Advantage Rent A Car announces a new corporate identity featuring a new logo, an updated website and a robust new Awards program that supports the company’s value-driven philosophy.

Advantage Rent A Car, which operates through its Advantage and EZ brands (AEZ), is proud to announce a new direction for its Advantage brand, one that features a fresh logo, an updated website and a robust new Awards program that supports the company’s value-driven philosophy.

“Advantage has built a reputation for providing superior value and service at an amazing price,” said Scott Davido, President of AEZ. “Our new corporate logo and identity better reflect our dedication to customers and our corporate culture.”

The new logo and identity are launching in association with a completely re-envisioned website, Advantage.com, which Davido said, “not only improves functionality but reaffirms our commitment to continually improving the customer experience.”

A significant feature of AEZ’s updated identity is the new Advantage Awards program, which offers benefits for corporations, business and leisure travelers, and travel agents. Signing up is easy and customers get closer to different rewards every time they rent a vehicle. For instance, benefits for business or leisure travelers include prepaid gas, the use of a GPS, toll pass or car seat, and a dedicated service line at the rental counter.

AEZ’s new identity will be rolled out over the course of 2017, unifying the company’s domestic and overseas locations. In addition, AEZ is developing a mobile app to further expedite and streamline transactions. It will launch later in 2017.

“We at Advantage are very excited about our new branding,” said Director of Marketing Andrea Peters. “It represents the direction and quality offerings that business and leisure travel customers have come to expect from us. Plus, it’s an identity that will carry our company into the future.”

Chris Toledo, Vice President of IT, noted that the new website takes into consideration the latest in both technology and consumer behavior.

“Built with mobility in mind, the new site features a responsive design that offers an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices,” he said. “The clean, user-friendly interface makes renting a car from Advantage simple and efficient, which is what today’s drivers expect from a website.”

A similar effort is in the works for Advantage’s partner brand, EZ Rent-A-Car. It, too, will include a newly designed logo, a contemporary and user-friendly website and a revamped E-Z Money Rewards Program.

About AEZ

AEZ, operating through its Advantage and EZ brands, is the fourth largest car rental company in the United States. A leader in the industry, AEZ is active nationwide with 75 locations in 44 markets, including 23 of the nation’s 25 largest airports, and globally through its partnership with Europcar. AEZ draws on the strength of its combined companies to deliver superior service, choice and value for its customers.

For more information, visit Advantage.com or E-ZRentACar.com, or engage with AEZ on Facebook and Twitter. Use the hastags #AdVroomVroom, #YourAdvantage, #EZLiving, #TheEZWay and #EZBreezy to join the conversation online.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Orlando, FL – June 8, 2015 – Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S. owned by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., a leading private equity firm with over $5 Billion in assets under management, announces that it has completed its purchase of E-Z Rent-A-Car Group Holding, LLC (“E-Z”), a leader in value-priced car rental services.

This combination is exactly what we strive for in an investment

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Orlando, FL – June 8, 2015 – Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S. owned by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., a leading private equity firm with over $5 Billion in assets under management, announces that it has completed its purchase of E-Z Rent-A-Car Group Holding, LLC (“E-Z”), a leader in value-priced car rental services. Through a network of 85 locations, the combined company will capitalize on its presence in 22 of the top 25 U.S. airports and its team’s experience to deliver more choice and better value to consumers in the $25 billion U.S. auto rental industry.

Together, Advantage and E-Z will cater to a wide range of customers, including value-focused leisure travelers, independent business professionals, and customers historically under-served by the major car rental companies. With one of the industry’s largest, youngest and most diverse fleets and the financial strength of Catalyst Capital and its lenders, Advantage and E-Z expect the combination to strengthen their position as the best value brands in the car rental market.

“We can now see even more benefits to our “one company, two brand” approach than originally envisioned. The combination will allow greater efficiencies and economies of scale in areas such as fleet, maintenance, back office processing and procurement”
– Bill Plamondon, President of Advantage.”

The combined company becomes one of the major players in the Rent a Car industry in the United States. It will be led by an experienced management team that includes the founders of E-Z, Mehrdad Memarpouri and Hesam Sahraian, William Plamondon and Scott Lieberman from the Advantage team, and Gabriel de Alba, Managing Director and Partner of The Catalyst Capital Group Inc.

