Outdoor Activities Near Our Portland Motel Posted May 18, 2017
The month of May is an exciting time in Portland. The change of season means the weather is getting warmer and bringing with it more opportunity to get outside and enjoy some outdoor activities near our Portland motel. In the heart of southeast Portland, near the Hawthorne shopping district, the annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk happens during the weekend of May 20-21st. The event features artists showcasing their work at over 20 sites around Mt. Tabor Park. It’s a great excuse to take a stroll around the neighborhood enjoying art from a wide variety of disciplines and meeting some of the local artists presenting their work.
During Memorial Day weekend, over 150 wineries around Oregon and Southwest Washington participate in Memorial Weekend in the Wine Country. In this much anticipated annual event, world class wineries offer special tasting menus, food pairings, live music and more during the festival. Several participating wineries are located not far from our Portland motel in Hood River, Oregon, and Lyle, Washington, where you can take the opportunity to enjoy a day of leisurely wine tasting in the scenic Columbia Gorge. It’s the perfect time of year to sample award-winning wines from top-notch vineyards. For more information on the festival, please visit http://www.oregonwinepress.com/memorial-day-weekend-2017.
Visit Beautiful Japanese Gardens Near Our Portland Motel Posted April 7, 2017
A half hour drive from our Portland motel, tucked away in the scenic west hills of Washington Park in Northwest Portland, you’ll find the Portland Japanese Garden in Springtime bloom. It’s now open to the public after having recently undergone a $33 million expansion designed by Kengo Kuma, the famed architect who designed the Olympic stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The new garden features nearly 13 acres of beautiful and serene traditional Japanese landscaping and architecture. Wandering streams and pathways dotted by flowering bushes and leafy foliage present the perfect setting for memorable photographs with magnificent views of Mt. Hood in the background.
Traditional Japanese tea service and tasty snacks are available at the Umami Cafe, which will be in full service after the month of April. Various performances and demonstrations are regularly given at the gardens as well; you can look forward to Koto performances, Bonzai tree pruning, Kabuki theater and more. Find more information at their website events page.
Visiting the Portland Japanese Garden is a great way to spend a leisurely day relaxing in nature while still being in the the city, and Spring is the perfect time of year to get outdoors and explore some of the gems that are not far from our inexpensive Portland motel.
Stay at Our Portland Motel and Experience Portland Dining Month Posted March 10, 2017
Foodies from all over the globe travel to Portland specifically to experience our world renowned restaurant scene. In celebration of our vibrant culinary offerings, Travel Portland puts on Portland Dining Month every March, during which over 120 restaurants around the city, not far from our Portland motel, offer prix fixe 3 course meals for only $29. Taste-makers and celebrated chefs roll out the red carpet on mouth-watering menus that seem to get better with each year, and it’s a great opportunity for daring and simple palates alike to discover exciting new cuisine at a price that won’t break the bank.
With so many new restaurants participating in the event, it’s hard to keep track of what is even available at each place, so thankfully there are several dining guides that give an overview of what’s on the menu at each restaurant participating in Portland Dining Month 2017. The Oregonian wrote a feature that narrows down the selection to 27 must try places. At PDX Eater, you’ll find 32 of their picks in an easy to navigate map that helps you decide where to go based on neighborhood. But, if you would like a complete list of all the restaurants that you can sort by neighborhood and cuisine type, then visit Travel Portland and peruse their dining guide for 2017.
Our Portland motel is conveniently located close to major highways, so getting to any of these amazing restaurants is a breeze. We hope you will let us be your home base as you experience one of the most celebrated culinary events in Portland.
Columbia Gorge Wineries Near Our Portland Motel Posted February 17, 2017
Here in the Pacific Northwest we are lucky to have so many opportunities to celebrate nature’s bounty. One of the big things we’re known for throughout the world is the exquisite wine that is produced in the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon. Our inexpensive Portland motel is just an hour’s drive from the Columbia Gorge wineries and the town of Hood River where you will find many of these wonderful establishments in operation year-round. Affectionately known as “A World of Wine in 40 Miles” the region is home to the perfect combination of geology, soil and climate type to produce a long list of grape varietals that are the rare gems needed to produce the renowned wines of the Columbia Gorge region.
