Walk to the farmers market, Moda Center, Oregon Convention Center, and other Portland attractions from this cozy inn with free breakfast
Inn at a Glance: Shilo Inn Rose Garden
This inn in Northeast Portland puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s top attractions. The Moda Center, home of the Portland Trailblazers, and the Oregon Convention Center are about a 10-minute walk away. The inn is also a 10-minute walk from the Broadway Bridge, which you can walk across to admire the city skyline and the Willamette River. Adventures beyond the neighborhood are easy, too, thanks to a bus stop and streetcar station kitty-corner from the inn.
- Fuel up for the day with free breakfast.
- Show off vacation photos on social media when you join the inn’s high-speed WiFi.
- Bring Fido: Dogs are welcome for an additional fee.
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.