Explore Portland!

Your TESOL colleagues from Portland are excited to share their beautiful city with you! Stop by the Hospitality Desk to read a full description of what you can see and do with us in the city. Sign up early for one of the hosted events below, as space is limited.

In all cases, attendees pay for their own meals or admission fees. Bring an umbrella if it looks like rain!


4:00 pm     Tour of Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the USA.
6:00 pm     Go to a pod of food carts for dinner and choose your cuisine!
7:00 pm     Walk around Portland’s Hawthorne District, take in dinner and a movie at McMenamin’s.
6:00 pm     Enjoy great Mexican food at Maya’s Taquería in downtown Portland. 


4:00 pm     Get outside for a breath of fresh air and a walking tour of downtown Portland.
6:00 pm     Have dinner and walk around Portland’s Alberta Arts District.


7:00 am     Voodoo Donuts!  Grab breakfast together at Portland’s unique donut shop.
9:15 am     Portlanders love to  hike! Ride MAX up to the zoo and hike downhill through Washington Park to the city center.
2:30 pm     Tour Portland’s Chinese Garden just a short distance from the Convention Center.
4:30 pm     Admission is free at the Portland Art Museum on the fourth Friday of every month!
5:00 pm     Join colleagues for a Lebanese Dinner at Al-Amir.
6:00 pm     Happy hour for the LGBT Forum section at the Red Star Tavern.
6:00 pm     Dinner and possibly live theater in the trendy Northwest District. Sign up by 3:00 Thursday for theater tickets.
6:00 pm     How does Cuban food sound? Join colleagues at Pambiche’s Cuban Restaurant.
6:00 pm     Eat dinner at Mother’s Restaurant, featuring fresh northwest ingredients.
6:00 pm     Dinner at The Departure Lounge, an elegant restaurant with beautiful views from the 15th floor! Asian Fusion is the specialty.


9:30 am     Walk south from the Convention Center on the Eastbank Esplanade along the Willamette River down to OMSI. 9:30 am     Tour Waterfront Park on the west side of the Willamette River.

10:00 am  Portland’s Saturday Market has local arts and crafts and a plethora of exotic foods.
1:00 pm     Take transit to Portland’s Aerial Tram for a ride up to the top of the West Hills.


(Meet at Pioneer Courthouse Square)

10:00 am  Hiking in Forest Park, which has an extensive network of trails through the woods. If you’re a fan of Grimm, you’ll recognize the scenery.
10:00 am  Downtown Portland has extensive public art—take a walking tour to discover it!