Put on your pretty party dresses and snazzy man clothes cuz we're getting married!
We'll be sending our invites soon, but in the meantime here's some info that will hopefully make planning your Portland trip a little easier.
If you're feeling gifty, we registered at Crate & Barrel and CB2. We also love handmade stuff and artwork, but mostly, we love that we'll be celebrating in such a beautiful location with all of you super cool party people on our big day. It's going to be a blast!
Let us know if you have any questions!
dan & betsy
staying at The Nines
- The Nines 525 SW Morrison, Portland, Oregon 97204 | 877.229.9995
- We're staying here, and our ceremony & reception will take place on the beautiful rooftop.
- Sitting pretty next to Pioneer Square and the central biz district in one of the country's best walking cities, the Nines is a luxury boutique hotel which features uniquely designed rooms, (admittedly weird) modern art, billiards, lounges, Pan Asian restaurant & bar Departure and sustainable chophouse Urban Farmer.
- The Nines rests atop the landmark Meier & Frank Building. Built in 1909, it was originally home to the flagship store and headquarters for Meier & Frank, once known as the largest retailer west of the Mississippi. The building also housed everything from a pharmacy, to a pet store, to a deli - and even Clark Gable during his day job before he became famous in the 1930's. Ginchy!
- Call 1.888.627.7208 and mention SET#: 388079 or book online to receive a 15% discount. We recommend booking early to ensure the lowest possible rate. If the hotel reaches high occupancy on Saturday, August 13th, The Nines will apply a 2-night stay restriction to receive the 15% discount.
other places to stay!
- Portland Marriott City Center (1 block away from The Nines)
- The Marriott Portland City Center is a boutique-style hotel located in the heart of the Rose City.
- The Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center (3 blocks away from The Nines)
- Courtyard by Marriott is Portland's greenest hotel, the first Gold LEED-certified hotel in the Pacific Northwest, and one of only 15 in the entire country. Rooms are individually decorated with art and sculptures made by Portland artists.
(4 blocks away from The Nines)
400 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205 | 866.986.8086
- Hotel Lucia is a hip & trendy boutique hotel, and cited by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List of the world's best places to stay. Pulitzer-prize winning Photographer David Hume Kennerly's work is hung in the guest rooms, corridors and lobby.
520 Southwest Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97205 | 888.236.2427
550 SW Oak Street, Portland, Oregon 97204 | 800.606.3717
- US Airways
- Air Candada
If you're traveling from the Midwest, you may want to compare prices between Milwaukee (MKE) and Chicago (MDW) - it seems that Milwaukee flights have been a little cheaper.
to The Nines
- Blue Star Bus
- The Downtown Express Portland Airport Shuttle service offers regularly scheduled stops from 4:10am to 7:00pm at major Downtown Portland Hotels and until 12:30am from the Portland International Airport (PDX).
- To reserve a pickup before or after these times, or from from smaller hotels (like The Nines), call 1.800.247.2272 or book online.
- Valet parking at the Nines is $32 per day with in and out privileges. The Nines is also proud to offer half price parking for hybrid vehicles.
Scoot around easily via public transit! If you're like us, you geek out about apps - grab some handy transit tools for the web and mobile devices.
- MAX Light Rail
- Portland's light rail system runs about every 15 minutes most of the day, every day. Service is less frequent in the early morning, mid-day and evening. Catch the MAX from Portland International Airport and pay only $2.30 for a 40 minute ride to the Nines Hotel. Exit at Pioneer Courthouse Square and the Nines is located across the street at 525 SW Morrison.
- TriMet Buses
- TriMet buses serve much of the Portland metro area. Many bus lines connect with MAX Light Rail, WES Commuter Rail and the Portland Streetcar.
- TriMet WES
- TriMet's WES (Westside Express Service) is a commuter rail line serving Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville. WES runs every 30 minutes during the weekday morning and afternoon rush hour.
- The Portland Streetcar connects Northwest Portland, the Pearl District, Portland City Center, PSU, RiverPlace and the South Waterfront District. The Streetcar is owned and operated by the City of Portland.
