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Portland, Oregon: A City of Bikers, Transit Lovers and Artists

Portlandia, the female symbol of the city of Portland, atop a downtown building.
Portlandia, the female symbol of the city of Portland, atop a downtown building.

Portland, Oregon, is a city that gets quite a bit of good buzz.  Perhaps that’s because of where I live, in Massachusetts, which is very similar to Oregon in how people vote, view the world, and what they expect from their fellow citizens. 

We visited Portland two weeks ago, and we found the city to be just as progressive and similar to the TV show, “Portlandia”, as we expected.  We even got a chance to see the original Portlandia statue, an 85-foot high statue of a woman sticking out of a government building downtown.

Portland has a lot of reasons to be proud, among them that the percentage of residents who either use public transportation, bikes or walking edges up to nearly 50%.  With services like bike paths serving just about every part of the city and residential recycling for food waste, it’s an eco-paradise!

The city’s Japanese Garden has trails to enjoy and serenity near the falling waters and replicas of Kyoto’s famous rock garden formation. In February, The first Art in the Garden exhibition beginning the Garden’s Year of Kyoto, will be of the fine Japanese bamboo art from the Kansai/Kyoto region, presented with changing displays of ikebana.

The city made a great decision in the 1980s when they decided that a four-lane highway that cut the Willamette River off from the city should be torn down.  So today, where there was once a giant blockade of cars, is now a beautiful green space, and here is where festivals, concerts and other events take place for most of the year.

Portland's Japanese Garden is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy peacefulness.
Portland’s Japanese Garden is a wonderful place to explore and enjoy peacefulness.

Our visit to Portland also included a stay in a very cool city hotel called The Sentinel.  This hotel, located in the heart of downtown, costs about $300 per night, and if you stayed there, you’d earn about 1082 points for a two-night stay. You’d love the comfy stylish rooms, and the wonderfully homey lobby with big chairs.

If you have to go to Portland for business, take advantage of what Bonwi offers by using the points you can accrue for a future stay in a different hotel.

There are many Portland hotels you can book for around 5000 Bonwi points per night, if you want to save money and go for something more basic.  And even with these low price, hotels you will still come home with more points to use in the future.  Bonwi= win-win!