Fall is here and there’s so much to do to celebrate the season in Portland Oregon. Let Nordic Inn and Suites help you find the perfect fall vacation activities!

Fresh Hops Tours

It’s fresh hops season in the best beer region in the country! Portland is home to 70+ breweries and counting, more than any other city in the entire beer lovin’ world. During the harvest season many local breweries create special fresh hop brews, which is a great way to see for yourself the difference in beer quality in Portland. With all these brews spread across 100 beautiful, distinct neighborhoods, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let a specialized tour group do all the hard thinking, while you get to drinking. Brewvana is a solid recommendation for a good time.

Haunted Places

Nothing more fun in October than some real life ghost hunting. Portland’s historic buildings can be teeming with paranormal activity. More importantly, the real hotspots are filled with people who love to talk about the history of the city, it’s people, and it’s beloved ghosts!

Fall Colors

Oregon is known for it’s natural beauty. Chances are, if you’re in Portland in the fall you’ll want to see some of the colors and the forests. Lucky for you, especially if you are looking for a budget vacation, Portland has hundreds of hikes and walks both in the city and within a short drive. Check out a couple of our favorites here:

West Coast Giant Pumpkins Regatta

Just in case you were wondering if Oregon really can be as weird as it touts, be sure to check out the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. This cherished local event returns Oct. 21, 2017 to the Tualatin Commons. This annual October series of races is exactly what it sounds like, consisting of paddlers piloting a gaggle of ginormous gourds through a water course on Tualatin Commons lake. The event kicks off with a giant pumpkin parade and weigh-off, followed by a full day of costumed contestants plying the shallow lake in 1,000-pound pumpkin boats.

Squishing of the Squash

Who wouldn’t want to see some of the world’s largest animals demolish some of the regions biggest pumpkins? Well now you can! The event will be held Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. The Squishing of the Squash is a precursor to the zoo’s Howloween celebration taking place the following week. Events on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 – 29, include a fun scavenger hunt that directs trick-or-treaters to easily accessible activity stations throughout the zoo where they can collect candy and prizes and learn about wildlife. Throughout the weekend, visitors can also watch the zoo’s enrichment team and keepers provide animals with pumpkins and other holiday-themed treats.


What’s the only thing better than a vacation? A vacation that doesn’t break the bank! Portland, Oregon is a great place to see on a budget. With a wide variety of free and affordable activities, there are multiple ways to see Portland for cheap.

Things To Do
1. International Rose Test Garden

One of the most popular attractions in Portland is the Rose Test Garden. Go check out why Portland is called the city of Roses at the International Rose Test Garden where experimental and new rose varieties are cultivated. There are over 10,000 individual plants from 500 varieties, and the best part: it’s Free! Roses Bloom from May through September.

2. Portland Farmers Market

One of the neat things about Portland is it’s love of Farmers Markets. If you follow Portland Farmers Market’s newsletter you can see where and when markets are set up. We recommend the Portland State University market which has over 100 stands of locally sourced produce, spreads, treats, arts and crafts, fresh baked goods, Oregon wine and whatever else this city has to offer. And there are always free samples getting handed out to try whatever you fancy.

3. Food Trucks

Of course, we can’t forget Portland’s 500+ food trucks. Among other locales, you’ll find a hub of many mobile kitchens around 10th and Adler Street, where ethnically diverse food trucks abound. A meal typically can be had for under $10 here, whether you’re craving chicken and rice from Nong’s Khao Man Gai, a porchetta sandwich from People’s Pig, or pierogi from Eurodish.

4. Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books is the largest independent bookstore in the United States. The 1.6 acre store actually has an app just to help people get around! Browse 1.5+ million new and used books as well as stationery and gifts. If you’re planning ahead, we’d recommend making an appointment on the weekend to check out the rare book room and reference their calendar for live events.

5. Local Parks

Grab your camera, paintbrush, or a good book and head to one of Portland’s many luscious parks for a low-key and low-cost afternoon in the city. While Forest Park boasts being the country’s largest urban forest — with 5,157 acres and endless hiking and biking trails — Albert Kelly Park offers mountain views, sports fields, picnic areas, and lots of woodland. Another great choice is Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where many locals go for jogging, picnicking, and boat watching along the Willamette River.

