By Candacee White
Portland
Oregon
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Portland, Oregon lies on the northern state border, approximately sixty miles from the Pacific coast. The famed hub of good coffee, good beer, gorgeous vegetation, frequent rainfall and the hipster community is sure to delight travelers from all walks of life. We encourage vacationers to book their next trip to Portland through Escape Wizard.com.
   
Visitors can fly into Portland International Airport (PDX), which is a mere 10 miles from downtown. Follow the instructions on EscapeWizard.com to make your flight arrangements to Portland by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). You can even book your hotel stay with EscapeWizard.com, by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to the hotel portion of the website.
   
The best way to see Portland is by bicycle. The city is mostly flat and very accessible through this form of transportation. Get some exercise while on your trip, and blend in with the locals by renting a bike at any of many cycle shops around town. EscapeWizard.com invites you to begin your bike-tour of Portland downtown at historic Union Station. Built in 1896, the station is still in use by Amtrak and other rail companies. Stroll around the station to enjoy the preserved decor and architectural style of the era when rail was the only way to travel. From the station, bike or stroll around the northern end of downtown which is known as the “Pearl District.” The Pearl has many buildings that were built during the Union Station era, and is known for having boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.
   
Within Portland city limits lies the largest city park in the United States. Forest Park boasts 5,000 acres, and many sites to keep a tourist busy. If you have time, and perhaps also a car, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to explore Forest Park, where you will find the Portland zoo, Japanese gardens, the Children's museum and many more sites that are fun for the whole family.
   
East of the river, you might notice a couple of imposing glass pillars indicating the Portland Convention Center. The convention center often hosts a variety of expos and programs that are well worth a visit. Just next door to the convention center you will find Rose Stadium, home to the Portland Blazers NBA team. EscapeWizard.com highly recommends taking in a NBA basketball game during your vacation in the city.
   
A trip to Portland would be incomplete without seeing the neighborhoods on Portland's east-side. In the north east, you will find the Alberta arts district. During the day, people can be seen sipping coffee or shopping at any number of boutiques or art galleries along this street. Alberta Street is also famous for its summer monthly “Last Thursday” art walk, during which art vendors, food vendors, and artists of any kind can set up shop along the street, and a veritable fair ground, emerges on the street. EscapeWizard.com invites you to take a break and relax with a cup of coffee as the locals do on this artsy street. If Alberta is still a bit too bizarre, wander south to Hawthorne street where the coffee shops, clothing stores and salons are tad more mainstream...but only a tad.
   
EscapeWizard.com can assure you that Portland has much to offer in terms of sights, events and family fun.  Even in the rainy months of winter, the vegetation, good food and good coffee abound in this green city. It is sure to please tourists, travelers and connoisseurs of all kinds.
   
Hotels in Portland
By K. Paige Reuter
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way, Portland, OR
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Need a great place to stay during your time in Portland? Look no further! The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel offers fabulous features to travelers of all types”whether they’re in Portland for work or pleasure. Conveniently located just 15 minutes away from the Portland International Airport, the hotel offers its guests free round-the-clock shuttle service and parking. Upon arrival, guests have access to a luggage room, ATM, and porters to help facilitate a smooth check-in process, which begins at 3 p.m. daily.

The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel offers eight different types of rooms: double queen, king, double twin, non-smoking, suite, disability-accessible, oversized, and green (environmentally friendly). The double queen, king, and double twin rooms come with various amenities. Each bathroom is stocked with a hairdryer and bathrobes. Food options include a mini-bar, room-service, and a coffee-maker. In-room amenities also include an iron and ironing board, a wake-up service, housekeeping, fax/copier/printer services, free newspaper (on weekdays), and a safe for any valuables you may wish to protect during your stay. TVs are all 27 and have cable and satellite options. Rollaway beds and cribs are also available upon request.

Not only does the hotel offer amazing rooms, it has state-of-the-art amenities as well. First and foremost is its conference space, 17 impressive rooms that represent the second-biggest such facility in the vicinity of the airport. Boasting 215 guest rooms, the space is supported by an expert event-planning and culinary team ready to facilitate any type of function, from corporate off-sites to retirement ceremonies. Also impressive is the hotel’s restaurant, Columbia Bar and Grill. Known for its enticing American cuisine, the restaurant also showcases an impressive selection of wines from the Willamette Valley and Washington State wine regions, as well as a variety of Portland’s famous microbrews. Finally, no hotel visit would be complete without a visit to the heated indoor pool, complete with Jacuzzi and steam room. Flags of the world decorate the room’s ceiling, making for a truly international experience as you stay just a stone’s throw away from the international airport.

