Portland, Oregon is referred to as the City of Roses and many consider it the crowning jewel of the Pacific Northwest. The thriving metropolis sits in the shadow of snow-capped Mt. Hood.
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The city is truly lovely to behold and home to many architectural wonders. Located where the mighty Columbia and Willamette Rivers converge, the city is crisscrossed by bridges, many of which are historic. If you want to stay in a Portland best bed and breakfast then you might seek one in the Irvington neighborhood or overlooking the cityscape. You can also choose to stay in a bed and breakfast near Portland, OR in the beautiful green Willamette Valley which is also home to the area’s wine country.
The city of Portland is located within a rainforest so in the winter and spring months you can expect rainfall. The summers tend to be warm and mostly dry. The winters are wet and overcast. The annual temperature in the winter months hovers at 36 degrees Fahrenheit and in the summer can reach 84 degrees F. Only on rare occasions will the temperature top 95 degrees F or plunge to around 26 degrees F.
Portland is home to a variety of street food vendors, farmers’ markets, and restaurants. The locals also adore the city’s many microbreweries and coffee shops. In the morning, why not stop into iconic Voodoo Doughnut for their maple bacon bar that they have been serving for decades.
Many of the city’s tallest buildings are also home to restaurants that offer unparalleled views of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. If you are in the mood for fresh Oregon seafood then check out the Chart House which offers waterfront views and a diverse menu. Off Burnside Street is the Noble Rot restaurant which offers outdoor dining and is home to wines from all over the world.
The birth of Portland occurred when William Overton along with Asia Lovejoy claimed the land on the Willamette River’s west bank. The city’s moniker was decided via a coin toss. Lovejoy wanted to call the new town Boston but Pettygrove wanted to name it after Portland, Maine. The coin was tossed three times and Pettygrove won. By 1849, the city’s first Post Office opened and sawmills started to dot the landscape. Within one year, the town boasted 800 residents and continued to grow by leaps and bounds.
Portland is known for its many things to do. Stay in a Victorian in Irvington then venture into downtown Portland. Visit Powell Books which is the nations’ largest bookstore. Catch one of the many yearly exhibits at the Oregon Convention or the MODA Center. If you are a fan of art then you’ll want to stroll through the Alberta Arts District and make a stop at the Portland Art Museum. If you are looking for a large mall then stop at the Lloyd Center. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry sits next to the Oregon Zoo which is located in the West Hills of the city.
Portland is home to many Victorian mansions that have been refurbished into bed and breakfasts. While staying in the area, you can pick lodging on the city’s outskirts or right in downtown Portland. If you stay in downtown Portland, you can always use the MAX train to get around the city. Shop at the Lloyd Center. Catch a show at the Oregon Convention Center or the MODA Center. Take a stroll through the Alberta Arts District. Duck into the Portland Art Museum. Spend the day at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Stay in Irvington or some other neighborhood within the city to soak up the culture while you sightsee.
The amazing thing about Portland is that it is a huge city that is close to nature. The city sits beside thousands of acres of land that make up Forest Park which is a municipal park with miles of trails. You’ll also find a diverse trail network along the Columbia River. Visit the beautiful
Portland International Rose Garden. You’ll find hundreds of rose bushes that overlook stunning views of the city. The city of Portland is home to 200 parks and one, Mt Tabor, even sits on top of a volcano. Mt Tabor Park has trails around the volcanic cinder cone and is a novelty that you won’t want to miss.
Portland is a city that is famous for its ample public transportation. You can ride the MAX Light Rail, Portland Streetcar, PDX airport, or city bus anywhere in the city. Transportation is cheap, readily accessible, safe, and clean. Extra safety precautions are also being taken during COVID. If you stay at lodging in the city then many b&bs and hotels offer free airport transfers. You can also rent a car to explore the city. You’ll find public parking and parking garages along with street meters downtown.
Portland Oregon is undeniably a romantic getaway city. Pick a bed and breakfast within walking distance of the Alberta Arts District so you can walk around and explore the city. You can also check-in to a vacation rental near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in the city’s West Hills and then take the kids to the Oregon Zoo if you are enjoying a family vacation. If your trip to the city is to catch a show or exhibit at the MODA Center or the Oregon Convention Center then be sure to pick lodging close by.
Will you be visiting Portland in the summer months? You’ll want to make sure the room you reserve has air conditioning. Also, at check-in make sure that there is free Wi-Fi in the guest rooms and a private bath. You might also ask about luggage storage or a hot tub. Many vacation rentals have early check-in along with a full breakfast which are nice perks for a busy family on holiday. If you are staying at a bed and breakfast in Portland on your getaway then be sure to ask if the rooms have private bathrooms.
One of the amazing things about the City of Roses is the diversity in lodging. You can stay at a gay bed and breakfast in Portland Oregon or pick a vegan bed and breakfast in Portland Oregon. Many establishments also welcome pets. If you are seeking healthcare then pick a bed and breakfast near OHSU hospital.
When looking for a Portland OR bed and breakfast romantic establishment then consider the Lion and the Rose Victorian. The Portland’s White House is a lavish and upscale bed and breakfast that is perfect for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. The Bluebird Guesthouse is classic Portland. A small establishment, it provides the comforts of home.
Sadly, the Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is a lovely establishment in the city but it is currently closed due to COVID-19.
The Portland International Guesthouse offers a European flair and affordability. It is in the heart of the city and only a short walk to the MAX rail system or the Portland Streetcar which makes it a great location.