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  • Writer's pictureSusan Lute

Affordable Travel: Pittock Mansion, Portland Oregon

Updated: Mar 29, 2023

I had the privilege of being invited to Pittock Mansion during their Christmas event and wow! Right then and there, I promised myself I would go again.

According to Pittock Mansion's website, construction of the mansion began in 1912, and Oregonian newspaper man, Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana, with eight other members of their family, moved into the mansion in 1914. 1914 was the year the Panama Canal opened, the US Congress passed a law marking the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day, and US Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels banned alcohol, replacing it with coffee (I've been drinking coffee ever since—just kidding, but I do love my coffee). It was also in July of 1914 that the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, plunging world nations into World War I.

Today, the Pittock Mansion with its sweeping views of Portland, the Willamette River, and the Cascade Mountains in the distance (where I live) is operated by The Pittock Mansion Society in collaboration with Portland Parks and Recreation. In addition to the permanent collection on display, rotating exhibits also allow visitors a deeper exploration of local history, all of which, of course, I love.

When planning your visit, you can see visiting hours and buy tickets online: Members are Free; Adults 14.50; Seniors 65+ 12.50; Youth 6-18 years old 10.50; and Children under 6 are Free.

In order to live our best lives, while it would be fabulous to take trips to notable places in the world, like Paris, Bath (England), Greece, and Madeira islands off the coast of Portugal (someday), there is still a lot to be seen and enjoyed close to home.

Until next time, have fun in exploring your backyard and nearby states, and don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, BookBub, Goodreads, Amazon, and at You can contact me at

Happy exploring and reading.

XO Susan


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