What Not To Miss With Kids At The Oregon Zoo

My family and I made our annual summer pilgrimage to the Oregon Zoo. We’ve done this many times over the years. My oldest is now 10 and I have noticed the gradual shift in what she likes to do on family activities. The ooh-aah factor of seeing the animals is definitely waning, but I was […]

Perfect Weekend Trip to Portland

Portland Weekend Vacation Guide Long a landmark of sustainable planning and green living; Portland, Oregon is an ideal destination for travelers seeking refuge from big-city chaos. A quaint, charming community nestled on the banks of the Willamette River; Portland, Oregon offers the perfect blend of urban culture and natural beauty. This rare combination makes Portland […]

Visit the Pittock Mansion in Portland, Oregon

From 1914 to 1919, Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock lived in the Pittock Mansion. Their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million people in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Pittock Mansion, with its eclectic architectural design and […]

Portland’s Public Fountains

Tour Lovejoy Fountain and Other Water Features in Portland, Oregon Visit Lovejoy Fountain, Salmon Street Springs, Skidmore and Keller Fountains, and Pioneer Courthouse Square on an Easy Downtown Tour by Foot and Streetcar Portland’s downtown water features and fountains are worth a visit, especially in the warm days of Summer. They can all be reached […]

Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature Trails, Creeks, a Pond & Bird Care Center Are Near Downtown Portland Just three miles from downtown Portland are miles of nature trails in a wildlife sanctuary maintained by the Audubon Society and open to the public from dawn to dusk.  This peaceful retreat has been kept in its natural state with a diversity […]

Camassia Natural Area near Portland

Camas Bloom among Oaks & Madrones in Nature Conservancy Reserve This small natural area preserves rare Willamette Valley oak savanna and numerous wildflowers that thrive in the rocky, pool studded property. The thin soils and exposed rocks of Camassia form a distinctive habitat. Water held in the rocks forms spring pools and wetlands where 300 […]

Walking Portland’s Cultural District

Arts Unfold along Downtown’s Tree and Flower Filled Park Blocks Art, performance, history, and period architecture are all on display in the compact, walkable downtown section of Portland, Oregon, known as the Cultural District. Many of Portland’s cultural venues lie along a six-block linear park known as the South Park Blocks. Two of the largest […]

Oregon Museums of Native Culture

Where to See Native American Art, Artifacts & Cultural Displays Because Pacific Northwest Native Americans enjoyed abundant resources, they were able to develop a rich culture, including a diverse body of art. From intricately woven baskets to elaborately decorated clothing, carvings, ceremonial objects, and totem poles, much has been preserved. The following museums feature large […]

Portland Art Museum Visitors Guide

Visit Oregon Museum to View 40,000 Artwork Items and Masterpieces One of the 25 largest museums in the country, with impressive touring exhibitions and permanent collections, including the centers for Northwest and Native American Art. The Museum is conveniently located on the historic Park Blocks in the center of downtown Portland, which is easy to […]

Portland Store Sells Junk for Art

Donate or Buy Recycled SCRAP Stuff at a Funky Artistic Reuse Shop Portland, Oregon is a funky city, home to many fun, unusual art galleries and the cool “reuse” store, SCRAP, that proves one person’s trash may be an artist’s treasure. Cool and funky, Portland, Oregon is a great city to visit if one is […]

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