Bisected by the sparkling Willamette River and crowned by the Columbia, and with a public park, garden or trail seemingly at every turn, Portland feels like the ultimate marriage of natural splendor and urban clamor. Just a few minutes of travel from downtown will have you communing with singing birds and other wildlife in the lush fir forests of Washington Park or Mt. Tabor Park, feeling very much like Thoreau as you agree, “All good things are wild, and free.”
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You don’t have to travel far to get a taste of the vibrant culinary creativity and rich local flavors. Chef Paley’s Russian-inspired flavors will captivate your palate, the incredibly popular Kachka is just across the river, with takeout and curbside pickup available. Dishes such as the Herring Under a Fur Coat and the Baltic Sprat Buterbrodi demonstrate a devoted fondness for a distinctive and delicious heritage.
Across the river from downtown in the charming Westmoreland neighborhood, The Bible Club serves masterful cocktails in antique crystal glassware in a darkly diverting pre-Prohibition interior. The speakeasy’s back patio bar, Revival, offers fresh air, live music and room to stretch your legs on endless summer days.
With a staggering 99 taps, all pouring craft beers brewed in the great state of Oregon, Loyal Legion offers any beer enthusiast a grand selection. With luxe, high-backed booths, or growlers to go, so you can imbibe in the solitude of your hotel room, Loyal Legion offers a chance to learn which types of Oregon craft beer you enjoy, from hop varietals to brewing styles.
Forest Park is the largest urban wilderness park in the U.S., sprawling 5,000 acres within Portland’s city limits. A quick drive from the hotel, Forest Park has 70 miles of trails winding through its dense, lush woodlands, and is home to elk, flying squirrels, bobcats, hairy woodpeckers, owls and newts. Take an evening walk on the Dogwood Loop, a three-mile loop covered by a canopy of Douglas fir and bigleaf maples, with yellow woodland violets and trilliums coming out to play in spring, and fairy bells and candy flowers popping up in the summer.
Unofficially known as the Portland Rose Garden, the iconic Portland International Rose Test Garden features over 10,000 gorgeous, sweet-smelling roses, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world each year, for peaceful meandering, top-notch skyline views, and unbeatable floral selfies. Free public tours are offered daily at 1PM from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Stop to smell the roses with a nice picnic lunch.