The Stone House (Witch's Castle) was built in 1936 during the Great Depression as a public restroom. Forest Park on Wildwood Trail to The Stone House (Witch's Castle), lower Macleay Park. It's called the city of roses for a reason- Take a slow stroll (just before sunset) and enjoy the staggering number of beautiful roses. Powell's City of Books. That name says it all, huh?
Made my first visit to the Portland Japanese Garden Last week, and the colors were firing on all cylinders. I can see now why the Japanese Maple Trees there, especially this one are so popular. Mt. Hood creeping through the clouds. One of many great places to get coffee in Portland. My favorite spot is in front of the window- a good vantage point for people watching on NW 23rd. It's also open about an hour longer than most coffeeshops around. I believe this is an Emerald Starling. The zoo lists all of its animals on its web site, though I've found the list to be incomplete. This resembles most closely the photo they have for that species, though not entirely, I'm afraid. One of the best views of Portland is from grounds of the Pittock Mansion. Hiking up the backside of the hill through the forest is my favorite way to get up there. Reliving some of the magnificent fall colors found at the Lan Su Classical Chinese Garden. This is the Scholar's Courtyard - my favorite. Stunning Japanese maples arch over a classic moon door.
The garden is a tranquil oasis set amidst the bustle of Old Town. A gem in the heart of the city.
#portland #oregon #lansu #chinese #garden #portlandia Pittock Mansion. Portland USA
Pretty spectacular view over Portland with Mt Hood in the background for sunrise. The moments when the city lights are still on and people slowly start to get moving for the day make for some quiet, simple and beautiful moments.
#goldenhour #pittockmansion #portland #usa #traveltherenext #IntrepidTravel #lonelyplanet #traveltherenext #sonya7r Often lost in the beauty is the daily struggle for survival. Here three Cormorants fight for a daily catch. A explanation. This picture is not upside down. Nor has this beautiful bird been shot. When taking pictures of this wonderful creature I realized why I am constantly amazed. It is turning to make a dive, head first into the water to catch a meal. This spot was only a short walk from our hotel, easy enough for this old guy to get to. @ Richard Remington. In my opinion this is the bird to practice on, taking pictures of diving birds. Act very similar to the Kingfisher. I also realized most of these birds have been banded. Life is surely amazing! Terns I could stare at this Japanese Maple for hours. There is something so relaxing about it. #treetrove #travel #Colorful I want to explain this picture. Portland was a stop- over to our destination. This was simply close to our hotel. Always enjoy the journey, not simply the destination. I have never seen such beauty in wildlife. Terns. I can't figure out how to get this posted to Portland, Maine not Portland, Oregon. Excuse my mis- information. #troveon This is my Best waffles in Portland. There is no question.
Get two waffles to share- one sweet and one savory. That way you don't have to pick between bacon and Brie and blackberries, because I don't know that I'd ever be able to. Koi pond in the Japanese garden, great place to browse and relax, several hideaway places.
Across the street from the Japanese garden is the International Rose Test Garden which is worth checking out. So, the cat is gone.
When your house is suddenly bereft of a presence it has known for well over a decade, a quiet and affectionate soul whose personality drew everyone in until his warmth won them over like the quiet, crackling embers of a well-stoked campfire -- well, that is the kind of loss that tugs at your conscience for a good long time.
Maybe the best cure for a house empty of animals is another house absolutely full of them. Packed to the rafters, in fact.
We hadn't been to the zoo in a very long time. But somewhere in the heart of the place is a petting zoo, and nothing seemed more attractive than the thought of scratching the neck of a newborn lamb, or tussling with a pygmy goat as it tried to eat a coatsleeve.
So, off we went. It was undoubtedly the best thing we could have done. Animals, people, animals everywhere. For a pair of souls aching to be in the presence of that weird and chucklesome magic that only animals can bring, it was like a draught of sharp, clear water in the center of the most desolate wasteland on the planet.
I haven't laughed so much, oohed and awed so often, pointed excitedly like a little child, and generally carried on like an intoxicated fool in such a while that I had long-forgotten the feeling.
So, enjoy the animals, folks, because there are a lot of them. I'll post a few each day, to keep the overload factor to a minimum.
I hope they take you back to that little land of wonder we all once lived in when our tiny eyes first saw the inside of a zoo, and never, ever forgot the day for as long as we lived.
[This is an Allen's Swamp Monkey making an aggressive display, as is his wont when some idiot keeps staring at him with his outsized camera. Shortly after, he bowed his head, an indication that he had acceded to my Lesser Flamingo.
