Econo Lodge Southeast
17330 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
Phone: (503) 654-2222
Fax: (503) 654-1300
Marylhurst University offers excellent academic courses, and students can even receive degrees online. But books are just the beginning. Check out the school's gifted symphony orchestra. The school is also renowned for its art programs, and the gallery boasts the works of Richard Kraft, Christine Murakishi, Janie Lowe, Joseph Biel and many others. It has provided the finest in contemporary art for more than two decades. You can learn more about the university's forums, exhibits and other events by visiting the web site.
This is a great place to take youngsters who are just learning the game. As if we all didn't need a little help on the links, right? Lots of par threes, no water hazards and minimal bunkers make it a little easier for kids to keep it on the grass. No hurried groups out here, so bring your patience along with your kids.
Just look for the covered wagons and circle to find this center. Focusing on modern history of the Pacific Northwest (fur traders, the railroad and more), the center puts on a show every hour from 10a-3:30p daily. The Willamette Trade and Craft Workshop behind the center allows you to interact with trail country traditions. Group rates are available, and the center can be rented for private events.
This is all that is left of Portland's once-grand trolley system. It still runs smoothly, and views from the open glass-free windows are great. You almost slip back to a time when the rails were the only way to get around. It is a nice break from traffic and the best way to get intimate with the Willamette River without jumping in. The round trip cost a little bit, however the prices for adults, senior citizens and children is different. You can ride the rails Saturdays and Sundays from April through May.
There are only four municipal elevators in the world, and Oregon City is home to one of them. In 1915, the Oregon City Municipal Elevator was erected to bridge the gap between the lower part of town and the new upper bluff. The original water-powered lift took a full three minutes to travel a short distance. When switched to electricity in 1924, the ride took a mere 30 seconds. The current elevator was constructed in 1955 and is still in operation.
Dr. John McLoughlin is affectionately known as the "Father of Oregon." His house remains almost as it was when the good doctor built it in 1845. Some of the original furniture and furnishings are still there, so it is a real treat for history buffs. Do not miss the bed that was owned by the family of Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark). The guided tour is educational and amazing. Admission is free. The house remains closed between mid-December and March, please visit the website for more details.
Children and adults can enjoy water slides, wave pools, sand volleyball and more inside this giant building. Conference rooms are also available as well as an onsite cafe, a small retail shop and an outside picnic area under trees and sun. Adults can get away from the hectic swim area and head over to the adult-only hot tub to relax, knowing that lifeguards are always on duty. The lifeguards try to keep two lanes open for lap swimming at all times.
Historic Oregon City is the home of the third house ever built in the Oregon Territory, and Clackamas County's oldest house. The Ermatinger House was erected by one of Oregon's prominent citizens, Francis Ematinger, a Portuguese native who was schooled in England and was a former Hudson's Bay employee. Ermatinger arrived in Portland in 1825, made his mark in Oregon retail and government, and erected this house in 1845. Tours and living history teas are offered to the public.
Located on the southeast edge of Portland, the chamber offers information on everything. The main attractions of North Clackamas County are the parks and the outdoors. This county is where you will find the entrance to the Springwater Corridor, one of the area's best places for hiking, biking and picnicking. You will also find Mt. Scott, where you can step back and get a good view of Portland's skyline. In addition the county has golf courses, rivers, streams and shopping strip malls.
See Oregon's first covered wagon. It is here along with an old pharmacy and another first Oregon's first operating able. Seeing that will make you glad you do not need 19th Century medical care. The collections here are more significant than numerous, but the display guides are informative and well done. Admission are free.
Native Americans once herded elk and other animals off adjacent cliffs then floated the slaughtered animals to this island. Accessible only by water and only when the river is high, this natural wildlife habitat features hiking trails that wind around the bay, where blue herons feed and sturgeon swim in some of the deepest waters of the Willamette River. Be cautious if you stray from the paths; this is a wild area, complete with poison oak. Stick to the trail and it's a great hike.
Top O' Scott Public Golf Course was completed in the mid-1920s. The par-69 course offers 18 holes of sheer fun. Water is in play, and a full on site bar is sure to keep the mood light. Gas and pull carts are available for your convenience. Golfers should take advantage of the putting green, lighted driving range and on-staff pro. Junior and senior discounts are also offered.