What is the best time to visit Portland?

Answers from Our Experts (2)

  • Jenn Louis

  • Chef, Restaurateur

  • Portland, Oregon, US

I think fall. We tend to see rain from October to as late as July. It warms up in June and July; but the joke is, summer starts at least by July 5. So the day after the Fourth of July is our joke of our official beginning to summer. Usually, June will just kind of be cloudy, a little drizzly, and then it will warm up in July. I think my favorite time is mid- to end of September to mid-October. You still have those cool nights, those warm days, and there’s not a cloud in the sky. It’s pretty spectacular.

Melissa Wilmot

Autumn in Portland is pretty hard to beat. Fall foliage colors range from bright pinks to deep goldens; it typically has not started raining; and there’s the perfect fall crispness in the air. Because it’s not quite umbrella or rain jacket weather yet, people are very much outdoors as much as possible. Dining al fresco is still an option, long walks on shaded trails are a must, and of course strolling along NW 23rd or SE Hawthorne is a perfect way to spend an afternoon.

For foodies, Portland in the fall means new menus packed with fresh, local ingredients and perfect autumn themed dining options. Be sure to check out Lincoln Restaurant, Le Pigeon and Aviary (just to name a few) - all known for their creative, fresh and timely menus.

Autumn is also a great time to visit wine country, just a 30 minute drive outside Portland. From fancy tasting rooms and unmatched views of colorful hills, to some of the best wine in the world, you won’t want to leave. And, that’s alright. Stay the night at the luxurious The Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg and pamper yourself at the spa voted one of the best in the nation. You’ll be disappointed when all the leaves fall and the temperatures begin to drop, but there’s always next year!

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