The shining ribbon of the Willamette River glides through lush, relaxed Portland, a city where nature is as much a part of the urban aesthetic as its hipster shops and cafés. The wealth of seasonally focused restaurants, music venues, and crafts artisans reveals its philosophy that life is a hands-on art.
The lively Alberta district has made supporting the arts a community endeavor. Galleries, bars, coffee houses, restaurants and boutiques function as spaces to showcase an ever-changing roster of local and global arts and crafts. The annual Art Hop, a 17-block street fair, features art, craft, food, live music and performance. Also, a monthly evening gallery and studio crawl, Last Thursday, invites visitors to view work displayed all through the district.Learn More
Portland has an abundance of cultural attractions, but there’s a reason it attracts those who are fans of the outdoors. Take in the natural splendour of the Columbia River Gorge by packing a picnic from all those artisan food vendors and food trucks and walking along the river until you get to the towering St. John’s Bridge. Known as Cathedral Park, this stretch of park has some of the most impressive views in an area known for impressive views.Learn More
Portland has a love affair with roses, thanks to its month-long Rose Festival every summer. All year-round, though, visitors can stop by the International Rose Test Garden to – quite literally – smell the flowers. Founded in 1917, the garden is home to 500 varietals and over 10,000 rose plants, and hosts outdoor concerts, plays and weddings. Located in Washington Park, the garden is next to some of Portland’s other icons, including the Oregon Zoo and Portland Japanese Garden.Learn More
Just a couple hours from the city towers Mount Hood, a dormant volcano whose dramatic slopes are a canvas for outdoor adventurers. In the winter, take a day to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, sled, ice skate, or just curl up by a fireplace in the lodge. In the warmer months, the hillsides are covered with wildflowers and trails, attracting hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and more.Learn More
Like a buzzing northwestern souk, the Portland Saturday Market is the meeting place for Portland’s well-established craft community and its customers. Held every Saturday and Sunday from February through December, its vendors offer a kaleidoscopic array of goods, from pottery and jewelry to clothing and decor. The market also includes artisan food vendors and live musical performances.Learn More
Tall stacks overflowing with volumes of books are a paradise for casual browsers and avid book-lovers alike at Powell's. A palace to the printed word, it bills itself as the largest bookstore in the world, with one million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books in more than 120 subjects spread across nine color-coded rooms. Size never precludes personal attention, however, as knowledgeable staff are always on hand to help.Learn More
There’s no denying that Portland’s full of cool neighborhoods, but the West End is definitely the coolest. Home to internationally renowned restaurants, trendsetting cocktail bars and craft brewpubs, cutting-edge design firms and art galleries, indie shops and food trucks, the West End crams a whole lot of style into a small neighborhood.Learn More
Portland cements its status as one of the country’s best food cities with this internationally renowned festival that hosts top chefs and critics alike for several days focused on all things culinary.
The largest collection of Andy Warhol prints and ephemera ever to be exhibited, this landmark exhibition includes such icons as Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato) and Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn).
Once a month, the acclaimed art galleries of downtown Portland invite visitors and locals alike to join them for an evening of art, wine, and music.
Known as one of the country’s top literary festivals, Wordstock is a one-day celebration of writers and readers in the Pacific Northwest.
Home to a thriving artistic community, Portland hosts this popular annual event in order to make art – and both emerging and established artists – more accessible to the community.
Most evenings each summer, in the many lush parks around the city, the parks department offers free movie screenings, preceded by live music and accompanied by food trucks.
Oregon has long been at the heart of the American craft beer movement, so it’s no surprise that Portland is home to the country’s oldest craft beer festival, attracting brewers and aficionados alike.
A week of exhibitions, installations, talks, and parties dedicated to design of all kinds, this uniquely Portland event revels in the city’s quirky, artisan nature.
Held at venues scattered throughout the city, this annual festival draws top jazz performers from across the nation for ticketed events, jam sessions, lectures, films, and other exhibits.
For over 100 years, this renowned festival has held nearly two months of events, from parades to flower shows, celebrating not only Portland’s beloved roses, but also the city and its many cultures.
Settle into a leather Chesterfield, order a whiskey cocktail, grab a book from the Powell's-stocked shelves, and admire art by the likes of Gus Van Sant in our cozy library.Learn More
Immerse yourself in Portland art right here: our 419-piece collection of works by local artists is spread throughout the hotel, and rooms are decorated with works from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.Learn More
Built in 1909, the historic, landmarked Meier & Frank Building that the Nines occupies was once the flagship store for the largest retailer west of the Mississippi.Learn More