Going Downtown . . .
I fell Head Over Heels in LOVE with this City!
The City of Portland oozes and screams COMMUNITY! I love the green spaces interspered throughout the city. There are things to see and do not matter what the current weather is in this city. I wanted to stay and explore, eat and drink more of this city in!
Stayed Downtown at the Hilton Portland, which was a great jumping off point to see and do things. Located on 6th Avenue and the Transit Mall was within walking distance at 5th & 6th Avenues; in the Free Rail Zone and that was a PLUS. In using Hotels.com able to save 20% off lodging – stayed 4 nights and 5 days for less than $400 – BONUS!!!
Views of Downtown (Photos by RSheridan)
Columbia & Nike
Checked out Columbia Sporting Goods and Nike. You can design your own shoes at the Nike store; hot pink, leopard print, etc. I went on a mini shopping spree in Columbia; great store and very helpful service. Bought an Outerwear Jacket, Light Weight Hoodie, Hiking Socks, and Winter Gloves (on clearance).
Southpark Seafood Grill & Wine Bar
Southpark is located at 901 SW Salmon Street in Portland.
I wanted to check out a wine bar and ended up at Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar. Beautiful place to have a romantic dinner! I was sitting there enjoying a glass of wine when I noticed a park across the street. I thought what better way to end a romantic dinner than with a stroll through the park!
South Park Blocks
SW Park Ave from Salmon St to Jackson St (acquired in 1869). Park hours 5 am to 9 pm. Great Park with a fountain, paved paths and historical statues & public art. Beautiful park to stroll through!
The Portland State University Campus from Market to Jackson was established in the 1950s and in 1973 was redesigned and the streets closed off. 12 Blocks of Green Space in Downtown Portland. A little gem discovered while eating at Southpark Seafood Grill and Wine Bar.
Churches in the Area (Photos by RSheridan)
The Art within those 12 blocks is one of the best art galleries I have seen in a while and the bonus is you are outdoors. My favorite piece of artwork is the statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback (by New York sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor) and is mounted on a 14-foot tall base of California granite.
Theodore Roosevelt Statue (Photo by RSheridan)
Lincoln Square offers a statue of Abraham Lincoln (by George Fite Waters). In between Main and Salmon is the Shemanski Fountain (donated by Joseph Shemanski in 1926 who was a traveling clock salesman that later went on to form the Eastern Outfitting Company).
Pioneer Courthouse Square
When you first approach the square you would not think back in the day this area was home to a parking structure. I was surprised to read that the Square attracts more than 9.5 million visitors a year and hosts about 300 events a year, some free and some with entry fees. The Square is home to the Portland Farmers Market every Monday from 10 am to 2 pm in June through October. There is a Travel Portland Visitor Information Center and TriMet’s bus and light rail ticket office.
Great Jumping Off Point to See and Do Portland! I felt safe on the light rail and buses throughout my visit and of course it pays to be aware of your surroundings and cautious certain times of the day.
The Pioneer Courthouse (Photo by RSheridan)
Higgins Restaurant and Bar
The food was amazing; farm to table dining. Quaint little place to have a Romantic Dinner. Impeccable Service.
View Near Higgins (Photo by RSheridan)
Food Carts on 10th & Washington
On the last day of my trip I wanted to each lunch from one of the many food carts available in the city. I ended up over at 10th and Washington; foodie and food cart galore! I went with a Gyro that I could not even finish it was so big, but oh so yummy. What a Great Foodie Experience!
The Oregon History Museum
I would love to check out the Oregon History Museum the next time in town. Probably could spend hours in there. Great activity for a rainy day!
Murals Surrounding the Oregon History Museum (Photos by RSheridan)