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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother
Ranked #5 of 453 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 16, 2013

The Grotto is a peaceful place to visit. Take the elevator to the upper level where you walk in the gardens. Plenty of places to sit and just meditate or listen to the birds.

Thank Carrie C
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

yes, we were in portland on a snowy day. drawn by the description that you could see Mt Adams and Mt St Helens on a "clear" day, we nevertheless took a drive to the Grotto. This is a gem and certainly worth the fee to take the elevator to the upper gardens. even if you are not religious the visit is worth it (remember the clear day) with the ceiling to floor glass panoramic views in the meditation space. the gardens are lovely with a mix of modern and traditional religious sculptures and is a quiet respite from the city. the gift shop has the required coffee and snacks and there is a free guide to the site. the folks who worked in both the gift shop and visitor center were very friendly and knowledgable. you can visit the lower area including the church for free. parking is free. only fee is for elevator to upper gardens.

Thank lmqwerty
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We visited this site in December in rainy weather but were charmed none the less. Our son will be getting married here and we were anxious to see the grounds. There is plenty of parking and despite the rain and gloom of a December day we were delighted by the gardens. You ascend to the gardens via an elevator. Once there the paths are gentle and beckon you to wander. Even without the blooms of spring and summer this is a lovely and inspirational site to visit. We are looking forward to see what surprises spring brings to the grounds.

Thank CLJ_5352
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We went in October 2012 and it was really nice. We walked the lower level and then took the elevator to the upper area. The grounds were nicely maintained and it was a nice place to take a walk and a time out from life.

Thank KEE_12
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

This is a beautiful holiday with incredible lights. In addtion, it is a wonderful place to walk through anytime of year. If you have a chance, take the elevator to the view point. Incredible!

Thank mamababoo
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