“This is the new model for operational excellence, a rental car company that is able to leverage established brands under an efficient and dynamic operational platform that can maximize growth and profitability” remarked Mehrdad Memarpouri.

“This combination is exactly what we strive for in an investment” said Gabriel de Alba, Managing Director and Partner of The Catalyst Capital Group Inc. “Delivery of a solution to the regulators, high barriers to entry, valuable underlying assets, proven established brands, a seasoned management team and the economies of scale of a major player that is positioned to grow its market share” added de Alba.

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car was founded in 1963 and is one of the leading rental car companies in the United States. The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., a private equity firm based in Toronto, Canada that manages over $5 billion in various funds, acquired the Advantage brand and related assets in 2014. Advantage now operates at 44 locations across the United States. The new Advantage features one of the industry’s youngest, most diverse rental car fleets. The company also recently launched new growth initiatives including a business customer program, Advantage for Business, which offers a flat pricing structure and other perks for frequent business travelers.

About E-Z Rent-A-Car

Founded in 1994 with a fleet of just nine cars, E-Z Rent-A-Car has grown to be one of the leading car rental companies in the United States. E-Z has delivered value to its customers by offering quality vehicles at attractive prices in convenient locations backed by responsive customer service. The Company has expanded the number of company-owned facilities it operates in the U.S. and grown its footprint in smaller markets

Find the new and improved Advantage Rent A Car counter conveniently located at the Oklahoma City (OKC) Airport’s Rental Car Center. From the terminal, follow the signs to board the Rental Car Shuttle Bus and ride with your luggage to the Rental Car Center. Then look for the Advantage Rent A Car counter where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Conveniently located at the Rental Car Center

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Find the new and improved Advantage Rent A Car counter conveniently located at the Oklahoma City (OKC) Airport’s  Rental Car Center.  From the terminal, follow the signs to board the Rental Car Shuttle Bus and ride with your luggage to the Rental Car Center.  Then look for the Advantage Rent A Car counter where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Orlando, FL — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., will be exhibiting at the GovTravels trade show next week.

Orlando, FL — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., will be exhibiting at the GovTravels trade show next week.

Hosted by the National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA), this trade show is the year’s premier gathering of government travel stakeholders, rental car companies, hotels and airfare industry executives.

This year’s theme, “SAFEGUARDING OUR TRAVELERS TODAY AND TOMORROW” speaks to the show’s intent and how this intent can be achieved by gaining a better understanding of modern travel and passenger service and security challenges.

“I believe it’s the duty of every company involved in travel and passenger services to know and understand the current travel landscape,” said Bill Plamondon, President of Advantage Rent A Car. “GovTravels provides a platform for industry professionals to both learn about emerging government needs as well as demonstrate their prowess in this field. That’s why we’ll be participating.”

Upon their merger in 2015, Advantage and E-Z have sought unique ways to serve the travel needs of both local and federal government agencies. Jointly, they offer car rental discounts to government employees and contractors engaging in government-related travel. They also extend discounts to military veterans.

“As two brands working in lockstep, we have a more comprehensive set of car rental solutions and packages,” said Mr. Plamondon. “Now Advantage and E-Z can provide both premium and economy solutions for travel needs at every level of government. We’re confident that we are the best single source car rental option participating in the show and we intend to demonstrate that while we’re there.”

The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA, will host the trade show on March 29th through the 31st. The three-day event will include presentations from industry leaders, panel discussions and professional enrichment courses.

Advantage and E-Z encourage attendees to stop by booth #11 to talk with rental car consultants to learn more about government specific special offers, fleet quality, and service locations.

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car was founded in 1963 and is one of the leading rental car companies in the United States. Operating out of 44 locations, Advantage features one of the industry’s newest and most diverse rental car fleets. The company also recently launched growth initiatives including Advantage for Business, a business customer program that offers a flat pricing structure and other perks for frequent business travelers. Advantage is also a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). For more information about Advantage, visit Advantage.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About E-Z Rent-A-Car

Founded in 1994 with a fleet of just nine cars, E-Z Rent-A-Car has grown to be one of the leading car rental companies in the United States. E-Z has delivered value to its customers by offering quality vehicles at attractive prices in convenient locations backed by responsive customer service. The company has expanded operations in the U.S. by growing its footprint in smaller markets. Today, E-Z services customers with over 30 conveniently located facilities throughout the country. For more information about E-Z Rent-A-Car, visit E-ZRentACar.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Orlando — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., and Europcar, the European leader in vehicle rental services and a major player in mobility markets, have announced the opening of a new rental car location at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Orlando — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., and Europcar, the European leader in vehicle rental services and a major player in mobility markets, have announced the opening of a new rental car location at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Serving over 70 million travelers per year, LAX is the fifth busiest airport in the world and the second busiest in the United States. Addressing the needs of such a high volume of business and leisure travelers meant that delivering a positive customer experience was paramount in the conception of this project. Advantage, E-Z and Europcar set out to deliver a facility unlike any other seen at LAX; one that was both beautiful in form and exceptionally functional for serving its customers.

