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Waterfront Park

The City of Roses

Okay I could see a potential parking structure in Pioneer Courthouse Square, but a freeway in Waterfront Park; use to be a freeway. Get out of here! Another FREE option in Portland.

City of Roses (Photo by RSheridan)

My last day in Portland I decided to take a stroll through Waterfront Park. I could not stop taking pictures of the bridges.  The park is a 1.5 mile stretch of green by the Willamette River. At one point I looked across the water and saw OMSI (check on seeing both sides of the river). The park hosts the Portland Rose Festival, the Oregon Brewer’s Festival (love to check this out) and the Waterfront Blues Festival. Again some special events are free while other events may have an entry fee.

Bridges Galore


(Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to ENJOY the Green Spaces Where You Live!!!

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Between Lake and Mountain Lies True Meaning

Lan Su Chinese Garden – $9.50 – Open 10 to 5 – Located at NW 3rd Avenue in Portland.

  • The Chinese Garden includes more than 500 tons of rock from China.
  • 65 Artisans from Suzhou,China lived in Portland for 10 months to assemble and complete the structures in the Chinese Garden.
  • The Chinese Garden features more than 300 plant species found in traditional Chinese gardens (Camellia collection, Clematis, Chinese paper bush, Winter daphne, Forsythia, Magnolia, Chinese Plum, Quince to name a few).

(Photos by RSheridan)

Gardens as to Smell and Water as to Rock – many elements to choose from.

  • Courtyard of Tranquility
  • Hall of Brocade Clouds (the family room), includes the Terrace
  • Fish Pavilion
  • Reflections in Clear Ripples (lounge, music, painting, and/or games room)
  • Flowers Bathing in Spring Rain
  • Scholar’s Courtyard (place for reflection and inspiration – check out the plum trees)
  • Scholar’s Study (study, reading, writing, practice, calligraphy, art)
  • Moon Locking Pavilion (loved this pavilion)
  • TowerofCosmic Reflections(the tea house – a gathering house for the women)
  • RockMountainand Waterfall
  • Painted Boat in Misty Rain (the boat of friendship)

(Photos by RSheridan)

Invoke ALL Your Senses While Exploring the Chinese Garden!!!

Old Town/Chinatown

2 Distinct Areas

Old Town

Welcome to Portland! (Photo by RSheridan)

Voodoo Doughnut

A Portland Institution with the lines to prove it!

Located at 22 SW Third Avenue and Open 24 Hours a Day (Homer Simpson’s Dream Just Came True – Doughnuts 24 hours a day – ha!).

Need a Rest??? (Photo by RSheridan)

Union Station

Hosts Amtrak and a Transit Mall

Union Station (Photo by RSheridan)


Chop Suey House (Photo by RSheridan)

I always seem to miss the Gateway when I visit Chinatown in the various cities I have traveled to and Portland was no different. Located on NW Fourth and West Burnside Street. I finally saw the Gateway when I was on the bus heading to Sandy by the way of Burnside.

The Gateway has 78 dragons and 58 mythical characters. There are 2 lions on either side of the gate and are male and female (yin and yang elements).

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Between Lake and Mountain Lies True Meaning

Lan Su Chinese Garden – $9.50 – Open 10 to 5 – Located at NW 3rd Avenue in Portland

Had a cup of Hibsicus tea in the Tea House – one experience to not be missed!

Cups of Tea (Photo by RSheridan)

Table Decorations in the Tea House (Photo by RSheridan)

You have to see the Chinese Garden in person because it is a BEAUTIFUL place. I enjoyed taking photos throughout the garden, since a majority of flowers, shrubs and trees were starting to bud and blosom out.

Amazing Detail (Photo by RSheridan)

Worth Exploring!!!

Downtown Portland

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!

South Park Blocks Tree Map

South Park Blocks Walking Tour 

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

Higgins’ Website

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

Food Carts Portland Website

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)

Loved Exploring and Adventuring Downtown Portland!

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