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14 Best Places to Go This Fall: Portland, Oregon
Why Go Now: A fall trip to Portland will feed your body and your mind. After culinary luminaries like Michelin-starred chef April Bloomfield and Chris Cosentino descend on the city for annual food fest Feast (September 19-22), the Elm City's science museum unveils the world premier of the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes (October 10, 2013-January 5, 2014).
Where to Stay: The chic Kimpton Hotel Monaco has 221 recently renovated guestrooms in the heart of the city. Or embrace your inner hipster at the Ace Hotel, which has free bike rentals and Stumptown coffee in the lobby.
Insider Tip:Salt & Straw, a local favorite ice cream shop, has an unusual partnership with Feast. During the festival, it will serve specialty scoops created by five local and national chefs. Think Michael Voltaggio's Loaded Baked Potato with bacon and chocolate crumbs, and Thai Chili Brittle by The Nines' chef Greg Gourdet.