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Portland, Oregon

Portland

Portland is described as America’s most European city. If that means a great walking city with tons of public transport, an atmosphere that celebrates the arts, a culture of great food, artisan coffee, craft beer, wine and neighborhoods chock-full of shops with handmade clothes and crafts, then we’d have to agree. As fantastic as Portland is to spend time in, it’s one of the easiest cities to spend time outside. The mountains, waterfalls, wine country and other assorted outdoor goodies Oregon is famous for are all a short drive away. So whether you’re looking to spend time in or outside a great city, Portland’s it.



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PORTLAND



Breweries BREWERIES

Portland is home to more than 70 breweries and has been a hub for the USA craft beer scene since the 1980s. They say it’s the fresh ingredients like Willamette Valley hops, barley and Bull Run water that makes their beer so good. There are plenty of brewpubs, beer themed events and brewery tours – you’re bound to find a brew you love.
Bikes and Segways BIKES AND SEGWAYS

There’s around 400 kilometres of bike lanes and many of them run through downtown and past popular attractions, shops and restaurants. You can hire bikes and Segways or do a guided tour that will take you around the bridges, breweries, food carts and parks of Portland as well as further afield to explore the wine country and Columbia River Gorge.
Portland Food Trucks FOOD TRUCKS

Portland’s food truck scene is massive with over 600 in the city. They are generally grouped together in ‘pods’ around the city. Alder Street, Tidbit and Mississippi are a couple of great pods to visit. There are also food cart tours if you fancy a few hours sampling some delicious treats.
Powells City of Books POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS

This is the world’s largest independent bookstore that takes up a whole city block. It has new releases and second hand books sharing the shelves and is a must for book worms.
Columbia River Gorge COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE & HOOD RIVER

Starting around 50 kilometres from Portland the scenic area of Columbia River Gorge has amazing views, more than 90 waterfalls and heaps of hiking trails. On your way to the Gorge, stop off at Hood River which is full of scenic hiking and mountain biking trails, craft breweries, wineries and farm-to-table cuisine.
Oregon Coast OREGON COAST

With 580 kilometres of beautiful coastline, the scenery is dramatic with pristine sand beaches in some areas and rugged cliffs in others. An easy day trip from Portland to see Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock or take your time and stay overnight.
 
Mt Hood MT HOOD

Popular in the winter and the summer as you can ski year round or hike/mountain bike in the summer. It’s Oregon’s tallest peak at 3,429 meters and can be seen from Portland.
Multnomah Falls MULTNOMAH FALLS

At 189 metres these falls are a photographer’s delight, with a lodge at the bottom and a bridge across the lower cascade. If you’re there in the autumn the foliage colours are beautiful.
Wine Country WINE COUNTRY

Less than an hour’s drive is the gorgeous Willamette Valley, home to more than 250 wineries, quaint towns, rolling farmland and delicious pinot noir.
Coffee COFFEE

Portland’s coffee culture keeps people caffeinated with a mix of independent roasters and small cafés. Wash your single origin long black down with a doughnut from Blue Star or Voodoo Doughnuts where you can try lots of crazy flavours like Bacon Maple Walnut.
Music MUSIC

The city is known for its indie rock music and you can check out gigs at local hangouts like the Doug Fir Lounge or McMenamins.



PORTLAND ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Portland, Oregon.
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Hotel Rose
HOTEL ROSE
★★★

Right in the heart of it all you’ll find this funky and fun boutique hotel directly across from the Willamette River. From shopping to dining to outdoor recreation, there’s no better home base for exploring all Portland has on offer. With Portland being such a bike friendly city, why not make use of the complimentary bicycles Hotel Rose offers.
Jupiter Hotel
JUPITER HOTEL
★★★

With the expansion of the Portland Streetcar onto the eastside of the river, it’s now even easier to travel over the bridge into central downtown. Located amongst all the up and coming restaurants and breweries, this boutique hotel is the one for you if you are looking for something fun, unique and modern.
The Benson Hotel
THE BENSON HOTEL
★★★★

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Benson is an opulent, old-style hotel built in 1913 and has graciously hosted celebrities and US presidents. Superbly situated within walking distance from Pioneer Square, galleries, restaurants, theatres and shops – don’t forget Oregon is sales tax free!
The Nines Hotel
THE NINES, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL
★★★★★
Historic in nature, yet contemporary in everything else, The Nines is a ideally situated in downtown Portland, steps from Pioneer Square and the Central Business District. Browse nearby boutiques, dine in trendy Pearl District, or head out and explore the lively city by MAX light rail or Street Car.





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