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An Orientation to Portland
Thanks to your enthusiastic responses to the 2017 International Master Gardener Conference, we have filled more than 1,200 conference registrations and over 700 tour slots.

Now seems a good time to turn our attention to your trip.

Of course, if you have not registered, please act NOW! Don't miss a constellation of amazing speakers, film series, trade show and the experience of delighting in all Portland and Oregon has to offer.

Back to planning your visit. Let's begin with a quick orientation. The map above delineates each of 8 city districts, including the Lloyd where the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) and conference hotels are located.

On this map, the close proximity of much of Portland -- Downtown, Pearl, Old Town Chinatown, Central Eastside, Belmont, Hawthorne and Division/Clinton -- to scheduled IMGC activities becomes self-evident.

Each of these districts offers worthy activities and restaurants. We will stay east of the Willamette River in this issue and venture west next month.

There is plenty of shopping and restaurants in the Lloyd district to keep you occupied. But, with so much nearby, we recommend a few options.

Tilikum Crossing Bridge
Venture a couple of miles south to the Central Eastside --consider dinner at
Le Pigeon where James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker offers an ever-changing menu. Walkers may cross the car-free Tilikum Crossing on foot; Portland's newest bridge over the Willamette River offers spectacular views and is pedestrian-friendly.

Southeast of the Lloyd are three of Portland's famed food districts. They are, from north to south, Belmont, Hawthorne and Division/Clinton.

Belmont blends a little history (the Lone Fir pioneer cemetery) with shops and food. For dinner, you can't go wrong with Nostrana for Italian fare and Coquine for New American cuisine.

Hawthorne is a very walkable street with block after block of vintage shops, boutiques and cafes. For a tasty meal on a budget, consider ¿Por Qué No? but don't be shocked by the line out its doors.

Division/Clinton is packed with note-worthy restaurants and Salt & Straw which spotlights fresh, local ingredients in hand crafted ice creams. For the adventurous, sample from 20+ food carts at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden that also has a garden, produce stand, coffee cart and beer garden, mobile art boutique and a vintage dress shop housed in a double-decker bus. How "Portlandia"!

Tidbit Food Farm
We especially like a feature built into the maps of individual districts. It is called the walking distance guide. Enlarge the map by clicking the icon in the lower right corner then click and drag the blue circle any where to estimate distances. Give it a try! We think you will like it.

Finally, we have a couple of housekeeping details about the conference.
  • If you have registered but wish to make a change - be it selection of a session or meal, or buying a ticket to the opening reception or a film show -- please conference contact conference registration as soon as possible. We can neither make any changes nor sell any tickets after May 26.
  • Have you downloaded the free conference app? With conference schedule, maps, session and speaker info, exhibitor profiles and Search for Excellence winners, it is designed to help you navigate the conference with ease. 
Key dates for the 2017 IMGC:

Register through May 26

Sign up for day tours through May 19

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