Revised June 2011

How it came to be called Portland

Portland was founded in 1851 and was part of a 640-acre claim owned by Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove.

Lovejoy, a native of Massachusetts, wanted to name the settlement Boston.

However, Pettygrove was from Maine and wanted to name the hamlet Portland.

The dispute was settled with a coin toss and Pettygrove won.


There is a visitor information center located at the Pioneer Square Trimet office downtown Portland. You might want to check it out!

If you go somewhere, do something, eat somewhere, or find some neat thing you think others might like, let me know and I’ll put it in the next “revision”! Thanks! Any suggestions are appreciated - preferably family and single oriented!
Feel free to E-mail

If you don't see anything that interests you, you might check my travels and see if there is something there that suits your needs. Not everything has made it to this section from other sections.

Use these links to jump around or feel free to scroll and browse!


Museums, Theatres, and Music

Things to do and see


Drinks and Dining

Ghost reports

Flea Markets, Saturday Markets, Farmer's Markets, Bazaars

The attached a map of the downtown Portland area that is referred to as “Fareless Square”. There is no charge to jump on the bus and exit the bus within that area. For fares outside of the fareless square, check their website at

For schedules and times, call TriMet at 503-238-ride. You can also go to
for maps, times, locations, etc.

Portland’s light rail line travels from Gresham to Hillsboro at this time. Purchase a ticket from the machines at the many stops. During the daytime hours, Max trains arrive about every 15 minutes or less. During the late hours, the times stretch to a ½ hr and more. The train does have police on them at times and tickets are checked for validity (show you’re ID). There is no one to take your ticket from you like they would on the bus, you keep it with you. Max is operated by TriMet.

Return to the top

Museums, Theater and Music

Museums in Portland

Oregon History Center
1200 SW Park Ave
Ph: 503-222-1741

Oregon Maritime Center and Museum
113 SW Front Ave
ph: 503-224-7724

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave
ph: 503-226-2811
Founded in 1892, the museum is the oldest of its kind in the region. In the fall and winter, on Wednesdays, the museum is open in the evenings. Regular hours are 9am - 5pm.

OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry)
1945 SE Water Ave
ph: 503-797-4000
June 15 - Labor Day open 930am - 7pm
Labor Day to June 14 open 930am - 530pm
Attractions include the Earth Science Hall, Life Science Hall, High Tech Hall, Changing Exhibits Hall, Turbine Hall, Discovery Space, OMNIMAX Theater, Murdock Planetarium, Laser Matinee Shows, Submarine Tour, Motion Simulator, and Laser Evening shows. I have attached a map of OMSI.

Portland Children’s Museum
4015 SW Canyon Road
Portland, OR 97221
(503) 223-6500

Gallery 33 (Art Museum)
1400 NW Everett St
ph: 503-219-9600

*UFO Museum is not open to the public at the moment but you can contact them to make donations, buy postcards and that sort of thing.*
UFO Museum
PO Box 6522
Portland, OREGON 97228

Portland Alien Museum
No idea where it is!

Thomas Kincade at Old Town Gallery
228 SW First Ave


Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Alder

Chamber Music Northwest
The website has a link for all the events.

Miracle Theatre Group
425 SE 6th Ave

Oregon Ballet Theatre
0720 SW Bancroft St,
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 227-0977

Oregon Symphony
Tickets: 909 SW Washington, Portland, OR 97205

Portland Center for the Performing Arts
1111 SW Broadway

Return to the top

Things to Do in Portland and the surrounding area

Here is a list of some stuff to do or see, it is far from being complete! Many of the Festivals that are normally found didn't have 2009 dates listed yet.( Such as Nye Beach Murder Mystery Weekend, The Dalles Cherry Fest, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Keizer Iris Fest, Swedish Midsummer Fest, Portland Wine and Arts Fest, Brewer's Fest, Scappoose Sauerkraut Fest, Florence Chowder, Blues and Brews, Seaside Sand Sculptures, Polish Fest, Greek Fest, Great Onion Fest, The Grotto, Zoo lights fest and Holiday Ale Fest, to name a few) I will continue to update the list with new "things to do" and current dates

Places I had planned to visit, but I guess I shouldn't have procrastinated:

*Closed indefinitely*
Petersen Rock Gardens 7930 SW 77th St., Redmond, OR Phone: 541-382-5574 $3 suggested, honor system Hours: Daily - Park 9 am-sunset, Museum - 9 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify)
I remember going on a family trip here when I was a youngster and being amazed at it all. I have read one report for the Oregon Historic Preservation League that it has suffered from years of vandalism, theft, and deterioration due to climate and deferred maintenance. But, I think I want to see it again! In 1906, Rasmus Petersen, a native of Denmark, moved to the Redmond area. He was an avid rock collector and over the years amassed a significant stockpile of local rocks, including obsidian, jasper, agates, thunder eggs and petrified woods. In the 1930's he began building castles, ponds, bridges, villages, and various designs of rocks on his four acres. Petersen died in 1952.
*CLOSED* There is another Rock Garden in West Seattle Washington. I've never been to it, but the photos look pretty neat! It is Walker Rock Garden 5407 37th Ave. S.W, Seattle, WA Hours: noon-5 p.m. on Mother's Day and Sundays June-Labor Day, except for the first Sunday of the month. Milton Walker (with the help and encouragement of his wife, Florence) spent 20 years transforming their yard into a whimsical and magical world of stone. The granddaughter of the builders is put the place up for sale in Feb 2011, with no stipulation that the place be maintained and it is not registered. Last word I read that it would be opened again July 2011 for people to visit so I don't know if the days/hours are correct as listed above.