I don't know what's so Misty view of Southwest Portland, complete with hipsters. One of the amazing trees there. It's probably 5' tall. #bvstrove Chicken and waffles with green tomato syrup (likely the most unique and delicious syrup ever). Others at the table had amazing beef brisket, lavender French toast, and crab eggs benedict. Come with a big group to try a little bit of everything! About a tenth of a mile of the Marquam Trail takes you down a sleepy residential street before resuming on forested land. These are the stairs leading down to (or up from) that part of the trail. After a drizzle, the sun shone and illuminated the leaves on the path I was troving on. #takeahike I've been chasing Mountain Goats all over the Pacific Northwest for the last year or more, to places like Goat Rocks, Goat Lake and Goat Creek. I have yet to see one. Near as I can tell, they are embarked upon some grand initiative to recycle all the available forest flora into pellet form. I can vouch for the fact that the effort is a smashing success, and I do not use that adjective lightly.
Someday, when I least expect it, I'll be hiking in the mountains and one will appear. Till then, I'll have to satisfy myself with these.
It's not a bad consolation prize. A rainy evening on the Portland riverfront. A very romantic destination. Multnomah Falls, Oregon has been on my list to visit for many years. The waterfall did not disappoint! This pic was taken April 2017. Walking along the Eastbank Esplanade in Portland is the perfect spot from which to shoot the skyline (or to just enjoy the view, but I can't stand there and NOT shoot something when the sunset is like this!). I'm a fan of skylines, bridges and rivers - 3 of my favorite things to shoot. But when I get them all in the same shot, well that's just pure awesomeness! From http://www.nomadicpursuits.com/ best tasting doughnuts I've ever had... maple bacon YUM!! Promised I wouldn't overpost and look what happened.
One last one for the day, only because if my cat were alive today, this precisely what he'd be doing. This guy even looks like my cat, except, of course, that he's probably a hundred times larger, and has no tabby stripes.
Golden Breasted Starling
From the African Rainforest Aviary. American Black Bear
When my grandfather was alive, this is how he would sit at the dining-room table after one of his family's enormous holiday feasts. It seems only fitting, given that our last name comes from the Greek word for Waking up to a beautiful morning sunrise on the riverfront is always a nice surprise. This church was founded in 1889, and is the oldest Catholic diocese in Portland (the details of which can be found on the web site).
I drive by the church every day, though it is a little hard to see it through the freeway overpass. Some of my first photos on Trover were of this structure. It's really a gem, but you'll have to get here before 2pm on a weekday if you want to look inside. That is the kind of discovery you can't hope to make at 1:57 pm and still get there in time.
Well, that will give me something to do the next time I come by.
https://stpatrickpdx.org Fantastic hotel in downtown Portland, with large suites, friendly staff, and a free happy hour with wine and beer each evening. The hotel is also pet friendly! This one is the most authentic Japanese Garden outside Japan. I will tell you one thing, lions know how to sit still. You would not believe how many images I took of this pair looking exactly as you see them here.
It's probably a valuable quality to have to conceal their whereabouts during the day and conserve energy under the hot, African sun.
Of course, it could also be due to the fact that they're a couple of lazy slugs.
But, who's going to tell them that? This species goes unidentified on the zoo's web site. It lives in the African rainforest aviary. I have since determined that it is a Fulvous Whistling Duck.
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Fulvous_Whistling-Duck/id African Crested Porcupine
The cutest thing in the world that you will never get to cuddle. Chimpanzee
Until today, I thought this image represented a soulful plea to be left in peace, which I did, by the way, immediately after.
However, it turns out that those soulful eyes are completely closed.
Without knowing that little tidbit, you'd be hard-pressed not to reach the same conclusion. Portland had the most authentic Japanese Garden outside Japan. This Japanese Tea House was built in Japan and reconstructed here. The cheetahs were a popular draw at the zoo that day, which is probably true most of the time. The only problem comes when a mass of gawkers jams close to the window looking directly into their lair. It's the cheetahs who have all the dignity then, drifting in and out of sleep and gazing languidly at the frenzy in front of them. The people paw at the glass, take selfies with the animals, do every obnoxious thing they can think of to try to get them to run, and generally set the worst possible example as representatives of the species.
But, you don't have to take my word for it. That look says it all. White Faced Whistling Duck bathing Cross back across the Willamette River along the pedestrian walk below the Steel Bridge to the East side Esplanade. A recluse even in its own cage, the Bobcat made it difficult to get a good glimpse, much less anything but the most rudimentary photograph. One of the best places for sunrises in Portland, OR, USA
