5 Places to Visit While Staying in Portland

Portland, Oregon is known as The City of Roses, due to its climate – marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days. If you’re relocating to this environmentally conscious city, you’ll have many opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors, or peruse its many eclectic museums. Portland is also known for its funky, quirky personality. Read on for our 5 favorite places to visit in this colorful city.

Columbia River GorgeColumbia River Gorge
Just shy of 300,000 acres, the Columbia River Gorge is a year-round recreational area offering countless outdoor activities. Bring your camera to capture the spectacular geology and numerous tumbling waterfalls. Indoor activities for those “uncooperative” weather days include wine tasting, art galleries an interpretive center, beer sampling, and museums. Visit the Gorge website and view the calendar of events at http://www.crgva.org/

9.InternationalRoseTestGardenInternational Rose Test Garden
Located in Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden houses over 7,000 rose plants. Serving primarily as a testing ground for new varieties, the roses represent many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname. Open daily, free admission. For hours and specifics, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm &propertyid=1113&action=viewpark

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About Valentine’s Day…

Chocolates in a heart-shaped box are a popular gift for your sweetheart.


Until the 1400’s, romantic verses were said or sung, not written.


Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 as St. Valentine’s Day.


In 1806, the first mail-posted Valentine was recorded.


During 1847, the first mass-produced cards were sold in Massachusetts.


Struck by cupid’s arrow means you’ve found romance.










Approximately 150 million greeting cards are exchanged each year.


Red, pink and white are traditional Valentine Day colors.


Remember your loved one with candy and flowers.


Observance of the day is celebrated around the world.


Women purchase approximately 85% of all valentines.