*Closed*Wings of Wonder 5978 Willamette Ferry St, Independence, OR 97351 Phone: 503-838-0976 Adults $8.50, Seniors 65+ $8.00, 4 to 10 year old $6.00 Hours: Wednesday—Saturday 11 AM to 4 PM, Sunday – 12 PM to 4 PM, The first Tuesday of every month is Adults Only, 12noon - 4pm.
Oregon’s largest exotic and native butterfly exhibit and on-site rearing lab.

*permanently closed* Jensen's Arctic Museum Western Oregon University, 590 W. Church Street, Monmouth, Oregon 97361 Telephone: 503-838-8468, Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. Special tours available by appointment. Admission: Donation.
the only museum on the west coast that is dedicated completely to the arctic culture. The Jensen Arctic Museum was founded in 1985 by adventurer, educator, collector and philanthropist, Paul H. Jensen.

Events by month:

Welches Wine and Art Fest 68010 E. Fairway Avenue,Welches, (Mt. Hood) OR 97067 503.622.3101
February 22-25, 2018 Newport Seafood and Wine FestThe festival will be in the South Beach Marina Parking Lot, near the Rogue Ales Warehouse, 2320 OSU Drive, just south of downtown Newport. Parking on site is $5.00, Free shuttle buses will run on a regular schedule from downtown Newport and major hotels. Maps are available at local businesses and at the Chamber.

March 24, 2018 Mt Hood Suds on the Slopes09:00 to 23:00 800-SKI BOWL. Mt. Hood Skibowl is America's Largest Night Ski Area. The ski resort is the closest to Portland, Oregon and offers the most advanced terrain on Mt. Hood. Ride all morning, then stop by the base and sample northwest microbrews and listen to live music.
Portland Kell’s Irish Festival 112 SW 2nd Ave, Portland. 503-227-4057
March 17 & 18, 2018 Junction City Daffodil Drive Festival Junction City is between Harrisburg and Eugene. The website has a map for the festival.
March 23–April 29, 2018 Woodburn Tulip Festival Admission Weekends: $10.00 per carload, Weekdays (M-F): $5.00 per carload. 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97071 Phone (503) 634-2243

March 23–April 29, 2018 Woodburn Tulip Festival Admission Weekends: $10.00 per carload, Weekdays (M-F): $5.00 per carload. 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97071 Phone (503) 634-2243
*Cannot find info about this still going on* Amity Daffodil Festival The official website is currently offline, having been taken over by a spammer.
Hood River Blossom Festival Chamber Of Commerce,720 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, Oregon 97031, (541) 386-2000
April 27, 28 & 29, 2018 Astoria Crab, Seafood and Wine Fest located at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center on Highway 202 about 4 miles from the junction of Highway 101 in Astoria. The physical address is 92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria.
April 28 - 29, 2018 Salem OR Agri Fest Public info: (503) 581-4325, Directions: I 5 to Exit 256 (Market St). West on Market St. Turn right (north) onto 17th St. Runs right into the fairgrounds. Country and Farmland Play area, Petting Zoo, Trade, Garden and Craft Show, Entertainment and lots of Food!

*Closed* Silverton Cooley Peak Bloom Fest- Iris's 8am to 7pm daily 11553 Silverton Road NE, Silverton Oregon. 503-873-5463
Willamette Valley WineriesWillamette Valley Wineries Association 10200 SW Eastridge St. Ste. 214 • Portland, OR 97225 Phone: 503-297-2962 Website has the list of events on it and a link to receive a map of the area.
Nehalem Bay WineryHighway 53 one mile off Highway 101 on the Northern Oregon Coast. I tried to access their events page but kept getting something totally different. This winery has very good wines. Definitely worth a stop by! Not sure of their events but their contact info is: 34965 Highway 53, Nehalem, OR 97131 503.368-9463 Toll free: 1-888-368-WINE Email:
Rockaway Beach Kite FestivalRockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce 503-355-8108 NOTE: There are no events listed since 2017
Portland Rose Festival Fireworks: May 25, 2018 9:45 p.m. Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, $8 admission (includes CityFair). There are always lots of activities during the Rose Festival, like concerts, the fleet coming in, dragon boat races, queens coronation, junior parade, waterfront Village activities, lots of food, rides, rose cup races and more. Events run from May 25 to July 15th, 2018. Check the site for specific events and info on admission etc.

June 22nd - 24th, 2018 Tigard Festival of Balloons Weekend events will include a carnival from Funtastic Traveling Shows, a premier youth soccer tournament, exhibitors, food, BBQ contests, Festival of Cars, a beer garden and of course morning hot air balloon launches and night glows! Cook Park 17005 SW 92nd Ave., Tigard, OR 97224 503-612-8213
June 16 and 17, 2018 New Wheeler Crab Fest Free Admission, open air market with art and crafts, live entertainment, and, of course, the food (you pay for that!),happens at Wheeler Waterfront Park
June 25 - July 4, 2018 Molalla Buckeroos 815 Shirley St, Molalla OR 97038 503-829-8388 email: You can order tickets for events online also.

June 25 - July 4, 2018 Molalla Buckeroos 815 Shirley St, Molalla OR 97038 503-829-8388 email: You can order tickets for events online also.
July 3 - 7 2018 St Paul Rodeo 800-237-5920, tickets can be purchased through the website. There are many activities including BBQ cook-off, Saloon, Wild West Art Show and more.
July 4-7, 2018 Portland Waterfront Blues Fest
July 14 & 15, 2018 Sandy Mtn Festival Sandy's Meinig Memorial Park - Over 150 artisans, 20 food booths and more. Information Line: 503-668-5900
July 21, 2018 Scottish Highland Games competitions include: Piping, Drumming, Dancing, Fiddle, Heavy Athletics, and Kilted Mile. The event is held at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. There are booths with food, drink, Scottish products and gifts.