There are over 30 Columbia Gorge wineries to choose from and most offer tours, along with a cozy tasting room to sit and relax in while you enjoy the scenery. The towns in and around the region also feature restaurants, shops, and a host of fun activities to experience on your journey. If you are traveling from our Portland motel, the highways along the Columbia Gorge feature no shortage of outdoor excursions and hikes to enjoy as a stopover on the way to the wineries as well. If you would like more information on planning your winery tour, you can visit http://www.columbiagorgewine.com/ for good advice on the region, and where to begin your adventure.
Fun Hikes Near Our Inexpensive Portland Motel Posted January 24, 2017
If you have time to take in some iconic Pacific Northwest outdoor beauty while visiting Portland, you might consider going on a hike to one of several pristine landmarks that are not far from our inexpensive Portland motel. There are many beautiful and historic outdoor landmarks to choose from within a half hour’s drive or less, each featuring a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air any time of the year.
Powell Butte is the closest hiking spot to our motel, and is very popular with the locals. The butte, an extinct cinder volcano, is situated on over 600 acres of meadowland and forest that reaches to the headwaters of Johnson Creek. This site still features remnants of native fish populations including salmon and steelhead. Here you will find a 4.5 mile winding loop that gains little elevation, so it’s good for the whole family.
Latourell Falls is a bit further, but worth the drive. It features breathtaking waterfalls and a short 2.5 mile loop that gains less than 600 feet in elevation making it another great option for families to enjoy. If you venture further into the Columbia River Gorge, you will come upon a plethora of wonderful hiking options, including world-famous Multnomah Falls. There, three beautiful waterfalls dot a trail that gains just over 800 feet in elevation. It’s quite popular with locals and tourists alike, and a great opportunity to take photos. You will find plenty of parking at the trailhead.
There’s no shortage of fun outdoor hikes near our inexpensive Portland motel, even in winter. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, consider checking out some of the beautiful outdoor scenery that is conveniently located just down the road from our comfy motel. You’ll be glad you did!
Fun Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016 in Portland Posted December 19, 2016
There are so many exciting things happening around Portland for New Year’s Eve 2016. From live music of all kinds, to comedy dance parties, to a 5K run/walk along the waterfront in downtown Portland, there’s literally something for everyone! So, why not let the conveniently located Portland Nordic Motel be your homebase this New Year’s Eve 2016? We are centrally located for a perfect vacation with easy access to the airport and happenings of downtown Portland, and also the ski resorts at Mount Hood. Add it all up, and we think you’ll agree we offer a great alternative option to pricey Portland hotels.
Our rates are low, but the quality of our rooms is high. All of our rooms have been recently updated and we are proud to offer many of the amenities you would find in much higher priced accommodations. We offer plush allergy-friendly bedding, secure, lighted parking and convenient stair-free entrances. We also offer cable tv with premium HD channels and free gourmet coffee for road weary travelers. We are a family-owned operation, and have been in business for over 20 years. Our clients keep coming back because we offer a clean and comfortable stay at a rate that is hard to beat. Rest easy this New Year’s Eve at the Nordic Motel, and keep more cash in your pocket for all the fun things Portland has to offer. We’d love to have you!
If you would like more information on things happening around town, check out the listings in The Oregonian, The Portland Mercury, and The Willamette Week online. You will also find a monthly calendar of events happening around Portland by going to Events12.com/portland.
Book an Inexpensive Portland Motel That is Clean and Comfy Posted November 17, 2016
This holiday season if you find yourself in need of a clean, comfortable and inexpensive Portland motel, keep in mind that Portland Nordic Motel has a solid reputation for providing a quality stay at a price you can afford. Whether you are traveling to Portland to visit friends and family or for a business trip, you’ll find that our motel is just what you need. We are conveniently located just minutes from downtown, with easy access to the airport and all major highways. We are also not far from many of Portland’s popular attractions like the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) and the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. We are also just a hop, skip and a jump to many popular neighborhoods including the famous Alberta Arts District which features an array of world-class restaurants, cafés and specialty shops.