#BvsCities Southern Ground Hornbill, beating a hasty retreat at the urging of a suddenly curious giraffe. These two species must live in close proximity in the wild, otherwise the keepers wouldn't have tucked them into the same enclosure. The birds slept peacefully for a long time while the giraffes ranged back and forth, grazing. Then one giraffe poked its nose into their business, and they were off like a couple of characters rousted from a park bench.
Gotta go...
Caracal
Having recently lost my cat of fourteen years, it was a real treat to see such a beautiful specimen of a somewhat less domesticated species padding around in the grass. A replica of a Japanese home at the Japanese Garden in Portland. #architecture #roadtrip Beautiful boutique hotel filled with great art. Awesome breakfast spot too. The entrance to the vestibule.
Six years ago, I fumbled around on a Lumix GF4 with a pancake lens and never did this part of the church justice.
Today, I've managed to put something together that closely resembles the original. The distortion you see is not from a fisheye lens but from the combination of 26 individual photos composed and blended as one.
There's a learning curve, folks, and you have to be prepared for an enormous amount of frustration. But if I can do it, anyone can. About 30 minutes east of Portland on Hwy 84 are a number of waterfalls, none more visible or famous than Multnomah. Hardly hidden but a gem nonetheless. Malayasian Sun Bear
Hands down, the saddest-looking creature at the zoo... One of my favorite parts of the Japanese Garden A small park in the heart of Portland and worth a quick stroll. Great place for people watching as well. Caracal stalking a bird in its enclosure.
A funny story told to me once, though I have no idea whether or not it is true. About twenty years ago, the Oregon Zoo decided to employ some techniques developed from the studies made by a new wave of animal behavioralists.
The best way to keep a captured animal happy and healthy is to provide it some kind of regular environmental stimulus. With that in mind, they introduced a number of environmental I've found my favorite building in Portland... Beautiful, restful and amazingly authentic. Admission to the garden is around 9 bucks and worth it. 7 or so for students. If you get a membership you can drop in anytime they're open and relax or read a book. Another moody shot from the Steel Bridge. The Broadway and Fremont Bridges can be seen spanning the Willamette River in the distance.
#portland #oregon #willamette #river #bridges #portlandia Custom ice cream sandwiches made to order! Sunrise from the upper tram terminal at Oregon Health Science University. Timing is everything in photography. I have waited a year to get the right timing and weather for this shot. For those fortunate enough to ride the tram daily this is a common sight. Mount Hood in the background. Suave and sophisticated Parisian destination in Portland, Pix has delicate tarts, an elaborate sherry list, and adventurous truffles (can you say bleu cheese chocolate?) Also good for #vegan and #glutenfree eaters! over the river and through the woods White birch over Marquam Shelter. I believe this is a song sparrow, but I know of at least five people who will tell me if I'm wrong. It was out on the pathway, picking up seeds and crumbs that were falling from the snacks people were getting from a nearby vending machine.
Technically speaking, he's the wildest zoo animal I've shown you yet. Great thin crust pizza here. The bacon nectarine salad was awesome too. We had about a 30 min wait for 2 on Sat eve. Worth it. American Black Bear
I do not know what a bear thinks. I cannot know what a bear thinks. But I really wish I could tell what this bear was thinking. I'll post other photos from the zoo from time to time, but, for now, I'll leave you with this story.
While heading for the exit after a long day of walking, and looking, and taking pictures, I was drawn to something out of the corner of my eye. A female mallard was calmly sitting in the waters of a rushing fountain, the kind of thing wild fowl generally tend to do. Standing by the fountain was a boy, and sitting a few feet away, his mother.
The boy was doing everything in his power to bother the duck. -- splashing it, yelling at it, jumping up and down. His mother sat by, watching mutely. On the pretext of setting up to take photographs, I walked over and began to focus. In as polite a voice as I could manage, I told the boy that it was probably best to stop bothering the duck, that it wasn't a particularly nice thing to do, and, after a pause, I asked him, with a pointed glance, how much would he like it if someone did that to him.
Emerging from her seemingly somnambulistic state, the mother urged the boy away, and the two left quickly together.
It is not always easy to tell the difference between the animals and the noble souls in a place like this, or perhaps anywhere, for that matter. Wild animals behave the way they do because they have to. To see a crane dancing alone in a field, completely in thrall to its instincts, without even a partner to make sense of the thing, is to understand just how little choice it has over what it does.
But we do have a choice. We are the creatures who invented choosing. That we have chosen to set aside places to preserve and protect some of the rarest animals on earth is a testament to our most noble faculties, and to our ability to choose well when the right choice presents itself.
