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Home Away From Home

Home Away From Home

The Pearl’s three stylish hotels want guests and locals to stop by, hang out, and relax in their living room–inspired common spaces. For both road warriors constantly on the go and the urbanites who live in downtown neighborhoods, hotels are rapidly becoming relied upon as more than glorified dormitories, geared exclusively to sleeping and perhaps

Old-World Elegance

There’s a long tradition of hotels creating magical spaces for guests—here are two shining examples. The Benson A historic jewel glimmering on the edge of downtown Portland, the Benson (309 SW Broadway Ave, 503-228-2000, coasthotels.com) combines classic and contemporary with memorable panache. Known as the New Oregon Hotel when it opened in 1913, this 12-story

Erica Swanson Drink Tea Bar - Portland, Oregon

Steeped in Success

Hard work and determination have led Erica Swanson, the owner of a fast-growing Portland tea empire to realize her dreams in the Pearl. When Erica Indira Swanson, the force behind Tea Bar (1055 NW Northrup St, 503-227-0464, drinkteabar.com), was 11 years old, she and her father, John, biked across France together. To prepare, they trained

Von Ebert Brewing

Tap Recital

Three lauded breweries—Von Ebert (formerly Fat Head’s), Rogue, and BridgePort—have recently upped their games. “We only shut down for eight days,” says Tom Cook, referring to the time span between the closing of Fat Head’s Brewing and the opening of its already much-acclaimed successor, Von Ebert Brewing (131 NW 13th Ave, 503-820-7721, vonebertbrewing.com). “They were

Master Builder

For the past 25 years, Portland developer John Carroll has been instrumental in shaping the Pearl District skyline. His latest gem, the Dianne, rises 15 stories on a quarter block steps from his prior projects.

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