It’s no secret that Portland has quickly grown into a playground for food-lovers and adventure-seekers over the past decade (or longer, depending on who you ask). The greater Portland area is not only home to companies like Nike and Leatherman, but claims Airbnb, Google, Salesforce, and more as part of the Silicon Forest. It also gave us the world-famous Voodoo Donut, and boasts more microbreweries than any other city in the world! With its reputation as one of the U.S.’s pioneering green cities, it’s not hard to see why Portland is the place to be for people who are looking for the perfect balance of city and nature in one.
For these reasons and more, Portland has become a go-to destination for major conferences like Marketing Loves Sales, the annual Digital Summit Portland, and the upcoming Engage Conference in March 2018. We’ve put together some tips for attendees and visitors alike to help get the best out of their experience.
Where to Stay:
- For quick, easy access to the Oregon Convention Center, look no further than Hotel Eastlund, an Eastside oasis featuring an unforgettable rooftop restaurant & bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 24-hour business center for those last-minute presentation updates!
- Centrally located in the heart of downtown Portland, The Nines is a luxury hotel that boasts incredible rooftop views, private meeting and function rooms, and easy access to all the city has to offer.
- Just a ten-minute walk from the Convention Center, the Crown Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center offers private meeting rooms, an indoor pool, free shuttle, and 24 hour fitness center.
- For a blend of history and luxury, Hotel Deluxe (formerly Hotel Mallory) offers a unique experience featuring vintage mid-century elegance.
- If it’s a room with a view that you’re looking for, look no further than Kimpton’s River Palace Hotel. Located on the banks of the Willamette River, the River Palace offers panoramic views of the river and downtown Portland, as well as easy access to Portland’s downtown greenway.
Where to Eat, Drink, or Host an Event:
- For a decadent yet rustic French bouchon experience, look no further than St. Jack. Perfect for private group functions or a cozy dinner for two.
- Located in the heart of the Pearl District, Irving Street Kitchen is a Southern-inspired hotspot, ideal for groups, happy hours, or private dining. Their covered, elevated patio can be enclosed and heated and is available for full buyouts.
- If you’re looking for authentic coastal cuisines with a view, look no further than Departure. Located downtown in The Nines hotel, Departure offers all the perks – incredible flavors, panoramic views, private events, and valet service.
- For incredible views with or without cocktails, enjoy a happy hour or evening wind-down on one of Portland’s best rooftop bars.
- Whether it’s a morning wake-up call or a mid-day pick-me-up, you can’t come to Portland without a visit to Stumptown Coffee! With locations around the city, it’s a great go-to for one-on-one meetings or a quick break.
What to See:
- For the outdoor-enthusiast:
- For the music-lover: The Crystal Ballroom is one of Portland’s oldest music venues, featuring a variety of bands and musicians amidst grand chandeliers, murals, and floor-to-ceiling arched windows
- For the book-lover: Powell’s Books is not to be missed! With locations throughout the city, Powell’s is the largest independent bookstore in the world. If you’re looking for a quiet evening, have a look at their events calendar for endless options of readings and visits from notable authors.
- For a little bit of everything: Portland’s Saturday Market has everything from exotic and local foods, to local art, souvenirs, clothing, and toys.
Visitors to Portland will find that this Northwestern Oasis is full of hidden gems and world-class offerings, from food and drink to entertainment and nightlife. Small enough to see in a few days, but big enough to keep you busy, Portland is easy to get around (but expensive for parking!) and perfect for business, pleasure, or both. Whether you’re dropping in for business or using work as an opportunity to play, we recommend taking some time out of your schedule to really see what the city has to offer.