First off, I'd like to thank everyone that gave me advice, suggestions and recommendations.
Our somewhat last minute weekend in Portland was great!
Hotel: Four Points Sheraton - not exactly my first choice but we secured a killer rate through Priceline. While the location was good the rooms were just so-so; nothing special to write about. Because we had booked and paid online both checkin-in and check-out were very easy. Parking seems to be less at $15/day versus some of the other hotels further inside the downtown core.
Dinner at Fenouil:
Okey...more words...the food was fabulous, the wine was fabulous, and the service was fabulous. My husband had escargots and the scallops; he nothing but great things to say inbetween bites. I had the lobster beignets and the gnocchi a la Parisienne - only to be described as melt-in-your-mouth heavenly!
Burgers at Skylne Restaurant - I'm sad to say...it was just ok. I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting. It was better than the average burger but honestly, not that special. Atmosphere was just 'ok' also. My main complaint is really the Food Network and their editing for making it seem more 'nifty' that I actaully found it to be.
Powell's City of Books - A must for any bookworm! I prepared myself with a list of books and walked out with almost all of them plus a few that weren't!! If not for my husband dragging me out, I would have spent a couple of hours. Powells seems very well laid out for its size. Signage to help find the section you want were easy to read. Staff were friendly too.
Sadly I didn't do as much shopping as I had planned but I can try to squeeze that in the next time I go to Portland.
I liked Portland. Fabulous first impression! Very easy to get around, very walkable with wonderful public transit for when one's feet start to tire. We will surely come visit again.