Woodstock is a hip close in neighborhood in SE Portland. While the name may conjure up visions of peace signs and high waisted bell bottoms or a little yellow bird that hangs out with Snoopy, this neighborhood is actually named after a book by Sir Walter Scott set after the English Civil War. Wah, wah – decidedly less fun, i know. Its neighbors are Reed and Eastmoreland on the west, Creston Kenilworth to the North. Mt Scott-Arleta and Brentwood Darlington are on its east side and Ardenwald-Johnson Creek is situated below.
Woodstock has a cozy, happy neighborhood feel with a variety of modestly sized homes. The central commercial area is on Woodstock Boulevard between SE 52nd Avenue and Cesar Chavez Boulevard (formerly SE 39th). If the ability to walk to your neighborhood cafe or bar is an integral part of your lifestyle – you will dig living here.
Steph’s top picks in Woodstock:
Eat: Grilled dog from Otto’s Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market. Perhaps it is the midwest girl in me, but I often get these crazy hankerings for hot dogs that simply do not abate! Otto’s is a Portland landmark and has some of the best house made sausages, deli meats and dogs you could possibly hope for. The grill is going outside – rain or shine – and the friendly staff and honor system for payment make this place a true gem.
Imbibe: Whiskey ginger and happy hour onion rings at Lutz Tavern.
Shop: Arts and Crafts/Mission style furnishings from The Joinery. The items are pricey, but the furniture here will last a lifetime and longer. If you believe in having fewer, better things – you will love this place
Play: A trail run at Reed College. While technically not in Woodstock, Reed College is two blocks away and there is a lovely canyon loop trail to escape the bustle of the city for a moment.