OREGON Travel Guide
Legislation that was passed at the end of July will officially go into effect this weekend in Portland, Oregon, legalizing short-term home rentals. As AirBnb has come under attack from the hotel industry and city governments across the country, Portland has decided to legally address how residents can use their house as a source of income.
Emphasis on the world "house," as the law includes individual houses, duplexes, and accessory dwelling units but excludes condos and apartments, even if the unit is owned. The reason for this, according to Oregon Live, is that "under the city's interpretation of the state building code, [apartment and condo buildings] would have to meet similar safety requirements as commercial hotels. Few apartment and condo buildings would live up to that standard." The law also does not include the renting out of the entire home - only a portion of it, such as a bedroom or two.
The law requires that the renter file for a permit from the city, which will cost $180 per year. The owners of the property must live on-site for at least nine months a year, limit the length of stays to less than 30 days, and agree to 1) inform their neighbors of their rental contracts and 2) allow for safety inspections by the city. The owners of the home get to keep the profits of their rentals, minus an 11.5% occupancy tax that is collected and paid to the city by the rental agency (AirBnb, for example).
We always love a good pinot. We also love a stellar locale and a stunning property. And if we really could have everything we'd wish for a fabulous restaurant and an award-winning spa too. So guess what? After a lot of soaking, tasting and sipping we found it--the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg, Oregon.
Located in Oregon's wine country everything at the inn is all about wine. You can spend an entire day here, sipping, soaking in and tasting everything vino.
The level of sophistication of all of the various offerings here might seem rather incongruous in this laid back area of the Willamette Valley but it is all Northwest elegance down to the collection of local artwork, design, spa treatments, food and level of service.
Everywhere you look from the room design to the restaurant décor to the welcome goodies in your room, you see the owner's hand and the elegant touch of Managing Director Pierre Zreik, himself a five-star hotel veteran.
Portland's fashion forward hotel, The Nines, has created an exclusive “Tailor Made for Him” package for the sophisticated, stylish gentleman.
A “shirt, shot, and a shave” are included in this special package along with a stay in one of the tony rooms decorated in shades of Robin's Egg blue. Upon arrival, our man will receive a “whiskey amenity” and can then book a VIP personal fitting with Michael Allen's Clothier, Portland's high-end men's apparel shop. The resulting custom-made in the USA shirt will be delivered home in approx. four weeks after fitting. He'll also be presented with a classic Merkur razor complete with shaving accessories from the Art of Shaving. Plus, if he's rented a flash ride, he'll receive complimentary parking.
We love to be the first to let you know the latest hotel happenings. It is after all, what we do best. So here is the latest from the Ashland, Ore., a region famous for its restaurants, wineries, Harry and David's fruit, artisan foods and of course the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival.
So many theater lovers come from all over the U.S. and Canada to enjoy the plays and stay awhile, it was inevitable that someone finally thought to offer an official package combining a stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel with some Shakespeare tickets. And although the great Bard has never written this word in any of his plays, we just have to pull up our tights under our velvet waistcoat, enter from stage left, briskly walk to center stage and facing the audience, shout "Duh"! But never mind us. Here are the detes on the package:
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Along with college girls, suburban grandmothers and soccer moms, we too were secretly titillated by E. L. James' erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. We toted the books on planes, read by the pool in Sin City (with just about everyone else in Vegas) and sometimes, we sheepishly skimmed while waiting at the drive-thu for our coffee.
As we got deeper into Anastasia and Christian's complex relationship, it turns out that we were only doing our job. The Heathman Hotel in Portland as a prominent setting to the story made us wonder, 'Why doesn't the Heathman have a Fifty Shades of Grey package ?'
Well, it turns out they do.
The Timberline Lodge on Dedication Day in 1937.
The iconic Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood, Oregon turns 75 this year with a big party and you're invited. But first, a little history on how this historic hotel came to be.
The hard life during the Great Depression offered few jobs, no money, and little hope. So in 1933, the federal government created the Works Progress Administration (WPA) providing jobs for hundreds of thousands of Americans. On the Timberline project unskilled labor toiled alongside iron workers, stone masons, draftsmen, carpenters, loggers, road builders, designers and artisans to create an esthetically pleasing lodge that exceeded the make -work of many WPA projects.
Dedicated in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the lodge was built with pride to be treasured by generations to come.
Wah! You want a getaway, but your wallet says no. Skip the guilt trip and take a mini-vacay to Portland, Oregon, where plenty of hotel rates are caught in a budget-friendly fiscal time warp.
Here are five of our fave Portland hotels for under $100 a night.