Aug 10 - 12, 2018 North Plains Elephant Garlic FestivalJessie Mays Community Center, 30955 NW Hillcrest North Plains, OR 97133; (503) 647-2619, Free Admission, music, food and fun for the entire family.
Aug 9 - 12, 2018 Junction City Scandinavian Fest 541-998-9372; cultural entertainment and activities in the authentic Scandinavian spirit
Aug 14 - 18, 2018 Clackamas Co Fair and Rodeo Clackamas County Fairgrounds,Hwy 99E, Canby OR. 503-266-1136
Aug 23 - 25, 2018 Portland Festa Italiana Festa will be in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Admission is free. Food, drink,music and more. An Italian celebration is never dull!
Aug 24 - Sept 3, 2018 Oregon State Fair Concerts, carnival, animals, vendors, food and fun. Everything you'd expect to see at a fair!
August 25th, 26th, & 27th & September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Canby Swan Island Dahlias Free Admission, free parking. 10am to 6pm, food boothes, 40+ acres of Dahlias and indoor display rooms. Location: 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby OR 97013 (800) 410-6540 OR (503) 266-7711

Aug 24 - Sept 3, 2018 Oregon State Fair Concerts, carnival, animals, vendors, food and fun. Everything you'd expect to see at a fair!
August 25th, 26th, & 27th & September 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Canby Swan Island Dahlias Free Admission, free parking. 10am to 6pm, food boothes, 40+ acres of Dahlias and indoor display rooms. Location: 995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby OR 97013 (800) 410-6540 OR (503) 266-7711
Sept 13 - 16, 2018 Mt Angel Oktoberfest Live music, Fri and Sat night street dancing, 50 food chalets, arts and crafts, biergarten, weingarten, alpinegarten, wiener dog races, car show. Mt Angel is on Hwy 214 off of I-5, Southeast of Woodburn or North of Silverton. Check the website for ticket pricing.
Sept 28 - 30, 2018 Hillsboro Int’l Air Show Hillsboro Airport. Air Show Ticket Office: 3355 NE Cornell, T#240 Hillsboro, OR 97124 Email: Tickets: 503-629-0706

Oct 7,2018 Portland MarathonYou can register and pay your non-refundable fee on line.


Dec. 1 - 29, 2018 Closed Dec 24 & 25thOregon City Fantasy Trail @ Wenzel FarmBe sure to visit their walk through 40 foot castle with Christmas scenes. Also, walk through a tunnel, maze, crooked house, suspension bridge and more.6 pm - 9 pm, Adults $6.00 Children 12 and under $5.00. Cash Only. 19754 South Ridge Road, Oregon City, Oregon 97045 (503) 631-2047
Dec 9, 2018 Albany Christmas Parlour Tour Enjoy the sights & sounds of an old-fashioned Christmas while touring the parlours of several historic homes. Horse drawn wagon, vintage trolley, refreshments and entertainment included in the ticket price. $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. Call 541-928-0911 for more information

OTHER ideas:
Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Rink7805SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202 503-233-5777. Roller Skating, Rides, Picnicing. This park first opened it's gates May 30, 1905 -of course, it's been updated a bit since then! In fact there is a brand new roller coaster named Adrenaline Peak! Skating is open year round, but some of the outside stuff is not open in Winter months.

Enchanted Forest8462 Enchanted Way SE Turner, OR 97392 (7 miles South of Salem OR), General Adm is $12.95 Adults, $11.50 age 62+, and $11.50 age 3 -12. Tickets for rides are $1.00 each - rides take 1 - 4 tickets per person. Attractions include Storybook Lane, Western Town, Haunted House, English Village, Comedy THeatre, Water-light show and rides. Food and gift store. Check the website for closed days and hours.

Aurora Historic District, Antique Capital Just 20 minutes from Portland or Salem, I-5 Exit 278. (One exit north of the Woodburn Company Stores.)

Spirit Mtn Casino27100 S.W. Salmon River Highway, Grand Ronde, Oregon 97347 Phone: (800) 760-7977

Portland Spirit River CruisePortland Spirit, 110 SE Caruthers Street, Portland, OR 97214-4513, (503) 224-3900. Cruises departing from Portland, including cruises solely on the Willamette River, cruises on the Willamete River and Columbia River with a layover in Astoria, and cruises to the Columbia Gorge with a layover at the Port of Cascade Locks via the Willamette and Columbia. Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, sightseeing and excursion cruises. Check the website or call for rates and availability.

Sternwheeler - Columbia Gorge Operated by Portland Spirit Cruises

Lan Su Chinese Gardens NW 3rd and Everett, Portland 503-228-8131 Call or check the website for admission and hours

Japanese Gardens 611 SW Kingston Avenue Portland, Oregon 97205 (503) 223-1321 Call or check the website for admission and hours

Oregon Garden879 W Main St, Silverton OR 503-874-8100 Call or check the website for hours and admission

Erratic Rock State Natural Site, Sheridan
Park along Oldsville Road off of Highway 18 to reach this park. From Oldsville Road, you'll need to walk up a short paved path to the rock itself. The trail becomes steep briefly as you near the rock. There is no fee to use this park. For information, call 1-800-551-6949 or check the website.

Willamette Stone State Heritage SiteIt's the starting point for all the land surveying west of the Cascade Mountains in both Oregon and Washington. It's the "zero point" for the Willamette Meridian. No fee. For more information, call 1-800-551-6949 or check the website.

Smith & Bybee Lakes Wildlife areaHome to beaver, river otter, black-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles and Western painted turtles, this 2,000-acre natural area offers accessible wildlife watching, a canoe launch and more. On Marine Drive between the Expo Center and Kelley Point Park. Metro parks and green spaces 503-797-1850. Check the website for any updates.