“We are thrilled about opening this new LAX location,” said CEO Mehrdad Memarpouri. “A great customer experience isn’t just about the car. It’s about the entire rental process—from the moment you leave the gate to the moment you press the ignition button. We’ve considered every detail in the planning and execution of this facility and we think our customers will see and feel the difference.”

Growth through a superior customer experience and a premium-quality fleet have been at the core of the Advantage, E-Z and Europcar relationship. The opening of this state-of-the-art rental car facility at LAX is another step in this growth strategy. “This was a great project to be a part of and I couldn’t be happier with the result,” said developer, Michael Koper. “I think Advantage, E-Z and Europcar have taken a big step forward in improving the customer journey through the car rental process.”

The grand opening will be held at the new Advantage, E-Z and Europcar LAX facility, located at 1030 W. Manchester Blvd., on April 13 from noon to 2 p.m. Lunch and refreshments will be provided to those in attendance. There will also be a $500 rental car voucher given away to one lucky attendee. Local officials will be speaking and the general public is encouraged to attend.

For more information about this new facility or the grand opening event, please contact Andrea Peters, Director of Marketing at andrea.peters@aezrac.com.

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car was founded in 1963 and is one of the leading rental car companies in the United States. Operating out of 44 locations, Advantage features one of the industry’s newest and most diverse rental car fleets. The company also recently launched growth initiatives including Advantage for Business, a business customer program that offers a flat pricing structure and other perks for frequent business travelers. For more information about Advantage, visit Advantage.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About E-Z Rent-A-Car

Founded in 1994 with a fleet of just nine cars, E-Z Rent-A-Car has grown to be one of the leading car rental companies in the United States. E-Z has delivered value to its customers by offering quality vehicles at attractive prices in convenient locations backed by responsive customer service. The company has expanded operations in the U.S. by growing its footprint in smaller markets. Today, E-Z services customers with over 30 conveniently located facilities throughout the country. For more information about E-Z Rent-A-Car, visit E-ZRentACar.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

ORLANDO, FL — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., and Europcar are proud to announce the successful grand opening of their new rental car location at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

ORLANDO, FL — Advantage Rent A Car (“Advantage”) and E-Z Rent-A-Car (“E-Z”), the fourth largest rental car company in the U.S., and Europcar are proud to announce the successful grand opening of their new rental car location at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

With dignitaries and notable city officials on hand, the ribbon cutting ceremony was a huge success. Advantage/E-Z CEO Mehrdad Memarpouri emphasized the importance of the opening of their state-of-the-art LAX facility stating, “The Los Angeles ribbon cutting was an amazing success, and it is just the beginning of everything that is to come. We look forward to assisting our domestic and international travelers who pass through the LAX hub with an unmatched dedication to customer service.”

Memarpouri expanded on the facility’s opening, “We understand this is also a terrific opportunity for us, not only in a business aspect, but we also value the opportunity to give back to a city our travelers love. The facility will feature all three brands under one roof, which means there will be additional jobs and career paths for locals seeking employment. It is our hope, through our great rates, travelers can take their savings from us and pass that along through increased spending with other local businesses.”

Advantage, E-Z, and Europcar have worked hard to provide a premium-quality fleet and excellent customer services to travelers all over the globe. The launch of the LAX facility, at the fifth busiest airport in the world, will allow them to better serve their domestic and international travelers.

Dal Johal, Key Account & Leisure Sales Manager for Europcar North America, stated, “Together Europcar and Advantage Rent A Car have proven that we can offer our business and leisure customers a unique user experience. This rental facility will allow us to closely align our customers’ needs and expectations in order to consistently deliver a more satisfying travel experience.”

For any additional information on the new LAX facility, please contact Andrea Peters, Director of Marketing at andrea.peters@aezrac.com.

