Hotel Benson in Portland, OR

Hotel Benson, Portland, OR

My DIL and I met at The Palm Court at the Hotel Benson in Portland on the shortest day of the year for lunch, to see the gingerbread display, and to stroll downtown. The historic hotel opened in 1913 and still reflects a golden era, like the lavish Palm Court restaurant in the lobby.

The Gingerbread Display

The annual gingerbread display at the hotel, is a 50-year Portland holiday tradition. Pastry chef David Diffendorfer has been creating gingerbread pieces for decades. This year, his gingerbread masterpiece showed Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon. He used “150 pounds of house-made gingerbread, 50 pounds of marzipan, 20 pounds of chocolate, and 10 pounds of Rice Krispies treats”.

Since it was cold and windy, so we skipped the walk downtown and walked to a different restaurant for coffee and soup. Afterward, we took the Max Light Rail back home, each in opposite directions. This enjoyable afternoon was definitely worth to be repeated!


Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Moving Time

20 minutes


35°F, moderate breeze, partly cloudy