Things To Do In Portland
Planning Your Perfect Portland Weekend Starts Here
Explore The Westin Portland’s list of the best things to do in Portland, Oregon and discover what makes Portland a fun and unique city, rain or shine. There are many noteworthy attractions within city limits, and even more just outside. Whether you choose to stay near our hotel or venture out to the surrounding area, your perfect Portland adventure is waiting for you. Contact our knowledgeable concierge team for more suggestions of how to create the perfect Portland weekend, curated especially for you.
Famous Food Trucks
Just down the street from The Westin Portland is the largest pod of Portland’s legendary food carts. These bustling food carts serve restaurant quality cuisine within walking distance from your hotel room. Weave your way through the pod and sample an array of delectable international and local dishes, from Korean barbeque to gyros, homemade soup and sandwiches to Pad Thai, and nearly everything in between. There’s something for everyone, including those with any dietary restrictions in your group, at a price all can enjoy.
Fun for the whole family
With more 10,000 acres of parks, kid-friendly dining options and an abundance of fun, family attractions, Portland is an ideal travel destination for families of all ages.. Start the day with a delicious, kid-approved breakfast at Slappy Cakes, a pancake restaurant where playing with your food is encouraged. . Later, visit Playdate PDX, a three-story indoor playground with energizing activities that are sure to please kids of all ages. Free admission is offered to parents who are welcome to relax at Playdate PDX’s while their kids enjoy playtime.. When the weather is sunny and warm, kids will enjoy splashing around in the lively fountain at Jamison Square Park and checking out the towering totem poles and whimsical statues throughout the park.
The Food Scene
With culinary legend James Beard and numerous Top Chefs having chosen to make their home in Portland, it’s no wonder that Portland is considered one of the biggest foodie destinations in the U.S. Many of the city’s chefs and restaurateurs have worked in Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe and land here to take advantage of Oregon’s bounty of fruits, vegetables and meats. One of these chefs who has laid new roots in Portland is Vitaly Paley, an acclaimed chef who counts winning fIron Chef as one of the many accolades he has earned in the cooking world. His first restaurant, Paley’s Place, boasts a menu that features regional ingredients and Pinot Noir from Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley.
Oregon’s wine country extends from the coast and Cascade Mountain Range and weaves through Portland. The Willamette Valley’s lush hills grow some of the region’s - and country’s - best wines, with a great reputation for delicate Pinot Noirs, fruity Cabernet Sauvignons, and buttery Chardonnays. Drive an hour west of the city to Newberg and tour Argyle Winery’s tasting room on your first stop through the many wineries in the area. Or for something closer to our hotel, head just over the river to Southeast Portland’s Enso Winery, an urban winery that handcrafts old-world style wines.
Boasting more breweries per capita than any other city in the country, Portland is “beervana” for aficionados, enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Embark on a downtown brewery tour of the historic Brewery Blocks, where Henry Weinhard established Portland’s beer brewing legacy in the late 19th century. Choose to travel from brewery to brewery by foot, or sign up for a brewery bike tour with Brewcycle. Brewcycle is a uniquely Portland way to drink beer – combining three of the city’s favorite things: beer, bikes and tours. Their unique cycle lets you listen to your favorite music with your friends while you all pedal together to each brewery on your tour.
Just because the sun is down, it doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop. Start your evening with a masterfully crafted cocktail at Teardrop Lounge, which offers inventive libations made with local ingredients in the heart of the Pearl District, then see where the night takes you. Continue the night at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, where you can dress in costume and dance along to your favorite ‘90s hits. Belt a tune at Boiler Room, located just minutes from our hotel. Or, for a more exclusive karaoke experience, rent a private room with your friends at Voicebox and sing your heart out to all of your favorites.
The Music Scene
Home to popular bands and artists, including The Decemberists, Pink Martini and Elliott Smith, Portland is a must-stop for musicians from around the world. Here, music enthusiasts can satisfy their live music cravings any night of the week. Unwind at an intimate jazz show at Jimmy Mak’s in Northwest Portland, catch your favorite international superstar in concert across the river at the Moda Center, or enjoy a performance by the Oregon Symphony in the historic downtown Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Portland is home to numerous farmers’ markets, from the highly popular Portland Farmers’ Market that takes place at nearby Portland State University to smaller neighborhood markets throughout the city. Rain or shine, mix and mingle with locals and treat yourself to the best of the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Indulge in tasty cookies from Two Tarts Bakery, a package of cheesy Kasekrainers from Olympia Provisions, and fresh, handpicked produce from farms across the region. And if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir, don’t forget to stop by the Portland Saturday Market on the waterfront - which is also open on Sunday! – where more than 250 vendors sell everything from hot food items to jewelry, decorative pieces and clothing from local artisans.
With lush evergreens, snow-capped mountains, breathtaking coastlines and tree-lined streets, Oregon is breathaking. Making Portland the base for your visit makes it easy to immerse yourself in nature without having to travel too far. Hike or bike along the numerous trails among the 5,157-acre Forest Park, the largest urban forest in the United States; or, head about an hour east to Multnomah Falls for a scenic hike that all ages can enjoy.
Arts & Culture
The oldest art museum in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland Art Museum is distinguished for its holdings of art of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. The museum’s collections among the best in the world and have included paintings and collections by Monet, Francis Bacon triptychs, and funky installations by Joseph Beuys. And, museums aren’t the only places to find great art in Portland. Tax-funded public art lines the streets of downtown, and art galleries are woven into the culture of each neighborhood. The clothing retailer Upper Playground’s gallery, Fifty24PDX, features interesting, contemporary art that isn’t like anything you’d see at a traditional museum.
Portlanders are proud of their city’s creative, non-conformist culture that helps to “Keep Portland Weird.” Learn about Portland’s quirky history on a guided tour of the city. Go underground and delve into Portland’s sinister past when you book Portland Walking Tours’ Underground Portland tour. If food and drinks are more your thing, the tour company also offers an Epicurean Excursion that explores the city’s renowned culinary scene. Or, experience why locals love Portland so much when you discover the art, architecture, parks and people that make the city so charming on the Best of Portland tour. While you’re out exploring, don’t miss the Lovejoy Columns, concrete columns that held up the now demolished Lovejoy Ramp that were painted by Greek immigrant Tom Stefopoulous while on shift as a night watchman.
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