Family-Friendly Places to Visit in Portland

Rose Test Garden, Washington Park

Portland may have a reputation as a haven for the progressive adults among us, but there are plenty of places for family fun. Whether you and your family are staying for a while in corporate housing in Portland, or you’re visiting the City of Roses for a day trip, these spots will keep the kids happy – and the adults looking to extend their stay.

Parks and Gardens

The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park should be one of your first stops for a relaxing and beautiful day out with the kids. Since 1919, the garden has been a “testing ground” of new rose varieties. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket, then walk along the garden paths amid hundreds of types of flowers. It’s hard to take a bad photograph anywhere in the garden, so it’s a great place to go when you want to add to the family photo album.

Portland also has many beautiful parks and playgrounds. One of those parks is on Mount Tabor – an extinct volcano. During construction of the Mt. Tabor Park in 1912, workers discovered volcanic cinders which were later used in making the park’s roads. Are you living in Portland due to a long-term business project? Mount Tabor is a great place to explore. The park features picnic areas, play areas, a basketball court, dog park, horseshoe pit, walking paths – paved and unpaved – a picnic shelter, a performance stage, tennis courts, volleyball court, and wedding site.

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How to Help Your Child Adjust Through Comfortable Corporate Housing

kidsYou’ve got a major project at work, but it requires travel time. Lots of travel time. It might be time to think about relocating, even if it’s just for several months.

But that can be difficult on the entire family, especially children. Moving makes it challenging for kids to build relationships, according to a study from the Journal of Social and Personality Psychology found in Psychology Today. That’s why you have to pay just as much attention to how your kids are handling the transition as you do the work project itself. One potential solution? Corporate housing. Finding furnished apartments in Portland, especially with full amenities, can help make that difficult transition a little easier on your children.

Relation of Quality Furnishing and Stress with Kids

One of the best ways to make the transition go a little more smoothly is to try to mimic your permanent home environment as much as possible. That means don’t overlook the furnishings. Bad housing can have negative effects on a child, according to a study by Boston College and reported by Good Therapy. The study shows that children are more stressed when the quality of their living quarters isn’t up to the task.

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Why So Many Families Choose to Live in San Diego

The fantastic weather. Great schools. Shopping and entertainment options galore. San Diego is a great place to live and raise a family. Unfortunately, the housing market has been bumpy, with sales dropping to their lowest level in three years in January 2014, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

With demand seemingly at a low, families looking to relocate may have better prospects hunting for San Diego furnished apartments rather than buying. Savvy renters will take advantage of the downturn. With fewer people buying, you’ll have a better chance of finding that perfect furnished rental – and sellers are eager to close deals.La Jolla Coast

Look Into Your Financial Options First

However, that means you’ll have to act soon, because rental rates are predicted to continue to rise over the next five years, C.B. Richard Ellis says. For example, rental prices from 2004 to 2014 increased 24 percent. The longer you wait, the harder it’s going to be to find that perfect, inexpensive rental that fits perfectly within your budget. However, San Diego apartment hunters shouldn’t be discouraged. Start by checking your current company’s policies regarding transfers, as many businesses will pay at least part of the moving expenses. Also, military families can seek help from the government with regards to relocating, and various organizations offer assistance to people in need of housing, making affordable corporate housing in San Diego well within reach.

Why San Diego?

There are many reasons why so many people choose “America’s Finest City” to live every year. Some of the highlights include:

  • Located in Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo houses more than 3,700 animals and more than 650 species. San Diego championed (and pioneered) open-air, cageless exhibits, re-creating natural habitats for animals. It even houses a giant panda within the premises. An Australian experience feature debuted in 2013, called Koalafornia Adventure.
  • Owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, SeaWorld overlooks San Diego’s oceanfront. It is a world-famous animal theme park, outside aquarium, oceanarium, and marine mammal park. Continue reading

Moving: How to Make a Smooth Transition with Children and Pets

dog movingMoving is both stressful and exciting, and comes with many rewards, adventures and stressors. Whether you’re moving to furnished apartments in San Diego or a single-family home in Boston, planning is the key for a move that is as good as possible for everyone. For pets and children, it can be more difficult than for

adults, and it’s important that you keep a few excellent tips in mind in order to make the transition of moving with children and pets as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

 Tips for Moving with Children

One tip that many parents have found helpful is to promise a gift or treat to children upon arriving at your new home. That way, they will build excitement as the journey continues, replacing some of the nervousness with anticipation. Be sure to highlight the benefits of making new friends and meeting new people, and remind them that everyone they’ve met at their current home was a stranger at one time too. Remind them that their friends are only a phone call or an email away, and don’t forget to talk up the fun of setting up, decorating and living in a new room. It also often helps to show children photos of the new house in Boston, or the new Chicago neighborhood, or the new furnished apartments in San Diego they’ll be living at, along with the new school they’ll be going to, which will help them visualize their new life at a new place.

Be sure to engage your children in the process of moving so they don’t feel left out; take them with you to visit a new area, and let them look at homes with you. Ask for their opinions on projects, and have them help with the packing and cleaning if they are old enough. Make sure to support them, and don’t forget to exchange mailing and email addresses, along with phone numbers with the parents of your child’s friends.

