With people starting to make plans for summer vacation, yours truly included, I thought this would be a great time to share what I’ve gleaned from all of my research. While I can’t be everywhere this year, there are a few places I am hoping to visit. I am confirmed for a visit to the Willamette Valley, so I'll begin this series with a look at Portland.
We all know of Oregon as a great wine destination, but it’s really so much more: There are great places to visit, remarkable food, and, of course, the wineries themselves! So without further ado, a little trip planner for Portland, Oregon: Gateway to the Willamette Valley.
If you’re planning on making winery visits a sidebar to your trip to Oregon, then staying in Portland makes a lot of sense. Portland has a compact downtown and most city attractions can easily be reached on foot from a centrally-located hotel.
Two wonderful properties that are in the center of the action are The Nines Portland and The Mark Spencer. The Nines is a funky yet luxurious hotel that occupies the upper floors of Portland’s landmark Meier and Frank designed Macy’s building. A four star property that has been hit hard by the downturn in tourism, it offers true luxury at very affordable rates.
The Mark Spencer is another funky property, and one better suited to longer term stays. The location is almost as good as at The Nines, but with the added value of having a kitchen in your room that's great for late night snacks, early morning breakfasts, or just keeping your wines chilled for cocktail hour. Not to mention the money you save by fixing a few meals yourself is money better spent in wine country, or on an evening of self indulgent splurging!