Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Things to See and Do in Portland

Heading to Portland will give luxury seekers a chance to experience a unique side of the Northwest. While Portland has top hotels available to book with all the modern perks, the surrounding city doesn't have a one-size-fits-all feel. From the art galleries to the wide-open parks in Portland, a city-meets-great-outdoors vibe provides the perfect backdrop for lazy couples' vacations and family getaways.

First things first, what is there to do in Portland, Oregon?

Yamhill National Historic District: Recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, the Yamhill National Historic District is a fine place to check out some of Portland's most famous older buildings and historic sites. Parks abound in this area, as do historically-accurate and well-preserved homes.

Portland Farmer's Market: What's making waves right now at the Portland Farmer's Market is the “new pie in town,” Divine Pie. Consider picking up one of the famous desserts, like key lime or chocolate hazelnut, and serving it up back at the hotel for a treat. Divine Pie has a dedicated following in Portland and is definitely worth a try!

Fan Feedback: "Whether you’re into raw food pies sweetened with agave nectar, or butter laden pies filled with meatballs, the 2011 Portland Farmers Market has everything your little heart desires."

Chapman and Lownsdale Squares: Talk about stepping back in time. When first opened by the city, Chapman Square was only intended for use by women and children, while Lownsdale served as a meeting place for gentlemen. Today, no such restrictions exist.

About the Spot: "The Plaza Blocks were lively places where orators held forth and citizens assembled. They are characterized in part by several large old elms and gingko trees. [...] Today the Plaza Blocks are still a busy gathering place, although men and women can now safely coexist in either of them."

Japanese Garden: This traditional Japanese garden covers 5.5 acres and is found within Washington Park. With five major subgardens, this tranquil spot is a great destination for an afternoon stroll.

3D Center of Art and Photography: Classes, workshops, and observation opportunities abound at the 3D Center of Art and Photography, a great place to take children while vacationing in Portland. Get your goofy glasses ready; you're going to need them!

Expert Notes: “Once a month, the center also participates in First Thursday by offering free admission to all on that Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Most First Thursdays are also the first day of a new exhibit in the center gallery and theater. On March 3, a photographer from New York City will be at the center to talk about a new exhibit.”

Pittock Mansion: This French-style chateau has 22 rooms and is open for tourists to explore. Completed in 1914, the house featured many high-tech additions for the time, including a “central vacuum system.” The house remained a family residence until 1958, when it was purchased by the city of Portland. It features a vista point, sprawling gardens, a reservable party room, and paths outside for exploration purposes.

Vera Katz Esplanade: This pedestrian and bicycle path is part of an urban renewal initiative and features the longest floating walkway in the United States.

Expert Advice: “Built in 2001 the esplanade runs along the east bank of the Willamette River between the Hawthorne and Steele bridges, and features a 1,200-foot walkway that floats atop the river, a boat dock, and public art. Pedestrian crossings on both bridges link the esplanade to Waterfront Park, making a 3-mi loop. Take MAX light rail to the Rose Quarter station.”


The Nines: This amazing hotel is in the perfect location between the MAX light rail and the Pioneer Square, and it features more than just impeccable décor. The hotel's large contemporary art collection complements all the guest rooms, including 13 luxury suites. Global dining options include an Asian fusion restaurant.

The Heathman Hotel: The Heathman features a select number of guest rooms and suites for the discerning traveler, and it is situated right in the heart of Portland's financial and cultural district. Easy access to hot spots won't just save you time, but will enrich your stay in both the business and creative fields.

Hotel Modera: This small hotel provides a quality stay with all the benefits of a larger luxury chain. The Hotel Modera features over 500 pieces of modern art, plus unparalleled concierge service and an array of close art-related destinations. Walk around the downtown district to experience all that Portland has to offer.

Sunriver Resort: After staying in Portland, head to a unique Northwest destination that boasts plenty of year-round outdoors activities for families and couples alike in the Cascade Mountains. The Sage Springs Club and Spa offers superior golf, skiing, and exploring for everyone, plus a fantastic Oregon setting.

Portland certainly is a must-visit for anyone visiting the Northwest, and its charm is surpassed only by its touristic offerings for the casual traveler. With great rest to be had at ranked luxury hotels, you'll be able to take in more of what Portland has to offer—and that's a lot.

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