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 around our historic hotel? 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!
Food Carts Portland
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 CourtMay 27, 2016 — Jun 30, 2016
Wednesday 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Thursday 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Portland TimbersMar 6, 2016 8:00 am — Oct 16, 2016 5:00 pm
Cheer on the Portland Timbers during Home Games at Providence Park!
Sunday, May 1 – 12:30 p.m. – vs. Toronto FC
Sunday, May 15 – 4:30 p.m. – vs. New York City FC
Sunday, May 22 – 1:30 p.m. – vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Wednesday, June 1 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Sunday, June 26 – 3:00 p.m. – vs. Houston Dynamo
Wednesday, July 13 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Montreal Impact
Sunday, July 17 – 12:00 p.m. – vs. Seattle Sounders
Saturday, July 23 – 12:30 p.m. – vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, August 7 – 1:00 p.m. – vs. Sporting Kansas City
Sunday, August 28 – 2:00 p.m. vs. Seattle Sounders FC
Saturday, September 10 – 7:30 p.m. – vs. Real Salt Lake
Saturday, September 17 – 3:00 p.m. – vs. Philadelphia Union
Sunday, October 16 – 4:00 p.m. – vs. Colorado Rapids
For more information and tickets click here.
World Affairs Council International Speaker SeriesMay 19, 2016 — Jun 16, 2016
Join World Affairs Council of Oregon’s 2016 International Speaker Series – “Which Way Ahead?” – a look at the horizon of major global ideas and issues with a slate of some of the most vibrant thinkers, writers, and does of today.
Thursday, May 19 -
Rana Foroohar is CNN’s Global Economic Analyst and an assistant managing editor for TIME, overseeing business and economic coverage across all platforms. Her column, “The Curious Capitalist,” covers the intersection of the global economy and Main Street. It is a must-read for economic and political thought leaders and one of the most popular features in TIME. Her first book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business, will be released in May 2016.
Thursday, June 16 -
Bill McKibben is an environmental activist, bestselling author, and “the planet’s best green journalist” (TIME), McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the massive grassroots climate change initiative, which has organized 20,000 rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. A former staff writer for New Yorker magazine, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone.
Rose Festival – CityFairMay 27, 2016 8:00 am — May 30, 2016 5:00 pm
It’s Excessive Celebration for everyone as the Rose Festival‘s waterfront activities kick off on May 27 at 5:00 p.m. for Memorial Day weekend and three consecutive weekends at Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park (May 27-30, June 2-5 and June 9-12, 2016).
Opening Night Fireworks presented by Oregonian | OregonLive on Friday night, May 27, features a dance party in the RoZone and a huge fireworks display synchronized to great music. If you’d like to save on admission, get a CityFair Season Pass (the 2016 Rose Festival Souvenir Pin) and wear it to get in any day CityFair is open (pins will be available at Fred Meyer stores while supplies last). We’re open all day on Memorial Day, May 30, too – bring the family out for a holiday tradition!
Memorial Day Weekend in Wine CountryMay 28, 2016 8:00 am — May 30, 2016 5:00 pm
Join one of the region’s longest-running events where more than 150 wineries and tasting rooms will host special events, capping off the state-wide celebration of Oregon Wine Month.
Taste new wines from your favorite labels, sample from the barrel with winemakers, or savor specialty food pairings and live music. Enjoy a winery tour or vineyard picnic while sipping the region’s acclaimed Pinot noir, Pinot gris and other exciting wines.
This is a chance to visit some of the region’s smallest producers that are rarely open to the public. Don’t miss out on the stunning views and special offers available during this weekend celebration!
The LumineersMay 31, 2016
There is something timeless about The Lumineers that links their songs to 18th century pastorals, 19th century work songs, 20th century folk narratives and 21st century post-modern cinematic soundscapes. It sounds familiar, but take the time to dig below the surface. Listen carefully and layers of meaning reveal themselves, just like that gun Wesley discovered in his dad’s drawer, intimating all sorts of intrigue and sharp observations. Success hasn’t spoiled The Lumineers; rather, it’s inspired them to follow their muses even further.
“We continue to make the kind of records we want to,” says Wesley. “We believe in this music. It’s a true labor of love. We just want to keep reaching more people with our songs.”
“See Jane Sing” with Jane LynchJun 1, 2016
Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch comes to a theater near you for her solo concert debut! Fresh from her iconic portrayal of Sue Sylvester on “Glee” and her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” Jane will bring her comic skills and musical prowess to the theater stage. She will delight the crowd with new takes on such familiar songs “If Wishes Were Rainbows,” “Mr. Monotony,” “Far From the Home I Love,” and “Skeletons/Blood” from A Mighty Wind.
Audiences should prepare for a side-splitting evening of musical comedy, with more than a dash of wit, as Jane explores her love of the beauty and absurdity of the American standard and show tune.
Sweeney Todd: A Musical ThrillerJun 3, 2016 8:00 am — Jun 11, 2016 5:00 pm
How to Make a Musical Thriller:
Take one unjustly imprisoned barber, now free and hell-bent on revenge. Blend in a diabolically entrepreneurial meat-pie vendor. Add one each of lecherous old judge, handsome young sailor and beautiful daughter of the barber. Marinate with musical sophistication, then bake at a high emotional temperature for 2 1/2 hours and stand back!
Pints in the PearlJun 4, 2016 12:00 pm — Jun 4, 2016 9:00 pm
Pints in the Pearl is Portland’s new premier beer fest taking place on Saturday, June 4th! Open to all ages, with food, music, family-friendly entertainment, and exclusive beers poured for the event by Fat Head’s Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, BridgePort Brewing and 10 Barrel Brewing.
Motown the MusicalJun 14, 2016 — Jun 19, 2016
It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown the Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit Motown the Musical!