Portland, OR
Oregon
By Candacee White

The city of Portland, often called “The Rose City,” lies on the northern border of Oregon, just a few short hours' drive from the Pacific coast. Portland is famed for having good coffee, good beer, beautiful vegetation (due to the near constant winter rainfall) and a thriving population of young hipsters. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to visit Portland, Oregon, and see what America's greenest city has to offer.
   
The city of Portland is serviced by Portland International Airport (PDX), just under 10 miles from downtown. Book your flight to PDX today with WhatsCheaper.com. Just click on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to start your search for low plane fares. You can even book your hotel stay with WhatsCheaper.com, by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to our hotel finder.
   
Portland is a bike-lover's city. If you are fit and able, biking is a great way to check out the sites without giving away that you are a tourist. This also helps travelers not have to deal with parking an automobile in a city setting, which can often be difficult.
   
Start your visit to the Rose City in the historic areas of downtown. Portland is proud of its famous Union train station, still in use by Amtrak and various other rail companies. The station was built in 1896 and still maintains the decor and embellishments reminiscent of that era. From the station, bike or stroll around the northern end of downtown to enjoy more historic buildings with art deco and other style facades. This area of downtown is commonly referred to as the “Pearl District,” and is known for having many art galleries, boutiques and restaurants.
   
Venturing south into downtown, you will encounter the Portland Art Museum, and the museum of contemporary craft. Both worthwhile stop-ins during your stay in Portland, particularly if you need to get out of the rain. While the Portland Art Museum is a more conventional museum, in size and in cost, the Museum of Contemporary Craft is merely two floors and generally holds one or at most two exhibits.
   
East of downtown lies Forest Park; the largest city park in the United States, it boasts 5,000 acres, and many sites to keep a tourist busy. If you have the time (and maybe a car), WhatsCheaper.com invites you to explore Forest Park. Within the park you will find the Portland Zoo, Japanese Gardens, the Children's Museum and many more sites that welcome the whole family.
   
Heading to the east bank of the river, you might notice a couple of imposing glass pillars indicating the Portland Convention Center. Just next door to the convention center you will find the Rose Stadium, home to the Portland Blazers, a prominent NBA team. Check the game schedule to see if you can catch a Blazers game during your stay.
   
Hop back on your bike to visit the neighborhoods on Portland's east-side. In the north east, you will find Alberta Street. During the day, people can be seen sipping coffee or shopping at any number of boutiques along this street, but at night it becomes a prominent bar scene, where local and micro brewed beers can be found on tap all year long. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to take a break and relax with a cup of coffee as the locals do on this artsy street.
   
Although all of the sites and neighborhoods in Portland cannot be covered in just one article, WhatsCheaper.com can assure you that Portland has a great deal to offer the one-off tourist, even in the rainy months of winter. If you enjoy beautiful nature and appreciate a good cycle trip, Portland still has much more to offer you than you might expect.

MUST SEE IN Portland, OR LIST:

  • 1. Portland Japanese Garden
  • 2. Oregon Zoo
  • 3. Portland Spirit
  • 4. Oregon Ballet Theatre
  • 5. Portland Art Museum
  • 6. International Rose Test Garden
  • 7. Oregon Maritime Museum
  • 8. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
  • 9. Portland Farmers Market
  • 10. Portland Streetcars

Portland, OR EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Portland Seafood & Wine Festival - February
  • 2. Portland Farmers Market - April
  • 3. Spring Beer & Wine Fest - April
  • 4. Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - May
  • 5. Portland Rose Festival - June
  • 6. The Bite of Oregon - August
  • 7. Howloween at the Zoo - October
  • 8. Northwest Food & Wine Festival - November
  • 9. Turkey Trot at the Zoo - November
  • 10. Christmas Festival of Lights - November/December

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Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR
By Adam J. Mohney

Located near several of Portland, Oregon's cultural districts, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower provides a unique cultural and natural vacation for WhatsCheaper.com users. Local attractions include Chinatown, Chinese Classical Gardens and Japanese Gardens. Also nearby are opportunities for shopping, golfing, hiking and Oregon's own Nike Town.

All rooms and suites booked at Hilton Portland include pampering amenities and premium connectivity. The Hilton Serenity bed offers a good night's sleep and many rooms come with gorgeous views of the skyline, river and mountains surrounding the hotel. Guests will stay connected and entertained during downtime by utilizing the 37-inch LCD HD television, two telephones with voicemail and wireless internet access, which is available for a fee.

WhatsCheaper.com guests will also appreciate the many accommodating facilities and services Hilton Portland has to offer. See the city and surrounding areas in unique new ways by utilizing the hotel's concierge service and booking sightseeing tours. The business center allows working travelers to remain connected, while the 24-hour fitness center keeps guests in shape throughout their stay. Relaxation can also be found in the hot tub, sauna and indoor waveless lap pool.

