Sitting in Multnomah County on the northern border of Oregon, Portland is the state's biggest city. A historically significant port, Portland is home to nearly 650,000 people, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States and the second biggest in the Pacific Northwest region. Over 2.4 million people call the Portland metropolitan area home, and the city itself stretches out to cover 145 square miles. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1. RV Parks in Portland, Oregon
2.Columbia River RV Park
3.Jantzen Beach RV Park
4.Fox Run RV Park
5.Tall Firs Mobile Home & RV Park
6.Portland Fairview RV Park
7.Pillars Mobile RV Park
6 Best RV Parks & Campgrounds in Portland, Oregon
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More Ideas: Portland’s Pearl District
Portland’s Pearl District is a gentrified residential district located in inner northwest Portland, Oregon. Formerly existing of abandoned warehouses and railroad yards, this previously rundown area has undergone a steady stream of urban renewal over the past 20 years to create the bustling district that it is today. Filled with residential properties, upscale businesses, art galleries, cultural institutions, and an extensive array of stores and restaurants, the Pearl District has become a mainstay in Portland.
Ever since the late 1970s, artists have been setting up shop in the Pearl District. Opening galleries and working within studios, contemporary artists have been at the heart of the rejuvenation of the area from the very beginning. Notable galleries are the Elizabeth Leach Gallery found on 9th Avenue, which showcases established international artists and prominent artists from the Northwest, the Blue Sky Gallery, located in the DeSoto Building and presenting international, national, and local photography work, and the Bullseye Gallery on 13th Avenue, which displays kiln-formed glass art as both objects and architecture. In an area filled with art installation spaces, galleries, and art venues, the Pearl District is fast becoming an up-and-coming feature on the Oregon art scene.
Theater and film are further art forms that can be found within the Pearl District. Theaters such as Portland Center Stage at The Armory and the historic Gerding Theater are popular with locals and tourists alike, whilst cinemas featuring indie and old films like Living Room Theaters offer a cinematic experience within an vintage setting. Historical and iconic buildings in the area lend a nostalgic atmosphere to the modern surroundings. Powell’s City of Books on Burnside Street is the largest new and used book store in the world, and with its inventory of one million books, this store is a cornerstone in both Oregon and the Pearl District. The famous Portlandia Statue in downtown is the second-largest copper statue in the US, behind that of the Statue of Liberty. Mounted on top of the Portland Building, the statue was sculpted by Raymond Kaskey and designed with reference to the city seal. The Lovejoy Columns offer further historical interest with their artistic presentation and past function in supporting the Lovejoy Ramp, a viaduct in use from 1927 to 1999, carrying the Western Approach over to the Broadway Bridge, as told via information placards located nearby.
Within the Pearl District lies a huge selection of artisan coffee shops, craft breweries, and modern eateries. A popular steakhouse in downtown is Tasty n Alder, where patrons queue up around the block to eat the famous cheeses, seasonal sides, steaks, and small plates on offer. The area is bustling with coffee shops, with barista-style coffee and modern interpretations of global blends and roasts filling the menus. Ovation Coffee & Tea sells pistachio lattes and Moroccan chai tea, amongst other choices, with the creative coffee combinations signaling a trend in the district. For craft beer, Deschutes Brewery on 11th Avenue is a must-go, serving IPA beers and an extensive array of beers on tap as well as samplers.
Shopping is a pastime for which Pearl District has become well known. Made Here PDX sells locally made eclectic products such as chocolate, clothes, prints, and beers. From indie stores to boutiques and city markets, each retail space has an artistic and handmade feel. When it comes to scenic outdoor public spaces, Jamison Square, Tanner Springs Park, The Fields Park, and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park all offer seating, shade, water fountains, and public restrooms.
The Pearl District was originally platted as part of the 1869 Couch’s Addition. In 1905 the rail yards located at the northern end of the district expanded and Portland experienced a significant increase in population. The arrival of the Portland & Seattle Railway, now known as the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway, saw easier access to markets and cities in the East. The multistory warehouses in addition to the commercial buildings became referred to as the “Northwest Industrial Triangle,” with more and more businesses moving to the area to trade and export up until the 1980s, when planning efforts were undertaken by the Portland Development Commission. In 1988 a Central City Plan was drawn up detailing past and future efforts in a document entitled “Pearl District Development Plan, A Future Vision for a Neighborhood in Transition.”
