Portland, Oregon, is a wonderful town to visit during the summer and fall seasons. Combine warmer temperatures and beautiful Northwestern scenery the place comes alive with visitors out to enjoy the sights.
And, lucky for us, Portland’s only a hop skip and a jump from the Sacramento region…easily accessible by air or road trip. One of our favorite hotels in Portland, Hotel Monaco, puts you right in the middle of the actions, with a terrific downtown location that’s close to many of the city’s best spots.
Recommended Resort: Hotel Monaco. The 1912 building that hosts the hotel has quite a storied past, having once been home to both Lipman Department Store and retailer Frederick & Nelson before its recent hotel incarnations. 1n 1996, Kimpton Hotels took over and renamed the 221-room property, welcoming Hotel Monaco to Portland’s thriving downtown scene. Designer Michael Booth of Babey-Moulton in San Francisco preserved the original high ceilings and picture windows in the lobby and made some additions to better resemble the structures retail roots. This loving restoration adds to the charm guest enjoy when visiting this historic venue.
Check In: 506 SW Washington at 5th Avenue in Portland, Oregon. 888-207-2201, www.monaco-portland.com
Check Out: The Red Start Tavern and Roast House. Here you’ll find amazing American cuisine that has all of Portland buzzing. Wood accents make up the setting and wood fire ovens serve up the flavors, with specialties like orange glazed baby back rib and garlic and red wine hanger steak. Yum. If you love Bourbon, try one of their tasting flights and sample from one of the most extensive Bourbon walls in Oregon.
Don’t Miss: In-Suite Spa Services. Bring relaxation right to your room with one of their delightful in-suite spa treatments. Highlights from the menu include an Aroma Journey Massage, Spirulina Body Wrap and Anti-Oxidant Vitamin C Facial. Oh, and did I mention that Hotel Monaco is pet friendly? So make sure Rover gets some VIP treatment as well!
Blog Post by Always a Bridesmaid Columnist Darren Elms.
Photos courtesy of Hotel Monaco.