Just under 300 acres of rolling hills that slope into the Tanner Creek gulch, Goose Hollow got its name from the geese that used to roam this Southwest neighborhood, until an ownership dispute between some local goose-raising women ended up in court. These days, the only goose around these parts might be part of a bronze statue, while rumbling MAX trains and a steady stream of development (such as the renovation of Artists Repertory Theatre to include a new, cutting-edge performance space and residential tower) give this otherwise historic area a modern feel.
The hushed walkways at the nearby Portland Japanese Garden and the prized blooms at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park provide plenty of opportunities for quiet reflection. Or get more active on the Washington Park Loop Hike, with a detour to the Vista Bridge, for an unmatched view of the downtown cityscape.
There’s lots of flavor in this little neighborhood. Check out Fehrenbacher Hof, a quaint coffeeshop that serves up small breakfast bites, and pick up some blooms next door at Goose Hollow Flowers. Try Vtopia (an all-vegan restaurant and cheese shop) or the Leaky Roof (a gastropub with British faves like fish and chips on the menu). For a bite of history, try Goose Hollow Inn, a neighborhood staple since 1967, when it was founded by future Portland Mayor Bud Clark.
Of course, there’s Providence Park, home to the Timbers and Thorns, the Portland’s Major League Soccer and National Women’s Soccer League teams, who boast three championships between them. For a different kind of play, Mox Boarding House offers board games galore. Also a restaurant (with two Seattle-area locations, too), Mox serves up casual bar fare and hosts events. (Yes, even your weekly Magic: The Gathering meet-up, nerds.) Feeling crafty? Hit up Scrap, a local upcycling store, and get creative.