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Portland: These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

By Kat Gilpatrick, September 28, 2023

My top 5 list for Portland & environs – for me, for visitors, for everyone — with a little visual eye candy to illustrate and inspire.

Photo credit: K. Gilpatrick

1. McMenamin’s Edgefield – indescribably unique lodging, restaurants, live music concerts, gardens, golf, a spa and decadent soaking pools just outside of town in a lovely place called Troutdale. There’s something happening around every corner, and great acts headlining for outdoor shows in the summer. If you’re looking for an alternative to Portland’s incredible list of parks and outdoor spaces, from Laurelhurst to Sellwood, check out Edgefield.

2. Sauvie Island – with it’s farms and winding roads, it’s sweet beaches for family fun or casting a line into Sturgeon Lake, or just a good old-fashioned drive out for seasonal fun, it’s the perfect place to go for pumpkins, for produce, for the most gorgeous u-pick bouquets. Maybe just sit and enjoy a really stellar gyros — or take a minute to slow down and get a breath of fresh air and enjoy a simpler pace for an afternoon. Sauvie Island is the ultimate weekend activity for families every season of the year.



3. East Bank Esplanade – A perfect place to walk with friends and relax along the shores of the gorgeous Willamette, with it’s incredible views of all the bridges — even cross a pedestrian bridge if you’d like, breathing the fresh lovely air on foot, bicycle, scooter, unicycle, hoverboard — really anything goes.
From here you can ponder which neighborhoods you like the best, what feels like home to you, watch the boats on the water, see as far as you can see. OMSI is here, and you can stop in and explore, or just keep walking and enjoying the trails, and urban hiking goodness that we have all around us.


Kat Gilpatrick

Broker | OR


Kat Gilpatrick is a Portland-based real estate agent with a global perspective. Leveraging her industry knowledge, Kat works alongside colleague Jennifer O'Brien to guide clients through every step of the real estate journey, from buying a dream home to securing an investment property. Kat prioritizes building long-term partnerships to maximize client opportunities in the Portland market.
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