Spanning more than 5,000 acres, Forest Park is the largest city park in the country. Take a hike along its 50 miles of trails, ride a mountain bike ride over 30 miles of gated roadways, or take a trot on horseback. Some 112 bird and 62 mammal species make their homes under the forest’s vast tree canopy. Guided tours are available.
Portland’s International Rose Test Garden, home to more than 10,000 rose plants, is the oldest official continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. The best months to see blooms are May through September. From June 2 through September 19, there are free tours of the garden on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Portland’s six farmers’ markets have more to offer than fresh produce. Vendors hawk vinegars, chocolate, fresh fish, flowers, pies, spices, cider, and an endless array of ethnic foods. Chefs perform cooking demonstrations. Live music entertains visitors. Do some people watching while the kids take free cooking classes and learn how to whip up local foods.
Many of Portland’s breweries and distilleries offer free tours. Try the Clear Creek Distillery, Rogue Ales Distillery and Public House, House Spirits Distillery, and the BridgePort Brewing Company.
The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, popularly known as The Grotto, is a 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden of shimmering beauty. Our Lady’s Grotto, a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff, holds a life-size marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà. In addition to its gardens, The Grotto offers comfort, support, and healing through The Grotto Counseling Center and The Grotto Spirituality Program.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.