Go List 201325 PLACES TO GO IN 2013
Why Go Now The show Portlandia may mock its namesake city for embracing everything from the locavore food scene to molecular mixologists, but it's the constant infusion of new ideas that makes this vibrant metropolis hum with life. Add to that a booming food truck scene (Norwegian flatbread, anyone?), the new Feast Portland food festival (delicious food for an altruistic cause), and several new hipster hotels, and you have all the components of a city in full upswing. –by Maria Hart
Where to StayIn a foodie town like this, it's smart to stay in a hotel with great on-site dining—especially when those Pacific Northwest rainstorms hit!—and The Nines delivers with two excellent options, Departure and Urban Farmer, both of which offer thoughtful cuisine with an eye toward local, seasonal produce. The rooms are equally tasteful and a dash retro, with frosty blue and white décor. Another option that's true to Portland's indie spirit is the Ace Hotel, where record players, a photo booth, and other trendy trappings keep everyone from locals to overnighters happy.
Insider TipAfter you've stuffed yourself silly with food-truck eats, head to the Steel Bridge for a great walk. It has a pedestrian walkway 30 feet above the Willamette River, providing walkers and bikers with fabulous water views.
Word of Mouth "If you are there for a weekend, I cannot recommend the Saturday Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University too highly—it's wonderful," raves Fodorite mp. "I've been to lots of markets, in San Francisco, NYC, France and Italy, and Portland's is wonderful. But it's frustrating to see all this great produce and not be able to go home and cook! Lots of places sell food though, so it's fun to buy and snack."
When to Go Portland's mild climate is best enjoyed from June to September. Hotels are often full in July and August, however, so definitely book in advance. Spring and fall are also excellent times to visit; prices are typically lower for accommodations, transportation, and tours, and you can stay warm with a light jacket.
Plan Your Trip Start planning using Fodor's Portland Travel Guide.