When your visit comes to an end, you have until 12 p.m. on the day of your departure to check out. The procedure is easy, and can be completed either in-person, or via video from your room. Ready to book your stay? Our travel site can help! To get started with EscapeWizard.com, click here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Portland
By Rose Overbey
Crowne Plaza
1441 NE 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR
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The Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown - Convention Center is the perfect place to stay during your trip to Portland.  It is conveniently located between many local attractions and is easily accessible. If you’re visiting town and have an event at the Oregon Convention Center you’ll be pleased to find the hotel is walking distance from the Center. The Rose Garden Arena and Memorial Coliseum are also both only a short walk away. If you need to get around the city on the Portland's MAX light rail system is moments away and you can ride it downtown for free. For the children attractions such as Oregon’s Museum of Science and Industry, the Zoo and Year round Ice Skating at The Lloyd Center Mall, are all only a few miles from the hotel.

You’ll receive a warm welcome from staff upon arrival the tri-lingual staff is happy to assist you with any of your needs. The hotel was recently renovated just a few years ago and you’ll be pleased to find up-to-date amenities. There are 241 guest rooms in the ten-story hotel.

Guests will be pleased to find a well-equipped fitness center complete with treadmills, elliptical bike, free-weights and a weight machine. There is also a whirlpool on site to soak and relax in. If you prefer to lounge in a pool, you’re in luck. There is a large indoor pool, and in the warmer months, you can enjoy the sundeck and tennis courts just outside the pool’s doors.

Guests will find housekeeping services in the rooms, but if you need to get some laundry done, there are also on-site laundry facilities as well as dry cleaning pickup.  If you’ve forgotten something, the in-house convenience store that is sure to have the necessities. A newsstand and gift shop is also on-site for guest’s convenience.  A concierge and bellhop are also on hand for any other needs.

The rooms are luxurious and the staff is happy to handle your needs.  EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Portland Downtown - Convention Center. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Portland
By Rose Overbey
Holiday Inn Express
2333 NW Vaughn Street, Portland, OR
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The Portland - Downtown Holiday Inn Express is in the perfect location for site-seeing in Portland. It is in the historic Nob Hill District and is moments from many attractions. The Rose Quarter, Washington Park, the Oregon Zoo and the Saturday Market are all nearby. There are also many restaurants and shops nearby.

Within the hotel are many amenities guests are sure to find attractive. The Portland - Downtown Holiday Inn Express offers free guests Wi-Fi access and a complimentary warm breakfast each morning.

If you like to work out on the road, the hotel features a 24-hour fitness center for guests to work out even while they’re away from home. Included is an elliptical, multi-station gym, treadmill and recumbent bike. Towels are also provided. If swimming is preferred, the hotel features an indoor pool with a whirlpool to relax in. 

If you must get some work done there is a 24-hour business center guests are welcome to use. Included are copying services, a fax, PC and printer. If you have more heavy-duty business needs there is a FedEx Kinko's only 10 blocks from the hotel.

There are concierge services for guests available. If you’ve forgotten something, there is also a convenience shop on site. A gift shop is also available for souvenirs.

There are new 42" flat screen televisions in all of the rooms with HBO. The beds are comfortable, and have new pillow top mattresses.  There is complimentary high-speed internet access in the rooms. Local phone calls are free. The bathrooms include a bathtub. A hairdryer is also in the room, as is an iron and an ironing board, so you’re sure to look your best, no matter your reason for being in town.

EscapeWizard.com highly recommends booking your hotel room at the Portland - Downtown Holiday Inn Express. You’re sure to enjoy your visit. You can do so by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Portland
By Adam J. Mohney
Staybridge Suites Portland Airport
11936 NE Glenn Widing Drive Portland, OR
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EscapeWizard.com invites you to make yourself at home on your Portland, Oregon vacation by booking Staybridge Suites Portland Airport. Located near Portland International Airport (PDX), popular golf and shopping destinations, outdoor adventures and within driving distance of the Oregon Zoo and beaches, Staybridge Suite Portland Airport is a wonderful lodging option for families or extended vacations.

Every suite booked through EscapeWizard.com at Staybridge Suites Portland Airport includes everything you will need to have a low-stress, relaxing vacation in Portland, Oregon. Suites include a full kitchen, plates, glasses, silverware, stove, coffeemaker, full-size refrigerator, microwave and even a dishwasher, so you can eat and cook right in your suite throughout your stay. Also included in each suite is a television, free wireless internet access, a daily newspaper and two telephones with voicemail to keep you connected to home and the world.

Guests of Staybridge Suites Portland Airport will also enjoy accommodating facilities throughout their vacation in Portland, Oregon. Relaxation will be easy when utilizing the sauna, whirlpool and indoor pool. Guests can also keep up with their workout routine at the 24-hour fitness center or connect to the office at the business center.

Staybridge Suites Portland Airport can start each day with a complimentary breakfast buffet. For guests who want to dine in-room, but do not want to waste time shopping, Staybridge Portland offers a grocery shopping service that will bring everything to you. If you forget something or need something fast, the BridgeMart convenience store is open 24 hours a day and includes snacks, refreshments, fast meals and travel necessities.

Enjoy a relaxing vacation in the scenic natural setting of Portland, Oregon. Staybridge Suites Portland Airport is ideal for travelers looking to make themselves feel at home on the road. Book your suite at Staybridge Suites Portland Airport on EscapeWizard.com now by clicking the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).