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Where to Propose in Portland, Oregon

Modern Couples Guide to Proposing Places to Propose

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 12 of the best locations to propose in Portland, Oregon:

1. Multnomah Falls

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!

2. Washington Park – Portland Japanese Garden

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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

5. Cathedral Park

The appropriately names “Cathedral Park” is a hidden gem of the city of Portland, located beneath the St. John’s Bridge. The park got it’s name because of the style by which the legs of the bridge were designed to mirror the architecture commonly seen in cathedrals. The seasonal foliage of the park offers a truly beautiful scene for a romantic proposal. Settle into a park bench, and enjoy the beauty of a day spent outdoors with the love of your life. When the moment is right, present the vintage diamond engagement ring your so carefully selected from My Trio Rings!

6. Laurelhurst Park

As one of the largest parks in Portland, this is a very popular location for a day spent in nature. The trees are abundant and there are a number of serene ponds to settle along the edge with a picnic blanket and a basket full of treats. This is a wonderful location for a proposal as it offers a number of sites, ranging from secluded and intimate to lively and populated.

7. At a Baseball Game

Enjoy an evening at a local sporting game in the city of Portland – there are many to teams to support! From soccer to basketball, you are in for an exhilarating evening.

There are two soccer teams home to the city of Portland:

  • The National Women’s Soccer Team – The Thorns
  • The Men’s Major League Soccer team – The Timbers

The Trail Blazers is the National Basketball Team of Portland.

Whether you choose to keep the proposal quiet, just between the two of you at the game, or decide to go all out and get it televised on the big screen, it will surely be a night to remember!

8. At the Oregon Coast

This is not going to be your typical day at the beach with sun and sand. This will be panoramic, sensory experience that will have you in awe as you behold the natural beauty before you. There are a number of beautiful spots to stop by, but here are a few of the must sees:

  • Cape Meares is a viewpoint that looks out at the vast Pacific Ocean; romantic and breathtaking.
  • Ecola State Park Tide Pools is a true experience, home to a variety of wildlife native to the Oregon Coast. Enjoy a peaceful day that is perfectly intimate for a wedding proposal.
  • Haystack Rock (a location that became popular from The Goonies) is another great choice for a proposal, with beautiful scenery that will be perfect for an engagement shoot.
  • Seaside Boardwalk is a tourist hot-spot that would be fun to stop at on your way to one of the above locations before you propose.

9. Pittock Mansion

Watch the changing colors of the sky as the sun sets over Downtown Portland, Mt. hood, and Mt. St. Helen’s from the grounds of Pittock Mansion. This magnificent structure is located in Forest Park offers panoramic views of Portland’s most popular attractions, and is a truly romantic location for a proposal.

10. Dog Mountain

The challenging hike up Dog Mountain will be worth the view- and the memory of a proposal! Spring and Summer seasons offer bountiful blooms of wildflowers everywhere you look. Gather a bouquet of these wildflowers, and surprise your partner with the impromptu romantic gesture along with the unique engagement ring you hand selected for them to wear.

11. Ladd’s Addition Rose Gardens

While int he City of Roses, it is only right to visit a rose garden! Ladd’s Addition rose gardens are the perfect choice for an intimate and low-key proposal. Surrounded by hundreds of different types of roses, in a variety of colors, get down on one knee and propose with a rose gold engagement ring (it’s only appropriate!) This proposal will give new meaning to, “Step and smell the roses”!

12. Trillium Lake Near Mt. Hood

Step into a postcard, and enjoy the backdrop of the beautiful Mt. Hood as you sit along the running water side of Trillium Lake. Enjoy this location during the Spring, Summer & Fall seasons. The winter season brings snow which causes the main road to close for safety reasons. Make sure to bring a camera, maybe even a tripod, and capture the beautiful moment of your asking your partner to spend the rest of your lives together. You’ll want to look back at their reaction when they see the matching trio ring set you proposed with!

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

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Modern Couple's Guide To Proposing
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