Sometimes it’s nice to get away, breathe some different air, and go a little slower — even if just for the day to these lovely small towns near Portland, Oregon. While this interesting city still has a small-town feel compared to others, a change of pace is always nice when life gets overwhelming. These 11 small cities and towns near have an entirely different feel than being in the city, making them the perfect escapes when you need a break. From farms to wine country and towns steeped in history, consider visiting some or all of these small towns near Portland.

Have you decided which towns to visit? Are there some small towns near Portland, Oregon, that didn’t make the list? Which is your favorite small town to visit? Let us know in the comments below. For a fun and delicious adventure near Portland, take the ultimate pie shop road trip.

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With 16,400 inhabitants, Troutdale, Oregon, sits near where the Sandy and Columbia rivers meet and is the Western gateway to the Columbia River Gorge, the Historic Columbia River Highway, and the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, making it a popular thoroughfare. With the Columbia River Gorge in its backyard, the gorgeous views, spectacular waterfalls, biking, and hiking opportunities are a constant. Add the many downtown galleries the town boasts, and you'll see why the first Friday of each month is a First Friday Artwalk, with live music, restaurants, and retailers rolling business out to the street, with roads closed to local traffic.   

Where is a restaurant near me in Portland, Oregon?
Nong had a dream, came to the U.S. from Thailand, with a vision and the passion to open her own restaurant Nong's Khao Man Gai. The main ingredient in her chicken and rice dish is her special signature sauce, which is available for sale. Khao Man Gai is a traditional Thai chicken and rice dish served with the secret sauce, cucumbers, cilantro, and a side of soup. This comforting, nutritious dish is delicious. Nong also serves vegetarian dishes, pork and rice, and a kid's version of chicken and rice.

Where is one of the best Portland hotels?

In this interesting Society Hotel in Portland, Oregon, guests enjoy their private bathrooms in their suites, or they can opt for a shared bathroom and a room without one. This offering is a combination of the full hotel experience and old-world lodging houses. In this cool place, the lobby is the star with a lounge, the Society Cafe, and a bar. The cuisine is made fresh by the staff, such as a Sunrise bowl lovingly made with Greek yogurt, granola, walnuts, chia seeds, banana, and honey; or how about a simple Old Town Grilled Cheese made special with nearby Lovejoy Bakery bread, cheddar, and brie.