Although it has nothing to do with the music festival, this charming Southeast Portland neighborhood shares some of the eclectic vibes that you might associate with that landmark event. The Woodstock neighborhood in Portland ranges from parks to secondhand shops, small local food restaurants and cafes to Ben & Jerry’s and dive bars to amazing delicatessens.
The neighborhood is named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Woodstock, or The Cavalier, A Tale of the Year Sixteen Hundred and Fifty-one. The book tells the tale of the Good Devil of Woodstock following the British Civil War.
Woodstock is one of Portland, Oregon’s oldest neighborhoods, platted in 1889. The community is a good mix of existing older homes, commercial spaces, and plots of land in varying sizes. In some areas, you can find old Colonial and Craftsman homes, with newer in-fill houses and modern style homes scattered throughout. Like many of the neighborhoods in the deeper Southeast, this one still offers good value.
No visit to Woodstock – and certainly no residential experience – is complete without a trip to Otto’s Sausage Kitchen. Otto’s was established in the early 1900s by Otto Eichentopf. It opened in Portland in 1921. The impressive array of deli meats, cheeses and, of course, sausages make this establishment a go-to citywide. You’ll also find sauerkraut, olives and a variety of packaged goods that hail from Europe. Awesome lunch spot but be prepared for a bit of a wait especially during the warmer months when lines can run around the corner. Is it worth waiting? Absolutely!
The Woodstock neighborhood in Portland is also home to one of the areas best farmers market from June to October. Great coffee houses and cafes line the quaint little downtown area which really gives the neighborhood a very distinct personality.
This neighborhood is near Reed College and bordered by Reed, Eastmoreland, Creston-Kenilworth, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Brentwood-Darlington, and Ardenwald-Johnson Creek. Most of these communities are residential, with many parks, wilderness areas, streams and trails winding throughout. Woodstock draws an extremely varied populace, from groups of roomies to young families to more established couples and retirees. It’s a perfect destination for anyone whose goal is to experience a little slice of Portland culture.
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