Sharing all the details of my fabulous trip to Portland, Oregon, along with my Top 10 Places To Visit in Portland!
A couple of months ago I had an opportunity to go on a press trip to Portland, Oregon. It is one of the most beautiful places filled with vibrant flowers and lush, full greenery growing everywhere. Nestled in the central heart of downtown Portland, is The Duniway hotel which is where I had the pleasure of staying. Dining at the Jackrabbit restaurant, wine tasting and exploring the town was just the icing on the cake.
Today I am sharing with you all the details of my trip, including where we dinned, where we played and 10 Place to Visit And Things To Do When In Portland! Since I had never been to Oregon before and was looking for things to do, I thought it would be helpful to others to share my experience. It is at the bottom of this post since first I would like to tell you all about the trip!
My Trip To Portland
If I was to give three words to describe Oregon it would be: lush, green, beautiful. Even in downtown Portland, smack in the city it smells of delicious flowers and blossoms. It really is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to!
My sister flew in from Colorado to meet me there, so we could spend time together exploring the city in-between events (she’s my BFF so it is always a whoot when we are together)! As soon as we arrived at the airport the fun began as we were greeted by a driver and escorted to the The Duniway Hotel.
I highly suggest staying there. At first glance this hotel has “Welcome!” written all over it. As you enter through the large revolving glass doors, you exit a world of street sounds and enter an atmosphere of positive vibes. Right there I knew it was going to be an endearing stay.
About the Hotel
The social lobby is friendly with games, a cozy lounge area and wide smiles greeting us at check-in. Behind eloquent stain glass designed in green floral images is the lobby and full-service bar that leads to one of Portland’s most renowned restaurant, Jackrabbit (more details on that below).
Upon arriving at our destination, we settled into our rooms. I must say, after a long day of traveling the best feature of the hotel is the room! The second that door opens a tranquil sense of peace fills the air with the fresh aroma of clean linen. It truly is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of travel, work or play! My hotel room was also plentily stocked with cans of local Underwood Rosé, fabulous pink shades and reading Rosé All Day by Katherine Cole. Adjacent to all the pink is a delightful selection of teas and Victoria coffee to get the day started. The Duniway sure knows to make everything we needed readily available?.
I love decorating and was drawn to the simplicity in the room. The walls have little décor and are simple in a light grey that reflects bright light from a large open window looking out to the city.
Each room has plenty of space with a sofa that bends to provide adequate room for a comfortable desk that includes the sweetest vintage radio clock. Behind the bathroom door I was joyed to find a luxury robe that screams “wear me” with its silky grey exterior and warm cloth inside that wraps perfectly around your body. Being the girl that I am I just love these small amenities- including the fast-drying turbo blow dryer (that doesn’t eat your hair!) and indulging in truffles brought each evening by the hotel staff.
Needless to say, it was a good start to the trip right-off-the-bat!
After we settled into our rooms I was soon off to a champagne toast to meet my group and take a tour of the hotel. Following the tour we enjoyed dinner in a private room at the hotel’s restaurant, Jackrabbit.
Chef Chris Cosentino pulls together the most divine dishes including an extensive raw bar. Some of the best food I have ever had was at this restaurant. I enjoyed it so much that I even went back the third night for more! You will never leave hungry with a charcuterie program and convivial Shared Suppers including Dry Age Bone-In Tenderloin with Roasted Mushrooms and Sauce Au Poivre and Whole Fried Hot Chicken with Chicken Scotch Eggs and Pickled Vegetables. Word on the street is Portland is a whiskey town, but gin pairs better with the Jackrabbit’s palatable food. The cocktail menu brings local sourced, small-batch spirits focusing on gin varieties.
With our first dinner of the trip being spent at The Duniway’s Jackrabbit, the bar has been set high for this green city. My drink of choice was the Coin Toss, named after how the city received its name. The bartender flips a coin and depending on which side it lands the drink is served with ginger-infused gin or tequila, and presented in a grapefruit bowl with yellow chartreuse, lime and grapefruit soda. I highly recommend trying it out.
The next day my sister and I headed out into the city to grab a bite to eat before I went on a wine tasting excursion. A must when in Portland is to eat at a food truck. They are everywhere and have delicious breakfast sandwiches!
After breakfast I left my sister to walk the city for the day while my group and I took a Sprinter to Stoller Family Estate for a day of wine tasting. It is just a short 45 minute drive from downtown Portland.
We strolled the vineyards and learned expert techniques to growing the perfect grapes for blending a flawless Oregon Pinot Noir. I may be a California girl which is known for over 2,000 wineries, but some of my favorite wines to date has come from Oregon. Following the tour of the Estate, we enjoyed a Harvest lunch featuring the most fresh, local and flavorful dishes while sipping wine overlooking the Dundee Hills.
(Roasted shishito peppers are amazing and used in this recipe if you want to make them.)
When we got back to the hotel we had free time before meeting for dinner so my sister and I explored the hotel more. On the 11th floor is where you will want to spend most of your free time if you stay at the Duniway. It is home to an Indoor Pool, Fitness Center, and best of all, Abigail’s Hideaway- a rooftop oasis. The 11th floor provides a place for mindfulness, to replenish and refresh either alone with friends, or go for a detoxing run and swim. There is even a life size “Jenga” game for entertainment. Upon arriving at Abigail’s Hideaway I fell in love with the Pottery Barn style décor. This guest-only access space is a relaxing place to stare at the stars, keep warm by fire pits and cozy up under strings of lights that fill the night… is this really still in the city?
