|Enjoy a walk through Portland's 1950s history along Sandy Boulevard|
This is a walk we found in Walking Portland, an excellent book with many historic and interesting walks in Portland.
The walk is about 2 miles (each way) and it's slightly uphill. If you decide to walk around The Grotto, be sure to add in another mile or 1.5 miles. It took us about three hours for the round trip walking, including time at The Grotto.
Walking Upper Sandy Boulevard on Google Maps
We parked near Clyde's. There are some nice homes and plenty of residential parking.
|Clyde's Prime Rib|
Clyde's Prime Rib has a colored past (it was a 50's chicken joint with a racist name and logo -- more info here)
|Fire Station 28|
Built in 1913 and recently renovated. The statue is named Araminta after Harriet Tubman's birth name.
BTU Brasserie is one of the new brew pubs and restaurants along upper Sandy Boulevard.
|Pho An Sandy|
Pho An Sandy is one of many Vietnamese and Thai restaurants to be found.
Annie's Donuts was a delightful surprise, and it came just in time as we needed a little snack to keep up our energy for the rest of the walk. In fact, Annie's Donuts turned out to be our favorite donut in Portland. (We ate plenty of other donuts too -- see my list of Best Portland Doughnuts.)
Fairley's Pharmacy is just across the street from Annie's Donuts in a wedge-shaped building that still serves soda fountain drinks. It was seen in the movie Drugstore Cowboy. TIP: Keep an eye on the crossing signals if you walk across the street here, as there several intersecting streets with a lot of fast-driving cars.
Roseway Theater still shows first-run movies.
|Mural seen from Sandy Blvd.|
|The Sandy Jug|
There once were many buildings on Sandy Blvd. built to look like what they sold.
The Grotto is a Catholic church with many statues placed throughout a large garden. It's open to the public.
TIP: I suggest taking the walk in the reverse order as described in the book. That way, you can start at The Grotto, and end about half way at which point most of the sights have been seen. You only need to drive down to the firehouse if you want to see its statue, and Clyde's.