The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Portland, Oregon: Secrets of Living the Good Life--For Less!


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Think you have to earn big bucks to live big in the City of Roses? Think again.

Portland is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to “The Cheap Bastard” to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.  

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Live Large for Less!

Think you have to earn big bucks to live big in the City of Roses? Think again.

Portland is full of free and ridiculously inexpensive stuff—you just need to know where to look. Leave it to “The Cheap Bastard” to uncover all the ins and outs and exclusive bargains to be had, and to tell you the real deal with wit and humor.  

The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Portland, Oregon, shows you how to find free or low-cost:
• Entrance to plays, films, concerts, open mics, and museums, as well as the zoo, pools, and other great places for family fun
• Recreational activities of all sorts, including skiing, snowboarding, golfing, and yoga
• Food—from burgers, banh mi, small plates, and tacos to gourmet food carts and breakfast favorites.
• Haircuts, manicures, and massages

With The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Portland, Oregon, anyone can enjoy the good life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773022
  • Publisher: GPP Travel
  • Publication date: 11/22/2011
  • Series: Cheap Bastard
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 970,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Dresbeck, a writer and editor, has observed and written about Portland for a variety of publications. She was educated at Whitman College and the University of Oregon, has taught writing and literature at Portland Community College, University of Oregon, and Oregon Health and Science University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Section 1 Entertainment in Portland

Theater: In on the Act 2

Usher Yourself In 3

Always Free 7

Cheap Seats 7

Youth & Children's Theater 11

Theater Festivals 12

Discount Tickets 14

Film:Cheap Shots 15

Independent Theaters 16

Alternative Theaters 23

Free Movies 23

Film Events 26

Dance: Cheap Moves 27

Performance 28

Dance Instruction 31

Music: Of Thee I Sing 33

Keeping Up: Local Music News 34

Favorite Venues 35

Classically Cheap 39

Community Music 41

Festivals & Concert Series 43

Readings & Open Mies: Free Expression 46

Regular Events 47

Readings at Bookstores 50

Cheap Readings 53

Grab the Mic 55

Section 2 Living in Portland

Food: Cheap Eats 57

Happy Hours 58

Food Carts 64

Free Samples 68

Cheap Food 70

Drinks: Cheap Buzz 78

Wine Tastings 79

Beer Tastings 83

Beer Festivals 85

Brewery Tours 88

Distillery Tours 88

Transportation: On the Road Again 90

Public Transportation 91

Car Sharing 93

Walking 95

Biking 96

Biking Resources 97

Bike Repair 99

Heading Out of Town 100

Child's Play: Cheap Activities 102

Great Playgrounds, Parks & Walks 103

Farms & Fairs 105

Arcade Games 108

Skateboarding 109

Story Times 110

Museums & Attractions 112

Shopping: Bargain Basement 117

Trash or Treasure 118

Cheap Fashion 120

Consignment & Thrift Stores 124

Gear on the Cheap 128

Discount Shops & Outlets 129

Do-It-Yourself 131

Health & Medical: An Apple a Day 134

Health Clinics 135

Alternative Health Care 136

Sexual Health 137

Outdoor Recreation, Sports & Fitness: Cheap Thrills 139

Cheap & Free Resources 140

Golf 140

Ski Areas 144

Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing 147

Swimming 148

Tennis 149

Yoga 150

Nosebleed Seats: Spectator Sports 151

Beauty Services: Cheap Is in the Eye of the Beholder 153

Beauty School Drop-In 154

Cheap Barbers & Salons 157

Cheap Relaxation 158

Soaking & Saunas 159

Apartments & Accommodations 161

Free Rental Services 162

Cheap Sleep 163

House-Sitting 164

Section 3 : Exploring Portland

Walking Tours: A Cents of Place 166

Nature Walks 167

Guided Tours 170

Free Self-Guided Nature Walks 171

Free Self-Guided City Walks 172

Free Gallery Walks 174

Gardens & Forests: Free Range 176

Free Gardens 177

Sometimes Free Gardens 179

Gardening Resources 181

Foraging 182

Museums, Public Art & Libraries: Free Access 186

Free 187

Sometimes Free 191

Cheap 192

Art Resources 196

Escaping the City: Free at Last 197

Camping in Oregon 198

Day Hikes, Swimming Holes & Waterfalls 201

Hot Springs 207

Appendix A Additional Resources 209

Appendix B Parks & Recreation Community Centers 213

Appendix C Library Locations 216

Index 219

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