Make a Day of It: Staying at the Inn at Northrup Station (PDX)

UntitledRun Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!

The next installment of this series is the Inn at Northrup Station!

First the running:

The Inn at Northrup is located in NW Portland – in the very nice Nob Hill neighborhood, which is surrounded by tons of great restaurants and shopping. It is also a quick and easy jaunt to Lower Macleay Trail. Head a little further up the trails to the Witches Castle (an interesting place to visit in and of itself) and connect with the famed Wildwood Trail for a crazy amount of trail running access. It is also about a 2 mile run from a solid entrance point to Forest Park and immediately on to the Leif Erikson Trail. Needless to say, there are a ridiculous amount of great running areas an extremely short distance from the hotel. Exploring is a must.

We all know that there are numerous races in the Portland area, but I would probably recommend this hotel for the following:

Now to the details to the experience itself:

The Salem area has some great races, but I will be the first to admit that it is probably 3rd on the list (or 4th if you count Vancouver) in sheer number of races behind Portland (and suburbs) and Eugene/Springfield. But lucky for me, both areas are a semi-manageable distance (40-60 minutes from my home). This does, however, mean some early mornings. While I manage, there are times I have just decided that, for my sanity, I would rather stay overnight the day before to avoid zombie-like mornings. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live in Eugene and participate in a race in Portland (or vice-versa). A hotel would almost be a must.

UntitledI figured the best place to start in discussing the Inn at Northrup Station is to paste a little history lesson and personal description from their website:

Originally built in the 1970s, the Inn was rediscovered and transformed by Portland architect Steve Routon. The exterior reflects the true character and spirit of Northwest Portland. Acknowledging the energy of the neighborhood, suites at the Inn allow guests the opportunity to interact with the street scene below from a series of private decks and patios accented with soaring trellises.

Our fabulous interior décor includes original artwork by local artists. The retro hip furnishings and energetic color palate both contribute to the eclectic ambiance of the Inn. Fully featured granite kitchens and wet bars and luxurious marble bathrooms are all hallmarks of this one of the kind hotel.

The Inn’s vibrant lobby presents an arresting combination of color and artistry, not to mention the outrageously huge jars of mouthwatering candy that never seem to go empty. Satisfy your sweet tooth as you gaze up at the striking display of fused glass. Then belly up to the sleek street-side breakfast bar and watch the Portland Streetcar buzz on by.

An artistically landscaped rooftop terrace presents a wonderful setting for outdoor gatherings.

Artfully designed, the Inn @ Northrup Station has become known as a unique boutique hotel with a very distinctive Northwest Portland flair!

UntitledWe stayed at this location the night before the 2016 Race for the Roses. They are not lying in that description – this place is Portland-eclectic. It is full of bright colors, funky furniture, and a great location.

Every room at Northrup Station is a suite. We stayed in a King suite on the second floor (check out all the amenities for both the King and 2 Queen rooms here), which came with a small chair-less balcony that overlooked Flanders Street and (at times) the Portland Streetcar – which you can ride complementary for staying here. The room was a vibrant mix of pinks, greens, and oranges, and came complete with a pink couch and office desk. We also had a full kitchen with a stove, full fridge, coffee maker, toaster, and dishwasher – all of which would prove handy for a day or weekend stay.

UntitledParking was complimentary, which is supremely appreciated (though it is first come-first served). If you have ever gone near NW 23rd and tried to find a spot – good luck! The breakfast in the morning was continental in nature and locally sourced, though we did not partake as a Nob Hill brunch was on our agenda.

I strongly recommend checking out the Inn at Northrup Station next time you need a pre-race stay, or if you are just looking to get away for a bit.

Here are some perks that come with a stay:

  • Complimentary tickets on the Portland Streetcar
  • 20% off show tickets to Bodyvox  (mention the Inn @ Northrup Station when calling for tickets). Also, when making suite reservations with us, mention Bodyvox and receive a complimentary suite upgrade.
  • Mention the Artists Repertory Theatre for a complimentary suite upgrade.

Upcoming Events:

  • Third Tuesdays features light refreshments and local Portland art students.

Cost: Dependent on dates and seasons, the cost fluctuates, but hovers around $120 – $200/night.

If you think that your race schedule (or relaxation schedule) allows you to stay multiple times, consider loyalty program – the “inn crowd“.

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About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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