We are planning a week in Oregon in March. Any suggestions about hotels in Portland and places to go outside of Portland? I appreciate all advice.
Note, we do not object to cool weather.
Thanks mustanggt and iahflyr. You've given me some ideas to start planning. I can get a good rate at the Marriott Waterfront. For the Columbia Gorge are there sightseeing tours or should we just plan on renting a car. For the coast, do you recommend an overnighter or just a day trip. For an overnight trip do you know any hotels on the coast? I've only been to one M Club and we liked it. (SF Airport Marriott)
We would definitely be planning to stay most nights at Marriott brands since I'm on the home stretch for lifetime Platinum. We will explore Starwood after we reach that milestone.
Hi phctourist. I have been to Portland a number of times in the past two years. Perhaps one of the most convenient hotels if you plan on walking the city is the Portland Marriott City Center. If you want to try a Starwood property, I would recommend The Nines (part of Starwood's Luxury Collection), which is right around the corner from the Marriott City Center. If you are interested in a view of the Willamette river I would recommend the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront. This hotel has a very nice new M Club which I know you will enjoy.
The coast is so gorgeous that you should make a two day trip or it (or more) and travel HWY 101 down from Seaside at least to Newport, we've been further south as far as Florence just don't remember the same beauty as there was north of Florence. Sorry, cannot help with hotels along the way as we always rent that beach house which would be a good base camp actually in Lincoln City. There isn't much availability left in March, but a thought anyway.
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Thanks, everybody, I shall keep these ideas in mind for another time. After reading about the Pineapple Express and speaking to a couple of Marriott Hotel employees in Portland, we've decided that this is not the March to go to Portland. The forecast is for heavy rain and in between the heavy rains, some moderate amounts of rain. Instead, we will be heading to New Mexico.
We ain't afraid of no stikin' rain
IMe neither, but it really won't enhance sightseeing on a vacation! I've selected NM where I don't expect much rain!
Oh you dog you!! Love Oregon so from the city itself to Multnomah Fall and the Columbia Gorge, the coast, Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge.
Here are a few trip reports over the years that may help give you some ideas If you want to stay on the coast for a few nights got a great spot that we've been to every year in Lincoln City (two hours from Portland) that is great.
Back To The Oregon Coast
Annual Oregon Coast Trip & Come On United, Seriously
Oregon Coast December 2013
This has some great suggestions in it as well:
Re: Portland Oregon
I will second the Downtown Portland Boutique Hotels | Portland Marriott City Center. Always had wonderful rooms and stays at the hotel and it is great if you don't want to worry about a rental car as it is right near the light rail that goes to PDX.
phctourist, there are a ton of great things to do in and outside of Portland. Yamhill County is outside of Portland, on the way to the Oregon Coast, and is famous for it's wineries (great Pinot Noirs!). If you go on to the coast, there is the Tillamook Dairy, and then on down to Seaside, and one of my favorites is Lincoln City. This time of year you can find artist glass floats hidden on the beaches in Lincoln City area, and that goes every weekend until the end of May. Here is a link to that:
I found one a couple of years ago. It was quite exciting. The Oregon Coast has beautiful beaches and parks. Also, this is the time of year for whale watching. I'm sure others will chime in with more things. Here's a picture of the float I found.
Planning a long weekend to Portland in mid-May. Portland has great public transportation and we take the light rail from the airport to downtown Portland. I am guessing if you need a rental car and do it from your hotel you will avoid a bunch of airport rental taxes. The Marriot City Center was very nice on our last visit. Based on a previous post in MRI, we are staying at the SPG Nines on points. I am hoping all the angry demonstrations have petered out by May.
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