The Benson’s Guide To Portland
Things We Love About Portland
We don’t just work at our downtown Portland hotel we live and play here too. These are some of our favorite spots near the Benson Hotel you won’t want to miss while you’re in town. We’ve highlighted a few well-known attractions such as the Pearl District, which is near our hotel as well as a couple of local gems you may not have heard about, but we think are well worth a visit. Need more hints about where to go and what to do? Just ask! We’d love to give you the inside scoop.
Portland Art Museum
Conveniently located on the historic Park Blocks in the center of downtown Portland, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The museum houses a large and wide-ranging collection of artworks that complement Native American culture.
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Founded in 1944 and one of the nation’s top ten science museums, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource that puts the “WOW!” in science for the kid in each of us. 5 unique exhibit halls, 8 hands-on science labs, Kendall Planetarium and more!
Portland Center for the Performing Arts
The Portland Center for the Performing Arts is your premier arts and entertainment venue in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally recognized as one of the top 10 performing arts centers in the nation, the PCPA hosts every type of event imaginable from music, theater, dance, and lecture performances.
The Pearl District
Our hotel is located on the cusp of the vibrant Pearl District. Once dominated by factories, the Pearl is now home to some of Portland’s most exciting art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, bars, Portland Center Stage and Powell’s City of Books. The area is located just north of downtown between West Burnside Street on the South, the Willamette River on the North, NW Broadway on the east and I-405 Freeway on the west. Walking distance from The Benson, in the heart of it all.
The Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located in Portland’s Lloyd District, on the east bank of the Willamette River, just east of downtown Portland. Home to the best NBA team in the country (the Blazers, of course), the Rose Garden is also host to the Winter Hawks, concerts, performances, tradeshows, and a whole lot more. Just a mile away, The Benson is the ideal place for you to stay! Park your car with us, hop the MAX to the Rose Garden and enjoy your event.
Just a short bike, bus, or drive away you’ll find Washington Park: a gorgeous landscape with 400 acres of trees, gardens, playgrounds, and other attractions. Not only does this park house the renowned Oregon Zoo, Portland Children’s Museum, Hoyt Arboretum, World Forestry Center, International Rose Test Garden, Portland Japanese Garden and more—it has over 15 miles of trails for you to explore!
Powell’s City of Books
This famous bookstore is the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world—and it’s a place every book lover should experience. It occupies a full city block, three short blocks from The Benson. Avid readers may find themselves engrossed, spending hours perusing the shelves!
This indie doughnut shop is a Portland darling. Opened in 2003, it’s become famous for its amazing, outlandish creations. Like bacon on your doughnut? This is the place for you –just a few short blocks from The Benson!
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, Pioneer Courthouse Square is affectionately known as the City’s “living room.” With more than 26,000 people passing by the Square each day, and thousands more visiting directly, it is the single most visited premier outdoor venue, hosting over 300 events a year!
Some of Portland’s best dishes come in to-go containers. Peckish for Peruvian? Tantalized by Thai? Just want a good taco? Food carts have you covered. Just blocks from The Benson, you’ll find a staggering selection of lunch items (and sometimes breakfast) that are as appealing to your wallet as they are to your taste buds.
Live Music in The Palm CourtJan 27, 2016 — Feb 29, 2016
Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
February 3, 10, 17, 24
Thursday 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
February 4, 11, 18, 25
Portland Trail BlazersOct 5, 2015 7:00 pm — Feb 14, 2016 5:00 pm
Come out and support the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in the preseason and all season long! Catch the MAX light rail and avoid traffic.
Friday, January 29 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Charlotte Hornets
Sunday, January 31 – 6:00 p.m. – vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Tuesday, February 2 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, February 4 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Toronto Raptors
Wednesday, February 10 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Houston Rockets
Friday, February 19 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Golden State Warriors
Sunday, February 21 – 6:00 p.m. – vs. Utah Jazz
Tuesday, February 23 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Brooklyn Nets
Thursday, February 25 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Houston Rockets
Thursday, March 8 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Washington Wizards
Saturday, March 12 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Orlando Magic
Wednesday, March 23 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Dallas Mavericks
Saturday, March 26 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Monday, March 28 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Sacramento Kings
Thursday, March 31 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Boston Celtics
Saturday, April 2 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Miami Heat
Wednesday, April 6 – 7:00 p.m. – vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, April 9 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, April 13 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Denver Nuggets
For more information and tickets click here.
Oregon Truffle FestivalJan 16, 2016 — Feb 24, 2016
For more than a decade, the Oregon Truffle Festival has been the leading voice for a burgeoning industry, and an exciting culinary festival that sells out its most popular dinners and tasting events year after year. From James Beard award winning chefs to truffle industry experts to food journalists and food enthusiasts, many renowned culinary figures participate in the Oregon Truffle Festival every year. It’s the only event of its kind in the country, and the foremost wintertime culinary event in the State of Oregon.
As the first truffle festival in the English-speaking world, and “one of the top 5 destinations in the world for truffle lovers,” the Oregon Truffle Festival offers a culinary experience that simply cannot be found anywhere else. This is an international event that joins truffle fanciers and truffle experts from all over the world in three days of celebration, educational seminars, and hands-on experiences.
Chinese New YearFeb 8, 2016 — Feb 22, 2016
The Year of the Monkey begins February 8, 2016! People born in the Year of the Monkey are generally quick-witted, lively and outspoken. Learn more about Chinese New Year, the most colorful and joyous of all Chinese festivals during Lan Su’s two-week celebration. The celebration kicks off on Monday, February 8 with “Rolling in the Wealth,” a traditional good fortune and prosperity activity of rolling oranges and gold coins through Lan Su’s front door. “Rolling in the Wealth” is followed by a lion dance performance and much more! Every guest visiting on February 8 will also receive a hong bao, a traditional lucky red envelope.
Portland Jazz FestivalFeb 18, 2016 8:00 am — Feb 27, 2016 5:00 pm
Friday, February 19, 2016
Charles Lloyd Quartet – 7:00 pm – Newmark Theatre
Puttin’ it Together: A Tribute to Elvin Jones – 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Gary Peacock Trio – 9:30 pm – Winningstad Theatre
Halie Loren Quartet – 11:00 pm – Art Bar
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Pat Martino Trio & Kenny Baron Trio – 7:00 pm – Newmark Theatre
Ole Coltrane: Bobby Torres Ensemble – 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Andrei Kitaev and Al Criado – 8:30 pm - The Benson Hotel at The Palm Court
Gary Bartz Quartet – 10:00 pm – Winningstad Theatre
Ramsey Embick – Renato Caranto Quartet – 11:30 pm – Art Bar
Sunday, February 21, 2016
WE FOUR – 3:00 pm – Winningstad Theatre
David Watson’s Rebirthing The Cool – 4:30 pm & 9:00 pm – Art Bar
St. James Jazz Vespers with The Mike Horsfall Trio – 4:50 pm – St. James Lutheran Church
Dianne Reeves – 7:30 pm – Newmark Theatre
Monday, February 22, 2016
Freight Trane: Kenny Burrell/John Coltrane Collaboration – 7:30 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Nicole Glover Quartet – 7:30 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
West Coast Blues: Celebrating Wes, Jimmy and Trane – 7:30 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Chuck Israels: Coltrane Time – 7:30 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Universal Consciousness – 7:00 pm – Newmark Theatre
Orrin Evans Trio – 7:30 pm & 10:00 pm – Jimmy Mak’s
Gordon Lee and Phil Baker – 8:30 pm – The Benson Hotel at The Palm Court