About Advantage Rent A Car

Advantage Rent A Car was founded in 1963 and is one of the leading rental car companies in the United States. Operating out of 44 locations, Advantage features one of the industry’s newest and most diverse rental car fleets. The company also recently launched growth initiatives including Advantage for Business, a business customer program that offers a flat pricing structure and other perks for frequent business travelers. For more information about Advantage, visit Advantage.com and follow us on Facebookand Twitter.

About E-Z Rent-A-Car

Founded in 1994 with a fleet of just nine cars, E-Z Rent-A-Car has grown to be one of the leading car rental companies in the United States. E-Z has delivered value to its customers by offering quality vehicles at attractive prices in convenient locations backed by responsive customer service. The company has expanded operations in the U.S. by growing its footprint in smaller markets. Today, E-Z services customers with over 30 conveniently located facilities throughout the country. For more information about E-Z Rent-A-Car, visit E-ZRentACar.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Europcar

Europcar Group has been Europe’s leading car rental provider for more than 65 years and is one of the major players in the global mobility sector. As a car rental company, Europcar built the fundamentals of the usage economy and the sharing economy into its core business, mobility, a long time ago. For more information about Europcar, visit Europcar.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources

1. IMG 0632: From Left to Right: Hesam Sahraian & Mehrdad Memarpouri (Co-Founders of E-Z Rent A Car; Current COO & CEO), Jonathan Carrillo (City Manager of LAX Rental Facility), Michael Koper (Developer)

2. IMG 0682: From Left to Right: Bill Plamondon (President), Alex Padilla (Inglewood City Councilman) Hesam Sahraian (Co-Founder of E-Z Rent A Car; Current COO), James Butts Jr (Mayor of Inglewood), Mehrdad Memarpouri (Co-Founder of E-Z Rent A Car; Current CEO), Jonathan Carrillo (City Manager of LAX Rental Facility), Artie Fields (Inglewood City Manager)

3. IMG 0695: From Left to Right: The ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries celebrating the opening of the Advantage, E-Z, Europcar rental location

4. JSSA3628: From Left to Right: Grand Opening of the LAX Rental facility for

Advantage, E-Z, and EuropCar

Photo credits: Arash Tebbi

ORLANDO, FL, June 15, 2016 – The shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last Sunday morning has deeply affected all of us at Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their loved ones.

Advantage And E-Z Rent-A-Car Offering Free Rentals to Families, Partners of Nightclub Shooting Victims
ORLANDO, FL, June 15, 2016 – The shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando last Sunday morning has deeply affected all of us at Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car. We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to all of the victims and their loved ones.

“Orlando is our headquarters and one of our flagship locations,” said Scott Davido, President of Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car. “The events of this past weekend have hit home for us and we want to do our part to assist those affected by this tragedy, as well as help the greater Orlando community persevere during this incredibly trying time.”

Both Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car is providing free rentals in Orlando to immediate family members and domestic partners of those killed or injured at Pulse. In addition, fee waivers will be available for customers traveling to or from Orlando who need to make last-minute changes to their travel plans.

The free rentals are available for standard and full-sized cars. Additional information can be found on our web page, Advantage.com/OrlandoStrong. Family members and domestic partners who would like to book a free rental must call us at 407-775-4337.

Advantage and E-Z also are partnering with other local businesses to support the victims and their families by contributing to the OneOrlando Fund (OneOrlandoFund.org). In addition to the corporate donation, Advantage and E-Z are encouraging employees to give as well, and CEO Mehrdad Memarpouri has announced that the company will match staff donations to OneOrlando dollar for dollar.

“The company believes in inclusiveness and diversity,” Davido said, “and fully supports the LGBT community. All customers are served with respect, regardless of sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, and the company does not discriminate in its hiring practices.

“Orlando is our city, our home. We stand with Orlando.”

Advantage y E-Z Rent-A-Car ofrecerá alquiler de vehículos libre de costo para los familiares y compañeros a las víctimas de los hechos sucedidos en la discoteca de Orlando

ORLANDO, FL, June 15, 2016 – Lo ocurrido en la discoteca Pulse en Orlando el pasado Domingo en la madrugada nos ha afectado de manera profunda a todos en Advantage y E-Z Rent-A-Car. Por este medio extendemos nuestras más sinceras condolencias a todas las víctimas y a sus allegados.

