Visiting Portland is a responsible journey in itself, as you will be hard-pressed to find a place that’s not locally-sourced, ethical, and impact-driven. But our local team shares their personal favorites and helps you navigate this hipster paradise.
HI Portland Hawthorne: Eco Friendly Home Away from Home
Looking to go green in your April travels for Earth Day? Look no further than HI Portland Hawthorne for your ecofriendly needs. Hawthorne is leading the way in sustainability and green initiatives. From rainwater harvesting systems to partnerships with Sustainable Travel International, Hawthorne continues to find new innovative ways to help preserve our natural surroundings. Hawthorne has many features that help it land as a stop on the City of Portland’s Eco Tour.
Saying that Portland is a bike-friendly town is about as obvious as saying that hostellers like free food. Accordingly, the city has more bicycle shops than you can shake a handlebar at where the droves of two-wheeled commuters get their fixies fixed and their tires trued. And what do Portlanders do when they’re not pedaling up and down the streets? To throw out another cliché, they’re probably drinking Portland’s unofficial official drink, craft beer. So when you come visit the city they call “Beervana,” expect the folks at HI Portland Northwest and the HI Portland Hawthorne hostel to help you get stuck right into the local bikes n’ beer culture.
For those of us with the incurable thirst for travel and the never-satisfied itch for new adventures and new people-meeting, we know that sometimes not even those moths flying out of our empty wallets can prevent us from hitting the road. Fortunately, a stay at an HI USA hostel means you don’t have to blow your whole budget on a bed, and you get the added perks of connecting with people who also have the travel bug. And if you’re looking for a destination with plenty to do and see no matter how much you’re working with, we’ve got the place for you: Portland.
Put your flannel on - you’re in Portland. Home to beer, bikes, natural beauty and more beer, this city is perfect for foodies, active travelers, and those who embrace all things weird. And, there are tons of ways to experience this city for free! Welcome to the heart of Portland, or, as locals describe it, Portland’s Living Room. This town square was built in 1984, and is regarded as one of the top 4 public squares in the world. Inside the square you’ll find the city’s visitors’ center.