Best of Portland | Portland, Oregon

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In Portland, Oregon, you’ll find a little bit of everything. The city is dotted with lively urban areas and serene wooded parks, ensuring that whether you want to browse boutiques or spend the day hiking, there’s always something to do. Their exciting and constantly evolving food scene means that every meal you eat will be something special. Portland’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Portland Weird,” a feeling you’ll understand as you begin to experience the uniqueness of the city.

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Inn @ Northrup Station

The Inn @ Northrup Station, located in northwest Portland, is a visually stunning hotel decorated with bright colors, retro décor, and local art. Stay in a suite complete with a kitchen as well as a private deck or patio perfect for kicking back at the end of the day. You’ll also want to catch their fun events – movie night Mondays, wine down Wednesdays, hop-py hour Thursdays, and sundae Sundays will add a little excitement to your stay. Indulge in the Just the Two of Us package, a romantic assortment of local wine and chocolates, embossed glasses, and a spa set.

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Forest Park

With over 5,000 acres of bright green foliage, it’s hard to believe that Forest Park is just minutes from the city. Choose one of their many trails and head out for a hike – we like the Ridge Trail, which provides a mix of natural and urban scenery. You’ll start out within the park and hike down to St. John’s Bridge, one of Portland’s most iconic features. Walk across St. John’s to check out Cathedral Park, a beautiful area underneath the bridge’s east side, before hiking back up into Forest Park.

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Pine State Biscuits

The melt-in-your-mouth biscuit sandwiches at Pine State Biscuits make the perfect post-hike meal. The well-known Portland eatery, which has been serving their perfectly crafted biscuits for just over a decade, was created by three southerners and has multiple locations across the city. Try the Chatfield, a stack of fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and apple butter between two biscuits. If you still have room, go for their seasonal pop tart – right now it’s blueberry cheesecake, featuring goat cheese and a lemon glaze.

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Washington Park

Like Forest Park, Washington Park is a beautiful wooded area in Portland. Spend a day exploring all of the attractions inside Washington Park. Visit the Portland Japanese Garden, a 12-acre collection of 8 different garden spaces created to inspire serenity and tranquility. Next, see why Portland is called the City of Roses at the International Rose Test Garden, which is full of different types of roses in every color imaginable. You’ll also find the Hoyt Arboretum, a “living museum” of over 6,000 trees with over 12 miles of trails that you can meander through. If you still have time, Washington Park is also home to the Oregon Zoo, an archery range, the Portland Children’s Museum, and more.

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Blue Star Donuts

Though many visitors in Portland head straight for Voodoo Doughnut, we recommend trying out Blue Star Donuts instead. Their donuts are crafted with a handmade dough that takes 18 hours to make. The dense and moist Buttermilk Old Fashioned is perfect for purists, while the more adventurous will like their unique flavor combinations such as the Raspberry Rosemary Buttermilk, a sweet and savory explosion of flavor.

Experience the Unique Charm of Portland | Portland, Oregon

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Portland is one of the country’s most unique cities, well known for its eclectic vibe. Situated between the Columbia and Willamette rivers, it’s full of Pacific Northwest beauty. Portland offers an array of entertainment options including performing arts theaters, museums, and parks. Explore the Pearl District, see the world’s largest bookstore, and check out some of the latest art exhibitions.

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The Mark Spencer

Stay at The Mark Spencer and immerse yourself in Portland. This stylish and comfortable hotel provides free continental breakfast, afternoon tea and cookies, and an evening wine reception. It’s located right in downtown Portland, close to the vibrant West End and Pearl District. Book the Paperback Writer package, which includes a $50 gift certificate to the famous Powell’s Books, a Powell’s coffee mug, and a bookstore map. You’ll also enjoy free parking at the hotel and a late 1pm checkout.

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Powell’s Books

Any book lover will tell you that Powell’s Books is one of the most famous bookstores in the country. The store has been an independently owned Portland landmark since 1971, and has expanded to include five stores. Visit the flagship store, which is called Powell’s City of Books due to its incredible size. It’s the world’s largest used and new bookstore, occupying an entire block of Portland’s Pearl District. Don’t miss the Rare Book Room, which has about 9,000 of their most valuable and exciting volumes.

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The Pearl District has become one of the city’s most exciting areas. It boasts art galleries, spas, and endless food and beverage options. Stop at Ovation Coffee & Tea for an afternoon pick-me-up. They have a great selection of coffee and tea, including Moroccan beverages and cold brew, as well as delicious scones and pastries. The Pearl District is also a great place to browse some of Portland’s unique, independently owned shops. You’ll find amazing stationary at Oblation Papers & Press, a 19th-century print shop. Visit Nau, a store committed to creating sustainable clothing, for some of Portland’s best fashion.

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Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. It was founded in 1892 and features over 42,000 objects and unique exhibitions. Case Work: Studies in Form, Space & Construction blends art and architecture together, presenting pieces of architectural design that were part of the creative process for some of the country’s most impressive buildings. The museum is also presenting Native Fashion Now, a look at modern Native American Fashion and indigenous designers in the last half-century. Both exhibitions run through September 4, 2016.

