Your Guide to Enjoying Downtown Portland This Spring
Are you looking forward to spending some time in Downtown Portland this spring? We have the perfect guide for you! Our Bed and Breakfast is located in the heart of Portland and is your perfect home base to explore not just downtown Portland’s unique shops, restaurants, and nightlife, but the surrounding areas as well. Staying at our Bed and Breakfast for this wonderful gives you a chance to enjoy the best of both worlds.
The Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is situated in a historic home in the southwest part of downtown Portland. From here, you’ll have easy access to the waterfront along the Willamette River, downtown Portland, and Interstate-5. We’re centrally located to all the best attractions in northwest Oregon, including downtown Portland, Mount Hood, the Columbia River Valley, the Oregon Coast, and the famed Willamette Valley. Our convenient location, luxury accommodations, and warm hospitality make us the perfect home base while you’re visiting the greater Portland area. Book your stay with us today!
Getting to Know Downtown Portland
There is so much to do and see in Downtown Portland. You’ll easily need several days to explore this city, but it can take a lifetime to truly get to know the real Portland. All the more reason to come back and visit us time and time again, right? The first step towards getting to know downtown Portland is getting there. You can easily drive into town from our Bed and Breakfast, but there’s no need to have a car once there. If you’re an avid cyclist, you can easily bike into downtown Portland from here.
Alternatively, you can travel like a local and take public transportation. The Portland area is well served by TriMet, which is a combination of the bus, light rail, and streetcar system. They even have a travel planner to help you get from point A to B, and everywhere in between. Once you’re in downtown Portland, what should you do? Well, the answer to that isn’t so easy, but we think getting acquainted with the city is a great place to start. Portland’s downtown is pretty compact and very walkable, and also conveniently arranged into neighborhoods. We’ve listed our 6 favorite neighborhoods to explore below.
Downtown Portland is a great place for eating, shopping, people watching, and just walking around. There’s enough here to keep you busy for a couple of days, including the Portland Art Museum, Waterfront Park, the Portland Farmer’s Market, a sensational number of pleasing restaurants, and plenty of shopping, including the Union Way Shopping Arcade. This incredible shopping destination is a European-style arcade filled with shops and restaurants. and it connects up to the Pearl District. For a complete guide to shopping in Portland, check out Travel Oregon’s guide.
You can’t spend time in downtown Portland without indulging in the food scene, either. Try something from the incredible number of food trucks for lunch and a number of delicious restaurants.
The Pearl District
The Pearl District is one of Downtown Portland’s trendiest and most chic neighborhoods. It’s filled with a number of art galleries, stylish boutiques, some of Portland’s best bars and breweries, and some of the best restaurants around. The Pearl District was once a warehouse area, a piece of its history that is still visible today by its loading docks and cobblestoned streets. A few foodie favorites in this area of town are Verde Cocina, Oven and Shaker, Peruvian favorite Andina, and the Mediterranean Exploration Company.
While in the Pearl District, you can’t miss a stop at famed Powell’s Book Store, which is one of the largest independently owned bookstores we’ve ever seen. It’s a true booklovers paradise. Otherwise, take your time browsing the incredible art galleries and boutiques in this district. Make sure to add a stop at a local brewery or two in there for variety, too. Popular places include the Deschutes Brewery and Rogue Distillery & Public House.
Enjoy some of Portland’s most iconic landmarks and its vibrant history in Old Chinatown. Places to see here include the beautiful Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels, the Pine Street Market, and the Portland Saturday Market. This neighborhood is eclectic, and a great place to pick up unusual artwork and Northwest heritage home goods. And, of course, you can’t leave Old Chinatown without stopping at Portland’s famed Voodoo Donuts.
There are actually relatively few Chinese restaurants here, but one that you can count on for good eats is Chen’s Good Taste Restaurant, along with the Red Robe Tea House. You’ll also want to take the time to grab a delicious cup of coffee from local roastery Stumptown Coffee. Portland’s coffee scene puts Seattle to shame!
The Best Lodging Near Downtown Portland
There are, of course, a number of hotels, Airbnb, and vacation rentals in or near downtown Portland. But none of those choices for lodging compare to our historic Bed and Breakfast when it comes to price, accommodations, and hospitality. Our B&B is located just one block off the Willamette River and Willamette Park, is within easy reach of downtown Portland, and offers you to the historic charm of the homes in this part of town. Moreover, we offer a delicious and freshly prepared breakfast every morning of your stay, and knowledgeable and friendly Innkeepers who will work hard to make your stay the very best it can be.