Vita Cafe

The first restaurant on our list is Cafe Vita located in the Alberta Arts District. Since 1999, Vita Café has been serving the Portland Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free fare. They use local and organic products as much as possible and strive to reduce their overall impact on the environment by focusing on using sustainable business practices.

Homegrown Smoker

The new Homegrown Smoker will feature many of the Southern barbecue and American comfort food dishes they currently serve, along with new items. In a nod to two of Proper Eats’ most-popular menu items, Ridabock said they would also serve a tempeh Reuben and a shepherd’s pie, though with a few new twists.

Pho Delat

Pho Dalat has big bowls, large portions, good broth, and good prices. The service is fast and the servers are responsive with extra points for affordability. This locally owned spot is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat if you’re looking for some good vietnamese comfort food.

Bye and Bye

Personally this might be my favorite restaurant in Portland. The food is cheap, the portions are large and it’s shockingly completely Vegan. This place is crowded with locals and regulars so you get a good sense of the people in the city. They also project Blazers games on the wall whenever they are playing! My recommendation would be either the BBQ Platter or the Eastern Bowl.

PoShines Cafe De La Soul

Is a minority owned contemporary soul food Restaurant with a Cajun flair, we provide quality dining, concessions sales, and catering services. Po’ Shines provides high quality food to individuals and businesses in Portland, Oregon and abroad, while providing career development opportunities through its non-profit work force training program, Teach Me To Fish. (“TMTF”).



Summer is here and there’s no better place to be than in the pacific northwest. With so much to see and do around the area, getting the best value hotel in Portland Oregon is the perfect place to start. Portland Nordic Inn & Suites is the kew to getting the most out of your Oregon vacation.

Quiet clean and comfortable rooms await at Portland Nordic Inn & Suites. Offering free high speed wireless internet, free gourmet coffee, cable with 10 HBO Channels, Portland Nordic Inn & Suites is the best value hotel to relax in between a fun filled Portland vacation. We are family friendly, and convenient.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its alluring summertime climate. The moderate temperatures and long days are borderline necessary in order to take in all the natural beauty of the area. Go check out the waterfront  and Portland’s Saturday Market  if you’d like. Or take a trip up to the Japanese Garden  and breath in that fresh Oregon air. And don’t forget to check out  Forest Park’s miles of trails.

Portland is also known as one of the best cities in the country for restaurants and beer. Check out some of our Food Trucks while you walk around downtown. Let someone else do the driving on a Guided Beer Tour. Why not grab a book from Powells or a comic from Portland’s Indie Comic Scene and take a trip to the park for the afternoon.

Portland has everything you need in a summer vacation, and Portland Nordic Inn & Suites gives you the great value hotel you need to not break the bank. Portland Nordic Inn & suites, the best value hotel in Portland Oregon!


What’s better than a Portland vacation? A Portland Vacation that fits a budget. The best way to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch is to find the best value hotel you can find, and Portland Nordic Inn & Suites fits all the smart travel marks.

With our family-friendly policy we are the perfect stay for the whole family. Quiet, clean and comfortable rooms are the standard at Portland Nordic Inn & Suites. We offer free high-speed wireless internet, free gourmet coffee, and cable with 10 HBO channels, 8 Showtime channels and ESPN.

We’re only 4 miles away from the Portland International Airport (PDX) which can save you time and money getting to and from the hotel. We’re just a short drive away from both the stunning nature of the Columbia River and all that downtown Portland has to offer. When you book the best value hotel in Portland Oregon, you will have more money to spend checking out the Zoo, the Japanese Gardens, The Rose Quarter and Rose Garden where the Portland Trailblazers play, and the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI).

We’ve built our business on the idea that people want comfort and care but at an affordable rate. Portland Nordic Inn & Suites has everything you could want out of an affordable hotel and saves you money to spend on seeing the sites and activities all around Portland. Portland Nordic Inn & suites, the best value hotel in Portland Oregon!


Spring is in the air out here in Portland and the city is bustling with things to do!

Obviously, the most important part of any vacation is finding the right accommodation. Nordic Inn & Suites Portland offers affordable rates and a superior location so that you can enjoy more of what Portland has to offer. When looking to book a hotel in Portland, look no further than Nordic Inn & Suites!



If it rains, don’t snore! Portland is known for sometimes drowsy weather, but it should also be known as a hub for family friendly museums. The Oregon Museum of Science & industry (OMSI) and the children’s museum are both a quick trip from Nordic Inn & Suites. Ample children’s theaters, indoor play areas and indoor activities ensure that you’ll never run out of warm, dry fun.



