Travel gurus say that the best way to get to know a city is through a local — and if you don’t already know any Portlanders, a friendly bed and breakfast owner is your next best bet. Whether you prefer an opulent Craftsman with a private wine cellar or an urban farm complete with barnyard animals and fresh produce, Portland has the perfect B&B to suit your travel style.
The view of Mount Hood from Bellaterra Bed and Breakfast will take your breath away. This Victorian charmer is nestled in Southwest Portland’s quiet, forested hills, mere minutes from bustling downtown. Each room features its own distinct decor and amenities, like the opulently cozy Scheherazade Room’s claw foot tub; for the best mountain view, snag the aptly named Sunrise Room.
Sitting steps away from the Willamette River, the Fulton House Bed and Breakfast is not your grandma’s B&B. The spacious rooms at this stunning Craftsman rival most luxury hotels, with flat screen televisions and plush Cypress brand robes. In addition, each room boasts an extra selling point you won’t find in any standard hotel, like the private veranda in the Blue Heron Room or the Wine Cellar Room with, yes, access to a stash of vino.
If you’re dreaming of Victorian glamour close to all the eastside action, you can choose between two Irvington jewels. The Lion and the Rose Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn is a stunning mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Maintaining its historic charm, the current owners have filled each room in the sprawling inn with a veritable treasure trove of antiques. Around the corner, you’ll find A Painted Lady Inn, another Victorian gem, with invitingly quaint bedrooms mere blocks from some of Portland’s best shopping and eating. Both B&Bs are within walking distance of a shopping extravaganza at Lloyd Center or a flaming tropical cocktail at Hale Pele.
Seeking something a little gentler on your wallet? We have options. The Portland International Guesthouse is a cozy and clean European-style guesthouse in the heart of Portland’s lively and walkable Nob Hill neighborhood. From here, you can access the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Zoo and the 5,000+ acres of Forest Park. For breakfast, walk the few blocks to Blue Star Donuts and indulge in a blueberry bourbon basil doughnut.
Travelers’ House Portland is another budget-friendly choice. This clean, friendly hostel is perfect for global wanderers and adventurers, and is located near some of Portland’s most interesting neighborhoods, including Mississippi Avenue, Williams Avenue and the Alberta Arts District. Accommodations range from private rooms to eight-person dorms and even a private yurt! Grab breakfast or lunch at nearby brunch favorite Sweedeedee.
Portland is known its abundance of vegan-friendly establishments, so it’s no surprise that we also house a plant-based B&B. The Cherokee Rose Inn is a slice of “Southern hospitality” in Southeast Portland. In addition to the handmade vegan breakfast, proprietor Sandy Miller will pack up a picnic lunch (plus wine) for an afternoon at lush, shady Laurelhurst Park. Then head to nearby vegan cocktail bar The Sweet Hereafter for a Sazerac and a saucy buffalo sub. For a more historic view of the city, check out the colonial revival architecture of the four-bedroom Portland Mayor’s Mansion Bed and Breakfast, which was built in 1912 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.