6. Free Museums

A few of Portland’s museums are free to enjoy during all open hours, including the Lewis & Clark College Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art & Craft Galleries, and the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts. Otherwise, most others have designated complimentary admission hours — the Portland Art Museum, for example, is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the fourth Friday of each month. Mark your calendar!

7. Tours for Locals

Sometimes, a tour is simply helpful in getting your bearings — and getting context that will enrich your time in a destination. Know Your City offers a number of city tour options for a reasonable $17 ($20 day-of), including the Multicultural Portland Tour, which introduces the city’s diversity, and The DIY PDX tour, which focuses on the local artisan community. They also occasionally host free popup tours and events. But what really sets Know Your City apart is that they’re a non-profit, with a great artsy, social justice mission. It’s as much for engaging locals as it is for introducing the city to visitors, all the while keeping costs low for accessibility.


Nordic Inn & Suites has recently finished renovating our office and we’d like to celebrate by offering 10% Off your next visit. Nordic Inn & Suites provides the best in comfort, convenience and customer service so that you can have the most relaxing stay in the region. All of our rooms are non-smoking and offer 14.5 inch memory foam pillow top mattresses for personal comfort.

To get 10% Off your next booking is simple. If you book through our website you will see a dropdown menu labeled discount code. In the field labeled promo/corporate, enter the code trip2017 to unlock your 10% off coupon. And that’s it! Just complete your reservation and enjoy your stay and the exceptional comfort and customer service we are known for. Rest easy knowing you are saving an additional 10% Off our already competitive rates.

And make sure to check out the newly renovated office for your complimentary take-away breakfast including 3-pack pastries, bananas, oranges, 6 varieties of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and apple cider. Enjoy the comfort and convenience with a little discount on us, and thank you again for choosing Nordic Inn & Suites!

Summer Fun in Portland Posted July 27, 2017


There’s lots of summer fun in Portland to be had during the month of July not far from Portland Nordic Inn & Suites. From free concerts, to craft beer festivals and more, you will find great outdoor activities happening every day of the week. Summer concerts in the park feature popular bands performing at parks in various neighborhoods around Portland each night beginning at 6:30pm. Check their schedule for specific information on who’s performing at their website.

The 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival happens from July 26-30 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland along the Willamette River. The festival featuring over 80 beers, pub food, live music and more. Live bands perform while you have the opportunity to roam around the fairgrounds tasting craft beer from all over the country and enjoying delicious food from popular Portland restaurants. For more info please visit their website at:

The NW Book Festival also happens in downtown Portland, just a short walk from the waterfront, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It’s a free event held on Saturday, July 29th, and features sixty authors displaying their latest books and signing autographs. At this festival, you will have the rare opportunity to meet and greet many famous authors and find out more about their work.

There’s no shortage of summer fun in Portland. If you would like more information about things happening just a short drive from Portland Nordic Inn and Suites, please visit Events 12.


You may have noticed that we recently changed our name from Portland Nordic Motel to Portland Nordic Inn and Suites, but we are still the same clean, comfortable, and affordable family lodging that you remember. Our recently renovated hotel is family-owned for more than 20 years and we offer an unmatched value just minutes from the Portland International Airport. With a reputation for cleanliness, consistent facility upgrades and top-shelf amenities such as allergy-friendly bedding, business fax and copy services, premium cable TV, kitchenettes, secure lighted parking, and a

complimentary breakfast available daily until 10:00 AM at the main office that often includes fresh fruit, danish, gourmet coffee and tea, you can be sure that you will be very well taken care of during your stay with us. We offer a significant value to many of the higher priced accommodations in Portland, as many of our customers have gladly shared reviews and testimonials on our website and social media properties.

Join our long list of satisfied customers and let Portland Nordic Inn and Suites be your home away from home. We are centrally located just a short drive from downtown Portland, with easy access to major highways. We are also not far from the beautiful Columbia River Gorge if you want to explore some iconic Pacific Northwest beauty as well as scenic hiking and countless waterfalls during your trip. We are still the same great place you remember, just with a new name and we look forward to having you stay with us very soon!


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


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.


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.


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 for good advice on the region, and where to begin your adventure.


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!