Hotel about 15 minutes southwest of Portland, with free continental breakfast and a fitness room
Hotel at a Glance: Peppertree Inn
Charmingly eccentric Portland, brimming with hot spots like breweries and museums, is just a 15-minute drive from the Peppertree Inn. Oregon’s natural beauty is also on display nearby at Cooper Mountain Nature Park, where more than 3 miles of trails wind through the forest and prairie for views of the Chehalem Mountains.
- In-room amenities: free WiFi, along with a mini fridge and a microwave
- Free continental breakfast includes waffles and hard-boiled eggs.
- Keep your fitness routine: with a workout at the onsite exercise room
- Fresh air: Guests can hang out on the patio and use the grill to have cookouts.
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 businesses 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.