Sick of the cold temperatures and snow? Have you been longing for the days when you can break free of your rain gear and enjoy nature? We feel you! Osprey has apartments in the South Waterfront, we’ve been dying for the weather to get nice so we can take advantage of the South Waterfront Greenway, and do a little stand-up-paddleboarding on the Willamette. We also know how important it is for Portlanders to be able to take advantage of all the fun this city can offer in warmer weather. Don’t worry – we know it may not seem like it now, but, warmer weather is just around the corner! That’s why we have compiled a list of the best places for enjoying Portland in the Spring.
1.The Portland Farmer’s Markets
Nothing is better than visiting one of the many Portland Farmer’s Markets on a beautiful spring day! The Market’s are a true Portland treasure! The city’s Farmer’s Market organization runs several market locations including the Portland State University, Northwest, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Lents International, Shemanski Park, King and Kenton markets. The goal is to build community by giving citizens access to healthy, sustainable, and organic products while supporting the hundreds of local merchants that provide them.
2. International Rose Test Garden
You can’t talk about Portland and Spring without mention the roses! Portland is the Rose City after all, and that’s why you should visit the International Rose Test Garden this Spring! Fortunately, for Osprey Apartments, the Garden is just a 20-minute drive away. Since 1919, Portlanders have been using the Garden to test out new varieties of roses. Every year, the best inventions receive the coveted Gold Medal Award and are showcased in the Gold Award Garden. It’s worth noting that Portland is the only city in North America to honor rose testers with awards – you’re not going to find roses of this caliber elsewhere!
3. Portland Japanese Garden
Did you know that Portland is a sister city to Sapporo, Japan? This is what inspired the creation of the famous Portland Japanese Garden, which is less than five miles from Osprey’s apartments in the South Waterfront. Here, you can spend the day admiring the 5.5 acres of beautiful gardens which celebrate traditional Japanese culture, encouraging balance, peace and calm. You can really take in Portland in the spring with a tour through the five gardens, which are modeled after the Shinto, Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Aside from maintaining the gorgeous ponds and gardens, organizers also focus on educating visitors on Japanese culture, science, and art.
4. Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival
In the city of Woodburn, about 30 miles from Osprey Apartments, is the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. If you’re new to the Pacific Northwest, you’ll soon learn that tulips are a big deal up here! The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm opens up their fields for a month every year in April, allowing visitors to marvel at 40 acres of colorful, dazzling tulips. But, the thing that makes the Tulip festival a go-to for Portland in the Spring is that there are also plenty of activities for the whole family. From cow trains to pony and hot air balloon rides, there is no shortage of things to do. Plus, if you want to host a special spring event, you can rent the Wooden Shoe Gardens, four acres of exquisite greenery and landscaping!
5. Get Some Exercise on the Greenway
We’ll admit that we have a special affinity for the Greenway, obviously because our South Waterfront apartments are right next door. Residents at Osprey Apartments know that it’s a great way to experience Portland in the spring. Previously an industrial region, the city reclaimed the area between the Marquam Bridge and River Forum Building for use as a car-free park and wildlife habitat.
Situated along the Willamette River, the Greenway is perfect exercise spot. Not only do you have access to separate walking and biking paths, you also can make use of the water for kayaking. Additionally, if you need to do a little carb-loading after a hard workout, you’ll have your pick of various award-winning restaurants. And, if you want to extend your bike ride, walk or run, you can make your way to downtown Portland, which is just north of the Greenway.
Osprey’s unbeatable location allows our residents to make the most of Portland in the Spring. In the South Waterfront, you can enjoy both urban and natural environments, which promote a balance of liveliness and tranquility. Our apartments in the South Waterfront make use of cutting-edge designs, functional floor plans, and modern amenities such as a fitness center and social spaces equipped with free WIFI. But, we also accommodate the outdoor lifestyle well with our bike storage and our outdoor storage and gear room.