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DESTINATIONS TO CONSIDER – Portland, Oregon

Dec 22, 2017

What makes Portland so very special? Some may tell you it’s all about the trees, fresh air and the proximity to the mountains, rivers and ocean. Others may tell you it’s all about the indie music and arts scenes. I would say what truly defines Portland it’s eco-friendliness! The City of Roses’ (named after the annual festival of roses) approach to urban planning and outdoor spaces has often earned it a spot on numerous lists of the greenest places to live.

This eco-friendly city and sustainable infrastructure makes it easy (incredibly easy) to plan your meeting in Portland. Statistically Portland ranks among the top 10 U.S. cities for most LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings per capita. Portland hotels meet the industry’s strictest criteria for environmentally friendly guidelines.

Portland’s reputation is known for launching original concepts, from its innovative food and beverage culture to its out-of-the-box transportation solutions and sustainability initiatives. Of course, who can forget about Portland’s national reputation as the top foodie destination? All this is offered up with the friendly hospitality and big-city amenities only available in a place like Portland.

Who doesn’t want a unique meeting location and affordable accommodations with no side order of sales tax? With no sales tax or food and beverage tax, Portland lets you stretch your meeting dollars. Your budget will thank you, as will your delegates, who’ll use the money they save to take full advantage of Portland’s acclaimed dining, shopping and cultural offerings.

Portland is also known for its incomparable transit system. Portland International Airport (PDX) is just 10 miles from downtown, PDX is served by 15 airlines with non-stop service to more than 50 cities, including Amsterdam, Tokyo, Reykjavik, Frankfurt, Calgary and Vancouver. Once you get into the city, do not worry about how you will get around. At the heart of Portland’s world-class public transportation system is MAX light rail, with 97 stations and 60 miles of track connecting the city, airport and region. Have some time in your meeting agenda? Here are some great spots that are a must to check out!

Washington Park

Washington Park is a special place. It's an unusual place. Filled with gardens and museums; a zoo and a forest.

Eat a Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut offers up wacky creations — and legal wedding ceremonies — 24 hours a day

Rose Test Garden

Located in Washington Park, this garden has 7,000 rose plants of approximately 550 varieties

Eat at a food truck

With more than 600 tiny kitchens and counting, Portland’s food-cart scene is legendary. 

Multnomah Falls

The tallest waterfall in all of Oregon, there is a famous bridge above the lower falls that you can stand on and gaze at this scenic spot Fun Fact:

One of our very own Meeting Protocol Program Manager’s got engaged in Portland in front of Multnomah Falls. 

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Author: Jesse Friend

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