Going Green in America's Cities
Where to stay: The elegantly historic Heathman Hotel (800/551-0011; heathmanhotel.com) recently partnered with the Energy Trust of Oregon to work towards becoming an Energy Star-certified hotel while slashing 25 percent of the hotel's energy costs and natural gas costs.
Where to eat: The restaurant Rocket (503/236-1110; rocketpdx.com) has taken off not just because of its highly rated American cuisine but because of its home in the LEED Platinum Ecotrust Building, which includes a green roof with raised garden beds and its own water well.
How to travel: The TriMet transport system even serves trendy areas like "The Pearl."
Green activity: You can see first-rate plays and musicals at the Portland Center Stage (503/445-3700; pcs.org), housed in the LEED-certified Platinum Armory building.