Hotels For Every Portland Adventure

By Justin Korn,

The “City of Roses” has taken a less romantic and elegant path, ditching its thorns for fixie bikes and its rose petals, for breweries and dyn-o-mite hand-roasted coffee. But there’s nothing quite like Portland’s backyard, providing a Jungle Gym for adults who want to share equal custody of their outdoor activities between land, water, and snow.

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Post-cycling slumber on this pillow top mattress
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River’s Edge Hotel
Photo by the River’s Edge Hotel

The River’s Edge Hotel is happy to provide the bikes during your stay, while having generous friends that have access to boats along the Willamette River Water Trail is completely up to you. But since this hotel property is stationed right along the trail, they encourage you to bike with the river by your side into the downtown Portland area and choose your own impromptu adventure.

The Tour de Portland experience:

  • First time in Portland? Get a fresh set of wheels and tour the city with Portland Bike Tours where they’ll break down the city into its most important components: historic neighborhoods, breweries, green buildings, and the jaw-dropping Eastbank Esplanade.

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Rehydrate with a cosmo at Swine
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Swine - Moonshine + Whiskey Bar
Photo by the Paramount Hotel

Located in the heart of Portland’s downtown hub, you don’t have to work up a sweat to claim you took advantage of the city’s majestic rural surroundings. You can simply enjoy a balcony guest room in the Paramount Hotel, wet your whistle at their moonshine and whiskey bar called Swine, wander in the hotel’s front yard, and voilà, you’ll find your outdoor adventure awaiting you in their Director Park.

The artsy chillax experience:

  • After an old-fashioned bourbon cocktail, check out your Paramount Hotel’s worldly surroundings. In particular, we recommend paying your respects with a leisure hike (more of a slow walk on paved ground, but hey, it’s still exercise!) to the Portland Art Museum and tour their sculpture garden.

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Dip your toes into a pool, jacuzzi, or even a river
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Red Lion Hotel Pool
Photo by The Red Lion Hotel

The Red Lion Hotel on the River by Jantzen Beach not only offers access to their outdoor pool, but they do one better, they insist you choose a water adventure on the nearby Columbia River over a soak in their jacuzzi. Book a room here and after you check-in, take to the river on a kayak, or try some paddle-boarding.

The extreme adventurer experience:

  • Completely submerse yourself in Portland’s great outdoors with an adventure tailored to your wants and wilderness needs, with knowledgeable Sherpa-like specialists from Rare Earth Adventures.

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Soak in a sudsy bath after your walking tour
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RiverPlace Hotel
Photo by RiverPlace Hotel

Maybe you’re tired of flapping your fins swimming upstream. Start by picking a hotel package from a handful of packages the RiverPlace Hotel offers. This boutique hotel offers the Marry Me In Portland wedding night package, the Choose Your Own Adventure family package, the Romantic Revival at the RiverPlace package, and a few others. Once you’ve chosen your suite accommodations get your swimmies and life vest on—to get in the spirit of exercise—and then take a seat on a jetboat excursion a mile from the hotel and cruise the Willamette River.

The walking trail of laughter experience:

  • If you were spritzed on the river, dry off, and treat yourself to a free comical walking tour in true Porlandia fashion. The Secrets of Portlandia Tour promises stand-up comedy on the move, providing laughs, a sense of history, and all the insider tips you could ever wish for.

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Mashed potato snow right outside your lodge
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 Timberline Lodge
Photo courtesy Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon.

To complete your triathlon adventure vacation, we need to get you on the slopes by staying near this mountain top at Timberline LodgeMount Hood is the only mountain in North America that’s open throughout the entire year. We’re dragging you about an hour outside of Portland, but there’s no reason why you can’t check out of one of the above Portland hotels for a few days and then check-in to the Timberline for year-round snow!

The winter wonderland experience:

  • School might be out for the summer and over the weekends, but Timberline Ski & Ride School is in session! Claim a spot in their freestyle day camps if you want to unleash your inner Shaun White and be crowned king of their private terrain park.

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