Peninsula Park and Rose Garden700 N Rosa Parks Way, Portland Park hours: 5:00am-midnight Wading pool hours: M-F, June 19-Aug 17, 2:00-8:00pm

International Rose Test Garden400 SW Kingston Ave Portland. Check the website for visitor information.

Ft Clatsop National Memorial, AstoriaFort Clatsop was the winter encampment for the Corps of discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. Located between Astoria and Warrenton. There are fees.

Ft Stevens State Park, HammondFrom the Civil War through the end of WWII — more than 80 years — Fort Stevens helped defend the river mouth. Check the website for camping and day use information.

Yurts, Cabins, TP’s & covered wagons Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, State Parks, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite C, Salem, OR 97301, Reservations: 800-452-5687 General Info: 503-986-0707 Check out the website for information.

Oregon Zoo, Portland 4001 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, OR 97221-9704,503.292.0304. Oregon Zoo is only five minutes from downtown Portland on Highway 26 West—also called Sunset Highway. Tri-Met's Max train stops at Washington Park at the Zoo entrance. Check the website or call for information on hours and admission. Contact for train times.

World Forestry Center, Portland20,000 square foot museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. 4033 SW Canyon Rd. Portland, Oregon 97221, 503-228-1367. Check the website or call for tour information.

Wildlife Safari 1790 Safari Road Winston, OR 97496. (541) 679-6761. Visitors to the park drive through a 4.5 mile trek to see animals from Africa, Asia and the America’s. Call or check the website for hours and admission.

Woodburn Company Stores More than 85 designer and outlet stores, including names like Nike, Liz Claiborne, OshKosh, Farberware, Aeropostale. Located off Interstate 5, it’s open Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.– 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–7 p.m. 503-981-1900.

Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets450 NW 257th Way Troutdale, OR 97060, (503) 669-8060. Located east of Portland. Take I-84 to Exit 17

Saturday Market, Portland Check the website for dates, hours, and vendors. The market is located on SW Naito Blvd, under the Burnside Bridge and in Ankeny Park

Sightseeing by Trolley The Vintage Trolley 2014 no longer in service

Historic Col Rvr Hwy State Trail This link includes a map of the route.

Multnomah FallsMultnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. At the base of the falls lays historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. Built in 1925 the lodge provides fine northwest cuisine with a panoramic view from your table. Eastbound from Portland – Take I-84 eastbound for approximately 30 miles. Take exit 31 off of I-84. Telephone & Dining Reservations :(503) 695-2376

Mt Hood Railroad Train All trains depart from and return to the Mt.Hood Railroad depot in Hood River. Paid parking facilities are available at the depot.800-872-4661 for fees and reservations

Oregon Historical Markers and Heritage Trees
Downloadable PDF guide

Mt Hood Territory Comprehensive site for what to do, where to go, where to stay, activities, and much more.

Portland Streetcar Check the website for routes, fares, hours of operation, etc.

Mt Hood This link is to the Mt Hood Information Center. Phone: 503-622-3017. It has information for recreation, lodging, dining, shopping, festivals, road and weather, travel services, News, Events and Regional Links.

Pittock Mansion 3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, OR 97210 503-823-3623 Call or check the site for hours and admission

Bob's Red Mill 5000 SE International Way Milwaukie, OR, 97222 Restaurant at the Mill. Whole grain, organic, gluten free - a variety of flours. Recipes on the website also!

Whale WatchingSummer Season Memorial Day - Labor Day. About 18,000 whales will pass by our coast during March, April, May and June on their way to Alaska's Bering Sea.Oregon Parks and Recreation, Whale Watching Center, 119 SW Highway 101 Depoe Bay, OR 97341. 541-765-3407.

Portland Juggling Fest and Vaudeville ExtravaganzaThe Portland Jugglers is a rich community of people from around the globe that use the Portland, Oregon area as a place to nurture juggling as a hobby and a lifestyle. No info yet on dates or places for their next festival.

The Oregon Vortex4303 Sardine Creek L Fork RD Gold Hill, OR 97525-9732 (541) 855-1543. A glimpse of a strange world where the improbable is the commonplace and everyday physical facts are reversed. Still camera's are welcome, no movie or recording gear allowed. Check the site or call for hours and admission

N Clackamas Aquatic Park, Milwaukie 7300 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie, OR 97222 (503) 557-SURF(7873). Check the site for activities, rates, and hours.

The Mill End Store, Milwaukie 9701 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Milwaukie, OR 97222 503-786-1234. Visit the website to see all they have to offer in fabrics, notions, and more. While you're at the site, check out the history of this business.

Bagby Hotsprings, Estacada503-630-6861. This is a "developed" and free hot springs to use. It is managed by a volunteer group and the Forest Service. It is about a 1.5 mi hike to get to the hotsprings from the parking area. Nudity in the tubs is to be expected. Some tubs are private. Also, due to it's popularity and remoteness, vandals and other ne'er do wells are sometimes a problem. This website lists links to the 30+ Hot Springs in Oregon.

SkyDive Oregon12150 S Highway 211 | Molalla, Oregon 97038-9524, Reservations: 1-800-934-JUMP (5867) Students and Experienced Jumpers. Year round but days and hours are subject to change based on weather and jump activities. Call for fees and availabilty.

Return to the top


For a more unique and interesting shopping and dining experience, check out the maps listed above for "walking tours" type stuff.

Pioneer Place
700 SW Fifth Ave, Downtown Portland, (503) 228-5800 Open 10am to 8pm.
Full list of stores and map are available on their website

Lloyd Center
2201 Lloyd Center Dr, Portand, OR 503-282-2511
Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: 11am-6pm
Full list of stores and map available on their website.

Washington Square Mall
9585 SW Washington Square Rd, Portland, OR 97223, (503) 639-8860
Full list and map available on their website.

