For the past few years, Jade and I have made it a tradition to visit the historic Pittock Mansion, which is decorated in festive holiday fashion each year. A different theme is selected each year and every room in the mansion is decorated based on that particular theme. Last year it was decorated based off the 12 Days of Christmas. This year, they chose the theme ‘A Locally Crafted Christmas,’ which brought 80 volunteers together to bring the DIY, locally sourced and handmade goods sensibilities cherished by Northwest community to life. It was by far my favorite theme of the mansion since attending the festivities. I especially liked the rugged Pendleton Wool inspired room with its colorful throws and wall hangings, as well as several taxidermied animals. There’s something about a stuffed deer head on a wall that just reminds me of home.
The Pittock Mansion has been a long standing pillar of the historic nature of the Portland community, nestled among the trees in the west hills for nearly a hundred years. It was erected by Henry Pittock and his wife Georgiana, the original publishers of ‘The Oregonian,’ the first Oregon wide newspaper. The house is a French renaissance style chateau, which has a 22 rooms and sits on 46 acres. It was purchased by the city of Portland in 1964 to become one of the historical societies tourable sites open to the public. The outside if it is a park and can be picnicked or simply enjoyed by all. Plus there are running paths all around, so if you need some exercise, why not go run by a millionaire’s estate?
Jade and I continuously joke that once we become millionaires we will buy it from the city and live there. The architecture of it is not unlike what we saw in London and Paris during our trip in September and makes me long to pack up for my next adventure. I have always found it interesting that these enormous estates were actually once lived. It’s really a testament to the way our society once functioned and how the class lines were so evident. I think it warms both our hearts to know that today this is a place that can be enjoyed by anyone all year round.