The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
4.5
Forests • Religious Sites • Gardens
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
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  • lee m
    Oakland, California47 contributions
    Christmas Time Splendor
    The Holiday Lights are up and beautiful. Varying and a really good Grotto Carolers perform live Christmas music nightly in the chapel and outdoor tent. Lovely spot outdoors in Nature with a charming Friar Catholic Chapel. A large basalt cliff holds a shrine alter and daytime can take an elevator or wooded trails to gardens and a meditation area with large cross overlooking a North view to Washington State.
    Written December 3, 2021
  • Em O
    Moses Lake, Washington251 contributions
    Peaceful
    It never ceases to amaze me. No matter how many times we have visited here, I always feel this overwhelming sense of peace & tranquility. Of course this visit was a bit different because of Covid. Everyone was wearing mask & everyone in the gift shop was respectful of the 6ft. There was a gal sanitizing the elevator in between each family. Doing their best to keep everyone safe!
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2020
  • Krista
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho12 contributions
    Serene, cultural experience
    Not being Catholic, or even particularly religious, we weren’t sure what to expect. However, we thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds and absorbing the quiet. We attended on a gloomy, drizzly winter afternoon but this did not diminish the beauty of the place. If you enjoy gardens, cultural nuances or artwork, you might find something to appreciate. There is a reproduction of the labyrinth of Chartres which was neat. We would like to return in the morning to view the sunrise in the meditation room.
    Traveled with family
    Written January 5, 2020
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Ben
Honolulu, HI53 contributions
Jan 2020
Beautiful trilliums are absolutely everywhere, along with every other beautiful flower you can think of. There is a abundance of peaceful places to sit and think, including many catholic sculptures and little cutesy ponds. When I went it was almost empty, I ran into very few people in the upper garden. The admission price is low and I think the price is well worth seeing these upper gardens, as the whole grounds are well maintained and manicured to perfection. The lower trail and grotto are also beautiful and serene, and the little chapel always has it's doors open if you wish to venture in.
Written May 7, 2020
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Tricia O
Hilliard, OH311 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
This place is a nice place to walk around the gardens and enjoy God’s creation. Very peaceful to be alone with your thoughts. Extensive gift shop for religious gifts but beware we witnessed cars broken into and windows broken with very little traffic in parking lot. They seemed to have security that followed us around the grounds when perhaps he would have been better stationed in the parking lot guarding the 5 cars that were parked there in clear view of gift shop staff. Don’t leave anything of value behind in your car here.
Written September 18, 2020
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jenncupcake
Seattle, WA24 contributions
Jan 2020
Independent of your religious beliefs, this is a really nice place to visit. Many people have come here over the years and it vibrates with good energy. It is a good place to pray, heal, or enjoy the scenery with a nice walk. I found the observatory which had tall beautiful windows and I got to enjoy the sunset. Would recommend!
Written February 12, 2020
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Candee W
Portland, OR131 contributions
Feb 2020
Who knew. I've lived in Portland for 40 years and have been to The Grotto a number of times, but like everyone else, I only went at Christmas when the full display of lights turns it into a magical place. I knew nothing of the upper garden, a beautiful place with meandering pathways, chapels, shrines, ponds and a world away from just outside The Grotto's gates. Although it was a nice day on our visit, it was still winter. Yet, I can imagine what a great place it would be to escape to in the heat of summer as its towering fir trees provide infinite shade. Walk the circular maze in sheer contemplation. You don't have to be religious to enjoy this hidden gem.
Written March 5, 2020
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eshaynes
Portland, OR186 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We paid to do the upper gardens and it is worth it. Very beautiful gardens and lots to look at it. This time of year some things were in bloom but I bet it’s pretty in the spring when the roses and other plants bloom as well. We did the labyrinth which was fun. Takes no more then 1 1/2 - 2 hours to see everything.
Written February 25, 2020
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MomR
17 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
My 13 year old daughter and I travelled to Portland and visited The Grotto. We attended noon mass then toured the beautiful grounds and meditation chapel on the hillside. Absolutely beautiful setting and amazingly meaningful in our journey of prayer with the Blessed Mother. Very easy walking and nicely paved fir wheelchairs or strollers.
Written February 24, 2020
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland8,060 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This Grotto is stunning and the story behind it is absolutely amazing. Sheer determination and the will to succeed.
A great view and a super place for reflection regardless of you beliefs or non belief. We all need time alone and the Grotto is not just for one faith.
Well worth a visit.
Written October 29, 2022
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Kim W
Orlando, FL100 contributions
Feb 2020
What an absolutely beautiful place and you feel the peace!!!! Go even if you are not religious. The nature is wonderful and unique with the big trees and the area carved out from the rock. We stayed over an hour and wished we stayed longer - if I were not with a child I would have brought a book and stayed and meditated in the santuary.
Written February 20, 2020
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Jordan
Columbus, OH98 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
My husband and I are not generally religious. He'd never been to mass and I hadn't since I was a kid. We thought the outdoor mass at the Grove could be a nice experience. It was! The location is just breathtaking. The service was lovely and inclusive. Not like the sermons of my youth. We also checked out the lower level free areas and upper level paid areas. Everything was beautiful!
Written January 4, 2023
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LoveBeaches1017
Saint Louis, MO203 contributions
Sep 2020
Beautiful, peaceful place for a walk. I loved the upper gardens, especially the "wayside shrines" from different countries. Also, the white pine carvings of the Sorrows of Mary were gorgeous. Well worth a visit.
Written November 7, 2020
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