From the end of March through April, the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn (just south of Portland) has a variety of beautiful flowers that take advantage of Portland’s plant-friendly environment. The farm’s annual tulip fest features 40 acres (16 hectares) of gorgeous blooms, plus plenty of children’s activities.



Speaking of flowers, spring is a beautiful time to visit Portland Japanese Garden, one of the most authentic such gardens outside of Japan. The popular attraction recently expanded, adding classrooms, a library, a tea café and several additional gardens. The new spaces will be available to visitors starting April 1, 2017. Spring is also a beautiful time to visit Lan Su Chinese Garden, a tranquil, walled Suzhou-style garden in the heart of Old Town. And don’t miss the lush Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, where the flowers reach peak bloom in late April.



The Pacific Northwest is home to a large number of some of the best breweries in the world. Our unique water properties allow Portland Brewers the freedom to craft exciting and exotic beers found nowhere else! Check out Beervana for a low-hassle beer tour that will show off all that Portland has to offer.



Take some time to experience the best soccer fans in the country. Portland is a small city with a big appetite for soccer. You’re sure to make fast friends while cheering on the celebrated Portland Thorns and Timbers, the city’s championship-winning major league soccer clubs. At Providence Park, join the famous (and friendly) Timbers Army section to learn all the chants from the dedicated fans.



When choosing a hotel, you’ll be faced with a varied array of options. Filtering through these choices to find the hotel that suits you or your travel companions’ requirements can be a challenging task. Doing your research before you book can make all the difference to how much you enjoy your stay. Here are 5 things to look for when looking for the right Portland, Oregon accommodation.


When visiting Portland, you want to be able to see as much of what the city has to offer as possible. Nordic Inn & Suites is close to both the shopping and bustle of downtown as well as the stunning beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. It is the perfect location to see Portland the right way.


Hotel amenities are the second most important factor. Nordic Inn & Suites provides comfortable accomodation, breakfast, WiFi and affordable access to the city. When you book Nordic Inn & Suites you can be assured that you will have top rated accomodation at an affordable price.


Consider our price – we’re very affordable compared to other hotels offering similar amenities. Cheap just means economical and inexpensive, so if you call us a “cheap hotel in Portland, Oregon” we consider that a compliment! And you and your family will feel totally secure in our well-lit parking lot and grounds.


Accessibility to transport can also be an important factor. If you are taking your own car or hiring one, is there somewhere to park it either on-site or nearby? Is there public transport nearby, or a reliable taxi service? Unless your intention is to not leave the luxuries of your hotel, there is little worse than spending hours hunting around for parking spaces or waiting endlessly for taxis to arrive. Luckily, Nordic Inn & Suites offers all this at an affordable rate!



1. Consistency
There are so many variables on the road—but travelers can take comfort in knowing exactly what to expect when they walk into the Nordic Inn & Suites. From cleanliness to room size to service to quality, there are no surprises in the most affordable accomodations in Portland.

2. Safety
Security measures vary widely among online rentals, and there have been horror stories of guests being harassed by hosts with hidden agendas—or even with hidden cameras in the bookcase. Nordic Inn & Suites, on the other hand, have trained staff, surveillance systems, security guards, emergency response plans, and connections with local law enforcement to help keep you safe.

3. Service
TV not working? Forgot your hair dryer or the plug for your iPhone? Have a terrible toothache? Did you lose your key or lock yourself out of the room? When you’re staying with Nordic Inn & Suites, any issue can be solved with a call to the concierge—who can also book your transportation, dinner, concert, or theater reservations.

4. Expertise
Nobody knows Portland like the staff at a hotel. They live, work and make up the framework of this city. Whether it’s little known restaurants, activities, or neighborhoods, you can trust the staff at Nordic Inn & Suites.

5. Reliable Reservation Process
Nordic Inn & Suites reservations are immediate and binding, especially when you book through our site. Some Airbnb bookings are automatic but most still require sending a request to the owner, receiving approval, and then booking the property. There have been a very small percentage of Airbnb reviews where the reservation was made far in advance but canceled by the owner within a month of the check-in date.

6. Keeping Money in the Community
The way that AirBnb and others make money is by taking a small percentage of the booking fee and funneling that back to a small group of people, mostly investors. Uber ran at a loss of $5 billion last year but used venture funds and investment capital to artificially deflate the cost of each uber ride. Their goal, like AirBnb is not to offer the cheapest alternative, it is to undercut the competition using money from the finance sector. It’s a small act, but it means a lot to communities when you use their services.