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More Ideas: Lan Su Chinese Garden
Located in Portland, Oregon, the Lan Su Chinese Garden is a 40,000-square-foot enclosed traditional garden in the city's Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. Efforts to build a traditional Chinese garden in Portland date back to the 1980s, with the project gaining significant traction after the city became sister cities with Suzhou, China, in 1988.
A site for the garden was secured in the late 1990s through the work of mayor Vera Katz, with construction beginning in 1999. Architect Kuang Zhen Yan, with the help of 65 artisans from Suzhou, created the garden using 500 tons of rock imported from China, modeling it after the Jiangsu province's famous Ming Dynasty gardens. After 14 months of construction, the $12.8 million garden opened to the public on September 14, 2000.
The garden was originally known as the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. For its 10th anniversary celebration in 2010, the garden's name was changed to Lan Su, representing the union between sister cities, with "Lan" symbolizing Portland and "Su" symbolizing Suzhou. It is also sometimes referred to by its official title, the Garden of Awakening Orchids.
Lan Su's garden collection reflects the diversity of China's native plant life, a country home to more than one-eighth of the world's total plant species. The garden strives to serve as both an urban oasis and an educational resource, showing visitors a microcosm of the country's flora and highlighting its traditional customs related to nature.
The majority of the garden's plants are species indigenous to China, but as the result of import bans, most plants were grown in Oregon, although some were collected via expeditions to the Chinese countryside. More than 400 species of plants are found in the garden, including more than 50 specimen trees and a number of rare shrubs. Curated collections of peonies, rhododendron, magnolia, camellia, osmanthus, and bamboo plants cover the park's landscape.
The park's main buildings serve to recreate a traditional private Chinese residence, structured around an artificial lake as its centerpiece. The main house building contains a Hall of Brocade Clouds, which features intricately carved ginkgo panels, a traditional Ming Dynasty-style Terrace, and a Courtyard of Tranquility. The two-story Tower of Cosmic Reflections represents a traditional lóu, which is a gathering place for the women of Chinese households, and serves as the park's teahouse. At the 50-seat space run by Portland-based tea company The Tao of Tea, guests may enjoy presentations of seasonal selections of Chinese teas, along with light traditional fare offerings, with admission to the park. Nearby, a xuan, or Scholar's Study hall, is a recreation of a traditional Chinese men's study for reading, writing, and practicing the Four Arts of the Chinese Scholar, complete with a Scholar's Courtyard outside providing a space for quiet reflection. Reflections in Clear Ripples replicates a traditional lounge house, where families would gather for games and music.
Several pavilions on the grounds honor the sister city relationship between Suzhou and Portland, including the Flowers Bathing in Spring Rain pavilion, which features six gingko panels with writing by poet Wen Zhengming, and the traditional boat-shaped Painted Boat in Misty Rain pavilion, which represents the friendship boat that traveled the Pacific as part of Suzhou and Portland's sister city relationship. Other pavilions on the grounds include a Moon Locking Pavilion, which allows visitors to enjoy spectacular reflected views of the moon on the garden's lake, and a Knowing the Fish Pavilion, which plays on a familiar proverb of a conversation between two philosophers. Traditional bridges, walkways, and pathways connect the park's buildings and pavilions.
The main house's entry courtyard is also home to the Garden Shop, which is accessible without admission to the park.
Ongoing Programs and Education
As part of Lan Su's educational mission, the garden has partnered with over 50 community organizations to present programming related to numerous aspects of Chinese culture, earning it a reputation as a major cultural community center for the Portland Metro area. Demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts are presented on site daily, including calligraphy, seal carving, and silk painting, and musical performers from the Wisdom Arts Academy appear regularly at the teahouse. Visitors of all skill levels may participate in instructor-led tai chi, ba gua zhang, and other martial and meditation arts lessons. Lessons are also provided for traditional Chinese games such as mahjong and wei chi. In addition to general docent-led tours, weekly plant walks with trained horticulturists focus on the plant life found at the garden and the native flora of China.
An annual summer music series, Jazz in the Garden, is presented in conjunction with PDX Jazz. Six concerts are held on Tuesday evenings in July and August, showcasing local, national, and international jazz musicians.
