Lois Alter Mark
| Special to USA TODAY 10Best
Portland, Oregon is known for its gorgeous scenery, its hiking trails and its outdoorsy lifestyle.
It’s also known for rain – the city gets around 36 inches of rain per year.
But Portlanders are clever, and they’ve created an indoor culture of coffeehouses, donut shops and craft breweries to keep themselves happy whatever the weather.
You could easily spend your days trying them all, but here are nine other reasons you’ll be wishing for rain.
Located in the historic Meier & Frank Building, this luxury hotel is such a cozy place to hole up for a few days. If you can bear to leave your beautifully-appointed room, there are lots of comfy spots to explore, such as the library – filled with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves – and an indoor atrium surrounded by art.
Also check out their two top-notch restaurants – Departure, on the top floor, offers modern Asian food, the largest sake selection in the city and fantastic views, while Urban Farmer is all about local, sustainable dishes. Thankfully, the Nines’ fitness center never closes, so you can work off some of those calories.
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