I hope we can continue to choose well, that our less noble faculties don't get the better of us, and compel us to make choices that those judging our actions on some future date consider only with confusion and despair.
Perhaps it was a little less than noble of me to school a small boy in the humane treatment of animals, but judging from the context, that lesson might never have come. Chances are it went into one ear and right out the other.
But if he had grown up without ever hearing those words, he might never have had the chance to learn the lesson they attempted to instill. Moreover, and more sadly, he might never have cared.
As I dismantle my soapbox and walk away for the evening, I will leave you with a modest bit of preaching: to my mind there is really only one choice when it comes to that lesson.
We all need to learn it. We all need to care. The Japanese Garden is just one of the gardens that make up Washington Park. It's a very relaxing walk and just a short walk from that is the Rose Garden. Admission is about $9.50/adult and less for kids and students. This beautiful creature is called a Gerenuk, which comes from a Somali word meaning giraffe-necked. It is a type of gazelle, but spends most of its time feeding the way giraffes do, extending its neck and munching on tree leaves.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerenuk Sacred Ibis
These big and somewhat nasty characters pretty much have the run of the place in the aviary they share with several other species.
The Hadada Ibis, which is also in the enclosure, does give them a run for their money Speke's Gazelle
We arrived at the zoo the day after their massive annual Easter egg hunt. As part of the festivities, each animal enclosure gets its own version of an Easter basket, usually a carboard box decorated to look like an Easter basket and stuffed with all kinds of food the animals like.
Just a day later, most of the boxes were still hanging around, but nobody was paying much attention to them. Nobody, that is, except for this curious fellow. Once he spotted the remains of the box lying on the ground, he could not take his eyes off it. Oddly enough, he never actually went over to inspect it. Instead, he walked away, stopping every once and a while to gaze back.
It was like watching a dozen double-takes in an old silent comedy, while the star of the show did a slow, but steady, exit stage-right. Koi pond on a very rainy day in portland ...with such relish. Great city. Loveliness abounds at Lan Su Chinese Garden in the heart of the city! Step inside this one block oasis in Chinatown for a fresh perspective. #LoveMyTown Portland Japanese Garden, a thing of beauty.
#green #portland Miniature elephant riding XL camel in the park just down the street from Powell's City of Books. Hamerkop
This bird is the only member of its own genus and family. It lives in Arabia, Africa and Madagascar And the they eat those oranges... Beautiful beach! Tucked in China Town, Lan Su Chinese Gardens is a nice place to relax. There is also a Tea House located inside. USS Blueback at night. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Absolutely the best place to photograph the Portland skyline and Tillamook Crossing.. Accessible 24 hours a day. View of downtown Portland from the Eastbank Esplanade.
#Oregon #Portland #skyline #waterfrontpark #Willametteriver #eastbankesplanade
Rain or shine Explore the alley beside Voodoo Doughnut for a pleasant summer evening of dining and conversation. Red Crested Pochard They spend their days the way most couples do. That's the male on the left, so draw your own conclusions. Sacred Ibis
...a lot. African ungulates in two sizes, travel and economy. Just across the street from Powell's Books is the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom and Hotel. The McMenamin brothers have made it their life mission to save historic structures and turn them into unique restaurants and hotels. Stop here for handcrafted local brews and food. Rose gardens PBJ'S Grilled Peanut Better and Jelly Sandwiches in the Nob Hill Neighborhood of Portland, OR is THE best cart-repenurial venture anyone could've done! Ingredients from local Pacific Northwest farmers, PBJ'S makes the best gourmet PBJ grilled sandwiches! I had the cream of the crop: PBJ, bananas, and organic cream cheese!!! Gosh darnit, I've made myself hungry again! GO if your there in the PDX. Oh the owners are friendly and helpful, but did I say that their sandwiches are good or what?!? #TroveOn Donut cheeseburger sliders. Sounds sketchy but totally delicious. And this place is awesome if you kids b/c they specialize in shakes and serve Hadada Ibis
Nemesis of the Sacred Ibis, though not too much of a nemesis. After all, they put them in the same enclosure and they're all still alive. Ike's Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings
Chicken wings marinated in fish sauce and sugar, deep fried, tossed in caramelized Phu Quoo fish sauce. Served with Vietnamese table salad. #delicious China town, Portland Oregon.. They also have a pair of these beautiful characters at the zoo. But, as you can imagine, being captive makes them a little...itchy. Tillikum Crossing, the
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Free WiFi
Pets allowed
Restaurant
Smoke-free property
24-hour front desk