“En Orlando se encuentra nuestra sede central y en uno de nuestros lugares emblemáticos,” dijo Scott Davido, presidente de Advantage Rent-A-Car y E-Z Rent-A-Car. “Los acontecimientos de este pasado fin de semana nos han afectado directamente y queremos hacer nuestra parte para ayudar a los afectados por esta tragedia, así como también a la comunidad de Orlando a perseverar durante estos tiempos tan difíciles.”

Tanto Advantage Rent-A-Car como E-Z Rent-A-Car estará proporcionando alquiler de autos libre de costo en Orlando a los miembros de la familia inmediata y parejas de los afectados en esta tragedia.

Los alquileres libre de costo estarán disponibles para los vehículos de tamaño estándar y de tamaño completo. Las personas interesadas pueden encontrar información adicional en nuestra página web, Advantage.com/OrlandoStrong. Miembros de la familia y las parejas que desean reservar un alquiler gratuito nos debe llamar al 407-775-4337.

Advantage y E-Z también se ha asociado con otras empresas locales para brindar apoyo a las víctimas y sus familias, contribuyendo al Fondo OneOrlando (OneOrlandoFund.org). Por favor, les pedimos que se unan a nosotros y nuestro personal para hacer una donación.

“Orlando es nuestra ciudad, nuestra casa”, dijo Davido. “Estamos con Orlando.”

Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car are providing complimentary rentals in Orlando to immediate family members and domestic partners of those killed or injured in the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

Advantage Rent A Car and E-Z Rent-A-Car are providing complimentary rentals in Orlando to immediate family members and domestic partners of those killed or injured in the shooting at Pulse nightclub.

“Orlando is our headquarters and one of our flagship locations,” said Scott Davido, president of Advantage and E-Z brands (AEZ). “The events of this past weekend have hit home for us. We want to assist those affected by this tragedy and help the greater Orlando community persevere during this incredibly trying time.”

These free rentals are available for standard and full-sized cars. The company asks that reservations be booked by phone (407-775-4337) rather than through the website.

Additionally, Advantage and E-Z are partnering with other local businesses to support the victims and their families by contributing to the OneOrlando Fund.

Source: Auto Rental News

While trips around the world can seem glamorous, there’s more than strictly business to think about. Between cultural norms, language barriers and simply arriving at your destination on schedule, the whole experience can seem daunting.

Taking the time to fully prepare for your travels can make all the difference. Use the tips below to make sure your first international business trip won’t be your last.

Get Your Documents in Order

The first thing to do before any international business trip is to get a passport. If you’ve already got a passport, check that it hasn’t expired—be sure to research the country’s regulations about passports, as some will not accept passports that expire within six months.

Once you have a valid passport, find out if you need to get a visa and whether or not you should hire security for the duration of your stay. Now is the time to call both your bank and insurance companies to let them know that you’ll be traveling and get any necessary documents from them.

When you’ve gathered everything you need, put all of these documents (and copies of documents) together in a travel folder, so you’re not rushing around on the morning of your flight trying to find everything. Also, keep in mind that electronic copies are good to have on hand, in case you loose the hard copies.

Check Travel Advisories

The easiest way to check for travel advisories is by using the State Department’s website. It can give you a good idea of what to expect when you’re travelling. If you see a travel advisory for the country you’re visiting, don’t panic. Most of the time travel advisories simply tell you that you’ll need a vaccination (try to do this 4-6 weeks before you go).

If there’s an advisory for violence or terrorist attacks, find out exactly where these attacks are happening so you can make the most informed decision about your safety. As always, be aware of your surroundings and always know where the U.S. embassy is for each country.

Roll Don’t Fold

Rolling your clothes instead of neatly folding them is one of the best methods of saving space. The bulkiest items should be kept in the corners of your bag in order to distribute the weight evenly, and then rolled items should be compiled in the middle of your bag. Note that clothing made of synthetic fibers, such as nylon, as less likely to wrinkle than cotton or other natural fabrics.

All rolled items should be at the bottom, while formal wear, cotton button-downs or slacks are arranged neatly on top. Another technique that can be used is bundle wrapping, or packing clothes into one solid bundle that fits snugly into your suitcase. This technique will leave you with the fewest wrinkles and unwanted creases. Find your most versatile shoes and bring just one or two pairs to reduce weight—emptying your bag, or paying a fee when you get to the airport, is not ideal.

