Hotel at a Glance: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland
You can easily traverse all of Portland from the light-rail stop just outside this DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. If you’re visiting on a Saturday, take the 15-minute ride (or 25-minute walk) to the Portland Saturday Market, just across the river. When it’s time to eat, you can pick from any of Portland’s culinary gems or head back to the hotel’s restaurant. Its Gather Food & Drink emphasizes the farm-to-table philosophy of using fresh, local, organic, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients.
- Start your day right with the included breakfast for the whole family at the onsite restaurant Multnomah Grille.
- Friend to the earth: The hotel holds a GreenLeaders distinction for its eco-friendly practices and was included in the Oregon Business’s list of the 100 Best Green Workplaces in Oregon.
- Recent accolade: TripAdvisor 2017 Certificate of Excellence
- Across the street is the Lloyd Center Mall, featuring a newly-remodeled ice skating rink, and stores such as H&M, Macy’s, and Loft.
Portland, Oregon: Quirky Riverfront City Known for Its City Parks
Extensive bikeways, edgy chefs, indie-rock bands, and progressive environmentalists—counterculture is almost a way of life in Portland. And it’s certainly a source of civic pride. Locals have adopted the slogan “Keep Portland Weird,” which is brandished on bumper stickers and in business all over the town. The city has always been a little ahead of its time; it was originally planned with strict urban-growth boundaries that left plenty of room for parks and other green spaces. Today, in new developments, shops are built at street level with apartments above them—following a European model that complements Portland’s slightly European, laid-back atmosphere.
The downtown area is a refreshing mix of the traditional and the offbeat: high-rise buildings are interspersed with clothing boutiques and restaurants serving sustainable cuisine. Streets here are narrow and the blocks are compact to encourage walking, which visitors are wont to do to take in the parks, plazas, and fountains. A popular place to hang out is Pioneer Courthouse Square, a 40,000-square-foot public space often referred to as “Portland’s living room.” In warmer months, the square hosts free shows and festivals, as does Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which was named 1 of 10 Great Public Spaces in America in 2012 by the American Planning Association.