Summer is upon us, and while locals love keep it weird in the Rose City, sometimes it’s also nice to getaway. And as any real Portlander will tell you, there are a wealth of great, driveable destinations just a few hours outside the city. Here are our picks for five of the best small-town getaways from Portland.
1. Bend, Oregon
Beer lovers, rejoice! While the Deschutes Brewery initially made the Bend region famous for its brewskis (and continues to operate the Deschutes Public House in town for tastings), newer craft brewing startups have followed suit. You could spend a full week sampling and touring the 16 brewers in operation here, including Bend Brewing Company, Kobold Brewing, and Monkless Belgian Ales, to name a few.
Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Bend
2. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
Outdoor enthusiasts will want to flock to this natural playground where hikers can seek out amazing scenery at spots like the Multnomah Falls and Oneonta Gorge. Between hikes, visit some of the area’s local farms and farmstands, where you can frequently pick your own apples, pears, and berries for a snack.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Hood River
3. Astoria, Oregon
Enjoy the seaside beauty at the mouth of the Columbia River from the Astoria Riverwalk, a popular hike-and-bike trail next to the water. Astoria also marks one of the most popular “departure” points for an Oregon coastal roadtrip, or for the really serious road-trippers out there, an expedition down the entire Pacific Coast Highway.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Astoria
4. Boise, Idaho
For the Gen Xers and elder millennials out there — if you spent a good portion of your childhood attempting to virtually traverse the Oregon Trail without dying of dysentery, here’s your chance to experience the real thing. A 71-acre section of the historic route is now the Oregon Trail Reserve, a popular spot for hiking, picnics, and birdwatching, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Boise.
Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Boise Downtown
5. Grants Pass, Oregon
Considered by many to be one of the best sites for whitewater rafting in the country, you’ll find numerous skilled river guides available in the otherwise sleepy town of Grants Pass each summer, ready to transport you to an epic adventure. After a day on the river, you can unwind at some of the region’s wineries — Schmidt Family Vineyards and Troon Vineyard are two popular options.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Grants Pass