Portland travel guide

The City of Roses

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You're Going to Love Portland

Portland, Oregon is one of America’s jewels. Situated at the base of Mount Hood in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a magnet for creative musicians, a shopping hub, and full of surprises for anyone who visits.

Spend time finding out why Portland acquired its nickname “the Rose City” by attending the International Test Rose Garden or the annual Rose Parade. Or visit a different music venue every night, finding out about new bands and checking out touring acts as they pass through.

Great food is always easy to come by in Portland. After you’ve shopped at Washington Square or downtown boutiques, check out restaurants on Burnside Street like the French fare at Le Pigeon, soul food at Screen Door, or Spanish tapas at Ole Ole. Then wash it all down with some of Oregon’s infamous craft ales at superb bars like the Beermongers (1125 SE Division St).

From shoppers and sports fans to music lovers and hikers, Portland is a wonderful destination to explore.

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If you want to tour the beaches of Oregon or hike in the hills, summer is the best time to go. Between July and September, Portland is also a hive of cultural activity, with the Waterfront Blues Festival, the PDX Soap Box Derby, and the Oregon Brewers’ Festival. However, don’t rule out a winter trip. The weather can get pretty chilly in Portland from late November until March but there’s a lively Holiday Ale Fest in Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Oregon Convention Center hosts a massive festive market in December, so a Christmas break could be ideal.

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Where to Stay in Portland

If you are looking for a luxury stay in a prosperous neighborhood, check out Nob Hill hotels like the Silver Cloud Inn (2426 NW Vaughn St) or the Inn at Northrup Station (2025 NW Northrup St). In the Downtown District, there’s the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St) and the Westin (750 SW Alder St) which is an efficient, comfortable business hotel. You can stay in 1920s style accommodation at the Heathman (1001 SW Broadway) or opt for something more modest like the Portland Hawthorne Hostel (3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd), a converted home in the Sunnyside area.

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Shopping Streets

One of the great things about Portland is shopping. It’s the largest city in America without a sales tax, so in many cases shoppers will make big savings on their purchases. Head to Washington Square (9585 SW Washington Square Rd) if you are after fashion items. You’ll find familiar chains like Macy’s and J.C. Penney at Oregon’s largest shopping mall. If you love to read, free an afternoon to browse at Powell’s City of Books (1005 W Burnside S), which houses over a million titles. For bohemian fashions, art, and crafts items, head to Hawthorne District where you can shop at boutiques like Communion (3556 SE Hawthorne Blvd) and find retro-bargains at the House of Vintage (3315 SE Hawthorne Blvd).

Groceries and Other

Portland is nowhere near as expensive as New York or San Francisco, but groceries tend to be slightly more costly than elsewhere in the U.S. For example, you’ll pay around $3.20 for 12 eggs, around $2.40 for a large beer and about $25 for an affordable meal. There are plenty of supermarkets in the center of town, with major chains like Safeway or Trader Joe’s as well as local institutions like Zupan’s (2340 W Burnside St) and New Seasons (3445 N Williams Ave).

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Where to Eat in Portland

Everywhere you turn in Portland you’ll find great cafes, bakeries, and restaurants serving food from across the world. Fast food lovers will enjoy the burgers at Cheesesteaks & Burgers (701 SW Sixth Ave) while the vegetarian breakfasts at Equinox (830 N Shaver St) are an excellent way to start the day. In the Pearl District, Byways Café (1212 NW Glisan St) serves up American favorites in a lovingly recreated 1950s diner while back in Downtown Portland Papa Haydn (701 NW 23rd Av) is the best place to go for decadent desserts. After dining, why not venture into some of Portland’s brewery pubs? The city is famed for its craft beers that use locally grown Cascade hops and bars like Belmont Station (4520 SE Stark) or Rogue Ales Public House (1339 NW Flanders St) are the perfect places to sample them.

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