Romantic Things to Do in Portland

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  • Eric D
    5 contributions
    Very cute! The Japanese Garden is steps away so you can kill two birds with one stone. Great for photos and getting some nature in the city.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • Marina Stein
    Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
    I have read that Portland Japanese garden is the best Japanese garden outside Japan and I will agree with it. Earlier my favorite japanese garden was one in Butchart gardens in Victoria, Canada. It is beautiful very Japanese and has a lot of interesting sections. I lobed small bonsai trees ( there was one small one 500-600 years old), traditional part, part with stones, part with ponds. We enriched our experience with Umami Japanese cafe traditional tea ceremony (need reservation usually).
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • Marina Stein
    Vancouver, Canada30 contributions
    Great big green park. We have been in Zoo, Rose garden, Japanese garden, Umami cafe. All places were great, and I know there are much more great places in this park.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • Jim W.
    Atlanta, GA983 contributions
    We had planned to stop here during our trip, but had stayed flexible on where to work it into our itinerary. We were on our final day in Portland where it made sense to try to visit this place (en route back from our day trip to Mount St. Helens) so we didn't have as much time or energy at that point. Had we visited earlier in the day, we might have toured the mansion also. As it was, we just toured the grounds, which is free.

    To get to the mansion, you climb several hilly roads, eventually making a very sharp turn onto the final street. That leads to a narrow driveway (I wondered aloud if it was 1-way until we saw as 'share the road' sign...). This widens a bit an leads to...another sharp turn into the parking lot. All of this is more challenging as you meet an oncoming (thankfully slow) vehicle, but is still navigable.

    The parking lot is fairly large. You have to pay to park here, which was the only expense we incurred. Also, I think there was a trail at the far end of the lot connecting to Washington Park, so you may be able to hike here from the park (you should research this if you want to pursue it).

    We checked out the gift shop briefly before advancing to the mansion. If you are jus touring the grounds / gardens, you can circle around either side of the house. There are various flowers, shrubs, and trees all around. Most of the flowers seemed to be on the far side of the house. This was also where the lawn was located, which sloped down to a bluff overlooking the city. You could also see Mt. Hood clearly from there. It seemed to be a popular place for picnics.

    The lot has a pronounced slope, so be prepared to climb stairs or a sloping asphalt path as you circle the house.

    Depending on your schedule and your level of interest in old mansions, a tour of the house might be worthwhile (I think it cost on the order of $10 per person, but check their website). This was a nice stop with beautiful scenery. We probably toured all of the grounds in 45 minutes. It is worth checking out.
    Written 4 August 2022
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  • PortlandFoody
    Portland, OR27 contributions
    The most beautiful place in Portland Or., hidden away in the downtown area. The pond is magical with the Koi swimming amongst the water lilies and the lotus - the plants and flowers are ever changing with the seasons and the smell was fabulous.
    The staff members are so helpful and seem to love their jobs. I read that September 3rd & 4th, they are having a Mid Autumn Lantern Festival with a Market Place and Asian dancers and Musicians and the Lion Dancers from 2:00 to 9:00. Sounds like a date to put on my calendar. Peaceful, Relaxing, Tranquility - we need this in our lives.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Shirley R
    79 contributions
    I visited The Grotto twice because it was so wonderful. There is a church, many different shrines and statues of saints and our Lord. There are also Stations of the Cross and a monastery and it was developed by the Servite priests.
    Written 31 July 2022
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  • Eva C
    Redmond, WA10 contributions
    Beautiful scenic area with great wineries. We didn’t have reservations but were able to walk in for wine tastings wherever we stopped.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • jane801
    Rochester, MN12 contributions
    Hard to believe that such a huge and beautiful park is so close to downtown Portland. I stayed in Portland without a car, and walked from my hotel to Pittock Mansion, and then picked up the Wildwood trail. Trails are well maintained and well marked. Dogs are allowed on leash, and bikes are allowed on some trails.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • RBro2014
    Boston, MA105 contributions
    This is a peaceful place to visit at any time of year. Nice trails. And a great spot for casual birdwatching.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • James S
    United Kingdom30 contributions
    A surprising range of art styles on display, from traditional and classical to more modern with some really nice individual pieces. Also an entire gallery dedicated to artefacts and artwork from indigenous cultures across the United States which was fascinating! Definitely worth having a look if you're in Portland!
    Written 28 July 2022
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  • Jim W.
    Atlanta, GA983 contributions
    Note that the arboretum is located within the larger Washington Park (as is the Portland Zoo, the International Rose Test Garden, and a few other things). So when we visited, we had parked at the rose garden and toured that first. Rather than drive (and pay for another new parking spot), we opted to take the shuttle bus within the park to the Hoyt Arboretum instead. It runs at less-than-30-minute intervals and was convenient. It appeared that they had sufficient parking at the arboretum, but I did not use it myself.

    There is a small visitors' center where you can pick up maps as a starting point. They have several different trails of varying lengths and can advise you hike durations. You can also choose to hike over a mile (downhill) to the rose garden if you like.

    We opted for an intermediate length hike that they said would take around an hour at a slow pace. It was slightly hilly in parts, but overall not that bad. We passed through redwood groves which were quite nice. We would have walked back to the rose garden, but had been walking all day and everyone agreed to take the bus back.

    The only improvement I could suggest would be a bit more / better signage along some trails. It was easy to take a wrong turn occasionally (but hard to get lost completely).

    If I returned here, I might try the longer (2-hour) hike for a change. There was no cost to enter, which was nice (other than parking fees). This is a nice place to spend part of a sunny day.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • Cynthia C
    Willamette Valley, OR882 contributions
    I would not go to the area just to see the bridge, but that said it is lovely, you must go out to the tower on the riverside to really appriciate it. Pretty sure it was the entrance to the library in The Librarians (2014 TV series).
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Jeannie D
    Camarillo, CA492 contributions
    This is a large wonderful science and industry museum in Portland by the river. The exhibits are creative and were exciting for my 8 year old grandson. It would be better if they had a restaurant there as there were only snacks. The gift shop is amazing.
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Eva C
    Redmond, WA10 contributions
    Great arts & craft market with unique one of a kind items. Lots of vendors along the river and across the street into town.
    Written 2 August 2022
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  • My family and I have always loved this zoo. Small, easy to navigate, well laid out. It’s been a few years since I have been, and it was disappointing at the lack of animals, and the signs saying sick or tired animal ( means no show). Being an animal lover though, what we did see was sweet, especially the cats. My complaint would be, at a food cart, being told there was no change for a cash purchase, so I get to donate .50 more cents, on top of paying $24 dollars, and my sister paid $ 8 to get her grandson a little arm tattoo, which we thought at first was part the child experience as there was no sign posted with prices. So after paying for parking and of course visiting the gift shop, it’s a little spendy. Will I go again, of course.
    Written 19 July 2022
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