Sellwood is a self-contained neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. It’s sort of the Southeast’s answer to North Portland’s (NOPO) St John’s. Both neighborhoods have eponymous bridges and both are funky and fun. Sellwood has seen a bit of upheaval recently as the city works to refurbish the Sellwood bridge. The new bridge will be seismically-sound and plans to open in fall 2015.
In the meantime, Sellwood is a charming neighborhood. Tree-lined streets and a small-town feel make the neighborhood a real respite from the rest of Portland. Tucked in a pocket bordered by wildlife refuges, SE Mcloughlin Blvd, and a few golf courses, residents feel as though they are in a different city. They still love being so close to all that Portland has to offer.
The northern border of Sellwood is Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, a riverside marshland along the Willamette River that is traversed by a popular bicycle trail that connects cyclists to downtown Portland. You’re sure to see a wide range of animals in the refuge, including majestic Blue Herons and perhaps a Bald Eagle, if you’re lucky.
Cyclists can head north from Sellwood and go through the refuge, past the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) then into the downtown area. Intrepid bikers can go all the way to the Steel Bridge, which has a low-lying bike path to take them across to the city’s west side for book shopping at Powell’s, summer festivals, or a film festival at the NW Film Center, inside of the Portland Art Museum.
Cycling south and east from Sellwood, the Springwater corridor trail offers a relatively flat bike ride out through grassy fields which are full of blackberries all summer long. Where the trail meets 82nd Ave, there is a massive food cart pod where you’re bound to find something to please everyone, including a beer tent for those who quaff local suds.
Past 82nd, the trail goes all the way to Boring, Oregon. While the majority of the trail is paved, the last few miles to Boring are loose gravel, so those with narrow road-bike tires should take heed. The trail comprises most of the southeast portion of a 40-mile loop. Along the trail is the Leach Botanical Garden, Beggars-Tick Wildlife Refuge, and scads of herons, eagles, and hawks for bird-watching delight.
Sellwood is not outdone in the food department. In fact, Sellwood has a good range of food carts and local, independent restaurants to choose from. There are choices for fine dining and even for sitting outside in the glory of a NW summer. Sellwood is a vital part of Portland, even if it is rather tucked away.
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