A Retro-Modern Weekend in Portland’s Slabtown District

Photo Courtesy of the Inn at Northrup Station

Slabtown isn’t just Northwest Portland’s most up-and-coming neighborhood; it’s a full-on urban destination. Thanks to the perfectly located Inn at Northrup Station, it’s also right at your feet.

Nestled between Portland’s two trendiest Northwest neighborhoods—the Pearl and Nob Hill—Slabtown is roughly 12 city blocks riddled with residential and industrial-chic buildings, local eateries, airy coffee shops, craft distilleries and breweries, indie boutiques, theaters and galleries. Slabtown is not only the newest arrival to the Northwest Portland scene, but it’s also arguably the most intriguing and makes for an ideal weekend getaway.

Begin your Slabtown adventure at the Inn at Northrup Station. An unassuming brick building tucked away on a pretty, tree-lined block in a residential area. The building was originally designed as a condominium, so many of the spacious, colorful suites include a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. The inn offers free parking (a huge bonus in this dense neighborhood) and complimentary streetcar passes so you can easily glide into the Pearl District and downtown. With in-house activities such as local wine tastings and a “Hoppy Hour” craft beer tasting, you may be enticed to stay put at the Inn—but don’t. The city is just outside your door.

Wander west toward the armada of boutiques—and treats—that line Nob Hill’s storied 23rd Street. Blue Star Doughnuts, Salt & Straw and Saint Cupcake represent the best of PDX’s sugary inventions and will give you an afternoon boost. Sit down to Ike’s legendary Vietnamese chicken wings and a drinking-vinegar cocktail at Pok Pok NW. Book a standout signature facial—or a couple’s massage at the nearby KIVA Spa, where both Eastern and Western techniques are implemented to create a wholly serene experience.

For dinner, culinary choices in Slabtown and Nob Hill abound. For those cold Pacific Northwest nights, grab a table by the fire at either Matador, specializing in made-from-scratch Mexican, or Fireside, which serves organic, seasonal fare. Wind down after dinner with the stylish vibe at The Solo Club or take a tasting flight at one of the distilleries within strolling distance, such as Bull Run and Aria Gin.

Later, walk back to Inn at Northrup Station and reflect on your Northwest Portland adventures. Settle into a good night’s sleep in your suite on the Inn’s impossibly comfortable, Oregon-crafted mattress.

For reservation planning, visit their website at northrupstation.com.


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