It’s hard not to fall in love with Portland. Its residents have devoted themselves to the good life, with a culture almost entirely devoted to the pleasures brought upon by good food, good drink, and the great outdoors. Surrounded by peaks and pines, Oregon’s largest city feels like a gateway to the wilderness, and yet it maintains a strong cosmopolitan vibe, thanks to an overwhelming array of preternaturally hip bars and restaurants and shops, all packed in space that is relatively small by big city standards.
In just a few days, it’s possible to feel like you’ve been everywhere and seen everything when in reality, you’ve only scratched the surface. Still, if you had to choose where to go, what to do, and, most importantly, what to consume while visiting this magical little town, here are some can't-miss suggestions.
Where to Stay: Kimpton Hotel Vintage
This subtly elegant hotel nestled in Portland’s main artery has built its identity around wine. If that isn’t enough to sell you on it, then a) we don’t know who you are anymore and b) allow us to tell you some more. The Vintage is specifically inspired by Oregon’s Willamette Valley, an oasis of red and white varietals that sits just 20 miles outside of the city. It is home to more than 200 wineries, and each of the 117 rooms in the Vintage is named after one. Each room comes with bottles specific to the winery from which it takes its name, and at 5pm every day, the staff hands out free glasses of vino like it’s Christmas. If you’re not in that grape of mood (see what we did there?), pull up to the Bacchus bar right there in the lobby, where the bartender Bryan, scientifically proven to be one the nicest people on the planet, will make effortless conversation while crafting you the perfect cocktail. But in case we haven’t made it clear yet, it’s all about the wine.