Homey Hotel Close to Portland Airport
Country Inn & Suites Portland Airport is a hotel dedicated to comfort and convenience. Reachable via a free, five-minute shuttle ride from Portland International Airport (PDX), this homey hotel welcomes visitors with complimentary coffee, fruit, and cookies in the lobby, where they’ll find comfy chairs around a stone fireplace. The laid-back lodgings are located less than 10 miles from downtown Portland, and this deal’s 10 days of free parking are ideal for those traveling elsewhere. Simply leave your car in the hotel’s lot before catching your plane at the airport, and you can pick it up when you return to Portland.
Decorated in soothing earth tones, each of Country Inn & Suites’s spacious standard rooms overlooks either the hotel grounds or the rolling greens of nearby Colwood National Golf Club. You can head over to the onsite Brenner’s Restaurant for dinner or cocktails, and in the morning, you’ll wake up to a deluxe complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Sample belgian waffles, eggs, and sausage before hopping on the hotel’s free shuttle, which will take you to the airport as well as any other area attractions up to 5 miles away.
Portland, Oregon: Quirky Riverfront City Known for Its 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 appears on bumper stickers and in businesses ranging from an art-house movie theater to a donut shop that used to glaze its pastries with NyQuil. 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. You can also get around the district on a vintage trolley. 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. Located on the west bank of the Willamette River, the waterfront park was named 1 of 10 Great Public Spaces in America in 2012 by the American Planning Association.
Just north of downtown, the Pearl District, formerly a warehouse area, has recently sprouted a bevy of art galleries and specialty shops housed in lofts. It’s also one of the best bets for a good night out in the city, especially if you’re looking for a solid craft beer. Portland boasts one of the largest collections of microbreweries in the country, and a good number of them can be found in this neighborhood.