Are you planning a trip to Portland Oregon? If so, there are a variety of fun places to eat, stay and play in the PDX area that you could literally come back to Portland for vacation each year and experience something new.
In this article we will share with you our favorite places to eat, play and stay in the Portland area.
Where To Eat In Portland
1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
Jose Chesa emphasizes a convivial vibe at his modern Spanish gastropub in Northwest Portland, and with a lively dining room facing an open kitchen, it’s not a stuffy “tapas restaurant.” The tapas themselves combine similar levels of comforting familiarity and playfulness: Beef and potato “bombas” arrive in a suitably spicy sauce; chorizo “lollipops” are hard to forget; and an almost-savory sangria is the ideal drink for rainy evenings.
Restaurant St. Jack
1610 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
An evening at St. Jack can feel light and laid-back over a tower of oysters and a bright crab remoulade, but it’s far more likely to be an event, with rich roasted bone marrow dressed in caramelized onions and gooey gruyere, or a whole branzino complemented by a curry saffron broth.
Duck House Chinese Restaurant
1968 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
In a casual former taproom, Duck House has finally provided Portland with a dreamy Chinese restaurant in the heart of the city. Since his 2016 arrival, San Diego chef Ivan Liu has played with heat and aromatics like a master, from delicate wontons with savory chile oil-spiked broth to tingly dan dan noodles with borderline-bitter bite. Deeply flavorful xiao long bao look their best in a table by the window, with a view of the game from mounted TVs.
Where To Play In Portland Oregon
There’s lots of things for adults to do in the PDX area on a daily basis, you can spend the day at the Oregon Zoo, visit local museums and historical attractions or go hiking / biking on local trails.
If you have kids, doing things that adults might find to be fun could be a bit of a stretch for the kiddos so here’s a list of fund kid friendly places to check out in Portland.
Nest Playground – https://www.nestplayground.com/
Nest Playground is a state of the art center that energizes the minds and bodies of parents and children through enriching classes, an indoor playground, a rock climbing wall, and a full service café. We offer … We are located in NE Portland.
The Wiggle Room – https://www.thewiggleroom.com/
The Wiggle Room is a 2000 square foot indoor playground for children ages 0-7 in NE Portland’s Hollywood District. 1925 NE 42nd Ave, #C, Portland, OR …
Munchkin Playland – https://www.munchkinplayland.com/
An intimate café with a play area designed for the little ones (42 inches and under only).
Playdate PDX – https://www.playdatepdx.com/
Open for more than 6 years, this facility is a great place for parents to bring their children.
Smartypants – http://www.smartypantspdx.com/
A great place for parents to craft with their children, create artwork, jewelry and so much more.
Two Sisters play café – https://twosistersplaycafe.net/
A fun place for parents to bring their children for healthy food, snack and fun.
Where To Stay In Portland
Portland has many great hotels and options for people of all budgets. When you stay in the PDX area it’s possible to stay for as little as $80 per night up to $150 per night or more. Here are a few hotels that you should consider staying at when you visit Portland Oregon.
The four developers of the Society Hotel saw potential in its formerly grand turn-of-the-century buildings. Built in 1881 by the Portland Seamen’s Friend Society, the hotel was first known as The Mariners Building, a boarding home dedicated to keeping Portland’s sailors on the straight and narrow and out of the infamous Shanghai Tunnels. When renovation began in 2013, the upper floors hadn’t been touched since 1945, and the crew unearthed a time capsule of treasures, and many of these historical finds are placed around the hotel. Favored by cost-conscious travelers, history buffs, high-end hostelers, and young adventurers seeking good style and downtown digs on the cheap, the staff is always ready to help you find your way around their fair city, and have excellent recommendations for restaurants, bars, live music, late-night eats, food carts, cheap or free to-dos, and clubs (many are within a few blocks). Or, consult the wall board by the front desk, neatly hung with dozens of coasters covered in handwritten suggestions for awesome and unusual things to eat, drink, or do.
Built in 1927, the Heathman, a much-loved Portland landmark that catapulted to international stardom when it cameoed in 50 Shades of Grey, got a fashionable face lift earlier this year, and those used to its old-money library looks will either love or hate the 10-story historic hotel’s bright and stylish refresh. What hasn’t changed are the opulently costumed doormen, prime downtown location (next door to the popular Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall), and robust Russian-themed afternoon tea in the luxe downstairs tea court. You’ll be eating well and often during your Portland stay, so best take advantage of the hotel’s small but mighty gym, with its mini rock-climbing wall, punching bag, and live-streaming Peloton bikes.
Portland’s up-and-coming Lloyd District has brought with it a crop of new neighborhood hotels, and the Eastlund—a nicely renovated former Red Lion motor inn with 168 rooms—is the best and brightest of the lot; literally, if you take into consideration the lobby’s modern mid-century design with bold orange, blue, and yellow accents. Rooms are comfortable and the WiFi is speedy, but the property’s finest feature is the spacious rooftop restaurant and bar; come happy hour, curl up by the fire pit with a burger and beer from nearby Upright Brewing, and enjoy the panoramic Portland views from the terrace.
That’s it for this post! If we missed any hotels or places in the PDX area that you can recommend, please let us a comment below!