Portland has made the list of one of the top 10 cities in the US for a cheap date by CNN Money. It is stacked up against cities such as Denver, Minneapolis, Miami and of course, Las Vegas. What makes Portland so easy on the pocketbook? If you live downtown transportation is a breeze. You can either take the Max line to various locations that are within walking distance to trendy coffee houses, famous donut shops, eclectic bookstores and theaters or simply stay downtown as a world of entertainment can literally be within two blocks.
If you’re visiting Portland you can certainly stay downtown and simply take a taxi or the Max line back and forth to hotels or home. If you must take a taxi you’re looking at about $15-$20. Cocktails for two at most of the downtown hotspots can run you about $20. Dinner out? It all depends on what you’re looking for. Trendy taco trucks can offer $1 tacos or something a little bit nicer can run you anywhere from $50-$65 per couple. That creates a night out of around $100. Staying the night? Hotels in downtown can range anywhere from $150-$300 a night making an overnight stay in Portland roughly $350-$450 food, drinks and transportation included.
The Pearl district has been awarded as one of the best places to live, work, and play within 2 to 3 blocks of the city. The Pearl district has amazing restaurants, trendy coffee shops and bistros, and eclectic boutiques, bookstores, nightclubs and nightly entertainment as well as high and museums, galleries and theaters. All of this can literally be within 2 to 4 blocks of urban lofts, studio apartments and penthouse residences. With prices starting at about $300,000 going up to $5 million depending on location and size, you can literally live, work, and play all within a few blocks when you choose a home downtown at the Pearl district. One of the nice things about the Pearl district is the ease of transportation so when you do need to get out of downtown you could take the Max line, trolley systems or taxis and it alleviates the need for a vehicle.
So when you’re heading out on the town whether you’re in Beaverton, Tigard or Lake Oswego consider going downtown for a cheap date and knows that you will be well taken care of and well fed for less than you might think.
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