The neighborhoods of Portland’s Southwest region are made up of close-knit communities with a focus on families. From its northern border along Hwy. 26 down to the communities surrounding the I-5 corridor, Southwest Portland is filled with miles of well-maintained trails, verdant parks, outdoor adventures and kid-friendly activities. Join us as we explore the communities, attractions, parks and family-oriented businesses and restaurants that thrive along the tree-lined streets of Southwest Portland.
Lions, tigers and bears—oh, my! The Oregon Zoo has always been one of Portland’s most popular family attractions, and it’s only getting better! With five major collections housing 232 species of animals in 23 specially designed habitats, visitors can get up close to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects from all around the world. […]
Tea lovers, rejoice! Portland may seem to run on coffee, but more and more high-quality teahouses and teamakers are setting up shop in the Rose City. Here’s a list of five of my favorites. All offer high-quality teas, herbals, tea ware and specialty tea drinks, so you’ll never run out of fine blends to sample. […]
Portland has been undergoing a great transformation over the last few years. Our borders are expanding in every direction and the city’s distinctive profile is changing right along with it. Only the rivers remain unchanged—although, there’s been a recent addition that proves “Bridgetown” is looking toward the future as it redefines itself as a 21st […]
Summer is in full bloom in the Pacific Northwest and there’s no better place to take in that beauty than Portland’s International Test Rose Garden, where you can find 7,000 varieties of roses in every shape, size, and color of the rainbow. There are four official gardens cultivated in the 4.5-acre park. The Shakespeare Garden […]
Getting lost in a work of art is one of my favorite ways to escape reality. A thought transformed on canvas or stone transports you into an artist’s mind at the moment inspiration strikes. At the Portland Art Museum, the West Coast’s first museum dedicated solely to artistic endeavors, great masters from the past and present display their works in a sprawling collection […]
During one of my recent jaunts in downtown Portland, I popped in at the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) to check out a very small but very significant artifact in our fair city’s history: the Portland Penny. The Portland Penny came to be over dinner one evening in 1845, in the parlor of an Oregon City […]