Research the Customs of the Country You’re Visiting

Thorough knowledge of the country you’re visiting can make or break a business trip. Especially when visiting for the first time, it’s important to know about the business customs of other countries.

In particular, research greetings, standards of dress, and rules of gratuity and who pays for a meal during a business meeting. In Japan, for example, it’s customary for all businesspeople to dress in dark business suits, whilst in America business-casual would be appropriate for the very same meeting.

It’s also important to learn a few phrases in the language of the country you’re visiting. Use a tool like this Language Map to see which language is most commonly spoken in the country you’re visiting. This ends up serving as a great way to boost your resume and earn the respect of your foreign colleagues as well.

Author: Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and has five years of experience in the marketing world. She is currently a lifestyle blogger and has been featured on Ms. Career Girl and LifeHack.org. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Check out more blogs from this experienced traveler at See & Savour written by Jennifer Chong

Portland had been on “states to visit” list for a long time. It took a couple of tries but thankfully earlier this year I packed my bags for a short weekend trip to Portlandia. It was everything I imagined and provided me with a glimpse of what I can look forward to next time. Here is a breakdown of where we stayed, what we ate and what we saw!

ACE HOTEL | 1022 SW Stark St // Probably one of the most instagramed hotels in Portland, from their photo-booth snapshots to their iconic lobby. Ace is a boutique hotel thoughtfully designed to feel like your cool friends home. I was traveling with two other friends so we decided it would be fun to stay in their triple bunk bed room. It took us all back to our dorm room days. Note that if you decide to get the triple shared room – the bathroom’s are down the hallway and not in the actual room. The Ace is centrally located and great for a short weekend.

Place to Eat

PINE STATE BISCUITS | Multiple Locations // Biscuit lovers unit! This place will have all you carb lovers in heaven. The biscuits are giant fluffy but with a little bit of crunch on the outside, they just melt in your mouth. If you’re feeling extra hungry and adventurous try the Reggie Deluxe – a biscuit with fried chicken, egg, bacon & cheese topped with gravy!

COURIER COFFEE ROASTERS| 923 SW Oak Street // Go here and order the canelle – actually make that two cause you’ll want another. Oh their chocolate chip cookie is pretty darn amazing as well.

MAURICE | 921 SW Oak Street // Right next to Courier coffee lies Maurice, a charming cafe/bakery – with only a few tables I’d guess they can seat between 20 to 25 people at most. We enjoyed some light snacks here before dinner though I wished we saved some room for an early dessert. Their dessert display looked magnificent.

FARM SPIRIT | 414 SE Morrison St // A true farm to table restaurant this restaurant serves up a 100% plant based menu. With limited seating – you must make reservations for the multi-course dinner in advance.

LE PIGEON | 738 E Burnside St // According to Bon Appetite – Le Pigeon put Portland on the culinary map. Come here to try a French-inspired cuisine though their burger seemed to be dominating when we were dining here.

We didn’t have enough time to visit all the place’s I wanted to eat but next time I’d love to try Toro Bravo, Tasty and Alder, Tasty and Sons, and Cylde Common.

 

Where To Shop

There is no shortage of cute and adorable shops in Portland. Specifically in the West End you will find a number of independent shops. My favorites include –

ALDER AND CO | 616 SW 12th Ave // I’ve admired this shop online for many years so it was wonderful to see everything in person. It’s as delightful – full of great home and kitchen goods.

WEST END SELECT SHOP | 927 SW Oak // Women’s shop with unique finds, inspired by the owner’s ‘select shops’ she frequented while living in Japan.

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QUIN| 1022 W Burnside St // An artisinal candy shop with caramels and soft candy chews. Their product is top notch without all the artificial colors, waxes, sweeteners and fake flavors. Definitely worth the visit.

Outside of the West End check out…

THICKET | 4933 NE 23rd Ave // A boutique outdoor garden with a beautiful arrangement of plants. They carry an assortment of plant goods as well as vintage items.

SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC | 2181 NW Nicolai // Another shop I’ve admired and even collaborated with in the past. The shop is stand alone but worth the visit to check out. They’ve got a cafe with sandwiches and small bites in the front as well!

Sites To See

Of course, we couldn’t leave without seeing the natural side of Portland. We loved visiting Multonmah Falls, a short drive from the city it was a great escape. Take a short walk/hike from the parking lot to see a beautiful view of the waterfall.

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