The Green City Series: Portland, Oregon

The UN predicts that “89 percent of us will be living in an urban area by 2050” ( With so many Americans flocking to city life, it is even more important for us encourage green efforts and to make them healthy places to live. From places to eat, and where to stay as well as eco conscious activities to do, Verte Luxe is developing The Green City Series to help you fall in love with the greenest cities in the USA.

PORTLAND, OREGON- Portland holds one of the Top Spots on Travel and Leisure’s Reader’s Survey’s for being one of the greenest cities in America. With their mass transit initiatives, restaurants that focus on locally sourced ingredients and awesome thrift shops, Portland isn’t just a hipster’s dream of being green, it’s also sustainable.

Portland, Oregon Photo Credit: Ruvim Miksanskiy via Pexels

Where to Stay: The Ace Hotel is a master of reusing and recycling, with a coffee table in the lobby made from an old fire door and couch upholstery coming from vintage Army poncho canvas. The beds are made from sustainably harvested wood, mattresses consisting of organic materials and all of the cleaning products are natural. Try the locally made soaps exclusive to the ACE. Ace Hotel Portland: 1022 Southwest Harvey Milk Street, Portland OR 97205 503-228-2277 .

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The Infamous Fire Door Coffee Table at the Ace Hotel, Portland

Where to Eat: Tasty N Alder in Downtown Portland serves sharing plates of farm to table dishes so unique, you are likely to only find them here. Part of the Toro Bravo Restaurant Group, we love that this restaurant encourages in house dining for a community experience and lists the farms that are providing the ingredients on the menu. The menu changes seasonally and features global fare “inspired by Chef Gorham’s travels and experiences with the vital immigrant community working in the restaurant industry” The cocktails are fun and vibrant and the food is not to be forgotten. 580 SW 12th Ave. Portland, OR 90205. (503)621-9251.

Farm to table goodness at Tasty n alder. Photo courtesy

Things to Do: Explore the unique Thrift Shopping all over the city, Rent a bike through the Bike Town Ap and explore over 300 miles of trails and paths dedicated to pedal power. Pack a picnic of goodies from the many farmers markets and explore the 275+ parks and community gardens in the city. Spend the day at the Portland Japanese Garden for art, umami and Japanese culture. Visit Travel Portland to find even more fun and green things to do during your stay.

Spend the day in greenery, art and culture at the Portland Japanese Garden.