Meet Our Newest Property: Stay Alfred at Nexus PDX in Portland, OR
Sure, Portland is a place for the self-professed eccentrics. But it's also a place for foodies, beer snobs, and Bigfoot-believers. Basically, Portland has a little something for everyone – from one of the largest urban parks in the nation to a donut debate that simply can't be put to rest. And when you come to visit the alluring and sometimes strange City of Roses, you don't want to settle for anything sub-par or – well, ordinary. So rather than booking your stay at a cookie-cutter hotel or a less-than-professional vacation rental, pick a Stay Alfred travel apartment in Portland. Because absolute comfort is anything but ordinary.
Southeast Portland: Where Old Portland and Hip Portland Meet
A Stay Alfred travel apartment in Southeast Portland treats you to the whole breadth of Portland's finest. Some of the most stunning neighborhoods can be found on this side of the river, with sprawling Craftsman houses and huge old trees. But this is also home to a few of Portland's most popular destinations. If you like to see flicks in old theaters, then you're in for a treat: SE Portland is home to several historic cinemas, including the Laurelhurst and the Bagdad. And best of all, both theaters serve pub grub and beer for dinner and a show! While Hawthorne Street is more edgy and eclectic with its vintage clothing stores, its tchotchke shops and the southeast location of Powell's Bookstore, Division Street is a bit more refined with high-end fashion and divine eats like Salt & Straw and the Bollywood Theater. Streets like SE Belmont and E Burnside are dotted with cute coffee shops and teahouses, bars both grungy and sophisticated, and home garden stores where you can build your own terrariums. One of Portland's best free activities is to grab a bike (or a good pair of Nikes) and explore the southeast neighborhoods, admiring all the old architecture and dreamy homes.
Nexus PDX: The Gateway to SE Portland
With the perfect location at the intersection of Sandy and Burnside, a Stay Alfred at Nexus PDX travel apartment will put you within walking distance of eats, drinks, and cute shops that you won't want to miss out on. Just west on Burnside is the Doug Fir, a retro music venue that headlines indie-style bands. Right next to it is the groovy bar and coffee shop Hey Love for a high-end cocktail in a plant-filled space. Head south down Sandy for more eclectic pubs like The Slammer Tavern, Taqueria Nueve, and Basecamp Brewing. But the secret to success is to head down the side streets, where unexpected watering holes appear. Head to the Hungry Tiger on SE 12th for vegan corn dogs, or Marukin Ramen on SE Ankeny. For a spectacular view and ingredients fresh from the rooftop garden, head to Noble Rot, a true example of seasonal, farm-to-table cooking. And when 2 a.m. rolls around and you're feeling a little extra, the second location of Voodoo Donuts is just up the way on Sandy Boulevard. If the hangover is for real, walk a little further down Sandy to See See's, a motorcycle-themed coffee shop with some of the best breakfast burritos around.
When you've eaten your way down the street and need to work it out, head to the Portland Rock Gym for indoor rock climbing (and perhaps a green juice from the upstairs cafe?), or Northwest Dance Project, a local dance company that offers drop-in dance classes in all styles. Speaking of dancing, Norse Hall offers monthly social dance nights if you feel like learning something new!
Grab a bike and scoot on down to OMSI, the science and industry museum featuring traveling exhibits as well as their own specialty exhibits, plus an IMAX theater and fun events like OMSI After Dark.
Nothing but the Highest Standards at Nexus PDX
Portland boasts loud and proud about its odd quirks and unique view of the world. But everyone can agree – there are just some things that shouldn't be weird. Like the scary basement where you have to take your laundry. Or the styrofoam cups and coffee...in a bag (a definite Portland no-no). Or the sofa that is also a bed, but you can't tell the difference. A Stay Alfred travel apartment in Portland lets you keep the weird you want, without the weird you don't. Read scientific literature on Bigfoot in public AND drink out of actual ceramic mugs with coffee made in a real coffee machine. Put a bird on everything AND do your laundry in your own machines. Enjoy the things that make you unique with a support crew of guest service professionals just a phone call away, ready to save the day if things just get...well, too weird.
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