Portland Spring: 31 Reasons To Make It Through Another Winter

Portland cherry blossoms

Ah spring – the worst is over! Every year it’s the same feeling, like by the end of February you begin to believe that the grey and rain is just not going to end this time. But it does and it’s always worth it. Seeing blossoms all across the city makes me a little giddy.

Here are some things I love about spring in Portland…

  1. cherry blossoms at Waterfront Park
  2. blossoms in general, all around the city
  3. escaping the rain
  4. Japanese gardens
  5. last basketball games
  6. rum horchata at Por Que No
  7. rollerskating at Oaks Park
  8. Tulip Festival!
  9. fair weather biking
  10. colorful macarons
  11. laughing yourself silly at Bridgetown Comedy Fest
  12. new bike accessory shopping or bike spring tuneup
  13. Mt Hood loop
  14. PSU farmer’s market weekend (chard!)
  15. mud hiking at council crest
  16. Rose Festival
  17. spiced chai at Extracto Coffee
  18. first spring flowers
  19. cheese plates at The Observatory
  20. OMSI After Dark
  21. spring trips to the coast
  22. Cheers to Belgium beers festival
  23. antiquing in Sellwood
  24. spring sunsets (& gaining an hour of daylight)
  25. outdoor brunch again!
  26. meandering the Eastbank Esplanade
  27. shows at Doug Fir or Miss Studios
  28. beers by the fire at Base Camp
  29. waterfall hikes in the Gorge
  30. the start of Pedalpalooza (June is still spring!)
  31. waving farewell to spring with summer equinox from the Hawthorne Bridge

What’s your favorite thing about spring?


Portland Spring was originally published in 2013, and has been updated for 2015.


  • Hey Olivia!

    I just found your blog through bootsnall and love it! I just moved to Vancouver, WA a few months ago (lovin’ it, by the way) and have also been dreaming/planning a rtw trip for almost two years now, so just about everything I find on your blog is helpful times two! I’m trying to explore the magnificent pacific northwest so between this fanTASTIC weather and this newfound discovery of your blog, i’ll be busy until fall…and maybe even after that (while still planning my journey of a life time on the side, mind you :-))

    I just thought I’d post some love from across the river.


  • My favorite thing is the cool weather. We don’t get many days where the weather is breezy, low in temp, and low in humidity. May hits quick and it can be miserable. I also love the flowers, especially the bluebonnets.