239 NW Everett St, Phone: 503-228-8131
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More Ideas: Caravan - The Tiny House Hotel in Portland, OR
Located in the heart of the vibrant Alberta Arts District in Portland, Caravan is a one-of-a-kind hotel that offers comfortable accommodations in custom-made caravans. Built by local builders, these charming houses on wheels are designed and decorated with artistic and creative elements and multi-functional, space-efficient furnishings. Caravan is located just a short walk away from some of Portland's favorite restaurants, café, and bars, as well as art galleries, locally owned shops, tattoo parlors and more.
Caravan features six custom-built ‘houses-on-wheels’ which are set in a circle around a central gathering space on an urban lot. Built for comfort, trailers range in size from 120 to 170 square feet and feature kitchens with microwaves, stove-top burners, and refrigerators, sitting areas with sofas, comfortable bathrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets, and electric heating. There are also fully equipped teardrop trailers for rent.
The tiny houses are decorated with locally made art and stocked with an array of amenities, including Italian coffee makers and organic coffee, kitchen supplies, high-quality bedding and linens and plush handmade quilts. Guests will also enjoy a range of Fair Trade products in each caravan, such as organic shampoo and soap, graham crackers, vegan marshmallows, and Fair Trade dark and milk chocolate.
Modeled after a train caboose, The Caboose is a 134 square feet in size and features a cobble-wood floor, custom built benches, a fold out dining table, and copper shelving. Built with the finest craftsmanship, The Caboose boasts an array of unique and artistic features, including a bright and airy sleeping loft on the second floor of the caravan with a queen-size bed in deluxe linens, and distinct Mason jar lighting. The lower level of the trailer houses semi-enclosed twin bunk beds adorned with custom-made quilts and a private bathroom with a hot shower and flushing toilet.
Named after the house that was featured on the TV show The Librarians, The Amazing Mysterium is a 120 square foot custom-built caravan designed to model a traditional Vardo gypsy? wagon, and features featuring custom-made stained glass windows and other unique features. The Mysterium can accommodate up to four guests with two queen-size beds and a convertible sofa in the living area, a private bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower, and a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful kitchen counter. The Amazing Mysterium features local artworks, handmade quilts, and plenty of eco-friendly products.
The Tandem is a spacious and beautiful 160 square foot caravan with a homey, comfortable vibe. Named for the bike culture of Portland, The Tandem is adorned with metal bicycle sprockets and has double sleeping areas with a queen-size bed and a trundle bed by day that converts into a king-size bed by night. A private bathroom has a flush toilet, and a hot shower and a spacious living area feature a kitchen and ample seating for up to four guests.
Built almost entirely from salvaged materials by Eric Bohne, Skyline is one-of-a-kind tiny house with charm and character. Featuring reused metal and wood, the caravan offers 142 square feet of space and boasts beautiful stained glass, a unique triangular toilet, and metal handrails. Skyline can accommodate up to four guests with a queen-size bed on the ground floor and a cozy queen sleeper couch on the second floor. A private bathroom has a flush toilet, and a hot shower and a spacious living area feature a kitchen and ample seating.
Built by an Australian and appropriately named, Kangablue is a traditionally designed tiny house with more than 170 square feet of space for up to three guests. The ground level features a spacious living area with a bamboo kitchen table and chairs, a comfy reading chair, and a single bed, while the upper level has a memory foam queen bed that is accessed by a ladder. Like all of Caravan’s tiny houses, Kangablue has a private bathroom with a hot shower, flushing toilet, running water, and electric heat.
Designed to be universally accessible for wheelchairs, Pacifica is built on a single axle trailer and boasts a spacious interior with custom-made stained glass windows, a Talavera tile sink and countertop, and nautically inspired architectural characteristics as a nod to the Pacific Ocean. The ground floor has a queen-size bed and accessible bathroom with a roll-in shower, and an upstairs loft has a queen bed accessed by a beautiful staircase.
Caravan’s central gathering space includes a barbecue and fire pit, plenty of Adirondack chairs for relaxing, and ping-pong table (upon request). Bikes can also be rented from two local companies near Caravan.
Weddings & Events
A variety of events is catered for at Caravan, ranging from family reunions and birthday parties to weddings, rehearsal dinner, baby showers and weekend workshops. Functions are held in the courtyard, which features locally made, recycled art, a fire pit surrounded by Adirondack chairs, a sunshade adorned with twinkly lights and ample seating for up to 90 guests. A Ping-Pong table and a sound system are available on request.
5015 NE 11th Ave, Portland, OR, 9721, Phone: 503-288-5225
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