Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 Southwest 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
The Hilton Portland & Executive Tower consists of two buildings—the landmark Hilton Portland and the elegant Executive Tower. Situated in the heart of downtown, this hotel is surrounded by restaurants, tax-free shopping and entertainment venues. Walk a block from our hotel to the MAX Light Rail system Maintain your exercise routines at the complimentary fitness center with a waveless indoor pool.
Cut-Off Date: Monday, July 29, 2013
Portland, with nicknames including City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown and Beervana, is the second largest city in the Northwest. Portland was almost named Boston: City founders Asa Lovejoy, who hailed from Boston, and Francis Pettygrove, of Portland, Maine, were each determined to name the new city after their respective hometowns. Unable to settle the argument, they decided to flip a coin, now known as the "Portland Penny.” Pettygrove won on two out of three tosses. Portland is often awarded "Greenest City in America" and "most green cities" designations. Popular Science awarded Portland the title of the Greenest City in America in 2008.
Portland is home to famous bands such as The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders, both famous for their association with the song "Louie Louie.” Other widely known musical groups include The Dandy Warhols, Everclear, Pink Martini, Sleater-Kinney, and The Shins.
Portland is well known for its microbreweries. Portland's abundance dates to the 1980s when state law was changed to allow consumption of beer on brewery premises. Brewery innovation was supported by the abundance of local ingredients, including two-row barley, more than a dozen varieties of hops, and pure water from the Bull Run Watershed. Portland is home to more than 40 breweries—more breweries than any other city in the world—which is partially responsible for CNBC naming Portland the best city for happy hour in the United States.
Famous people from Portland include Joseph Buford Cox, chainsaw chain inventor; Ward Cunningham, inventor of wiki; Sam Elliott and Clark Gable, actors, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons; Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc.; Courtney Love, musician and actress; Richard A. Lovett, science fiction author; Johnny Pesky, iconic Boston Red Sox baseball player; Henry F. Phillips, inventor of the Phillipshead screw; Ahmad Rashad, former NFL player; and Mark Rothko, artist.
A Few Portland Highlights
•Timberline Lodge: Are you a Stephen King fan? Did you know the lodge used in The Shining is just around the corner (and up a mountain) from Portland? Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark hotel, a ski lodge, and a true Oregon icon. Rustic elegance, unique surroundings, first-class cuisine and a full menu of amenities attract visitors from all over the world. In addition to being one of the most highly visited tourist attractions in the Northwest, Timberline is a favorite ski and snowboard area. In summertime, it becomes an international destination as visitors flock to Mt. Hood to enjoy Timberline’s famous summer ski program. Dedicated by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937, Timberline has museum-quality original paintings, carved linoleum, mosaic glass, sculpted wood, stone and metal work. It is where historic preservation, stewardship, recreation and hospitality come together to provide an unforgettable experience.
•Voodoo Doughnuts: A unique coffee and doughnut experience: a must while visiting Portland!
•Powell’s Books: Powell’s City of Books houses more than a million new, used and rare titles, all conveniently shelved side by side. From its humble beginnings in 1971, Powell’s has become one of the biggest independent bookstores in the world, with five Portland-area locations.
•Portland: Food Cart City: Looking for a particular type of food? Odds are you’ll find it at one of Portland’s many food trucks.
•Breweries: Portland has become an epicenter for locally brewed beer.
View all the things to see and do in Portland.
Getting To Portland
Portland International Airport - Travelers have named Portland International Airport (PDX) the best in the United States four out of the last five years in the Condé Nast Traveler Business Travel Awards. Airlines flying into Portland include American Airlines, Delta, USAirways, United, Frontier, Spirit, JetBlue and Southwest.
American Airlines, an official airline of the National Association of Home Builders, is offering a 7-10% discount off any applicable published fare listed for American Airlines, American Eagle and American Connection when traveling to Institute.
•To purchase your ticket online, visit AA.com and enter the applicable Promotion Code from the chart when searching for your flight. International originating guests will need to call their country's local reservation number and refer to the appropriate Promotion Code: 2683BM
•To book your reservation by phone, please call AA Reservations at 800-433-1790, seven days a week 5:00 a.m.-12:00 midnight (CT) and refer to the appropriate Promotion Code. Reservations for the hearing and speech impaired are also available at 800-543-1586. There is a $25 service fee for tickets issued through AA reservations.
Delta Airlines is an official airline for the National Association of Home Builders. You are eligible to receive a 5-10% discount when traveling to Institute.
•To purchase your ticket online, please visit Delta.com/booking and enter Meeting Event Code: NMFQH when searching available flights.
•To book your reservation by phone, please call Delta Meeting Network® Reservations at 800-328-1111, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (CT), and refer to File Meeting Code: NM9KQ. A $25 service fee will apply to bookings made via phone.
Getting Around Portland
Car Rental - Need a rental car to get around Portland? Hertz, Avis and Budget have offered Association Leadership Institute attendees special rates!
MAX Light Rail – This efficient system’s 52 miles of track connect the city, airport and region.
Portland Streetcar – Get around downtown — and beyond — on the sleek, modern streetcar.
Walking – a small, personable downtown with half-size city blocks and plentiful public spaces make Portland an ideal city to explore on foot.
Taxis – the best way to catch a cab is to go to a hotel with a dedicated taxi stand. The average taxi fare from the airport to downtown is about $35 before gratuity. Radio Cab offers a discount with coupons available on its website.