The big news in town is the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton, Portland, which opens in midsummer. The 251-room luxury property, within walking distance of the Pearl District’s eclectic eateries and shops, will feature several dining options, including a food hall on the ground floor. An indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar on the 20th floor will bring oohs and ahhs with its panoramic views of the city and the Cascade Mountains. The property will have more than 13,000 square feet of meeting space.
About 15,000 guest rooms are available for groups, including the 600-room Hyatt Regency at the Oregon Convention Center, 506-room Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 477-room Doubletree by Hilton Portland, 455-room Hilton Portland Downtown, 331-room Nines, 320-room Holiday Inn Portland-Columbia Riverfront and 287-room Benson Portland.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit Northstar Meetings Group’s venue finder.
Crafting and cocktails are the specialties at DIY Bar, which welcomes groups of up to 40. Choose from a menu of crafts to make, such as flasks, wallets, beaded bracelets, luggage tags and more. Drinks are available and food can be catered.
A host of new spots around Portland cater to different tastes for a night out. Urban winery Amaterra, in the city’s West Hills, hosts up to 200 people for an event. The Aimsir Distillery Co.’s restaurant features its gins, bourbons, vodka and even aquavit. For the beer crowd, Steeplejack Broadway, a new use for an old church, has four rooms for groups of up to 50.
New on the Portland restaurant scene is Tercet, serving a refined eight-course tasting menu. At press time dishes were made with geoduck clams, Dungeness crab, albacore tuna and American guinea hog. The intimate restaurant welcomes VIP groups of up to 16.