Portland is situated at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers and is a city of discreet charms. It is a small accessible city that is beginning to grow as people have come to visit and stayed. Downtown Portland is filled with a mix of old and new architectural styles, coffeehouses and tree-lined streets. Within a few minutes drive of the city are fantastic Pinot wineries, the foothills of Mount Hood and waterways that need exploring.
Portland is a laidback city with a reputation for being bike and pedestrian friendly, manifested in its fantastic walking and cycling paths all around the city, which enable visitors to explore its blend of galleries, markets, bars, architecture, coffeehouse and much more. Take a stroll through the Skidmore Historic District, along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park and descend on the Pioneer Courthouse Square for a relaxing latte. Here you are in the centre of shopping and dining in Portland.
Portland's gardens are some of the finest in the country - thanks to the weather! There are numerous world-class public gardens and parks to be enjoyed. Spend a morning in Washington Park, home of the Rose Test Gardens, the Japanese Gardens and the exciting World Forestry Centre.
Portland's trendy North West district offers many interesting shops and cafes to stroll around or head for the Pearl District for very stylish cafes and restaurants alongside many antique and home design shops.