After hanging out at Abigail’s Hideaway for a bit we ventured to a local wine bar to have some much needed girl time before we departed ways and I went to dinner. Dinner was at Kachinka Restaurant, arranged by Katie at Travel Portland. Check out their website if you visit Portland as you can find events and seasonal things to do while staying there. We dinned with Russian-inspired finger food. If you are not familiar with Russian food, it contains a lot of pickled dishes. Think beets and cabbage?. It was delicious combined with their specialty vodka infused drinks!
My last day! Day three of the trip my sister and I rented a car and headed to Cannon Beach!
We were freezing in this pic…lol! This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country and best known for its iconic Haystack Rock. It is the rock that the movie Goonies was filmed at, which happened to be on my sister’s Bucket List of places to visit. Glad we got that checked off together!
I wasn’t ready to leave yet, but it was Mother’s Day weekend and I wanted to celebrate with my babies?. The next morning we each departed our ways home.
To sum up my stay in Portland, Oregon I would give it three words- delicious, entertaining, and fun! The Duniway Hotel transforms a traditional hotel stay into a desirable experience. The hotel offers a serene yet lively space with access directly to all the city has to offer. A city full of delicious food, entertainment and memorable fun times!
Top 10 Places To Visit In Portland, Oregon
The most beautiful gardens reside in the west hills of Portland overlooking the city. It is a calm place to go to in the city and provides a tranquil, creative and serene place. A dwelling to get away from worldly thoughts and connect with nature.
These gardens are a spiritual utopia and a place to escape daily worries. It is not as lush and green as the Japanese Gardens, yet still gives a sense of beauty in the architecture of the surrounding buildings and bridges. Check their website for activities and tickets as they hold concerts and events year-round.
If you like history you will love this place! The Historical Society is a wonderful place to visit to learn the background of Portland through artifacts, photographs, films, manuscripts, books and oral histories.
The Maritime Museum is located on the Willamette River in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. Discover ship models, maritime artifacts and see objects and displays that narrate stories from steam boats and WWII battleships. Don’t forget to also sign up for cruises and adventures on the sternwheel steam tug!
Get up-close with exotic animals at the Oregon Zoo. Experience the Africa rainforest and savanna, lions, monkey’s, rhino’s and polar bears – to name a few!
Perched at the top of the West Hills, this 42-acre landmark has stunning views of the city. Behind the mansion are grounds for roses, dogwoods, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, lilacs and magnolias. Wildwood trail leads up to the yard and the mansion is a popular stop along the hike.
- The Portland Wine Bar – During my visit, and in-between events my sister and I popped into a few wineries to chat with the locals. This was our favorite place to meet locals as it is quaint and small inside with a cheerful vibe. Oregon wines are one of my favorites and there was not one wine I could complain about. When you head there, ask for Joe?.
- Stoller Family Estate – The Duniway Hotel offers a package with an escorted trip to the Stoller Family Estate where you will take a tour of the vineyard, cellars and learn all about winemaking. The tour is then followed by lunch paired with their local wines. Tickets can be purchased at the Duniway Hotel front desk.
You will never leave hungry with a charcuterie program and convivial Shared Suppers including Dry Age Bone-In Tenderloin with Roasted Mushrooms and Sauce Au Poivre and Whole Fried Hot Chicken with Chicken Scotch Eggs and Pickled Vegetables. The cocktail menu brings local sourced, small-batch spirits focusing on gin varieties. A must try is the Coin Toss, named after how the city received its name. The bartender flips a coin and depending on which side it lands the drink is served with ginger-infused gin or tequila, and presented in a grapefruit bowl with yellow chartreuse, lime and grapefruit soda.
Kachinka is a Russian-inspired restaurant that serves a menu of dumplings, shareable zukuski and are best known for their infused vodka drinks. If you want to try something difference this is the perfect place! Or just head on over for their specialty happy hour cocktails.
Cannon Beach is just a small drive outside of Portland, Oregon and well worth it! It is one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and the drive itself is stunning with plush greenery lining ever angle of the road. Cannon Beach is best known for its iconic Haystack Rock – where the movie Goonies was filmed- along with other spectacular rock formations. Among all the places to visit in Portland, this is one of my favorites and worth the short drive away.
Portland has so much to offer, and The Duniway Hotel is just one of its gems I had the pleasure of staying at. It provides travelers and locals an atmosphere to complete work, but also a place to relax. Just outside the hotel doors are many nearby squares filled with food trucks, fountains, and local entertainers, along with the SW Montgomery Green Street which makes you feel like you have stepped out of the city and into an elaborate walkway of oversized trees and flowers. If you’re willing to do a little trek (or taxi)- Washington Park, the Rose Gardens and Japanese Gardens, and the Oregon Zoo are also nearby to discover. After a day of exploring there is nothing better than ending the day with a divine dinner at the Jackrabbit Restaurant, followed by that snuggly robe in your serene room. The Duniway is a small retreat in the heart of the PDX and Portland is place of adventure!
Thank you Portland for a memorable wonderful trip!
***To view my original article on Portland's Duniway Hotel, click here.