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Portland, Ore.: Get a passport to free food with your hotel stay

January 24, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • Travel Portland offers a free "passport" for food items when travelers book a hotel through the tourism website.
Travel Portland offers a free "passport" for food items when… (Randy L. Rasmussen / Associated…)

You don't need a passport to visit Portland, Ore., but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get one. Those who book their next hotel stay at Travel Portland's website will receive a "passport" for free food items instead of free passage. And who doesn't want a free cream doughnut from Voodoo Doughnuts?

The deal: The Portland Passport is a good way to sample some of the city's artisan food stops. Receive a free one-hour beer tour and tasting at Widmer Bros. Brewing, free basket of buttermilk biscuits at the Country Cat, a free cup of seafood chowder at Salty's on the Columbia and a free ice cream cone at Salt & Straw. No extra purchase required to take advantage of the passport.

When: The offer is good for reservations made through March 31.

Tested: I checked available hotel rates for March 8-10 on the Travel Portland website and found $189 a night plus tax at the historic Governor Hotel (614 S.W. 11th Ave.) and $159 a night plus tax at the Mark Spencer Hotel (409 S.W. 11th Ave.). Both prices include free parking and continental breakfast as well as the passport valued at $45.

Contact: Travel Portland, (877) 678-5263, Ext. 2
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