We stayed at an Airbnb and had a great experience. If you are planning on visiting and want to know exactly which one, let us know.
We stayed in this neighborhood and loved it. It's relatively quiet but Mississippi street has tons of restaurants, bars and shops.
A bit fancier and more upscale. Fun area to be in.
Alberta Arts District
Funky and artsy. Lots to see in this area. They also have a street fair once per week.
Homegrown Smoker: amazing vegan BBQ spot. The Macnocheeto burrito hit the spot.
Bete-Lukas: Tasty Ethiopian food with great veggie options.
Off the Griddle: the perfect brunch spot.
Garden of Eden Bakery: delicious sweets!
Virtuous Pie: Great vegan pizzas and garlic rolls and the best cookie/ice cream sundae.
Prince Coffee: friendly staff & great coffee.
Heart Coffee: Great place for a coffee break while walking in the Pearl District.
Storm Breaker Brewery: tasty beers & cozy patio with a fire pit.
Cascade Brewery: if you like sour beers, this is the place for you. Tons of unique flavors.
Mississippi Street: visit the fun shops, restaurants and breweries in the area.
The many, many breweries in the city.
Chopsticks for Chinese food and karaoke!
Powell's City of Books: this is the biggest bookstore we've ever been to. You could easily spend hours there.
Mount Tabor: nice view of the city.
Forest Park: home to Pittock Mansion
Washington Park: Japanese & Rose Gardens
Recommended length of stay
3 - 4 days although both Dan & I agree that we would love to spend a month in Portland just eating and hanging out at coffee shops so if this is your kind of deal then hang out for longer.
Portland is very car friendly. We drove everywhere and found parking easily. It is also a bike-friendly city and this can be a nice way to get around in the warmer months.
If you like the outdoors, consider a day trip to any of the following:
Cannon Beach (Goonies anyone?)
Columbia River Gorge