Looking to experience Portland? With so much to see and do it’s hard to take it all in, but you will have fun trying! Here are a few things to help you get the most from your visit to this wonderful city.
Get the Full Portland Experience
Portland has a huge food, beer and wine scene … and coffee, too. It’s the city that has it all. You will want to start your day with a great cup of coffee from any Stumptown roasters around town. Great coffee every time, and each site has a unique look.
For food, you need to check out some of the 300-400 food carts that are up and running in the city at any given time. Most food carts in Portland stay in one spot, with very few roaming. The great thing about this is you can choose an area of town you would like to explore, and know there will be a pod of carts nearby. The biggest grouping of food carts is in downtown, but the ones on the northeast or southeast side of town have areas with seating, a few serve beer, and some even have live music.
Looking for a more upscale restaurant to enjoy? Consider making your way to NW 21st or NW 23rd. You will find The Fireside, Serranto, and St.Jack, just to name a few. There are many places from which to choose in the area. Plus, Salt and Straw has a northwest site, as well, for some fun ice cream options like Olive Oil.
If you like beer, just choose one of the many breweries in town and sample what they have. A few favorites are Ecliptic, Ex Novo, and Burnside Brewing. For wine, be sure to check out some of the urban wineries, like Cyril’s at Clay Pigeon Winery.
I’m sure any kid would love to spend the day at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. With tons of hands on activities your kids will stay entertained and be getting educated.
Oregon Zoo is sure to please any kid. If you come during the holidays, they have zoo lights which take the zoo to a whole new level.
Oaks Park has coasters, rides and games. If that isn’t enough to keep your kids busy, check out the park’s roller skating rink, and have something to eat in the beautiful picnic area.
Where to Stay in Portland
Portland has no shortage of places to hang your hat for the night. A couple of options that are pretty popular are small or boutique hotels, and Airbnb properties. Boutique hotels provide a local take on the traditional hotel experience, for those that are more comfortable with this type of guest room. An excellent resource to use for your research is Hipmunk.com. Search for Portland, Oregon hotels and Airbnb properties to come up with a starter list of places to consider.
Airbnb offers something completely different and unique for your Portland stay. Everything from a room in a house to a condo in one of the many high-rise residential buildings are available. Pick an area you want to stay in, do some research on the person from whom you’re considering renting, then choose what seems like the best option to you.
Portland is a spectacular place to spend a weekend, week, or whatever time you have available for your stay. There is plenty to keep you busy, whether by yourself or with others. Please add your tips in the comments below to help others learn from your experiences.