 minute ride from downtown to Bullseye factory. Cost is about $12. You'll need to call for a return ride to downtown. Radio Cab: (503) 227-1212, radiocab.net (offers online reservations with 24-hours notice); Broadway Cab: (503) 227-1234.
Some official links, along with other information sources used by locals.
Portland has not one but two outstanding Asian gardens. The Portland Classical Chinese Garden is a full city block of serenity with a tea house, right in the middle of downtown. The Portland Japanese Garden is one of the most authentic classical Japanese gardens outside of Japan and certainly one of the calmest places in the city. You can get there from downtown on the #63 bus.
And Oregon's wine country is just down the road in the Willamette Valley.
Portland's four close-in quadrants offer many different styles of accommodation at widely varying prices. Below are some recommendations. Contact establishments directly for current info, and be sure to ask about discounts.
Southeast Portland (Closest to Bullseye Factory and Resource Center)
The Big Yellow House
3232 SE 26th Ave
Large, cozy house with 2 lovely bedrooms available, continental breakfast. Just .5 miles from Bullseye.
Brooklyn Center Suites
3717 SE Milwaukie Ave
Units offer full kitchen and off-street parking. Approximately 1 mile (10-15 minute walk) to Bullseye Glass Resource Center and factory if you use the new pedestrian bridge at Rhine/Lafayette.
3517 SE Division Street
(503) 235-3089, or toll-free at (866) 717-4333
A charming eastside option in a lively neighborhood. 1.4 miles to Bullseye Glass (5 miles to Bullseye Projects).
3860 SE Clinton Street
Another charming eastside option from the owners of Bluebird Guesthouse. 1.8 miles to Bullseye Glass (5 miles to Bullseye Projects).
Portland Hawthorne Hostel
3031 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
(503) 236-3380, or toll-free at 1 (866) 447-3031
For students and those on a tight budget, this no-frills hostel is mostly communal (with a few private rooms) and is located in the thriving alternative-style Hawthorne District. Distance from Bullseye Glass/Resource Center: 1.6 miles. Distance from Bullseye Projects: 3.3 miles. To learn about hosteling in the US, click here.
McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
This gorgeous 1915 grade school was slated for demolition before the McMenamin Brothers turned it into a nostalgic retreat with features like the Honors Bar and the Detention Bar, a full restaurant, a movie theater and much original artwork. This is a favorite place for neighborhood residents, always hopping. A 10-minute drive from either downtown or Bullseye Glass Factory/Resource Center.
The Everett Street Guesthouse
2306 NE Everett St.
(503) 230-0211 or (503) 830-0650
A warm and inviting guesthouse in the mode of a B&B that guarantees "no teddy bears, no frilly curtains and no potpourri." In addtion to the inn rooms, there's also a separate cottage that sleeps two. 2.2 miles to Bullseye Glass Factory (2.3 miles from Bullseye Projects).
Downtown Portland (Closest to BECon and Portland State University)
515 SW Clay
(503) 484-1084 or toll-free (877) 484-1084
A new boutique hotel with affordable rates, on the edge of PSU campus; 3.2 miles to Bullseye Factory (2 miles to Bullseye Projects).
506 SW Washington St.
(503) 222-0001 or toll-free at 1 (888) 207-2201
3.2 miles to Bullseye Glass (.8 mile to Bullseye Projects). One block to the closest #9 bus stop (SW 5th and Stark).
The Benson Hotel
309 SW Broadway St.
(503) 228-2000 or toll-free at 1 (800) 426-0670
3.2 miles to Bullseye Glass (.6 mile to Bullseye Projects). Three blocks to the closest #9 bus stop (SW 5th and Pine).
Embassy Suites Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine St.
(503) 279-9000 or toll-free at 1 (800) 362-2779
3.6 miles to Bullseye Glass Factory/Resource Center (.8 mile to the Bullseye Projects). Three city blocks to the closest #9 bus stop (SW 5th and Pine).
The Inn at Northrup Station
2025 NW Northrup
(503) 224-0543, or toll-free at 1 (800) 224-1180
4.6 miles to Bullseye Factory (.9 mile to Bullseye Projects).
Portland International Guesthouse
2185 NW Flanders Street
(503) 224-0500, or toll-free at 1 (877) 228-0500
A small guesthouse offering European style accommodations. Quiet, clean, and
cozy. 4.5 miles to Bullseye Factory (.7 mile to Bullseye Projects)
More Lodging Ideas
Visit travelportland.com for more lodging options and a wealth of visitor's info.
Portland is a totally amazing food town. Even locals can't keep up with the constantly growing bounty of options. Just to get you started, though, here a few Bullseye staff picks.
From Chris, our web/multimedia guy:
Nicholas' Restaurant, 318 SE Grand Ave., 503-235-5123
"Incredible Lebanese food. Inexpensive but comfortable place with friendly staff. Be sure to try the shatta (red pepper and sesame seed pizza). Note that they don't take plastic, just cash or check."
Saburo's Sushi House, 1667 SE Bybee Blvd., 503-236-4237
"You WILL wait outside 30 minutes for a table. You WILL order once and promptly. You WILL enjoy the best sushi you've ever had. Small, packed, and loud. Yet so absolutely worth it if you're a sushi fan. I'm not kidding."
From Susan in Bullseye Sales:
Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division, 503-517-0808
"Bar Avignon is a darling place just down the road from the Bullseye Factory. Wonderful wine selection, full bar and amazing small plates. I had a beet, farro and feta salad that made my eyes roll back in my head. Everything is served with a smile, and the overall vibe and comfort level is really nice. Great Happy Hour deals on drinks and food."
Clarklewis, 1001 SE Water St., 503-235-2294
"Excellent Pacific Northwest regional fare in an industrial chic setting. Fantastic Happy Hour deals."
From Nicole, graphic designer for Bullseye Projects:
Burgerville, multiple locations
"Fast food heaven! Burgerville uses only free-range Oregon Country Beef, Tillamook cheese, and regional, seasonal ingredients. Their shakes are scrumptious, try peach if you are lucky enough to get it in season."
Russell Street Barbeque, 325 NE Russell Street, 503-528-8224
"Russell Street uses local hormone-free meat and also grills and smokes tofu. They make 5 different kinds of homemade sauces and have handcrafted rootbeer on tap so their rootbeer floats are amazing! Very reasonable prices."
Staccato Gelato, 232 NE 28th and Burnside, 503- 231-7100
Also at: 1540 SE Bybee, 503-517-8957
"Yummy, yummy gelato. They have doughnuts too."
From Mary Kay, Bullseye's marketing manager:
Tarboush, 3237 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, 503-235-3277
"Tarboush Lebanese Bistro and Bar serves exceptionally good, fresh, flavorful food at reasonable prices in a pleasant Victorian house. I recommend the signature mezza plate and the foul moudammas (fava beans). A friend of ours swears that the chicken livers are the best he ever had. Omnivores will enjoy grass-fed, organic beef. There are great dishes for vegan and gluten-free gourmands. Plus, cucumber Mojitos!"