Bridgeport Village
7455 SW Bridgeport Rd, Tigard, OR 97224-7252
Mon – Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 9pm, Sun – 11am to 6pm
Full list of stores available on their website.

Jantzen Beach SuperCenter
1405 Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, Oregon 97217, 503.286.9103
Full list of stores and map available at their website.

Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266, (503) 653-6913
Full list of stores and map available on their website.
Across the street on Sunnyside Rd is the Clackamas Promenade

Clackamas PromenadeSunnyside Rd. & I-205, Clackamas, OR 97015 (503) 336-9202
Full list of stores and map available on their website.

Eastport Plaza Shopping Center
4000 SE 82nd Ave Portland, OR, (503) 771-3817
Full list of stores and map available on their website

Mall 205
9900 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97216-2422 (I205 and SE Stark, Portland, OR)
Couldn't find an online presence for this Mall. I know there is a Target and Home Depot there, eateries around and inside also.

The Galleria
921 SW Morrison St, Portland OR
This place has suffered over the years but was getting a facelift and new stores. I know there was a Made in Oregon Store and Brooks Bros (high end clothing is moving or has moved in. There was a restaurant also. No online presence was found.

Return to the top

Drinks and Dining

Red wines: Pinot Noir, the most planted in Oregon; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Zinfandel. White wines: Chardonnay, the 2nd most planted in Oregon; White Riesling; Pinot Gris; Gewurztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Muller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc.
There are tons of wineries from the Willamette Valley Corridor to the Oregon Coast. For a complete listing and addresses check the
Oregon Wine Advisory Board

Microbreweries are very popular in Oregon. (We need something to do in the rainy season! Right?) There are more than 150 breweries across the state. For a complete listing and schedule of events check the Oregon Brewer's Guild
A few in the downtown area are: Full Sail Brewery, 0307 Montgomery; Old Lompoc Brewery, 1612 NW 23rd; Rock Bottom Brewery, 206 S.W. Morrison; Rogue Ales Distillery and Public House,1339 NW Flanders. The Lucky Labrador, where you can take man's best friend, is located at 915 SE Hawthorne.

Clear Crk Distillery 2389 NW Wilson, Portland, Oregon, 97210 • 503.248.9470 Call ahead for a tour, there is no fee, but you must reserve a spot.

Keana's Candyland 5314 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland, Oregon 97202. Phone: (503) 235-5177
Sadly, around 2012 or so, the owner of the house sold it and Keana's had to go, so it is closed. I don't know if she was able to open another or not. But I'm leaving the pictures up anyhow!
What a unique place to dine. It has its own bakery and candy making. Two area's are gift and candy sections. There are 3 rooms for dining. One is downstairs the other two are upstairs. Their gourmet chocolates and pastries are sugar-free and they those with sugar. I'm not certain, but the food may be organic also.
They have a weekly StoryTime for children, Monthly Festivals with live entertainment, and periodic special events. They also do catering. The restaurant is open for Breakfast and Lunch Tues - Sunday, but Dinner is only on Friday and Saturday nights. They are closed on Mondays. (If you go to this website and print out the page, you can present it for a free chocolate!)
Mom and I stopped in here for lunch. Although I have never eaten gluten free food before, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Once I got used to the different texture of the bun on my burger, it was really very good. Mom had an omelette and toast and said it was one of the best omelettes she's ever had. For dessert, we each received a cookie (I got a snickerdoodle and she got a chocolate chip.. both were very good) and then we tried out the apple coffee cake. The coffee cake was outstanding.
I took some pictures of the place, just because it was so unique.
The front:

The downstairs dining area (where we ate):

The upstairs rooms and stairway:

The paperweight I decided I couldn't live without! (And, yes, I'm going to find some way to incorporate that paperweight into the theme of the bath at the farm!)

*Reported Closed* Alameda Cafe'
4641 N.E. Fremont, Portland 503-284-5314
American Fare, the sandwiches are good, service was friendly, but not much in the ambiance department.

Atwaters 111 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, 97204 503-275-3600
The food is good and the atmosphere is snobby, but its really expensive to make up for it!! Not a “night life” sort of place either. I found no website for the business.

Heathman 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 503-790-7752
The food is good and the atmosphere is snobby but its really expensive to make up for it!! Not a “night life” sort of place either.

Huber’s 411 SW 3rd
The oldest of Portland’s eateries! It's all mahogany and has stained glass skylights. One of the more popular Portland places! The food is pretty good and so are the drinks!

Papa Haydn’s 701 NW 23rd St 503-228-7317
Noisy place but the food is okay. A “trendy” place to go.

Ringside Steakhouse 2165 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97210 (503) 223-1513 and 14021 NE Glisan Portland, OR 97230 (503) 255-0750
Very Good food, famous for their onion rings and steak. I believe that the NE Glisan restaurant is closed.

Tiger Bar 317 NW Broadway, Portland
Casual and laid back. Good food and drinks.

*Reported closed* 1201 Cafe and Lounge 1201 SW 12th, Portland
Good food and drinks, a little spendy.

The Melting Pot 1001 SW Fifth Avenue Suite 100 Portland Oregon(SW 6th & Main)
A fondue restaurant. It's good!

Paddy’s Bar and Grill 65 SW Yamhill St Portland, OR 97204 (503) 224-5626
Good food, nice atmosphere

Paley’s Place 1204 NW 21st 503-243-2403
An organic fare restaurant.

1325 NE BROADWAY Portland 503-288-6456

*Closed* RED FIG
4537 N.E. FREMONT, Portland 503-335-7068
Small cafe in an old house, has outdoor seating as well. Food is very good and prices are average, friendly service, ECLETIC (SANDWICHES/SALADS/ CURRY)

1200 N.E. BROADWAY, Portland 503-954-2758
Good food, sandwiches,friendly service, and famous for their HUGE and delicious desserts. I don't see a website for this restaurant and I don't think it is probably still at that address.

