Should I Retire in Portland?

Portland, Oregon is a city that we love to serve. With all the fantastic people, cuisine, and things to do, it’s no wonder so many people are moving to Portland to retire.
Portland is perfectly situated one hour’s driving distance from fantastic skiing at Mt. Hood as well as the beautiful sandy beaches of Cannon Beach, Seaside and Tillamook.
As opposed to many other major cities, in Portland, you get four seasons. With each season comes different activities and things to see and do.

Portland in the Summer

Summer is Oregon’s best kept secret. It’s absolutely amazing. Portland has low humidity and lots of sunshine. The blue rivers and lakes teem with activity. The city parks in Portland host numerous events throughout the summer such as movies, concerts and more. The Oregon Brewfest, Rose Festival, and the Portland Blues Festival all take turns invading Tom McCall Park. Because the beach is often much cooler than the “valley” (Willamette Valley where Portland is located), July, August and September are usually the only months hot enough to have your “traditional beach experience” where you actually wear a swim suit rather than a sweater. The Hillsboro Hops on the west side, and Portland Pickles on the east side are the Portland Metro’s two minor league baseball teams. While they are relatively new additions to Portlander’s summers, you can’t go wrong by spending an afternoon enjoying the jovial atmosphere at their respective stadiums.

Portland in the Fall

Fall in Portland brings dazzling trees with amazing yellows and oranges which go nicely with visits to the Sauvie Island’s pumpkin patch. Don’t forget all the craft breweries, like Coalition, Gigantic and Hopworks, brewing up pumpkin beers, or the coffee shops, like Coava and Barista, touting that they have the best pumpkin spice latte.

Portland in the Winter

Portland is also great for the winter. With so many breweries and restaurant options, it’s expected that you put on a few pounds, it’ll keep you warmer anyways, right? To escape the rain, spend some time at Powell’s City of Books, or at the Living Room Theatre on 10th. However, most Portlanders enjoy spending their rainy winter days in their local coffee shops like Heart Coffee, Water Avenue or Stumptown. Before Christmas, Portlanders flock to Peacock lane which is a street in which all of the neighbors extravagantly decorate their front yards with amazing light displays. It has, however, turned into quite the zoo, so be strategic about when you go. Finally, Portland has a great music scene. Mississippi Studios, The Doug Fir Lounge and The Alberta Street Pub are some of the best for live music.

Portland in the Spring

In the spring, many Portlanders creep outside wondering what “that bright yellow thing is up there?” Soon enough, they figure out that being outdoors is, once again, acceptable. The most amazing thing about the spring are the flowers and blooms. Tom McCall Waterfront Park has dozens of beautiful cherry trees that blossom. The trees were actually a gift from the Japanese Grain Importers Association of Tokyo. To experience wildflowers, Portland has amazing hiking nearby in the Columbia River Gorge. Catherine Creek, Dog Mountain and The Mosier Plateau are some of the best places to see the stunning wild beauty.
It’s quite easy to get around the city with the Max light rail. It can take you all across the metro area from the airport, east to Gresham, down to Clackamas and west out to Hillsboro. Portland is a smaller city compared to its larger neighbors to the north and south, and not as spread out as others.
Portland truly is a wonderful place to retire and has so much to do and see. We love working with our clients to help them build retirement plans so they don’t have to worry about money, but rather they can experience all the fun things that our great city has to offer.