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower also includes a variety of dining and drinking options for guests. Bistro 921 offers a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu of pizza and local brews in a casual environment. Porta Terra Tuscan Grill and Bar also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and a menu of Northern Italian pasta dishes. Guests wishing to dine in-room can visit the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry for some snacks, refreshment and quick meals or order room service from 6 a.m. until11 p.m.

Hilton Portland and Executive tower provides a comfortable lodging experience for everyone from adventurers to cultural explorers. Come experience the natural and cultural wonderland of Portland, Oregon by booking Hilton Portland and Executive Tower on WhatsCheaper.com now. Click the link to get start (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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The Nines
525 SW Morrison, Portland, OR
By Shaina Amienyi

The Nines Portland wows guests with its stunning architectural and historical detail and its exceptional service. It has a prime location on top of the Meier & Frank Building next to Pioneer Square and the MAX light rail. From when you check-in at 3pm until noon checkout you will experience the epitome of opulence.

Each of the 318 guest rooms and 13 suites features comfortable king beds and a piece of contemporary artwork by a local artisan. The design is simple, yet classy, and makes the room feel like a retreat. Rooms have several entertainment options, including an iPod docking station so can listen to music and complimentary wireless internet so you can surf the web whenever you like. You can watch movies on premium cable on the 42-inch flat screen TV or watch a movie on the DVD player.

Housekeepers come twice daily and will turn down your bed for you. Bathrooms feel like a spa with plush bathrobes and slippers, a make-up/shaving mirror, rain forest shower, and Remède bath amenities. You can book in-room massage treatments, which adds to the feeling of a relaxing retreat.

This full-service hotel offers numerous services, including shoe shine service, floral service, 24-hour concierge services, and 24-hour valet parking. There is also a billiards room, a complimentary 24-hour fitness center, and 13,500 square feet of flexible meeting space showcasing with contemporary art and a grand staircase. To make your event elegant and successful, you can enlist the help of the hotel sales, culinary, and catering staff. Brides and grooms can rest easy while the hotel's wedding coordinator takes care of the details. Video conferencing services are available, and if you have issues with that or any of the audio/visual equipment, you can call the AV technicians.

The hotel's dining options offer a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. First there is Urban Farmer, the casual, yet sophisticated steakhouse, and then there is modern, eclectic Departure Restaurant & Lounge. You can enjoy your dinner while taking in the views from this rooftop restaurant. If you are in the mood for drinks, visit the Library Room, which serves snacks and cocktails from 6am to 11pm.

The Nines hotel in Portland presents world-class services, amenities, and accommodations. WhatsCheaper.com encourages you to experience how this hotel defines luxury. Simple click on the link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to reserve your room at this chic hotel.

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Embassy Suites Portland - Washington Square
9000 SW Washington Square Road, Tigard, OR
By Albert Anderson

Portland, Oregon is one of the hottest destinations in the U.S. today, and the Embassy Suites Portland- Washington Square is the perfect place to stay while you discover Portland’s many attractions. Conveniently located a mere half-hour’s drive from both Portland-Hillsboro Airport and Portland International, the hotel is easily accessible by bus, taxi, or public transit. If renting a car or arriving in your own, the hotel’s complimentary parking is of particular use. Check in time is 3 p.m., with check out at 12 p.m.

There is no lack of space with the accommodations at the Embassy Suites Portland- Washington Square; every room is actually a two-room suite. Each suite comes fully equipped with an impressive list of amenities, some of the highlights being a 27 inch TV with Pay-per-view and HBO Premium, workspace, sofa bed, blackout curtains, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, microwave, mini-fridge, and available high-speed internet. Rollaways are also available upon request, and certain pets are allowed as well, so check with hotel staff if you would like to bring Fido along on your trip.

Even more impressive are the amenities that the hotel has to offer. If visiting for business, you’ll want to take advantage of the business center, which comes complete with meeting rooms and complimentary printing service. If you are more in the mood for relaxation then the built-in pool or lounge is the place for you, with the fitness room at your disposal if you feel the need to get some exercise. The hotel is also in close proximity to both the Washington Square shopping mall and the RedTail Golf Course, and just minutes away from the many attractions of Downtown Portland.

With all this in mind, you would be hard pressed to find a hotel more suited to your needs than the Embassy Suites Portland- Washington Square. And, with complimentary made-to-order breakfast each day, it is too good to pass up. WhatsCheaper.com can help you book today, just click on this (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to get started!

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Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way, Portland, OR
By Keleigh M. Quinn

Conveniently located on the grounds of the Portland International Airport, the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel provides 24 hour shuttle service to and from the airport, making your arrival and departure as stress free as your stay. This hotel will put you within easy reach of many of the business centers in the area, such as General Electric, Toyota NorthWest and Boeing. If you are in town to explore the area, you can also easily travel to the Portland Art Museum, Fort Vancouver, the Oregon Art Institute/Historical Society and the Oregon Zoo. The Port of Portland is just a mile away, as well.