Bridgeport Brew Pub 1313 NW Marshall St 503-241-7179
Microbrewery serving very good pizza and Brew.

**Closed* Tugboat Brewing Co 711 SW Ankeny 503-226-2508
Interesting microbrewery with an interesting mix of clientele.

Laurelwood Public House and Brewery
5135 NE SANDY, Portland 503-282-0622
Good food, interesting place, friendly service, average prices

CHINESE (and other Asian) FARE:
Mandarin Cove 111 SW Columbia St, Portland, OR 97201 Phone: (503) 222-0006(SW 1st & Columbia)
Good Chinese food and reasonably priced

Saucebox 214 sw broadway, Portland, OR 503 241 3393
pan-Asian food. Alittle on the spendy side, but the food and drinks are good.

5325 E Burnside St, Portland 503-232-4454 Thai fare, average prices. This is now the home of the Tabor Tavern, which also had good food!

*Reported Closed*
Legin Restaurant
8001 S.E. Division, Portland 503-777-2828
Tasty Cantonese Chinese Cuisine, average pricing

Magic Gardens 217 NW 4th
Trashy little dive strip club.

Mary’s Spot on Broadway, 1 block south of SW Burnside
Located between Hamburger Mary’s and Mary’s Club. Hamburger Marys has good burgers, Mary’s Club is a strip bar and Mary’s spot is a gathering place with a dance floor. They are ALL dives!

*Closed and destroyed* Der Reinlander and Gustav's 5035 N.E. Sandy Boulevard Portland, Oregon 97213 Phone 503 288 5503
Good German cuisine, but pretty spendy. Interesting atmosphere.
The beautiful building had been there since Chef Horst Mager founded it in 1963. But, his daughter who had run it and Gustav's since the late 90's had to sell it around 2016. It's is now going to be The Portland Clinic. Sad.

*Closed* Alexis Greek Restaurant 215 W Burnside 503-224-8577
Good greek food and drinks.

Pazzo Ristorante 627 SW Washington Portland, OR 97205 503-228-1515
Good food and drink.

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant 9830 SE WASHINGTON STREET PORTLAND, OR 97216 (503) 258-0763 and 8700 SE SUNNYSIDE CLACKAMAS, OR 97015 (503) 652-1200
Great Food, great atmosphere, great prices!

4703 N.E. Fremont, Portland 503-284-6747
Good Italian food, average prices, cozy place

La Buca
40 NE 28TH, Portland 503-232-3275
Good Italian food

Arabian Breeze is now Nicholas II
3223 N.E. BROADWAY, Portland
Lebanese food is very good, prices are reasonable, friendly service, interesting place. I have not been there since the name/owner change. I can't vouch for food, prices or anything else.

8005 S.E. STARK ST, Portland 203-256-4484
Excellent LEBANESE food, nice ambiance,friendly service, prices reasonable

2627 S.E. 82ND AVE, Portland 503 774-6316
Good Mexican food, reasonable prices

Hot Lips pizza 1909 SW 6th Ave
Not much for atmosphere but the pizza is very good.

1728 NE 40TH, Portland 503-943-6157
Good pizza, friendly service, interesting place.

Jake’s 401 SW 12th Ave 503-226-1419
Great seafood! Jakes is owned by McCormick and Schmicks.

Dan and Louis Oyster Bar 208 SW Ankeny St.Portland, OR 97204 (503)227-5906
Good food and just a neat place! (The halibut was great!)

Salty’s on the Columbia3839 N.E. Marine Drive Portland, OR 97211 (503) 288-4444
Good food, pretty spendy

McGrath's Fish House 11050 SE Oak St, Milwaukie OR
Great seafood, nice atmosphere, not pricey

*CLosed in Portland* Newport Bay Restaurant 0425 SW Montgomery St Portland, OR 97201-5131 (503) 227-3474
Great food, good atmosphere, average prices

Portland is full of great places to eat. These I've mentioned are just a few

Return to the top

Ghost Reports

Several of these supposed "ghostly" places that I found are, amazingly, now McMenamins! Just thought I would mention it!

Columbia City
Charles Green Caples House Museum
1915 1st St
Columbia City, OR 97018
(503) 397-5390
This pioneer house has been turned into a museum. People have seen a depression as that of a body, in an empty bed. Globes of light have also been captured on film.
Forest Grove
Pacific University
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116
Phone: 503.352.2218 (admissions office) Knight's Hall
The music department of the local university may be haunted by a singing ghost.
The Grand Lodge
3505 Pacific Ave.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Phone:(503) 992-9533
Former Orphanage and Masonic Lodge is now a McMenamin's B&B. The gift shop is haunted. How many rooms? There is a ghost log book at the front desk.
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
4045 N.W. Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 640-6174
Former mansion now a McMenamin’s club. There may be real or created ghosts here.
Hotel Oregon - the link I had no longer works and can't find a new one.
310 N.E. Evans Street (503) 472-8427
Another McMenamins, famous for it's annual UFO celebration and the ghost of a former gentleman guest named John.

Tabitha Brown's Orphanage
Building haunted by former children residents.
Oregon City
Captain Phillips Bungalow
720 Center Street
Oregon City, OR
Is located across the street from the Forbes Barclay and McLoughlin houses. It is not open to the public. It is haunted by the ghost of a the builder, who died while stoking the furnace in the basement. He has been quieter since the house was turned into offices.

Ermatinger House
6th and John Adams
Oregon City, OR
(503) 650-1851
Built in 1845 by Francis Ermatinger and moved to it's present location. It is owned by the McLoughlin Memorial Association who put on historic teas. The spirits here have a tendency to move displays around.

