Area hotels offer lots for the locals
There's a new rooftop bar in town, and it's pretty hard to beat. The Xport Bar & Lounge, 16 floors up in downtown Portland, offers sweeping views of the city from two separate patios, both covered, with heaters overhead and windproof firepits that make for easy gathering spots with a cocktail in hand.
Xport is part of The Porter Hotel, a boutique Hilton Curio Collection hotel that was built from the ground up, replacing a building that was razed at Southwest Second Avenue and Jefferson Street.
It's the latest of many luxury hotels to pop up on the Portland skyline and in the surrounding region, geared both toward visitors and locals looking for some indulgence.
"Portland has always been known for its ardent independence, natural beauty and pioneer sensibilities," says Andrea Murray, the hotel's general manager. "The Porter resonates with these very Portland sensibilities."
As is the trend in the past several years, no good hotel is complete without a knockout restaurant — it seems to be a symbiotic relationship.
Just to name a few: Alto Bajo at the Hi-Lo Hotel, Jackrabbit at The Duniway Hotel, Headwaters at the Heathman Hotel, Nel Centro at the Modera Hotel, Gracie's at the Hotel DeLuxe, and more.
At The Porter, overseeing the four dining options as executive chef is AJ Voytko, the James Beard Award-winning chef known for reinventing comfort food classics at the Original Dinerant.
At the Porter, you can sit down to an open grill at Terrane Italian Kitchen + Bar; munch on small bites at Xport; grab Romano-style pizza to go at the Chiosco Pizza Window; and pick up fresh pasta to go at The Portland Exchange Grocer & Goods.
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• Not far away, on the Portland waterfront, the River's Edge Hotel just debuted its renovation.
It's anchored by the Rosswood restaurant, which focuses on local, seasonal fare, including craft cocktails, brews and more than 120 local wines.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner include dishes like whole-wheat ricotta pancakes, smoked mushroom toast, cast-iron seared smoked salmon, crispy catfish and grilled hangar steak.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and two spacious outdoor patios provide ample space for soaking up the views.
For more: www.riversedgehotel.com.
• Finally, if downtown's not your thing, drive 45 minutes north to the brand-new McMenamins property — a tiki-themed retreat called Kalama Harbor Lodge.
As McMenamins is known for, this property draws on quirky history for inspiration. It's reminiscent of the Pioneer Inn in Lahaina, Maui, with woodstoves in the restaurant, a bar made of salvaged radio telegraph poles and a wraparound outdoor patio with four firepits and views of the river.
Visitors can drive, walk or boat up to the lodge, marked by the city's landmark totem poles and the Port of Kalama marina on the banks of the Columbia River.
For beer lovers, the lodge features a seven-barrel brewery, gift shop and rooftop bar.
The path in front of the hotel leads to a small log cabin bar with an indoor and outdoor fireplace, and guest rooms feature handpainted headboards that tell the history of Kalama on the walls.
Other spaces with a river view include the glassed-in Holoholo Room, Cloud Bar on the roof and Ahles Point bar.
For more: www.mcmenamins.com/kalama-harbor-lodge.