A bustling tech hub, Portland has been dubbed the “Silicon Forest.” Business is booming, but if you’re here for work, that doesn’t mean you can’t also experience the local culture to the fullest. From weekday diversions to weekend excursions, read on for our top travel tips for business travelers in Portland.
During the Week
If you’re only in town for the week, there’s plenty you can do and see during your downtime. Dig into dishes packed with local flavor or explore the nearby sights with ease from our downtown hotel.
Coffee Shops & Cafes
As the birthplace of the famous Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland has a thriving coffee roasting and brewing scene. With so many picturesque coffee shops and cafes within convenient distance, you can enjoy a uniquely Portland atmosphere while you catch up on work or send a few emails. Some of our favorite coffee shops are Revolución Coffee House and Case Study Coffee Roasters.
Scattered throughout the city, countless murals adorning the walls of Portland’s buildings are waiting to be discovered. Pressed for time during a busy work week? You’ll be hard pressed to miss out on these local treasures. On your way to your next business meeting, you might spot well-known murals such as “Art Fills the Void” and “Everything is Everything.” Some of the most Instagrammable sights in the city, Portland’s murals are beloved by all.
Make the most of your evenings in Portland. The Hotel Zags places you near the best restaurants and bars in town. Pine Street Market, Huber’s, and Nel Centro are just a few of our local favorites. Portland also offers a variety of entertainment — from concerts to comedy shows — at local theaters, such as the Arlene Schnizter Concert Hall and the Moda Center.
If you have the opportunity to extend your business trip to Portland, there are endless sights to see when you stay a little longer. If you’re able to stay over a weekend, you can enjoy a day trip excursion filled with local sightseeing near Portland.
A few miles outside of downtown Portland, Pittock Mansion is a must-see historic château. Drive or hike to the top for unmatched views of the Portland area.
If you have the time, a trip to Multnomah Falls is well worth the short drive. Located in the Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls is the second-tallest waterfall in the U.S. and offers a stunning hike through the national scenic area.
When you stay at The Hotel Zags, you’ll find yourself in the center of downtown, steps away from countless local businesses and fun things to do. Members of our Bizzz Club enjoy exclusive access to Portland savings. Book a weekday stay of three nights and enjoy up to 25% off each additional night.