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Where to Propose in Portland, Oregon

by Melia Dicker on Nov 20 in Proposal

Portland, Oregon, is a city full of life. Here you'll find quirky brunch cafes, live music venues, coffeehouses, and food trucks. You'll find Powell's Books, which is the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world. Most importantly, you'll find plenty of places to carry out your creative proposal ideas! Here are a few suggestions for where to propose in Portland, Oregon:

In the great outdoors

Multnomah Falls is not to be missed when you visit Portland. With 611 feet of cascading water, a stone bridge, pretty little streams, and surrounding valleys and forests, it's said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Here's an idea: ask someone (a friend, if you're hiking in a group, or a kind-looking stranger) to take your photo as a couple. Just before the picture is taken, say, "Wait!" and get down on one knee to pop the question. You can bet that the impromptu photographer will snap a few photos of you presenting a diamond cluster ring to your bride-to-be!

Washington Park houses a number of beautiful attractions. Portland Japanese Garden is tranquil and picturesque, with impeccable landscaping and plenty of areas to sit with your sweetie and enjoy each other's company. Take a virtual tour of the Upper Pond to scope out a proposal spot. According to its website, the International Rose Test Garden is the "oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States." It opened in 1917 and serves as a testing ground for new varieties of roses. Walk with your sweetheart holding hands, and breathe in the sweet flowery scents together. 

At a romantic spa

Aqua Terra is owned by a husband and wife team and specializes in couples' massage. In addition to explaining the benefits of couples' massage -- relaxing together is a mutually healing and bonding experience -- they even give suggestions for local date ideas! One Yelp reviewer said, "I had the BEST...let me repeat that...BEST massage in my life here."

Spa Willamina tends to receive rave reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor for providing a cozy, relaxing experience. Book an outdoor couples' massage and get ready to relax. You can even have a glass of wine when you arrive! Take a virtual tour through the website to get a feel for the ambience. Evening hours are available, in case you want to enjoy the spa before heading to dinner feeling like a new person. 

In an elegant Italian restaurant

Just looking at the menu at a Cena Ristorante will make your mouth water. Corn & mascarpone raviolini with butter-poached Maine lobster. Wild boar bolognese with cocoa tagliatelle and pecorino. For dessert, butterscotch pudding, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and pizzelle. Hungry yet? Add in romantic ambience, attentive service, and a wonderful wine list, and a Cena Ristorante should be at the top of your list for places to propose in Portland! 

Fondue is both delicious and romantic. Nestle into a booth at Urban Fondue and choose your favorite dipping items and cheeses. Whether you're in the mood for seafood, red meat, or vegetarian fare, you'll find a rich, delicious option. The Ruby Port Fondue, for example, is a blend of white cheddar, Swiss, and Gruyere with caramelized onions and port wine. Finish the meal with chocolate fondue...and your proposal, of course!

While you're brainstorming creative proposal ideas, pick out the perfect diamond cluster ring from My Trio Rings!

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Melia Dicker

Melia Dicker is a California native turned Southern belle. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi, and is a founding partner of Creative Distillery, the design and communications studio that she runs with her husband and sister. Melia specializes in narrative nonfiction and has written for a variety of blogs and mainstream publications. She married the love of her life in February 2011 and stayed within a modest budget by using many of the tips suggested on the My Trio Rings blog. Melia writes about food and relationships (the finer things in life) at www.eatdrinkandbemarried.com.

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