The City of Roses. The Spiritual Capital of the Northwest. Laid-back, relaxed, and friendly. Doesn’t that sound like a vacation already? And all it takes is a little time out to Portland to get it during your travels in the USA.
If you like music and the arts and are willing to throw in a side-interest of historical and modern architecture with a minor in gardens as well, then this is the place for you. Long a haven for writers, it’s become a delicious mix of commerce, arts, and nature.
With a name like “The City of Roses,” you’ll expect to see a lot of gardens in this city and you’d be right. One of the places to go is the Portland Japanese Garden. This garden is as peaceful as can be, with the skilled positioning of stones, water, and plants to evoke these elusive feelings of contemplative beauty and serenity. In fact, there are five different garden styles that can be enjoyed in this garden.
Another Eastern-style garden is the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. This living museum has constantly changing outdoor exhibits featuring Chinese trees and flowering plants. There are different styles of gardens there that are built in the authentic classical Chinese style in the Ming Dynasty, the most praised areas being the twisting pathways that bring a new vignette to sight at every turn.
Another type of cultural feast is the Portland Saturday Market, where you can find all types of handmade products. This arts and crafts market is the oldest in America with an old-fashioned, natural air contrived with its outdoor setting. Long a favorite with the local shoppers because of the unusual and one-of-a-kind things that can be found, it’s pretty sure that you won’t be disappointed, either.
A gift of the waters of Portland is the brewing beer industry. The many microbreweries offer an endless selection of craft beer, and there would definitely be one to suit your taste. It’s a perfect end to a perfect trip.
If you enjoyed your trip, consider staying for a longer period of time, where there are many great Portland apartments to live in for an extended stay!