Catch a Buzz in Portland

Contributed By Kayla Douglas
Accommodation photos via Provenance Hotels
Destination Shots by Kayla Douglas
Supporting imagery by Portland Tourism Board

As the city that’s bred Nike, Stumptown Coffee Roasters and conveniently benefits from the decriminalization of marijuana in Oregon, it’d be easy to call Portland “chill.” But that’d be totally selling this town short.

Because whether you stick to the downtown city limits in the vicinity of your (fabulous) hotel or venture out to Willamette Valley’s wine country, the destination reveals a much more complex layer of flavors than initially meets the eye. With its diverse restaurant scene, the biggest bookstore in the world and no shortage of outdoor activities, it’s true, “You Can, in Portland.”

Portland from the sky, a city with so much to explore on both sides of its bridges

We visited PDX to get a pulse on the opening of a new hotel by the Provenance Hotels. This Portland-based hospitality team doesn’t just talk about memorable experiences in their tagline, but truly embodies a guest-first mentality in all they do. With six properties in their portfolio in this city alone, we had to ask, what’s the deal with Portland? Turns out, all we had to do was check-in to find out.


Woodlark is the latest to open under the Provenance Hotels umbrella, with an aim to truly bring a fresh offering to the quickly growing hotel market of the city. A labor of love with deep-rooted history, this chic spot was the product of prime real estate meeting opportunity as two buildings become one to create this 150-room hotel. The Woodlark building was once home to Portland’s first pharmacy and the former Cornelius Hotel. They’ve since been restored, renovated and reborn as Woodlark.

The hotel represents the city’s community of artists, tastemakers and local business owners. With so many unique touches — from cleansing palo santo sticks by local florist Sea of Roses to coffee served up by family-run Good Coffee — guests are sure to feel right at home. Only trouble is, the rich velvet touches in the rooms will have you unsure whether to pass your free time curled up in bed or enjoying the company of like-minded travelers in the communal area. | Book Now >>

Woodlark Hotel: Loft Suite

Another fantastic downtown option within the Provenance Hotels’ portfolio, Sentinel is an ideal fit for a traveler seeking a more old world luxury vibe. Suites are finished with dark wood accents and cozy checkered blankets drape the bed, making you feel right at home. With in-room fireplaces, you’ll feel so cozy after checking in that a night in with your new read from Powell Books may be just the ticket. We especially love the Terrace Studio Suite, giving you a private outdoor area to relax and take in views of downtown Portland.

Sentinel's Terrace Studio Suite has a spacious bedroom with a King bed and sitting area, plus a terrace with an outdoor fire pit + city view.

Provenance Hotels ensures guest will have a strong connection to local businesses here too as many of the in-room amenities draw on authentic made-in-Portland products like Salt + Straw ice cream. But if you want a little extra something to snack on, head to “The Room at the End of the Hall.” Guests booked into rooms on the sixth floor of the hotel’s West Wing have access to this executive lounge outfitted with tea, coffee and light bites. | Book Now >>


You can't leave Blue Star without trying *at least* two flavors
You can’t leave Blue Star without trying *at least* two flavors
"Where Texas meats Oregon" courtesy of Chef Doug Adams
“Where Texas meats Oregon” courtesy of Chef Doug Adams

We love the food truck scene in Portland. Only challenge is how many you can fit in before your next reservation?

Distilleries + Breweries

A city known for it’s drinking scene, it’s not rocket science. Here are some tastings spots to consider.

You won't have a problem finding a stiff drink in this city...

Wine Country

If you’re a wino or just someone who loves getting out of the city to explore the countryside, a day-trip out to the Willamette Valley is non-negotiable. We partnered with local experts, The Grape Escape, for a private half-day tasting and loved every minute! With over two decades of experience crafting custom wine experiences in Oregon’s wine country, owner Ralph Stinton is a pro. His long-standing relationships with wineries all over the valley ensure that guests get a top-notch experience.

The twisting roads of the Willamette Valley behold dozens of hidden gems to be discovered.

When a travel advisor partners with Ralph’s team to create a customized tour for their client, it’s all about tapping into The Grape Escape’s detailed knowledge of the nuances of these wineries. So whether you are a wine novice, aficionado, or somewhere in between, they’ll create an outing with wineries matched to you.  You’ll take the scenic way out from Portland (approximately an hour drive, dependent upon your first stop) and en route, your expert guide will share info matched to your level of interest.

A highlight of the tasting with Ralph was his genie-like ability to appear with a cheese plate or charcuterie right when you least expected it! One moment we’d be chatting with the resident winemaker over our tasting, and the next, a perfect pairing of bites would appear. Not to mention, several of the wineries in the Willamette Valley do tastings by appointment only. So, partnering with an expert ensured that our visits were all pre-planned. Long-standing relationships with each local winery was a crucial element to the day’s success.


Oh, where do we even begin with the shopping here? Let us just start by saying, there’s no sales tax in Portland. Yep, you heard that right. Shop guilt-free knowing that it’s basically like everything is on sale!

Good luck getting out of Powell Books in under an hour!

Danner is an iconic Portland brand, with high-quality boots that just bed to be taken for a hike
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Be sure to stop by Wild Fang, a tomboy haven

Woodlark Hotel | 813 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
The Sentinel | 614 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Tasty N’ Adler | 580 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Terrane Italian Kitchen & Bar | 1355 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97201
Bullard | 813 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
Little Bird Bistro | 215 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Wild Roots | 135 NE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Base Camp | 930 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214
Custom Wine Tour: The Grape Escape
Powells City of Books | 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
Will Leather Goods | 816 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
Danner | 1022 W Burnside St i, Portland, OR 97209
West End Select Shop | 927 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205
Wild Fang | 404 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

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