Get Away and Visit Portland

Portland Oregon, neon lights

Visit Portland

We often visit Portland this time of year, it is a fun and happening city and a great place for a quick getaway if you’re on the West Coast.  We have listed some great ideas if you are thinking of visiting the city yourself.

Portland is all about the FOOD – we recommend 100 Best Places to Stuff Your Faces by Jen Stevenson to work out where to go eat as there is so much choice. The craft beer scene is huge in Portland, it is also a fabulous shopping destination (zero tax yay!) and there is tons to see from a visual art perspective – it’s definitely a place worth visiting.



Portland view of trees, mountain and city


Getting there 

Areas to stay when you visit Portland

Neighbourhoods and Regions

Downtown – the city centre offers easy access to all of the sights – shopping, entertainment, culture. It is also easy to access other districts from the downtown area.

North Portland and Nob Hill – this is one of the city’s most fashionable neighbourhoods. It is Northwest of downtown and is home to the more sophisticated cafes, wine bars and boutiques.

Old Town Chinatown –  located North of downtown, this area is pulsating with energy. Bustling with restaurants, grocery stores and home to the Portland Saturday Market and Lan Su Chinese Garden – this was once the original downtown area. 

Pearl District – North of Chinatown this hip area is full of stylish bars and restaurants as well as a great place to visit galleries and boutiques. (This is Gwyn’s favourite area for shopping).

Lloyd District – A bustling nightlife keeps this district busy. As does the fact that it contains the convention centre, Oregon’s largest mall and the Moda Centre (which hosts NBA games and concerts). It is easy to access via light rail and streetcar.

Central Eastside – Across the Willamette River from downtown, you will find a mashup of warehouses, train tracks and a growing number of restaurants, microbreweries and cool after-hours hot spots.

Oregon coast line

5 Things To Do when you visit Portland

1. Portland Brewery Bike Tour lovely thing to do in the Fall and biking the city is a great way to see it, you will be taken along the river.

2. Oregon Coast Day Trip Rugged coastline and quaint beach towns are just 90 minutes from downtown Portland.

3. Old Town Chinatown. Visit Lan Su Chinese Garden, work up and appetite and then head over to the Portland Saturday Market (open 10am to 5pm) or to the many Food Carts which are scattered around in pods.

4. Downtown sites. The downtown core offers so much to see and do it could easily take up more than just one day. From strolling the Waterfront Park to admiring top notch exhibits at the Portland Art Museum and browsing world class shops, the downtown area deserves at least a day on the itinerary.

5. Visit Powell’s city of books

ace hotel portland

Places to Stay in Portland

The Ace Hotel: Stylish boutique hotel. This hotel is well located (downtown), trendy, simple, pet friendly and eco friendly – love…

Jupiter Hotel: A mid-century motor inn that has been turned into a boutique hotel. The rooms are stylish and casual, with big wallpapered murals. If you don’t want to party into the wee hours with whoever is playing that night, be sure to ask for a room on the quiet side of the hotel, which is surprisingly peaceful.

Modern flat, Air BnB

Deluxe Studio, Air BnB


North Willamette Vintners’ Harvest Trail

WINE COUNTRY FOR A DAY! Less than an hour from Portland, the Willamette Valley boasts more than 250 wineries.  And it’s late harvest time – perfect for Fall!

Notes: Portland Oregon image by FluxionTour- this blog post is also a great guide.