Find a Portland cheap hotel near the southern tip of downtown and you'll be ideally located to find out why Portland is one of the top arts destinations in the country. In fact, many Portland hotels offer comprehensive arts and museum packages as part of your stay. Catch a world-class ballet, play, or lecture. From your downtown Portland hotel, you can also easily take in the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Maritime Center and Museum on the Willamette River, or the Museum of Science and Industry just off the Eastbank Esplanade. If your cultural thirst still isn't quenched, head northeast to Nob Hill, where you can grab a theater offering or simply people-watch at a quaint cafe.
Portland is all about seasonal eats, microbrewed beer, and coffee houses that are among the best in the world. Grab a hotel in Portland in the Pearl District east of downtown and book an epicurean walking tour that allows you to sample coffees, teas, beer, olive oils, jams, and cheeses, all produced by local vendors and artisans. Or, if you'd rather set out on your own, a great place to begin is at the farmers market—considered one of the top five of its kind in the country—which takes place throughout downtown, the waterfront, and near Portland State University. Also, beer and wine festivals happen year-round in Portland, and are a great reason to plan a visit to this dynamic city.
Everything is Coming Up Roses
Portland is undoubtedly one of the greenest cities in the U.S., and not just because of its eco-groovy residents. The city is also the site of the world-renowned International Rose Test Garden, which lends Portland's "Rose City" moniker. A great time to visit is in late spring for the Portland Rose Festival. Find a Portland Hotel near the festivities on the waterfront or around Burnside and Market streets and revel in the pageantry of the event, which also features parades, live music, circuses, fireworks, movies, and boat races.