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Intern Relocation – Part 4: Five Popular Portland Museums

portland-musuemNo matter how long you’re staying in one of the many furnished apartments Portland has to offer, there is something for everyone to explore. Portland has a unique culture that befits the slogan “Keep Portland Weird” but, there’s also another side to Portland – it is full of museums dedicated to art, history, and spreading artistic culture. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Portland Children’s Museum. The Portland Children’s Museum caters specifically to children with exhibits and studio opportunities for youths to get their hands dirty.       Popular exhibits include the Baby’s Garden – a multi-sensory space for young children from birth to three years of age; the Twilight Trail allows children to experiment with light and shadows, while the zany maze is an outdoor exhibit full of hedges that allow children to feel safely hidden as they explore the little garden. The Portland Children’s Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland.
  • Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Train enthusiasts will be enthralled with the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. From railway cars dating back to the 1870s to light rail train cars like the city’s Max line, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center features three locomotives – the Southern Pacific 4449 the Portland and Seattle 700 and the Oregon Railway and Navigation 197, all of which were donated to the city of Portland in 1957. The ORHC is located at 2250 SE Water Ave., in Portland.

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Intern Relocation – Part 3: Best Parks to Visit in Portland

Autumn MaplePortland’s Best Parks

If you’re new to Portland and looking for a park to relax in when you’re not working, you’re in luck. Oregon’s largest city is home to more than 70 different parks and you’ll have lots to explore. We’ve compiled a list of the five best parks in Portland (in no particular order) —and we think there’s something on the list for everyone.

1. Lovejoy Fountain Park

At SW Third and Harrison in downtown Portland, this might be the smallest park on the list – Lovejoy Fountain Park is just .75 acres. This park was completed in 1966, and features a copper-clad pavilion in addition to a fountain that draws many visitors, especially during the city’s warmer months.

2. Laurelhurst Park

In the Laurelhurst neighborhood, there’s a 26.81 acre park that was called the “most beautiful park on the west coast” by the Pacific Coast Parks Association in 1911. Visitors who wish to be active can choose from horseshoes, basketball, volleyball or soccer. There’s also a picnic site and an off-leash area to let your dog run.

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Intern Relocation – Part 2: Things to do, Places to see while in Portland

Our series for intern relocation continues with more great information on things to do and places to see during your relocation to Portland, OR. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Portland, Oregon has a little bit of everything for anyone looking to get away. Unique art, music, and food scenes distinguish this Northwest adventure from any other city in America, while trips to the ocean and mountain views make Portland a must see travel destination across the world. The following are just a few reasons why Portland should be your next stop across the continental US.

  • Bikes Rule. Portland is a pedal powered city. Almost every street is equipped with a bike lane, which has supported a thriving cyclist community. Bikes are available to rent at Portland Bike Tours.
  • Food A La Carte. Portland is littered with food trucks, each serving up their own brand of culinary magic. One walk down the street and you can experience a world of cuisines from deep fried chimichangas to classic Italian spaghetti.

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Intern Relocation – Part 1: 3 of the Best Craft Brew Bars in Portland

Relocating to Portland? Or are you helping with the process of relocating a group of interns to Portland, Oregon? At US Suites we’re launching a series focused on intern relocation and all the great places available for them to visit while they’re visiting Portland during their internship.

Between San Diego and Portland, the West Coast has established itself as one of the best places for craft brews. Whether you’re a local, staying in one of our furnished apartments, or just spending the day in town, a cool drink is much more than a beverage when in Portland. Here are a few of our favorite places to grab a brew, relax with friends, and enjoy the art of craft beers.

Belmont Station in Portland

Belmont Station

Nearly 21 years old itself, this Portland fixture carries over 1,200 beers to suit your every need. Pick up goodies for your night with friends or grab some cold ones at the Beircafe. There is always something new going on at Belmont Station, so be sure to check their site for the latest news.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Relocation to Portland

Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city that has grown immensely in popularity over the years. Despite its reputation as a friendly city however, the decision to relocate to Portland is a daunting one that will require adapting to a completely new location. To help with this transition, here are some tips on how to make your move to Portland, Oregon an enjoyable one.

Pick Your Apartment’s Location Carefully

The location of your apartment is perhaps the most important factor in how you will enjoy your time in Portland. Whether you have an executive rental or a furnished apartment, your apartment’s location can determine where you play, meet new friends, and more. Once you have decided on a neighborhood that is when you can decide on the right house for you.

Embrace Alternative Forms of Transportation

Instead of driving, many Portland residents prefer to bike or take public transportation. Portland’s public transportation system has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and the growing biking community is going stronger than ever. If you must use your car, be sure to be patient out on the roads, prepare to drive in rainy conditions, and keep an eye out for bikers.

The best way to start making Portland feel like home is to start engaging in some of the many different scenes Portland has to offer. Just about everything has its home in Portland: music, local beer, barista-approved coffee spots, a burgeoning culinary community, food trucks, art festivals, devoted soccer fans, and plenty of outdoor activities.