Your Guide to Fall in Portland
For most people, the ideal times to visit Portland are late spring and throughout the summer. However, we’d argue that there’s something simply magical about fall in Portland. It’s certainly worthy of being at the top of your list of getaway destinations this October and November. As the weather cools and settles into it’s typical fall pattern, Portland’s calendar fills up with a wonderful variety of cultural, wine, and holiday events worthy of your time. Whether you’re ideal fall getaway means time spent outdoors amidst the beautiful hues of fall, or whether you’d rather focus on fall events and activities around the area, there’s something for everyone in Portland this fall. Come stay at the Fulton House Bed and Breakfast, Portland’s premiere Bed and Breakfast, and let us help you create a fall getaway to remember.
Fall Hiking in Portland
These early fall months are all about getting outside, and experiencing the incredible hiking and nature trails in the Portland area. In fact, we could easily designate fall as our favorite hiking season. Getting outside allows to breath in the crisply fresh fall air, to soak up the shoulder season’s rays of sun, and to enjoy late-blooming plants and trees are ablaze with color. Get outside and enjoy autumn’s final bursts of color on these 6 spectacular hikes near Portland:
- Enjoy a little solitude on the Maple-Wildwood Loop Hike in Forest Park
- Take in the stunning colors at Hoyt Arboretum, in Washington Park. There’s even a Fall Color Tour you can join in on October 21, 2017.
- View wildlife and migrating birds along the Oaks to Wetlands Trail at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.
- Take in the incredible beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, on the Hamilton Mountain Trail. It’s a bit farther outside of Portland, but worth every second. It was left undamaged during this summer’s Eagle Creek Wildfire. You’ll enjoy 3 waterfalls along the way, along with a beautiful grove of bright yellow maples.
- Meander the 21 mile stretch of former railroad-turned multi-use Banks-Vernonia Trail. Each path is lined with deciduous trees, all reaching their peak of fall foliage.
- There’s never a bad season when it comes to visiting Oregon’s stunning Multnomah Falls, but the area is currently closed due to damage sustained during the Eagle Creek Wildfire this summer. Keep an eye out for when this beautiful hike reopens, and in the meantime consider stopping in to the gift store at the historic lodge, which was thankfully untouched during the fires, and/or donating to Friends of the Gorge.
Portland’s Fall Events
- This October, enjoy some of the best craft beer Portland has to offer. Brewpublic’s Killer Beer Week will take place October 20 – 29, 2017.
- Get crazy Portland style, and join in one of the wackiest regattas around. Hollow out a giant pumpkin, and join us at the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta on Tualatin Lake. Even if you don’t participate, this is a great spectator event, drawing crowds from across the country.
- Get lost in the corn maze on Sauvie Island.
- If you’ve visited Portland before, then you know how food-centric this incredible city is. If you haven’t, now is the perfect time to experience Portland’s gastronomical delights. Coming up on November 11, 2017, is the 12th annual Northwest Food & Wine Festival at the Oregon Convention Center.
- Also on November 11, 2017 will be Portland’s annual Wordstock Book Festival at the Portland Art Museum. It’s the largest book festival in the Pacific Northwest, and a great chance to hear from visiting authors. This year, you can also join in the lit crawl on November 10th.
- Join regional filmmakers at the 44th annual Northwest Filmmaker’s Festival.
- Portland is a great home base for adventuring through Oregon’s premiere wine country. November is a wonderful time to experience Willamette Valley, as wineries open their cellars and tasting rooms for special events throughout Thanksgiving Weekend.
Even in the quieter shoulder season of fall, Portland is still a thriving, energetic, and wonderful place to spend a few days. We’re currently offering two great specials, in hopes of making your fall getaway to Portland that much more enticing.
- Our “Portland Winterhawk’s Add-on Package” is just $95, and comes with 2-WinterHawks tickets in the Double Red Zone (WinterHawks Offensive Zone), 1-Cowbell with/Official Logo, 2-Food Vouchers (hot dog & drinks), and 1-Souvenir Holiday Ornament w/Logo.
- Our Beervana! Beer Lover’s Add-on Package is also just $95, and includes 2-Flights of Beer at Fulton Pub (McMenamins), 1-McMenamins seasonal logo Growler w/$15 Beer Credit, 2-Souvenir Pint Glasses, and 1-$40 Food Certificate. The Fulton Pub is famous for its beloved Hammerhead Ale. It dates back 1926, when it was a Prohibition-era hang out. Best of all, it’s very near our Bed and Breakfast!
Make your reservation at our Bed and Breakfast today, and come celebrate the season with us!