Portland, Oregon, can have some really beautiful fall weather. Even when it gets colder and school is in session, there are still plenty of things to do. There are several activities in Portland that are either only available in the fall or are simply more enjoyable then.
Local gardens are much more beautiful than they were in the summer when the leaves change all around them. For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Chinese garden is a must-see in the fall. We have exquisite Cooper Mountain Nature Park and Brooks Wines provided for wine enthusiasts. Great wine, breathtaking views, and a nice fall drive to either property may all be found at both.
Here’s my top 5 best places to visit in the fall season.
5. SAUVIE ISLAND PUMPKIN PATCH
4. BROOKS WINES
3. LAN SU CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN
The garden’s name, Lan Su Yuan, which translates to “Garden of Awakening Orchids,” is thought to be the most genuine Chinese garden outside of China. The garden, which debuted in 2000, was a collaboration between Portland and its Chinese sister city Suzhou. Set behind a wall, the garden is a tranquil, urban oasis that fills a full city block. Like a living work of art, the garden contains a balance of the five traditional garden elements: rocks, water, plants, architecture, and literary inscriptions. Paths wind through the courtyards, pavilions, and bridges. The Tao of Tea offers visitors a chance to experience a traditional tea service in recreated Ming Dynasty tea house.
2. COOPER MOUNTAIN NATURE PARK
Cooper Mountain Nature Park is situated on the outskirts of Beaverton and provides views of the Tualatin River Valley. The 230-acre park has 3.5 miles of paths that wind through each of its several environments, including conifer forest, prairie, and oak forests. Grand views of the Chehalem Mountains, up-close views of Oregon white oaks, and a little prairie that has lain largely unaltered for hundreds of years await visitors. This is a wonderful location for a stroll. A little play structure for children is located close to the parking lot. Additionally, restrooms are present.
1. JAPANESE GARDEN
The Japanese Gardens, one of Washington Park’s many attractions, is a crown jewel of Portland. The site debuted in 1967 and was created by renowned landscape architect Professor Takuma Tono. This collection is made up of five distinct gardens: Strolling Pond, Tea, Natural, Flat, and Dry Landscape. Each one offers a distinct setting and architecture made up of natural materials like water, stone, and plants. The garden’s elevated location in Portland’s West Hills offers a quiet escape above the city. The Japanese Garden is always a lovely, but it the fall it is stunning. There is an admission fee to get in and be sure to get there early enough to spend at least an hour and a half.