A TripAdvisor GreenLeader Gold certified luxury hotel in the heart of Portland, The Nines features 331 beautiful guestrooms and 13 suites. Occupying the top half of the century-old Meier Frank Building, the hotel is across the street from Pioneer Square with an ideal downtown location. While the historical glazed terra cotta exterior remains, the interior has been completely rebuilt, making the LEED certified Nines the model of high-end, sustainable accommodations in Portland.
The Portland food carts.
Portland just might be the food cart capital of the world, with over 500 carts ready to deliver anything from Thai to Mexican to Mac’n’Cheese at any given hour. Check out the food cart pod on SW Alder and SW 9th streets downtown and look for…
The Whole Bowl, a food cart with 5 locations throughout Portland, serving up a beautiful and delicious bowl of goodness full of rice, beans, avocado, cheese, and tasty sauces.
Or try The Grilled Cheese Grill, that makes all sorts of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. And let’s face it, is there anything better than a grilled cheese on a rainy day?
Download the TriMet Tickets app or pick up a pass at any MAX station and ride the MAX light rail, city bus, or Portland Streetcar all around the city. It’s just $5 for a day pass (good for unlimited rides) or $2.50 per ride. Once you get your ticket, jump on the light rail and head to...
Ex Novo Brewing Company.
Located on the east side of the Willamette River, Ex Novo is a new, different kind of brewery. Serving up excellent beers and delicious food, Ex Novo stands out as one of the world's few completely non-profit breweries. Since opening in 2014, they’ve been donating 100% of the company’s net profits to organizations that are “working to effect a positive social change both in Portland and around the world.” Good beer, good feelings, good stuff all around.
Just a 10 minute drive east of the Willamette River is Harlow, an all organic restaurant with a diverse vegetarian menu and tasty house cocktails. Following the belief that “everyone deserves a warm, healthy, organic meal” they offer their “Mighty Bowl” on a sliding scale from $2 to $7. We couldn't agree more and highly recommend Harlow for delicious socially responsible eats.
Multnomah Whiskey Library.
Home to a ridiculous amount of whiskey, Multnomah has become a Portland standard. Make sure to reserve a table though - they don’t take walk-ins.
Hipster-ize your wardrobe.
First, visit Union Way, the downtown shopping alley full of Portland-made goods. Next, Poler, a Portland-based adventure/lifestyle retailer with their flagship store located downtown, is a great place to buy a new daypack or snapback hat. Or, check out Tanner Goods. Handcrafted in Portland, Tanner Goods delivers high quality clothes and accessories. Another example of excellent, locally-made goods in a city full of options.
The Portland-area chain claims to be the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. CNN considers it one of the coolest bookstores in the world and we think it’s well worth a quick stop.
With 5 locations throughout the city, Garden Bar specializes in delicious, custom made salads. Their motto, “Farm-fresh. Healthy. Custom-crafted.”
Pretty much says it all.
For locally-made, craft spirits, there’s no better place than Portland’s Distillery Row. With 8 distillers, you can pick up a Distillery Row Passport or visit them individually and take a tour to learn how the stuff is made following by a booze tasting. Yes please.
What good would this trip to Portland be without a great happy hour craft cocktail? And what better place to than the sleek, modern, and hip (without being pretentious) Clyde Common? HH runs daily between 3pm and 6pm and we recommend the Bourbon Renewal or Pacific Standard (just $6) along with the surprisingly amazing popcorn ($3). Although, most everything at this place is sure to please.