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Go “Floating”

Portland is full of unique trends and opportunities. Try something new while you’re in town and check out Float On. What is “floating”? Floaters spend 90 minutes inside a float tank containing a mix of water and Epsom salt. The tank is soundproof and dark, and the buoyancy makes you float on your back in the water. The idea is to lose track of your body and the environment around you. It’s been described as a profoundly relaxing experience, reducing stress and giving your body a break from gravity.

Flavors of Portland | Portland, Oregon

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Head to Portland for a getaway filled with culinary delights. The charming city was named the #1 best food city in America by The Washington Post in 2015. Portland takes its food and drinks seriously, offering some of the best restaurants, breweries, and wineries anywhere. Fantastic chefs use local ingredients to create truly unique and impressive tastes. Here are our recommendations for the best spots to check out while you’re in town.

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Hotel deLuxe

The Hotel deLuxe was designed with Hollywood’s Golden Age in mind. Art deco style, sophisticated décor, and lush color palettes combine to create truly elegant spaces. Guests will have a delightful time exploring all of the hotel’s special amenities. Select a pillow that’s just right for you from their Pillow Menu, listen to the specially-created Spotify channels, and get a pint of ice cream from local favorite Salt & Straw delivered right to your room. If that’s not enough to convince you, they also show classic movies in their Pop-Up Cinema and serve an incredible Afternoon Tea, developed by their own tea sommelier.

For some extra excitement, book A Royal Picnic. This package includes stylish accommodations in a Queen or King Premier Suite and a picnic in one of Portland’s many scenic spots. Choose from six locations, including the beautiful Waterfront and Cathedral parks. You’ll be chauffeured in a Rolls Royce to your chosen destination, where you’ll enjoy a full English picnic.

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Salt & Straw

This unique ice cream shop is a can’t-miss Portland spot. Founded by an aunt and nephew, Salt & Straw took off quickly and now has multiple locations throughout Portland and Los Angeles. They’re known for their interesting, creative flavors that often blend savory and sweet together. Sample a few scoops of the Sourdough with Chocolate & Strawberries, Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache, or Pear & Blue Cheese.

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Bee Local

A few years ago, honey expert Damian Magista placed hives in different neighborhoods across Portland. Bee Local was founded when Magista discovered that the honey from these hives all had completely distinct tastes, colors, and textures. As a result, Bee Local honey is called “artisan neighborhood honey,” where each honey features complex, hyper-local flavor profiles. One of Bee Local’s hives is right on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe! Visit their online store to purchase traditional honey, cold-smoked varieties, and honey sauces. 

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Rogue

Part brewery, part distillery, Rogue quite literally has something for everyone. Not content to specialize in any one beverage, they make their own beers, spirits, ciders, and even sodas. Rogue has been crafting beverages from their very own fresh farm ingredients for almost thirty years. They make over 30 types of beer, including a variety of IPAs and some unique brews like Hazelnut Brown Nectar and Rogue Sriracha HOT Stout. You’ll want to sample some of their spirits like the Chipotle Whiskey. Take home a few of their homemade sodas. The Citrus Cucumber, made with Rogue Farms honey, is a refreshing treat.

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The Country Cat

For dinner, head to The Country Cat, a restaurant that specializes in American classics. Their menu consists of Midwestern-style food enhanced with the flavors of Portland. They use fresh, local ingredients to create delicious, seasonal dishes. Start out with warm buttermilk biscuits and some of their house beef jerky, and then try the Pan Fried “Drop” Dumplings, which are served in a ragout of wild mushrooms, mizuna, fennel, and gouda.

Best Places to Stay in the Pacific Northwest | Portland and Bend, Oregon

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A Pacific Northwest getaway is perfect for those looking for a break from everyday life. Take some time off to explore Portland, and then get closer to nature in Bend. At these Oregon hotels, you’ll be so pampered and comfortable you won’t want to leave. 2013blogs_may5RiverPlace Hotel | Portland, Oregon

You’ll find the RiverPlace Hotel right beside the Willamette River and only minutes from downtown Portland. Explore the city by day and come back to a comfortable room. Don’t miss Wine Hour every night, where you’ll mingle with the other guests over drinks and appetizers. We recommend treating yourself – order an in-room spa treatment! See the current packages and book your trip today.

2013blogs_may6The Oxford Hotel | Bend, Oregon

The Oxford Hotel focuses on eco-friendly sophistication. After a day full of outdoor activities, you’ll relish coming back into the luxurious indoors. Check out 10 Below, the hotel restaurant that specializes in organic food and local beer. They even offer fun amenities like complimentary bicycles and loaner iPods! View the current packages offered at this great boutique hotel.

Cinco de Mayo Getaways | Portland, Oregon

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Visit Portland this year for Cinco de Mayo! Voted 2012’s Ovation Award for Best Cultural and Heritage Festival in the State of Oregon, Portland’s Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is presented by the Portland Guadalajara Sister City Association.

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It is held in a beautiful setting at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. The fiesta spans a few days and attracts over 300,000 people. Watch music and dance performances on two different stages, attend a Mariachi Mass, and eat at a cantina. Don’t forget to see the live butterfly exhibit and the artisan village featuring unique art and handcrafted goods. Kids will love the carnival rides, crafts, and face painting! Make a whole vacation out of it and pick a Portland getaway package for your stay.

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