1) Can you recommend a reasonably-priced hostel/motel? I'll probably only be staying two or three nights at a maximum. Otherwise I'm booking a Motel 6 and calling it done.
2) What are some cool/unique things to do in Portland? When I visit places I like to check out caves, really weird/kitschy/roadside America type stuff, favorite local eateries and dishes, and possibly bar trivia (if available). Anything that's really unique to an area tends to be my priority. Bonus points if it's weird.
DK/DC: what was the weather like on the first day of spring/fall? It snowed here. Hooray Sweden!