Glamour and Portland aren't usually in the same sentence but, when we're talking about The Nines they absolutely go together.  Who knew?!

The Nines is located in what once was a department store (it's like the mother ship calling me home) in the heart of Portland.  Built in 1909, the landmark Meier & Frank building also housed everything from a pet shop to a radio station and was the location of Clark Gable's last "real" job before becoming an actor in the 1930's. Cool.

Because of it's department store beginnings, the hotel has a "fashion" theme - mannequins in the lobby the Tiffany blue...

Gorgeous, am I right?  (Sigh) I could post 100 more pictures- it's just stunning.  Even the bathroom is beautiful...

The reviews are excellent as well.  It's also listed in Travel + Leisure's Top 500 Hotels for 2011.  Even better?  It's affordable.  With rooms around $200, even a amateur fashionista can, at least, hang like a pro.


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?