Our pet-free premises are allergy friendly and all of our rooms have been recently remodeled to include luxurious amenities like plush designer bedding and memory foam pillows. These updates place our inexpensive Portland motel on par with much more expensive hotels, giving you the value you desire at a much friendlier price. If you are in town on business, we also offer many conveniences such as high-speed internet and fax and copy services. We also offer free gourmet coffee for those on the go.
Let us make your holiday season as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. If you are looking for an inexpensive Portland motel that goes above and beyond your expectations, then give Portland Nordic Motel a try. You’ll be glad you did!
Fall Activities Near Our Cozy Portland Motel Posted October 13, 2016
Fall is a great time to visit Portland, and there are an abundance of activities and festivals to check out that offer something for everyone. The Portland Nordic Motel is centrally located between downtown Portland and the Portland International Airport, and only a short drive from many popular attractions. If hiking is on your list, we are less than a half hour away from the beautiful waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge. Popular among the locals, this is a wonderful activity to check off your list during Portland’s cooler Autumn weather. There are also many beer festivals happening in the month of October all around Portland including Oktoberfest and Beer Week. If wine is your thing, then be sure to check out the Beer and Wine Expo at the Portland Expo Center on the weekend of October 21-22. Additionally, our Portland motel is conveniently located near the MAX line if you don’t feel like driving.
Sauvie Island is another popular destination for grown ups and kids alike, offering an array of exciting things to do including visiting the pumpkin patches and corn mazes. After a restful night in this Portland motel, cozy up with some hot apple cider and explore the gorgeous farming lands of Sauvie Island where so much of Portland’s fresh produce is grown. Finally, if you consider yourself more of an athlete, the Portland Marathon is also happening the first weekend of October. Make sure your shoes are tied, because you’ll be on the move with all there is to do in the vibrant city of Portland in October.
For more information on events happening each month in Portland, check out Events12.com.
The Best Cheap Hotel in the Portland Area Posted September 16, 2016
Often times, the most expensive part of traveling isn’t the cost to get there, it is the cost of staying there as long as you’d like. This is especially true when traveling to popular cities like Portland, OR where hotel prices can climb to as high as $200+ per night for a room – if you’re lucky.
Does it really have to be this way? The short answer: no, you can do much better by choosing to stay at the Portland Nordic Motel.
The Portland Nordic Motel offers hotel quality amenities and services at a fraction of the cost of common luxury hotel brands. If you are looking for a cheap hotel to rest your head without sacrificing cleanliness, or location, you will not find a better value for your money spent on lodging in the Portland area.
Here at the Portland Nordic, we offer exceptional nightly rates. Most important, we’re able to offer these great prices without sacrificing customer comfort and room quality like many other budget ‘deals’, or cheap hotel promotions. For prices far below many well-known hotel chains, you can enjoy our single room with a queen-sized bed, HD cable TV with 150 channels, mini fridge, microwave and much more. Additionally, you can double your room size to include two queen-sized beds, often for less than a stay in a single bed room of another hotel. On top of all of this, you get quality customer care from owners who truly want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible. We promise that your stay with us will change your perspective on how wonderful a cheap hotel experience can truly be.
Don’t believe us? Feel free to check out our Trip Adviser page and reviews and compare us with the competition.
Portland Nordic Motel Receives 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence! Posted July 14, 2016
The Portland Nordic Motel was recently awarded Trip Advisor’s 2016 Certificate of Excellence, the third consecutive year we’ve earned the prestigious achievement. From the very beginning, our mission has been to deliver a truly unique and welcoming environment for you and your family to enjoy. We strive every day to give you the best possible experience every time you stay in Portland, and the honor of winning this award only makes us strive harder!
While other establishments can claim they offer the same amenities, quality, and comforts, be wary of those who are unable to back up those claims with an award like Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence. This certification, which only about 10% of businesses receive, stands as testament to our continued commitment in the motel industry to offer the best possible value to our customers.
Of course though, we would not have earned this prestigious award had it not been for our terrific guests whom left their wonderful and passionate reviews. We truly thank you for your continued support of the Portland Nordic Motel which is why this award does not just go to us, but it goes to all of our loyal guests who helped make this motel an excellent place to stay. Thank you for making this a reality for us!