Quirky, luxurious rooms awaited us at the Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Portland.
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Weekend escape: Willamette

Quirky, luxurious rooms awaited us at the Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Portland.
Quirky, luxurious rooms awaited us at the Hotel Monaco in the heart of downtown Portland.  (Kelly Marshall )
Escape to Willamette Valley

From left: The Grilled Cheese Grill food cart, local collection of artisan cheese at Chizu’s in downtown Portland, a farmer’s market.

 (Barbara Albright)
Escape to Willamette Valley

Bikes, helmets and locks are complimentary for Hotel Monaco guests in Portland.

 (RRD / Kimpton Hotels)
Escape to Willamette Valley

Nathan Hall, left, and  William Steuernagel proprietors of Cheese & Crack Snack Shop in Portland.

 (Barbara Albright)
Escape to Willamette Valley

Iconic Tillamook cheese factory on the Oregon coast.

 (Barbara Albright)
Escape to Willamette Valley

Award display for goat cheeses of Briar Rose Creamery in Dundee, Ore.

 (Barbara Albright)
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