I'm really sorry for the long delay in writing here but so much has happened this summer that I had to drop a couple things and unfortunately blogging was one of the casualties. I'm back though and I hope that you will forgive the silent treatment.
I recently got introduced to Airbnb -- do you know about it yet? If not check it out because it's a great way to travel around the world and stay in folks' homes usually for very little $. I'm doing it with the entire second floor of my home and I'd love it if you or a loved one or even an acquaintance would come and stay at my food lover's suite. I'm including a copy of my book for those who stay four or more nights. It's $70 a night.
I hope that you are doing well and, of course, eating well!
Here's the description that I have up on Airbnb:
The 400+ square foot entire second floor of my house has hardwood floors, sloped wooden ceilings, a queen bed, a full bed/couch, two closets, dressers and reading nook along with an attached office/reading room and private bathroom with bath at the base of the stairs. It's perfect for one to four people. There's a TV with DVD player (for DVDs or VHS, no TV stations) and free WiFi. Cozy and clean, no pets please. Check in/out time is flexible, please inquire.
North Portland's Overlook neighborhood has all sorts of restaurants (Mextiza, Pause, Mio Sushi, food cart pod with 10 carts), bars (Old Gold, Palace of Industry, Barlow's, Hop & Vine), cafes (DiPrima Dolci), coffee shops (Blend) and parks all within a short walking distance of my 1907 cedar shake bungalow with front and back edible gardens and a comfortable front porch with chairs.
I'm a local food writer and editor and I've lived in Portland for 10 years. Included in the cost of a four day or more stay is a copy of my book, Food Lover's Guide to Portland. It will help you find all that is delicious throughout the city! I'm more than happy to offer eat, drink and be merry suggestions to you during your stay.
Guests can easily travel the city without a car from my house. The light rail line is five blocks away and takes you to/from the airport, downtown, the Rose Quarter and all over Portland. A bus to the Alberta Arts District also runs by my house and gets you there in 10 minutes. There is plenty of street parking available and it's a quick car or bike ride to downtown, Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Avenue, and all sorts of other great Portland neighborhoods.
You're more than welcome to use my fully functional and equipped kitchen (French press, refrigerator, oven, shelf space etc.), living room, as well as the washer and dryer and there is wireless throughout the house.
Please help share this with anyone that you think might be interested. Thanks so much!