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Have an Upcoming Business Trip to Portland? Here Is Where to Stay & Go.

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Portland is renowned for its artsy neighborhoods, wondrous food scene, abundance of nearby nature escapes, and progressive activism. On top of this, the city is home to the headquarters for major corporations like Precision Castparts Corp. and StanCorp Financial Group. Entrepreneurial folk who value individualism and self-expression also flock to the city to launch eclectic shops, eateries, and other establishments.

Are you scoping out a new possible location in Portland to expand your current enterprise? Is there a major trade show in the city that you are planning to attend? Whatever your reason for traveling to The City of Roses is, it is essential to ensure that you are prepared! Home Business Magazine recently had the opportunity to check out some of the top establishments in Portland. To help you in your own travel plans, below are the top hotel in the city, an outstanding brewery to take your employees to, and more.

Where to Stay: Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel

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Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel is a beautiful must-stay for all entrepreneurs traveling to Portland. Image courtesy of the hotel.

Conveniently situated just south of downtown Portland next to the Willamette River, this gorgeous hotel exudes both sophisticated elegance and the warm feeling of being perfectly at home and at ease. A quick 20-minute drive from Portland International Airport, the Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel boasts everything any entrepreneur would need during their business trip. Right when you walk through the front doors and into the cozy-yet-alluring communal living room, you feel relaxed, welcomed, and like you are at an urban retreat!

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The hotel features a welcoming, communal lobby to relax in after a long day. Image courtesy of the hotel.

The guest rooms are so comfortable, chic, spacious, and chock-full of amenities. Each room boasts an über-comfy bed (or two), a flat panel TV, and an oversized work desk that you will love working at while sipping on one of the free, tasty to-go coffees or teas the hotel offers in the lobby each morning. The rooms also feature tasteful decor, a luxe bathroom, mini bar, and a Bose or Boston Acoustics nightstand music player. Depending on where your room is located in the hotel, you will also get to enjoy taking in inspiring views of the marina, the hotel’s lovely courtyard (which guests can relax in), or Portland’s skyline!

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Every room has an über-comfy bed to ensure guests get a great night of sleep before the next day’s activities. Image courtesy of the hotel.

Every guest room is also equipped with coffee makers and Starbucks coffee, as well as a free yoga mat to use. If you need to blow off steam after a long day of projects, you will love exercising in the on-site, 24-hour fitness center that features a Peloton bike! You will also appreciate the complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel, as well as the on-site, 24-hour business center services — no need to worry about how you will be able to print that last-minute report for your client!

You would also love the in-room spa services (available to guests by appointment), the complimentary wine hour hosted every night in the lobby, and the custom-designed Micro Kickboard scooters available for your complimentary use during your stay.

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Each room offers tasteful decor and a lovely view. Image courtesy of the hotel.

In addition to the guest rooms, the hotel offers specialty suites that are complete with a soaking tub (perfect for an evening of pampering after a long day of meetings!), a cozy fireplace, and more. If you are planning to be in Portland for an extended period of time, you would really enjoy staying in one of the hotel’s fully furnished, waterfront Willamette Cottages — they offer comforts of home like in-room washer and dryer units, a full kitchen, a living room, and a dining area! You will feel like it’s your very own apartment!

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Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel’s specialty suites also offer a pampering soaking tub and cozy fireplace. Image courtesy of the hotel.

Every guest also gets a $10 food and beverage credit per stay to use at the onsite King Tide Fish & Shell restaurant or for in-room dining! Led by Executive Chef Alexander Diestra, King Tide Fish & Shell is a modern riverfront seafood locale inspired by laid-back, comfortable fishing lodges. With the welcoming energy of a bar lounge and a menu that ranges from no-fuss to fancy, the restaurant —boasting sparkling waterfront views— offers a multi-cultural approach to traditional, Pacific Northwest seafood dishes with influences stemming from Japanese and Peruvian cuisine. This restaurant is a must-try!

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The on-site King Tide Fish & Shell restaurant offers an array of mouthwatering seafood dishes, such as Kanpachi Crudo. Photo credit: Kathryn Esseler.

For more info about the hotel and to book a room, visit riverplacehotel.com.

Where to Take Your Clients to Dinner: Von Ebert Brewing in Pearl Neighborhood

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Are you planning to take one of your favorite clients out to dinner while you’re in Portland? They would absolutely love Von Ebert Brewing in Pearl Neighborhood. This wonderful locale boasts some incredibly tasty brews, such as their Blameless Muse Farmhouse Ale, Rauch Helles Rauchbier, Waning Echoes stout, and Realm of Illusion sour beer. IPA lovers will also go gaga over the Volatile Substance IPA and Nothing Noble IPA!

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Von Ebert offers yummy eats and brews. Photo courtesy of Von Ebert Brewing’s Instagram.

In addition to beer, Von Ebert Brewing offers a plethora of scrumptious eats. From their delectable hand-tossed pizzas (like their Salami Pie!) to their Impossible Burger that features a wonderful tomato jam, this hotspot is the perfect place to grab dinner while exploring the fun Pearl neighborhood. You and your client would also love sharing appetizers like their Korean Tots that feature pork belly or their West Coast Poutine, made with shredded Tillamook Cheddar Cheese and buttermilk ranch dressing!
For more info and to book a reservation, visit vonebertbrewing.com.

Where to Bond With Your Employees: Ex Novo Brewing

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This superb brewery offers a cozy-yet-riveting ambiance and remarkable brews — top beer picks include the You Cool, Man? Imperial West Coast IPA, Most Interesting Lager in the World Mexican Lager, Heart of Rubbo German Style Schwarzbier, and Krispy’s Kolsch. You and your staff members would have a lot of fun sampling beer flights while enjoying the lively atmosphere and chatting about all of the projects you worked on during the day.

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Ex Novo Brewing offers terrific food options, such as their Steamed Mussels.

If your group gets hungry, Ex Novo offers stellar food options to satisfy any palate. Top appetizers to share include their House-Smoked Trout Dip (made with Mascarpone), Fried Pickles served with ranch, and Green Chile Beer Cheese Soup. For full meals, you have to try their exceptional Steamed Mussels (made with Pilsner), Pub Mac n Cheese (made with Hatch Green Chiles), and one of their delicious Detroit-style deep dish pizzas.
For more info and to book a reservation, visit exnovobrew.com.

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