What to do Outside Portland Posted December 18, 2017


Ski Bowl 

Looking for some outdoor winter activities for the whole family? While we’ve covered Skiing in Oregon previously, there’s also ways to hit the snow even if you have never been skiing before! The Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Skibowl East is fun for all ages. Skibowl offers the only tube conveyor lift on Mt. Hood! The fun begins as you ride up our specially designed conveyor lift to the top of the main hill. It’s then a heart pounding ride to the bottom in our custom tubes. The Snow Tube and Adventure Park is open weekends and school holiday periods during the winter.


Wine Tours 

The Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, is just a short drive outside Portland and has two-thirds of the state’s wineries and vineyards. It is home to more than 500 wineries and  is recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world.

Buffered from Pacific storms on the west by the Coast Range, the valley follows the Willamette River north to south for more than a hundred miles from the Columbia River near Portland to just south of Eugene. To the east, the Cascade Range draws the boundary between the Willamette Valley’s misty, cool climate and the drier, more extreme climate of eastern Oregon.

The Willamette Valley wineries are a popular tourist destination for wine lovers. The valley also offers a long list of fine dining restaurants. An additional advantage for the wine tourist is the proximity of the wineries to Portland. From Portland, tourists can visit the Willamette Valley winery of their choice in anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.



If wine is not your cup of tea, then head out to some of the Breweries in the area. Along the banks of the great, wide Columbia River, no traveler should miss the soaring cliffs, the dramatic waterfall hikes — or the growing number of hardworking brewers making some of the tastiest trail-ending beers imaginable. Grab your favorite designated driver and take in the outstanding beauty of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, enjoying access along the way to five outstanding brewpubs — all within 60 breathtaking miles (97 km) of Portland.


World of Speed 

Are you a fan of racing or just the history of fast cars? Then you have to check out the World of Speed Museum in Willsonville. Just 20 minutes by car from downtown Portland, the museum honors many forms of motor sports, including drag, road, land speed, motorcycle, NASCAR, and open wheel racing. World of Speed offers a comprehensive look at motorsports history for gearheads and newbies alike. It’s a nostalgic trip through American automotive ingenuity. From the cars that sped down Indianapolis Motor Speedway® to that beautiful white-and-orange Camaro that set the pace, this museum is a thrill for everyone who has ever felt the need for speed.



1. Travel with friends

One of the best ways to save money is to split expenses with friends. This way you get to share the cost of lodging, transportation, and even food. Remember that college roommate who skied all winter but you haven’t heard from in years? Reach out! Not only will you save money, but it will be a fun chance to catch up. Save money together, even if you go separate ways down the peak.

2. Beg, borrow, and steal gear

Of course I’m not being literal about the “steal” bit, that’s my code for raid used gear shops. You can also score deals at local rental shops and on sites like GetOutfitted. Do this in advance because many of them give better deals online than in person. Look all over town as well, because the lowest prices may be just off the hill.

Don’t forget to ask friends if they have gear and clothes you could borrow as well, especially if they are local. I suggest acquiring skis and poles after you arrive if you are flying commercial to avoid checked baggage fees.

3. Cook your own food and pack snacks

Stay fueled during the day by stuffing your pack with snacks and perhaps a lunch. This will save you from paying for the convenience of on-mountain meals. If you do plan to eat out, search for “Cheap Eats” on Yelp. It works!

Of course splurging on a good meal is sometimes part of the vacation experience. But that doesn’t mean you have to be eating your whole paycheck every night. Try swinging by the local grocery store to stock up that mini fridge in the hotel for the week.

4. Book early and off-peak

Secure the best deals by booking early. Often there are limited rooms, airline tickets etcetera, available at discount rates, so you need to grab them quick. Also plan to visit early or late season, avoid holidays, and shoot for weekdays. Mt. Hood is one of the only year round skiing experiences in the continental United States, so there’s always time to ski!

Another key strategy is to look for package or multi-day deals. Several resorts package lift tickets with lodging or include meals. Others will give you a free day for every three or four that you purchase.

5. Affordable Accommodation

The best way to save money is by finding a cheap motel or cheap hotel in the area. Look no further than Nordic Inn & Suites in Portland. Not too far from all the action, you can plan your trip knowing that you have top notch accommodation at a very modest price. That way, you have more money in your wallet to hit the slopes!



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.