This hotel recently underwent an eight million dollar renovation, ensuring that you will enjoy an updated, comfortable place to stay. The guest rooms and suites, decorated in earth tones, all feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You can choose between two queen beds, a single king bed, or opt for a suite with a separate living and dining area. Each room also has a 27" television with cable and satellite channels, a separate work area, and internet access available for a small daily fee. A coffee maker is provided and room service is available 24 hours a day. You will also receive a complimentary newspaper on weekdays.

The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is also a wonderful place to host your meeting or event. There are fifteen different meeting spaces, including banquet halls. They have an experience event staff and provide catering, audio visual services and internet access as needed. In addition, guests of the hotel can take advantage of the 24 hour fitness facilities, indoor pool and sauna, and the business center.

The Columbia Grill & Bar is located in the hotel and is open from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. This stylish restaurant serves American dishes and features local Portland beers and regional wines.

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Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station
9920 NE Cascades Parkway, Portland, OR
By Katelyn Mohney

Located at the Portland International Airport and only ten minutes from Portland, Oregon, Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station offers convenience, comfort and entertainment to potential guests. The hotel is nearby any type of entertainment you may seek out during your stay, from the outdoor adventure offered by Forest Park to the aesthetic pleasure of the local Portland Art Museum.

Choose a room with a single king-sized bed or a room featuring two queen-sized beds. All guest rooms are equipped with the hotel’s plug and play system, which charges all of your electronics and has the ability to connect electronic devices to the room’s 42” LCD television for work or entertainment. The television features cable channels and offers on-demand movies for purchase. Guests experience maximum comfort with in-room climate control. Guests are certain to feel relaxed and free in rooms that feature large windows and high ceilings. Stay connected with Wi-Fi or wired internet access featured in every room. Relax and rejuvenate with specialty bathroom products by Bliss®. Each room features a mini-fridge, which can be stocked with complementary bottled water offered by the hotel or your choice of beverage. There is no need to worry about getting behind with work while you are away because every room features a roomy office space that is sure to suit all your needs.

Wake up in the morning by setting the alarm clock or arranging a personalized wake-up call. Then enjoy coffee or tea, get updated with a look at the local newspaper or skim one of the magazines featured in every room, all complements of the hotel.  Relax by yourself, socialize, grab a drink or play a game of pool in the hotel’s lounge. Whether you stay up late or get up early, the gym is always open for any type of athlete. With a pool that is open 24 hours a day, guests can enjoy a swim or just relax pool-side whenever the mood strikes.

Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station will keep guests connected and comfortable and suits the needs of both business and pleasure trips. WhatsCheaper.com can assist in booking your room today. Simply follow this link: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Westin Portland
750 Southwest Alder Street, Portland, OR
By Sarah Hay

Enjoy all that downtown Portland has to offer when you stay at the beautiful Westin Portland, just minutes from Nob Hill, the Pearl District and Pioneer Place Mall. Located in the center of the activities in the region, visitors to the Pacific Northwest will fall in love with the eco-friendly hotel and bevy of amenities offered at the Westin Portland.

If you’re in Portland on business, many major corporate offices are located within a short distance to the hotel, including Standard Insurance, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Pioneer Courthouse Square government offices are a quick walk, and Portland State University is less than two miles from the hotel.

When staying at the Westin Portland, guests will have the enviable task of choosing a deluxe room, premium corner room, studio suite or penthouse suite. No matter which you choose, all 205 guest rooms offer 42” flat screen televisions, with in-room movies, iPod docking stations, a famous Westin Heavenly Bed, a coffee maker featuring Starbucks coffee, 24-hour room services, a work desk, spacious bathrooms with hairdryers, White Tea bath amenities and bathrobes, as well as voicemail and dual-line speakerphones. Keep up to speed with your wireless high speed Internet access in your guest room, for a slight fee. If your canine companion would like to join you in your suite, the Westin Portland offers a Westin Heavenly dog bed as well.

Your workout routine will love the WestinWORKOUT gym, and if you’re looking for total relaxation post-workout, the hotel offers four different in-room spas to nourish your body and soul. Feeling hungry? The hotel’s Daily Grille restaurant and Lobby Lounge will replenish your energy after a long day of tax-free shopping at one of the area’s many retail stores. Planning a wedding or conference? The five meeting and event spaces encompass 2,570 square feet, and can accommodate even the largest of get-togethers. Whether you’re in Portland for the shopping, scenery or business, the Westin Portland will pamper you every step of the way. Let WhatsCheaper.com find the best price for your trip, by clicking here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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