Portland is more than just hipsters and craft beer - Portland is frequently recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious cities in the world because of its high walkability, large community of bicyclists, farm-to-table dining, expansive network of public transportation, and 10,000+ acres of public parks. But...did you know Portland can be as romantic as it is eco-friendly?
You’ve put in the time researching and shopping and now you officially have the perfect lab-grown diamond set in her dream conflict-free engagement ring - so now what?
Planning a proposal in or near Portland is easy with many special locations to choose from - you can 'keep it weird', get romantic in the ‘city of roses' or stay true to your eco-conscious roots.
Romantic Proposal Ideas in the City of Roses
Are you a romantic at heart? Maybe your partner is expecting romance along with the ring. Check out these romantic locations that are sure to create a memorable experience.
Willamette Wine Country - Hot Air Balloon
Why not surprise your loved one with a romantic hot air balloon ride in the Willamette Wine Country. Proposing while you soar through the sky, enjoying awe-inspiring panoramic views, will surely turn your incredible adventure into one of the most memorable moments you both have ever experienced.
Washington Park is home to several beautiful attractions, most notably the International Rose Test Garden and the Portland Japanese Garden.
The International Rose Test Garden is the oldest public rose test garden in the United States and while beautiful year round, featuring views of Mount Hood and the Cascade Range, June is peak bloom season and when you are most likely to see blossoming crowds along with the beautiful roses, so be sure to plan accordingly. Portland Japanese Garden is another picturesque location to propose in Washington Park, with its impeccable landscaping and plenty of places to sneak off for your romantic moment.
Keep it Weird - Unique Proposal Ideas
Why fit in when you can stand out? Create a memorable proposal that is as unique as your love at one of these unconventional locations.
Fun Fact: Mount Tabor Park in Southeast Portland is home to one of four ancient cinder cones in the metro area, which is why we chose Mt. Tabor as one of coolest places to pop the question. But... let’s not forget that Mt. Tabor is surrounded by nearly 200 acres of green space and home to fantastic views of the Portland and Mt. Hood.
Tip: On Wednesdays they close the park off to all motor traffic and the only time you may encounter a crowd is during concerts or the adult soapbox derby races, be sure check out the park's online calendar when planning for your big moment.
Ok, so we might be pushing it here as this location is not actually in Portland, rather it is about an hour and half drive down I-84 in Washington state, but let us assure you - it is absolutely worth the drive if you are looking to propose at a truly unexpected location.
The Maryhill Stonehenge is a replica of Stonehenge in England. The landmark is located in Maryhill, Washington - off U.S. Highway 97, about two miles from where it enters Washington from Oregon, by crossing the Columbia River. The Maryhill Stonehenge was commissioned in the early twentieth century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918 as a memorial to those who had died in World War I.
Eco-Conscious Proposal Ideas for America’s Greenest City
Did you know? Portland is the first U.S. city to enact a comprehensive plan to reduce CO2 emissions and has aggressively pushed green building initiatives. Portland was also named as the #1 Greenest City in America by Travel+Leisure in 2015, making it the perfect location for eco-conscious couples to get engaged.
While it may not be the most unique location to propose, Multnomah Falls has the views to make your moment one to remember - as it's known to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Thousands of couples have made the half-hour drive east from Portland to Multnomah Falls, where proposals are almost as common as photographers. Pack a picnic and enjoy a day hiking the trails, while soaking in the lush forest and views from the Benson Footbridge below the falls.
If your partner is an outdoor enthusiast who loves to ski, snowboard or hike, then Mt. Hood is the perfect location for you. No matter what the season is, it will be easy to find the ideal moment on the slopes or while hiking the numerous trails to proclaim your love.
Mt. Hood is home to 12 named glaciers and snowfields and is the highest point in Oregon and the fourth highest in the Cascade Range. It is also home to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Landmark and well known for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in the movie, The Shining.
If you or your partner love Portland and all it stands for, you should check out our two-tone engagement ring collection. Each ring is uniquely named after a well known street in Portland.