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The City of Roses? This time of year? Not so much. But it is poinsettia season, and there's no better place to celebrate the holidays than right here in Portland.

Wind your way down to the Willamette on this week's escape to RiverPlace Hotel, situated away from the hustle and bustle, yet still in the heart of downtown Portland.

Get a one-night weekday ($169) or weekend ($179) stay for two in a deluxe guest room with a city or courtyard view at this AAA Four Diamond stunner on the waterfront.

Also included: valet parking, continental breakfast for two, and a 20% discount on a spa treatment of your choice at The Pointe Day Spa. You'll also have the option, upon check-in, to upgrade to a suite or a room with a river view for an additional fee.

Wake up and smell the Rose City in a Larkspur signature FeatherBorne bed. Rooms also feature flat-screen LCD TVs, DVD players, free wi-fi, daily newspaper and newly renovated bathrooms stocked with plush bathrobes and L'Occitane bath and body products.

You'll feel instantly at ease as you enter this charming Craftsman-style boutique hotel, where a wraparound porch facing the river beckons you to sit in its rocking chairs with a tall glass of fruit-infused water.

Savor a fresh-baked cookie, or a crisp apple, from the lobby before sauntering down to the riverfront, where cute cafes and upscale shops invite you to take a load off.

Then, get your heart rate up at RiverPlace Athletic Club, where you'll receive complimentary access during your stay. This upscale fitness facility features state-of-the-art athletic equipment, an indoor running track, a lap pool, basketball and squash courts, private steam rooms, dry saunas and hot tubs to lower your pulse post-workout.

Don't stress about where to eat dinner, either. RiverPlace is home to Three Degrees Waterfront Bar and Grill, where you'll get a 20% discount with this week's escape. Three Degrees wows with modern Pacific Northwest fare, like smoked salmon fettuccine and bacon-wrapped trout with cornbread stuffing, all made with local, seasonal ingredients in an open-air kitchen.

Clearly, Portland has its finger on the pulse of what's cool, but if you really want to chill out come winter, this week's escape down on the riverfront is right up your alley.

Escape kit

  • A one-night weekday ($169) or weekend ($179) stay for two in a deluxe room with city or courtyard views
  • Continental breakfast for two
  • Valet parking
  • 20% discount on spa treatment of your choice at The Pointe Day Spa
  • 20% discount on Three Degrees Waterfront Bar and Grill
  • Upgrade to suite or a river view room for additional fee (based on availability)
  • Book by 4 December

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.

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