Five favorite vacation rentals in Portland

These one-of-a-kind lodgings provide a home base with first-rate amenities and stunning décor.

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    Homier than hotels and more private than bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals offer the chance to experience Portland like a local. If you’re looking for interesting accommodations, consider a stay at one of these exceptional vacation rentals in Portland.

    Vacation rentals in Portland

    Mountain Views at Tabor Haus

    Tabor Haus is a cabin-style abode offering woodsy charm and plentiful amenities, including a generous porch and wood-burning fireplace. Tabor Haus is situated at the foot of Mt. Tabor, Portland’s urban volcano (don’t worry, it’s dormant). The location lets you hike around the verdant Mt. Tabor Park and explore Southeast Portland’s vibrant culinary scene. Be sure you save time to lounge in the hot tub while admiring stunning views of distant Mount Hood.

    What to do nearby

    Dig into skillet-fried chicken and pecan bacon spoonbread at Country Cat in Montavilla, or indulge in French-inspired cuisine at Coquine (named one of America’s best new restaurants of 2016 by Bon Appétit).

    Small Stay at The Pocket House

    Tiny houses are having a big moment. If you’ve ever dreamt of staying in one — especially one with serious Scandinavian-chic vibes — check out The Pocket House. Featured in New York Magazine, this itty-bitty living space sleeps up to four and includes a kitchenette and laundry facilities. The home is within walking distance of hip North Mississippi Avenue and Northeast Portland’s Alberta Arts District. It’s outside of the downtown hubbub, but still offers plenty of nearby bars, restaurants, cafés and boutiques.

    What to do nearby

    The Pocket House is just blocks from brunch favorite Tasty n Sons and beloved vegan bar the Bye and Bye. Looking for evening entertainment? Mississippi Studios hosts live bands nearly every night of the week.

    Hillside Hideaway at Historic Vista Cottage

    For quaint Northwest Portland vibes close to plenty of shopping and eating, book a stay at this 1920s urban cottage. This Spanish Revival-style home was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Recent renovations have added modern amenities without sacrificing the home’s original design. Located in the quiet Southwest Hills, this one-bedroom cottage is within walking distance of Northwest 23rd Avenue’s chic boutiques. It’s also close to Washington Park, which houses many great attractions. Don’t miss the Portland Japanese Garden and the pristine hiking and biking trails of Forest Park.

    What to do nearby

    Highly lauded Ken’s Artisan Bakery offers divine baked goods, including baguettes and opera cake, as well as hand-tossed, wood-fired pizza. If you time your visit correctly, you can even catch a Timbers or Thorns soccer game at nearby Providence Park.

    Victorian Escape at the Feathered Nest

    If your ideal vacation includes a stay in a Victorian-style dream house, look no further than the Feathered Nest. This gorgeous two-bedroom home was built at the turn of the century and offers beautiful decor and amenities. Cozy up to the kitchen fireplace, soak in the clawfoot bathtub and take a seat on the covered porch. Located in trendy Nob Hill, it’s close to some of Portland’s best bars and restaurants; downtown is easily accessible by foot or streetcar.

    What to do nearby

    Hit up two of Portland’s culinary staples: Besaw’s for breakfast and Paley’s Place for dinner. Then sip beer or wine while you watch an independent film at historic Cinema 21.

    Artistic Airbnb at the MakerFlat

    It doesn’t get much more Portland than the MakerFlat. Owned by two Portland artists, this remodeled Airbnb is furnished entirely with art and furniture from local artists and makers. From paintings to live-edge wooden tables to handmade lighting, MakerFlat affords a unique vacation or business stay. See anything you like during your visit? It’s a “living gallery,” meaning the art and furniture is also available for purchase, and the décor is always changing. Located near bustling Southeast Division Street, you’ll find restaurants, cafés and shopping close by.

    What to do nearby

    Indulge in mussels and champagne at Belgian-inspired La Moule or visit the food carts at Tidbit Food Farm and Garden. Options include vegan and gluten-free baked goods at Back to Eden Bakery and fried chicken sandwiches at Boke Dokie.

    More places to stay

    Looking for more great spots to stay? Check out our list of local bed & breakfasts and our favorite alternative lodgings.


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