Forbes Barclay House
719 Center Street
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Forbes Barclay was one of the earliest medical Doctors in the Northwest. It is next to the McLoughlin House and operated as a gift shop by the McLoughlin Memorial Association. Some of his patients and perhaps his son, who died in infancy, haunt the back rooms of the house.

McLoughlin House
713 Center Street
Oregon City, Oregon
Was built by John McLoughlin after he retired from the Hudson's Bay Company. It was also moved to it's present location. It is operated as a museum by the McLoughlin Memorial Association. His ghost along with several other people and animals have been seen here.

Oregon City Elevator
300 7th Street
Oregon City, Oregon 97045
Oregon City has several different levels of construction. There is an elevator near the McLoughlin House. The ghost of a young boy wearing an old fashioned suit and red hair has been seen near the elevator.
Accuardi's Old Town Pizza
5201 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97211
Some people report a ghostly woman standing in the balcony overlooking the bar. They also make their own Italian sausage for their pizzas!

Bagdad Theater
3702 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-9234 McMenamins purchased this theater reported to be haunted by a stage hand who may have committed suicide behind the movie screen.

The Benson Hotel
309 Southwest Broadway
Portland Oregon 97205
One of Portland's Premiere old hotels, Some guests and employees reported seeing a mysterious figure walking down the stairs into the lobby.

The Simon Benson House
1803 SW Park Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97201-3220
Vacant for decades, after this house was moved to the Portland State University campus some workmen reported strange doings. The house's foundation give free tours, donations gratefully accepted.

Cathedral Park
N Edison St & Pittsburg Ave
Portland, Oregon
City park under St. John’s Bridge. Haunted by ghost of young girl killed in the 1940s.

Crystal Ballroom
1332 W. Burnside
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047
McMenamins dancehall and club. Ghosts have been seen and heard here. Elevator moves on its own.

The Elephant and Castle Pub
439 S.W. Second
Portland, Oregon
Decorated as an English pub, the Elephant and Castle was located in the Waldo building that was owned by the Portland Tong Triad in the 19th Century. The original owner may still "sit" in his favorite barstool. This is now Mamma Mia Trattoria.

Granada Court Apartments
2323 NE Pacific St
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 232-5759
Apartment haunted by ghost of little boy, seen and heard.

The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway at Salmon
Portland, OR 97205
Phone: 503-241-4100
This hotel may be haunted by two suicides. Objects are moved in locked hotel rooms.

John Palmer House
4314 N. Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR 97217
Former residence, now a B&B, this building is haunted by the ghost of a silent female ghost. The house is under new owners and is currently under remodel and updating (2008)

Kell's Irish Pub
112 SW Second Ave
Portland, OR 97204-3507
Phone: (503) 227-4057
People have reported a ghostly fireman in the basement, which is fitting, since that's where the smoking room is located.

Kennedy School
5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. Portland, OR 97211 (503) 249-3983 Former school, now McMenamin’s Restaurant, B&B. Possible suicide in former schoolroom. Another possible spirit haunts the ladies bathroom near the pub area.

Lloyd Center
2201 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232
Former maintenance worker seen near the Nordstrom’s escalator. A second ghost was reported in the women's bathroom near the escalator

The Money Tree
Located at the corner of North Killingsworth and Mississippi. A murder victim used to hide his money near the tree. His ghost still periodically manifests itself to check on his "stash".

North Portland Library
512 N. Killingsworth St.
Portland, OR 97217
Located on Killingsworth. The ghost of an old man has been seen by workers, on a security monitor. He is sitting on a chair in the second floor, which is usually kept locked. When they investigated, he was gone. People outside the library are sometimes followed by invisible footsteps.

Pittock Mansion
3229 NW Pittock Drive
Portland, OR 97210
Mansion of Newspaper publisher, restored as museum. Pittock and wife seen and heard by visitors, windows open, things moved.

Portland Walking Tours
has 4 different types of tours, including the underground.
The Cascade Geographic Society runs tours of the old tunnel system that runs underneath west Portland's oldest buildings. Originally built to haul freight from the ships to waterfront stores and warehouses during the day, at night it was the haunt of Shanghaiers and the "under" economy. There are several places with sinister and ghostly stories attributed to them.

The Rimsky Korsakov Coffee House
707 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-2640
Employees have said that this place is haunted. One is about a "ghost" coming through the ceiling in the bathroom.

The St John's Theatre
8203 N. Ivanhoe
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 283-8520
Located in the St. John's Neighborhood, this theater seems to partake in some of the alternate reality all theater's have. Another McMenamins!

Shanghai Tunnel Bar
211 SW Ankeny
Portland, OR
This interesting pub is located in the basement of one of Portland's older buildings. There are several bricked up "Shanghai" tunnel entrances meeting in the basement spaces. The ghosts of some of the kidnapped sailors who traveled through here may cause some of the cold spots felt here.

University of Portland
Many ghosts haunt the residences and grounds: a drowned student, Indian Shaman and a farmer who refused to sell his land to the Jesuits.

The Virginia Cafe
It's new address:
820 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Walking into the Virginia Cafe is like stepping back into a 1950s Bar & Grill. The Virginia Cafe, originally at 725 SW Park, survived the Depression by serving a shady clientele in the old "Tenderloin District". No ghosts have been seen, but a manager reported feeling a presence here.

White Eagle Cafe
836 N. Russell St.
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 335-8900
Bar and boarding house since the 1850s. Myths and historical facts are mixed, but the ghosts are very active here. There's a new happening every few months, it seems.
Edgefield Poorhouse
2126 S.W. Halsey St.
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 669-8610
Very active ghosts, including cats, people, moving objects, haunt every floor of these buildings, which is now a McMenamin’s B&B.
West Linn
West Linn Paper Co.
4800 Mill Street
West Linn, Oregon 97068
TEL: 503-557-6500
The basement of the old paper mill is haunted by the voices of former workers.

