Jupiter Hotel – Portland, Oregon
Unique Hotel in Portland
“How’s the faux spring weather treating you?” the barista asked as she took my order. Like any Pacific Northwest resident I revel in the unexpected combination of warm temperatures and sunshine during late winter. “Perfect” I reply, returning her smile.
Portland is a heavily caffeinated town, percolated in coffee and smiles. This mind-set is something the Jupiter Hotel is designed for; one half is ready-to-rock with a jolt while the opposite half is a more sedate side. Transformed from the kind of 50’s motor inn popularized by TV series such as Route 66, it no longer resembles the conservative conformity that era reflected. Today murals of famous pop stars adorn the walls, an Indie soundtrack follows me about the grounds, and probably the only things resembling its previous incarnation are the mid-20th century architecture and parking garage below.
Doug Fir Lounge – Portland Music Venue
Jupiter’s rock’n’roll side is home to the Doug Fir Lounge, a nationally recognized venue for established as well as up-and-coming Indie artists. The intimate half-timbered space has room for approximately 300 and sports a stage, a bar, a few tables, and dance floor. Fifty-eight of the eighty-one rooms in the hotel surrounding it are dedicated to the rambunctious among us, and on this side the party doesn’t have to end.
The other half, dubbed the “chill” side, is devoted to business and creative travelers. It’s home to a large outdoor tented event space frequented by corporate names such as Nike, Patagonia, Columbia, and Adidas, and the patio it occupies is surrounded by smaller indoor meeting areas. Jupiter’s creative spirit is well expressed in the artwork on guest room walls, a mannequin mascot with her own Facebook page, and the Art Gallery adjoining the lobby.
Things To Do in Portland
Back at the cafe, this city’s coffee culture is reinforced when asked if I’d like 3 or 4 shots in my latte. I opted for two, my jolt limit, and thoroughly caffeinated, I walked from a section of town ripped straight from Portlandia and over the river to explore the Pearl District. Block by block this former warehouse district is being gentrified with trendy boutiques and cafes. Attracted by the fragrance of Daphne flowers wafting in the air I also dropped in on Chinatown’s Lan Su Gardens for its inner-city tranquility, all the while immersed in the century-old brick that is Old Town. Since part of Portland’s reputation as a green city is in its public transportation, I chose to save my legs for that evening and took the tram back across the river.
Later that night I caught a show at the Doug Fir, and after dancing the night away it was comforting to know a bed at the Jupiter was only steps away.
When You Go
800 E Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97214
Written By Steve Smith
Steve Smith inherited the wanderlust and has always needed to see what’s around the next corner. Together with his wife and co-pilot Christine Johnson, their college days were spent enjoying many memorable (and cheap) forays into Mexico sleeping under the stars. Today these excursions are typically press trips and hotels, but gathering unique experiences by getting to know places and people rather than observing as tourists is still their approach to travel. After numerous journeys to North/Latin/South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, they believe this is the true way to experience different cultures, in Portland and beyond.