Downtown Portland

This downtown Portland hotel is close to the Pearl District's nightlife, prized restaurants, unique shops, arts/cultural venues, and the waterfront. It is also a few blocks from Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the Portland Art Museum.

Restaurant, bar

Premium bedding

Guestrooms feature wireless internet access and minibars.

Languages Spoken

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

This hotel is located in the heart of downtown Portland amid bountiful shopping, entertainment, and dining opportunities. Nordstrom, Pioneer Courthouse Square, MAX light rail, the Portland Art Museum and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall are located within six blocks of the hotel.

The hotel features a 24-hour fitness facility with free weights, yoga mats, elliptical and treadmills, and maps for a 3 and 5 mile walk/run trail. 2,500 sq feet (232 sq meters) of conference space is also available.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Meeting rooms 4 
  • Restaurant 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Computer station 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 232 
  • Free reception 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 2500 
  • Conference center 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 205 
  • Number of floors - 19 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Separate sitting area 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Free newspaper 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Deep soaking bathtub 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Pillowtop mattress 
  • Electric kettle 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Minibar 
  • Pay movies 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Down comforter 
  • Frette Italian sheets 
  • Pillow menu 
  • LCD TV 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Hydromassage showerhead 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • In-room climate control (heating) 
  • Espresso maker 

Where to Eat

Opal- Opal- During your stay, join us for Libations in Opal. Discover some of the area's best - and most unique - beer and wine (soft drinks and bottled water is also available). Pair these local finds with our new menu of lite fair while mixing and mingling with other hotel guests and hotel staff.

Nearby Things to Do

  • Snowboarding nearby 
  • Free bicycles on site 
  • Snowshoeing nearby 
  • Downhill skiing nearby 
  • Cross-country skiing nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at midnight

Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20.00 per stay.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 45 per accommodation, per stay
  • Up to 40 lb
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

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Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Parking height restrictions apply

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: USD 23.06 per accommodation, per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 12 and USD 18 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 45 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 45 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20.00 per stay
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

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Children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section).


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