- Taxis are readily available at the entrance of the Nines Hotel. Contact a bellstaff member of The Nines if you need a taxi. The approximate cost from Portland International Airport to the Nines Hotel is $40.
restaurants & watering holes
- Toro Bravo 120 Ne Russell St. Portland, OR 97212 | 503.281.4464
- Recently voted best restaurant in Portland. We hear this place is packed on a nightly basis. Tapas for a great price.
- Clyde Common 1014 Southwest Stark Street, Portland, OR 97205 | 503.228.3333
- European style tavern. Great food, tasty cocktails, cool space.
- Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen 1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
- Delicatessen modeled after a classic Jewish Deli. Maybe some of the best Pastrami you'll ever eat.
- Beaker & Flask 720 Southeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214-1230
- High-end cocktails with the food to match. Eclectic American cuisine.
- Beast 5425 NE 30th Ave, Portland OR. 97211
- All-women kitchen serving a pre-fix meal every night.
- Paley's Place 1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland 97209 | 503.243.2403
- Classic French/American dinning. Voted best "date spot" in Portland.
- Pok Pok 3226 SE Division, Portland, OR 97202 | 503.232.1387
- Billed as the best authentic Thai restaurant in the Northwest. Featured in many magazines and TV shows.
- Andina 1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209 | 503.228.9535
- Peruvian Cuisine. Tapa-style dinning. Great for live music and large groups.
- Eat Oyster Bar
- Oysters, oysters, and more oysters.
restaurants with feet
Portland has food carts. And lots of them! There are over 200 food carts perched in Portland - to find them, check out these maps.
Oregon Live cites these carts as the best (full article):
- Addy's Sandwich Bar
- "Julia Child meets Jay Z"
- The Big Egg
- "Wake up and smell the fried egg sandwiches"
- Garden State
- "If Tony Soprano ran the farm-to-table movement, it would be like Garden State"
- Koi Fusion
- "Meet the new face of the food cart revolution... a spicy mix of Korean barbecue tacos, kimchi quesadillas and Korean fries"
- Moxie Rx Roadside Juice Bar & Cafe
- "Moxie's magical indoor/outdoor eating universe feels like Donna Reed at the Jim Rose Circus, from a cook who was once rocker John Mellencamp's personal chef and Britney Spears' '4 p.m. smoothie girl.'"
- Nong's Khao Man Gai
- "Her labor-intensive khao man gai (pronounced "kow mon guy") could bring a picky Thai grandma to her knees."
- Nuevo Mexico
- "Hey, have you heard the Shins drummer opened a food cart?"
- Potato Champion
- "Imagine the perfect Belgian fries: fresh-cut, fried not once but twice, and super-crispy without and fluffy-creamy within, served piping hot with just the right salt attack"
- Spella Caffe
- "Spella Caffe will slap your foggy morning brain upside your head."
- "Vitek cooks in a cart like a man possessed to re-create every smell he left behind in the old country [Czechoslovakia], to the point of foraging for wild mushrooms. 'Thursday is for spaetzels, that's God's rule,' Vitek says. 'Everything else has a randomness.'"
breakfast & brunch
- Pine State Biscuits 3640 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland | 503.236.3346
- This place looks amazing. We hope to have make it over at some point during our trip. Warning: don't look at the pictures on their website if you're hungry!
- Sugar Mama's Coffee Cafe 539 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
- Classic diner within walking distance of downtown.
- Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen 1038 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205
- Bacon, eggs, pastrami, lox, biscuits & gravy, and even a breakfast dog.
- Food Carts
- Many food carts are open for breakfast, including Kettle Kitchen, Happy Grillmore and many of the carts offering Mexican fare.
- Henry's 12th Street Tavern 10 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
- 100 beers on tap. Enough said.
- Deschutes Brewery & Pub 210 Northwest 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
- One of the finest brewery's on the West Coast, brewed out of Bend, OR.
- Teardrop Cocktail Lounge 1015 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR 97209
- Generally regarded as one of the top cocktail bars in the nation.
