Parks and Picnics – What to do in Portland

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Looking for the best ways to savor the rest of summer? Dine al fresco this September to soak up the sunshine before the PNW’s notorious rain settles back in. There’s no shortage of pristine parks near our Portland hotel for you to sprawl out on a blanket, enjoy the scenery, and taste the local fare. No matter what time of day you plan to picnic, the parks of Portland can accommodate you:

Start the day off with delicious pastries and Portland’s famous coffee at our boutique hotel’s very own Citizen Baker. Grab a few scrumptious goodies and head to the Pearl District, where you’ll find three lively parks to choose from. If you’re traveling with kids, bring them to Jamison Square to splash in the kid-friendly pool, next to the unique water fountain inspired by shallow tidal pools. If you’re picnicking with your pup, let them run off-leash at The Fields. For a glimpse of what the area may have looked like in the past, visit Tanner Springs, modeled as a miniature wetland, where you’ll also find terrific views of the Fremont bridge. There’s also plenty of breakfast food available at nearby shops like Lovejoy Bakers.

Head west to Washington Park for the quintessential Portland park experience. Not only will you find spectacular views of the cityscape against the backdrop of Mt. Hood, but you’ll also see (and smell!) thousands of rose bushes in the International Rose Test Garden. Indulge on a sandwich from Elephants Delicatessen or a tasty dessert from Salt & Straw while you revel in this iconic picnic spot that bolsters Portland’s reputation as the City of Roses.

Take your picnic to new heights at Council Crest Park. As one of the highest points in the Tualatin Mountains, this park stays open till midnight and provides a one-stop vantage point on a clear day to view Mt. Rainer, Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Jefferson. Another great evening lookout is Mocks Crest Park, found in North Portland. Bundle up in your blankets and watch the sunset over Portland’s rail yard and the Willamette River.

A stay at our Portland luxury hotel means you’ll be nearby the best parks, restaurants, outdoor activities, and attractions that Portland has to offer. Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, the team at Hotel Eastlund looks forward to helping you discover this beautiful city and its popular parks.