On Saturday, July 21st at 2pm we will begin our ceremony at Portland’s Disjecta Gallery. Following the ceremony we will welcome our guests to join us in toasting our new union and enjoying some food and beverages from our local favorites. There will be plenty of opportunities to dance, laugh, and enjoy the company of our friends and family.
For those of you who do not live in the Portland area, we were able to get a few different deals for hotels. They are all great places to stay, but if you like music/nightlife I highly recommend the Jupiter Hotel since it’s attached to Doug Fir a local music and arts venue, and located in the central Eastside (a hip place). The Nines is a luxury hotel in Downtown that has posh accommodations and the easiest access to the rest of town via mass transit (but it’s hell to drive your car in that area). Courtyard by Marriott has the cheapest rate, but still a cool location being only 10 blocks to the Yellow train that goes straight to the wedding. The details for each are below.
Courtyard by Marriott
- Go to http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/pdxcl-courtyard-portland-downtown-convention-center
- Use promo code “ckwckwa” to reserve a King room that includes a pull-out sofa.
- Use promo code “ckwckwb” to reserve a 2 Queen room
- Go to http://res.jupiterhotel.com
- Use promo code “WEDD” for 15% off
- *Some summer weekends require a 2 night minimum stay
- For 15% off, click this link, enter the dates you want to stay, and follow the prompts.
Our ceremony and reception are located on the Yellow train line, a fast mass-transit train that goes through Downtown.
We highly recommend traveling by mass-transit, bicycle, or walking while in Portland. Our multi-use infrastructure is rather large, as well as our bicycle infrastructure throughout the city. If you really like driving a car, we also have numerous car-share programs in Portland. Below are some helpful resources.
- TriMet (mass transit system) - trimet.org
- Bicycle Rentals - citybikes.coop, waterfrontbikes.com, clevercycles.com
- Portland Parks - portlandonline.com/parks
- Forest Park (Our favorite place to ride bikes offroad or hike) - forestparkconservancy.org/forest-park/
- ZipCar (hourly car rental) - zipcar.com
Stuff to do while in Portland
Portland is home to a lot of incredible adventures, many more than we could list. We added a bunch to our map, and listed our absolutely favorites below.
- Wine Tasting
Oregon grows some of the best Pinot on the planet (ask anyone from Oregon). We love wine and STRONGLY recommend you taste our wines while visiting. While there are many great wineries, you should start with the best at Cubanisimo Vineyards (Christina’s family winery).
- Seated Dining
Portland is home to some incredible dining experiences. From spanish style tapas to locally-sourced indigents, there isn’t much you can’t find here. Though there are many admirable meals, we really like Wildwood, Park Kitchen, Tasty N’ Sons, and Po’Shines
- Food Carts
We are basically world renowned for our cart food here in Portland. If you can imagine a style of food, we have a cart that serves it. Though it would probably give you heart disease just hearing all the carts we’ve enjoyed a delicious snack from, we have a handful we prefer: Houngs, El Cubo de Cuba, Koi Fusion, and Big Ass Sandwiches.
There is a huge tradition of “park lyfe” in Portland. “Park Lyfe” would be the midday gathering of friends at local parks to sunbathe, kick back a beverage, and just enjoy the city parks. All “park lyfe” travel is normally done via bike and may include a stop at a bar or food cart on the way. I highly recommend Overlook Park as it is less crowded and has a great view.
Boy, do we have beaches. Portlanders relish the 3-4 months of warm weather, and we crowd the river beaches all summer. The Sandy and Washougal rivers offer some nice spots to lay down and hang out, but the easiest to find is Collins Beach on the very close Sauvies Island. While trekking there, Sauvies offers many u-pick farms and other attractions. (a portion of Collins is clothing-optional, so be advised if you have sensitive eyes)
- Touristy Stuff
Portland is full of touristy stuff if that is your thing. From the Multnomah Falls to the Oregon Zoo to OMSI, there’s weeks of excitement from age 1 to 100. My personal favorite is the Vista House with views of the Columbia river (it’s an excellent bike ride for advanced riders).
Places of Interest in Portland
This map includes the wedding venue, a few nice hotels, and places that we enjoy in town. (if it doesn’t load, view it here)
View Max & Christina’s Wedding Places in a larger map