We've visited the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, multiple times, primarily due to gracious holiday invitations from our friends who reside there. Though it's cooler and wetter than our home in Los Angeles, the natural beauty, fresh air, food scene, and Bohemian vibe always captivate us.
We really enjoy the magnificent and iconic 620 feet tall Multnomah Falls, and it's smaller but no less impressive cousin, 249 feet tall Latourell Falls. The Portland Japanese Garden is the largest and most impressive we've ever seen, and Hoyt Arboretum is a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy nature. Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden and Barn Owl Nursery & Lavender Farm are also worth exploring.
At night during the holiday season, The Grotto comes alive with a magnificent outdoor Christmas lights display, animal petting zoo, snacks, and live choral music in the chapel. Attending the Pioneer Square Christmas tree lighting event is also a popular way to ring in the Christmas season. And wandering the halls, especially when all decked for Christmas, at the Pittock Mansion has become a favorite holiday pastime for us!
The Portland Saturday Market, held on both Saturday and Sunday, has become a favorite of ours with it's handcrafted items such as jewelry, pottery, woodcarvings, textiles, craft brews, paintings, essential oils and soaps, and fresh local food. And since Portlanders prefer unique restaurants, you're sure to find local and eclectic menu items wherever you eat. The variety of local tea and coffee shops are also worth checking out.
We both love Portland and Oregon. Lush temperate forests, beautifully clean air, and peace and quiet are all reasons why. If you love green spaces, great food, warm people, and a laid-back attitude, you should definitely check it out for yourself!