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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

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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.

 

Breweries

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.

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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: http://www.oregonbrewfest.com/

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.