Ghost Towns of Oregon

Anlauf, Douglas Co - Many old buildings, there are still residents living here.
Antelope, Wasco Co - In the 1970's the town was taken over by the Rajneesh commune. The town was renamed Antelope after the cult commune left. Incidentally, the Rajneesh and his top aide, Sheila, were arrested and extradited back to this county to face several charges against them. A few residents remain.
Ashwood, Jefferson Co - there were people here as late as 1980.
Auburn, Baker Co - Once a gold mining town, by 1868 it was diminishing. Only rubble remains and it is accessible by 4 wheel drive.
Bayocean, Tillamook Co. - It was swallowed up by the sea. There is a sign in the water though!
Blind Slough Logging Camp, Clatsop Co - Established around 1883 and abandoned in the mid 1920's.
Bohemia City, Lane Co - Many gold mines in the area, but they are on private property. Some buildings were being restored.
Bourne, Baker Co - Once a bustling mining town, only a few buildings remain.
Boyd, Wasco Co - A few residents, abandoned homes and a grist mill remain.
Bryant and Anadiem, Linn Co - There are no remains evident.
Chitwood, Lincoln Co. - A few residents and some buildings remain.
Clatsop, Clatsop Co - The original site has disappeared.
Cornucopia, Baker Co - Originally a gold mining town in 1885, by 1970's only abandoned buildings remained.
Drain, Douglas Co - Some residents remain and some stores. The old mortuary is supposed to be haunted.
Elk City, Lincoln Co. - There are still a few residents and one store that caters to the tourist traffic.
Flavel, Clatsop Co - In 1896 the town was built on an old Indian site. By 1918, the town failed and was absorbed into Warrenton.
Galena, Grant Co - a 1860's mining town.
Granite, Grant Co - a mining town in the mid-1800's, only a few residents remain.
Greenback, Josephine Co - Early 1900's gold mining town.
Hardman, Morrow Co - Founded in the 1870's, it is an agricultural ghost town.
Horse Heaven, Jefferson Co - Mercury mining town in the early 1900's.
Jawbone Flats, Marion Co - Gold was discovered here about 1859. There are cabins, a miners store, and some machinery remaining. The Shiney Rock mining company operated here until about 1992.
Kent, Sherman Co - Early 1900's railroad and agricultural town. Buildings remain.
Kerby, Jefferson Co - Gold mining town established in 1850. Many buildings and a few residents remain.
Kernville, Lincoln Co. - There is a new and an old Kernville. THe old one was across the Siletz River from the old one. Several buildings remain, I've read, but I didn't find them.
Lonerock, Gilliam Co - Settled in 1881, by 1980 only a few residents remained.
Mabel, Lane Co - Massive ruins of sawmill power plants still remain. Mabel was hacked out of the wilderness in 1870.
Mayger, Columbia Co - an old fishing village, supposedly haunted.
Placer, Josephine Co - 1900's mining town. Need 4 wheel drive to get there.
Quartzville, Linn Co - Once a gold mining town, it was abandoned about 1870 and mining resumed about 1888. It was abandoned again in 1892. Nothing remains of the town (the site of which is private property now). There are two private claims remaining in the area with a large section of the Quartzville Corridor reserved for Recreational mining.
Richmond, Wheeler Co - 1890's agriculture town. Abandoned
Scottsburg, Douglas Co - All that remains is an interesting, old cemetery.
Shaniko, Wasco Co - 1900's wool shipping center. In the early 1970's when I went there, they were trying to rebuild the town and it had a lot of neat buildings and a few residents.
Shelburn, Linn Co - The town is deserted but some buildings remain as well as a pioneer cemetery.
Vanport, Multnomah Co - By 1943 it was the second-largest city in Oregon, originally called Kaiserville, and remains the largest government housing project in U.S. History. The town was swallowed up Memorial Day, May 30, 1948, when a dike broke on the Columbia River. Nothing remains.
Wendling, Lane Co - Remains of the lumber mill site, unless they've been covered over by trees and underbrush.
Whitney, Baker Co - A late 1890s/early 1900s logging camp, freighting and commercial center whose remains include a small handful of old buildings.

Ghost towns of Oregon

Return to the top

Flea Markets, Saturday Markets, Farmer's Markets, Bazaars, etc

Portland Saturday Market,
Address 108 W Burnside Portland, OREGON, 97209
Check the website for days, hours, vendors, etc

Oregon Flea Market (note: I wasn't particularly impressed with this place)
18340 SE Stark St, Portland, Oregon 97233
Open Thurs - Sunday

Sandy Barr's Flea Market
1225 N. Marine Drive, Portland, OREGON 97217
Open Tues-Sun
Merchandise: antiques, collectibles, new & used merchandise, books. clothing, crafts, furniture, jewelry, stamps, coins, toys

America's Largest Antique and Collectible Sale
Multnomah County Expo Ctr, I-5 exit 306B, Portland, OREGON
Open last Fri-Sun weekend in Nov and the first in Dec
Merchandise: crafts, gifts, new merchandise and some antiques and collectibles

#1 Flea Market (note: I wasn't particularly impressed with this place)
17420 SE Division Street, Portland, OREGON 97236
Open Sat, Sun
Merchandise: antiques & collectibles, new & used merchandise, clothing, crafts, furniture

Springer's Flea Market
18300 SE Richey Rd, PORTLAND, OREGON 97236
Open Sat, Sun
Merchandise: New and used merchandise, surplus, housewares, clothing, electronics, childrens items, art, prints, books, collector lines, decorator items

Fantasic Flea Market
193rd and Stark St, Gresham Oregon
Open Sat and Sun

More coming.. check back!

Return to the top

That's it for now, check back every now and then for updates!

Go to the beginning of this website