Come to Sellwood!
Now that I have moved to Southeast Portland, I invite fellow rebels to check out my new neighborhood nestled along the east bank of the
Like all things Portland, there is a lot to do, many parks, and great food!
The Sellwood-Moreland area has a small-town feel. It even has its own amusement park and roller rink, which is the home of the Rose City Rollers. The entrance to the 20-mile bicycle/pedestrian Springwater Corridor is at the corner of the Sellwood Riverfront Park. Up on the bluff above the river is the
Sellwood Park, with its huge trees, picnic tables and summer swimming pool. The bluff provides a great view of the city skyline and is a fun place to view 4th of July fireworks.
On the east side of Sellwood is the West Moreland Park—about 9 blocks of water, picnic benches and many ducks and geese. Just North of Sellwood along Milwaukee Avenue is the entrance to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge (the map says it is Sellwood and 7th Avenue). Here you will find hiking trails and lots of birds.
There are two main shopping areas. One is the West Moreland district, with the center at Bybee and Milwaukee. Here you will find lots of shops and restaurants. I have not tried them all—yet. Food is a big thing in Portland. Fat Albert’s is great for breakfast, Stickers has pot stickers, Adobe Rose has amazing New Mexican food, Cha Cha Cha’s has more than a meal burritos, and you can get pizza by the slice at Pizzacato. All reasonably priced. And then there is the frozen yogurt lounge!
If you go west on Bybee, it will turn into 13th avenue, which is the heart of Sellwood. Again, lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, and food carts. The Blue Kangaroo roasts its own coffee beans and is a great place to relax. Jade and Mekong provide tasty Asian fare.
There are more shops along Tacoma. If you walk west along Tacoma, you can walk across the Sellwood Bridge for a different view of the Willamette.
If you walk east on Tacoma and turn left at 17th, you will come to my new favorite breakfast place: Bertie Lou’s. It Viagra Online is on the corner of 17th and Spokane (right around the corner from where I live and is a stop for the 70 bus).
If you visit during lunch hour on a Saturday, you can buy pirogues and stuffed cabbage from the women at the Ukraine Church located at 16th avenue between Spokane and Nehalem.
Public Transit Info
Traveling by public transit to Sellwood is fairly easy. Assuming you will be traveling via Amtrak, you will head to the yellow and green Max station on 6th and Hoyt (by the Grayhound station) and go to the Rose Quarter. This is part of the free zone, so you won’t pay anything to take this hop over the river. Get off at the Rose Quarter and walk across the street to Multnomah and catch Bus 70 heading to Milwaukee. Pay $2.05 ($1 if you are 65 or older); the transfer is good for 2-3 hours, meaning you can get on and off the bus until the time listed on the transfer.
Now, there are two routes for bus 70. Both travel south from the Max station along 11th Avenue and then, after crossing Powell, travels south down 17th Avenue until Bybee. At Bybee, the bus saying Tacoma will make a right turn, go past Milwaukee Ave. and continue on until it turns into 13th Avenue to go through Sellwood. It will travel past Tacoma Avenue before turning left to return to 17th Avenue. The other bus will continue south on 17th. It is less of a walk to the Riverfront Park if you take the bus that goes through Sellwood and exit at Tacoma (and walk west). If you want to go to the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, you can get off at Bybee and catch Bus 19 heading to Portland City Center. But all the parks are within walking distance.
To head back, just reverse the trip. Remember, if you catch a returning bus before you time is up, your transfer will work and you will not have to pay another fare.
One last thing: Bus 70 cuts across the major avenues in southeast: Burnside, Sandy, Belmont, Hawthorne and Division. All connect to east/west buses—and more Portland neighborhoods and parks. You can spend a lot of time exploring the many neighborhoods.