- SakeOne 820 Elm Street, Forest Grove, OR 97116
- One of the first sake breweries in the US. Free tours and they have daily tastings.
- North 45
- Pub with a world-centric theme offers brews, drinks, and gourmet grub.
- The Bye and Bye
- Good drinks, cool atmosphere and tasty food. A few miles from downtown Portland.
- Stumptown Coffee 1026 SW Stark, Portland, OR 97205
- One of the top coffee shops in the Nation. You gotta try this coffee.
stuff to do
- Chinese Garden
- Washington Park
- Japanese Garden
- Rose International Test Garden
- Oregon Forestry Center
- Oregon Zoo
- Nob Hill District
- Pearl District
- Mt. Hood Recreation Area
- Timberline Lodge - Magic Mile Sky Ride, Mt. Hood 27500 East Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
- A mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland. Built in the late 1930s, the National Historic Landmark sits at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 m), within the Mount Hood National Forest and is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. Noted in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. You can ride the lifts up to the top during the summer and then dine at the lodge.
wineries: Willamette Valley
Willamette Valley runs from Portland about 100 miles south to Eugene, and containes 16 wine regions that produce 72 varietals, but is most famous for pinot noir. Here are the 5 best boutique wineries, according to some winery head honcho:
- Rex Hill
- Sustainable. Lots of distinctive pinot noirs.
- Organically farmed barn winery.
- Run by an "irreverent, voluble, funny and damn good winemaker."
- JK Carriere
- "The quintessence of the Oregon experience."
- Beaux Frere
- "Consistently among the finest every vintage."
- A vintage dress shop on a 1965 double-decker bus named Ginny. Need I say more?
- Floating World Comics 20 NW 5th Ave | 503.241.0227
- "Floating World Comics is the record store of comics stores. By that, I mean that there's a different type of vibe here. We're a bookstore that just happens to carry the coolest books of all – comics. But also art books, international art magazines, graphic design, illustration, animation, music and movie related items, anything that might serve as inspiration for creative folks looking for something new."
- Grass Hut Corp. 20 NW 5th Ave (in the back of Floating World Comics) | 503.241.0227
- "Imagine a club house (or hut) made of beards, fluorescent paint, driftwood, plastic toys, beat up skateboards, swimming suits, colorful string and bottle caps. That's Grass Hut!"
- Rad Summer of the Indigo Children 2742 E. Burnside, Portland, OR 97214
- Fashion-forward selection of current vintage trends. Attention grabbers!
- Magpie 520 SW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
- Variety of vintage goodies from the 50s to late 80s. Helps "Keep Portland Weird."
- House of Vintage 3315 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR | 503.236.1991
- Largest selection of vintage in town. You're guaranteed to find something amazing.
- Animal Traffic 4000 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
- Handpicked stylish stuff you can wear every day. Budget-friendly & kinda western.
- Golden Rule 811 East Burnside, Suite 122
- Curated gallery & concept shop: old furniture, fasion, art & artifacts. The space changes every month.
- Nationale 811 East Burnside, Suite 112
- Part art gallery, event space & specialty shop.
- Sword + Fern 811 East Burnside, Suite 114
- "Emily Baker's shop and design shop is powered by forest magic." Unique jewelry, planters, herbal remedies, art objects, ceramics, paper and textiles.
- Tender Loving Empire 412 Southwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR | 503.243.5859
- "Looks like the bedroom of your childhood friend who you always wanted to be like, but quite never quite emulate." The place even houses a record label for up & comers.
- Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
- Perhaps the finest independent book store in the country. Originally founded in Chicago, with seed money from Saul Bellow, this location boasts over 1 million books.
saturday, august 13th
Our ceremony begins at 5pm outdoors on the rooftop of The Nines' Departure Restaurant & Lounge. Immediately following our "I do's," we'll fill our bellies with delicious food & drinks. Then, we dance!
Our reception will wrap up on the rooftop at 8:30pm, but the party doesn't have to end so early! If you've got spring, we'll reconvene at a to-be-determined location where, as Dan says, we'll all "get weird."