If you and your love are new to the Rose City (also known as Bridgetown, Beervana, Rip City and Stumptown), rest assured that one thing is certain: you will not run out of things to do. Or places to visit, or food to eat. And while that may actually seem like an overwhelming thing to fully understand, don’t forget that we are here and ready to help. This time we’ve got a few prime selections and Portland’s must-do list for the first-timer.
Washington Park, home to 400 acres of trees and trails, plus one very sweet (and widely known) international rose test garden. A large part of the city’s historic nickname, the garden houses more than 7,000 individual plants – and if you’re still hungry for more horticulture after exhausting this garden’s collection of 550 rose varieties, we have you covered. Head to the Peninsula Park Rose Garden – Portland’s very first public garden of the sort.
It covers a city block, houses more than 1.5 million books divided into 3,500 sections, and requires a color-coded map for effective navigation. Yes, Powell's City of Books has seriously earned its name, and its place deep within the heart of Portlanders. Wander the rooms or find a quiet corner and a copy of your favorite book of poetry to read together – we know the selection is endless.
A quick 30-minute drive outside of Portland is one of the region’s most beautiful and, according to locals, romantic, natural wonders, Multnomah Falls . The 611-foot cascade is rain, spring and snow fed and remains an impressive sight year-round. Take the short walk to Benson Bridge, which spans the base of the first tier of water and gives visitors a front-row view from the top of the fall’s second drop.
Saturday in the Park
Rain or shine, every weekend March through December, Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza are filled with the nation’s largest weekly open-air arts and crafts market, the Portland Saturday Market. Dedicated to encouraging artistic growth and community in the city, the market is also a prime location for tracking down live music and local food.