After spending time in Quaking Grass's furnished loft studio, you learn why some of the yoga, Zumba, and holistic-dance instructors refer to the space as their "big living room." Once inside the studio, you find yourself in a sprawling, high-ceilinged loft. Natural light spills in from tall windows and onto green walls, where African art and decorative Asian fans hang. Scanning the room, you see plush furniture, a kitchenette, and a massive Native American dream catcher, painted white and hanging 6 feet to the floor.
Quaking Grass is home to the Healing Arts Collective; many of its members left positions as businesspeople, teachers, and lawyers in favor of a more relaxed lifestyle. According to director Heather Straube, they each felt called to help others through techniques such as massage, yoga, and dance. Instructors lead students through progressive poses in Vinyasa yoga, dances set to Latin and Caribbean beats in Zumba, and blends of meditative martial arts and freeform movement in Earthquake Ecstatic and Nia dance. Though they guide some classes step-by-step, instructors emphasize free exploration over adhering to a strict routine—reminding students that they can meditate silently, pair off with partners, or dance alone to practice leading and following at the same time.
Once each month, Quaking Grass's members also host an open community clinic, experimental salon, and potluck. Practitioners stationed throughout the space introduce curious guests to basics of tarot-card reading, massage, hypnosis, quantum touch, and a host of other holistic methods—with the hope that visitors, like babies balancing their first checkbooks, experience something new. Individual members, artists, or community practitioners may also lead workshops or lectures explaining their craft.
A stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Portland places you in the heart of Portland, walking distance from Holladay Park and Lloyd Center. This eco-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Oregon Convention Center and Oregon State Hospital Portland.
Make yourself at home in one of the 477 air-conditioned rooms featuring MP3 docking stations. Premium TV channels provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as direct-dial phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a 24-hour fitness facility, and a seasonal outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, limo/town car service, and business services. Planning an event in Portland? This hotel has 46,500 square feet (4320 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Each visit to Voicebox is an opportunity to try something new. Maybe it's belting out a random selection from the 12,000-title song list, which contains music in English, Spanish, Thai, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese. Or maybe it's taking on the role of a backup dancer, a tambourine player, or a co-headliner who grabs a second microphone to share the spotlight. All of these scenarios unfold behind the closed doors of private karaoke suites, where friends can gather around the TV and make their song selections using Voicebox's custom remotes or a proprietary smartphone app.
Besides the music, both Portland locations feature onsite kitchens that cook up fresh Asian cuisine. Specialties range from pork meatball bahn mi to Thai chicken pita pizza, which doubles as a great vocal warmup when said aloud. Local beers and sake cocktails complement the food.
Facilitating the fan-delighting collision of comic-book universes and intergalactic heroes, Wizard World organizes Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions across the continent. At each event, stars from the silver screen set down roots in booths across the convention floor, wielding markers for autographs and their photo-op-ready smiles. Past guests have run the gamut from William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and the cast of AMC?s The Walking Dead. Away from the crowds, stars also participate in talks and Q&A panels as part of the event?s programming. Along with beloved actors, Wizard World?s conventions grant guests a chance to interact with writers and artists as well as partake in activities such as gaming tournaments and costume contests.
At Inflatable Kingdom, kids can explore a whimsical empire built with color, imagination, and lots and lots of air. Inside the sprawling facility, children can bounce on towering castles, then careen down cushy slides. Inflatable Kingdom opens its world to the public during open-play sessions and birthday parties, which can be tailored to a special theme, including pirates, carnival, westerns, and obscure Secretaries of State. And Inflatable Kingdom also uses its shape-shifting space to host dances, weddings, teambuilding events, and other adult-related functions, which can be customized to your specifications.
Become the king and queen of your own carnival by donning the Groucho glasses ($15/dozen) and a rhinestone tiara ($12.95), or for a more social get-together, prop up cardboard cutouts of Darth Vader and Marilyn Monroe ($33.95 each) as bouncers outside your exclusive mustache party (fake 'staches start at $1 each). Bachelorette-party games, such as the barroom scavenger hunt, and party favors including to-be bridal accoutrements, range from $9.95–$32.95 and up for a group of eight. Whatever the theme, 100% biodegradable helium-inflated balloons lend a buoyant hand to the festivities ($12.50 per dozen). The Lippman Company's stock of giant fake diamonds ($9.95/dozen) can make a lifelong dream of wooing a giant inflatable Paul Bunyan come true.