A Locally Crafted Christmas at Pittock Mansion

A Locally Crafted Christmas at Pittock Mansion


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.


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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.


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  • Vickie / 15 December 2013 1:38

    how gorgeous 🙂

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today / 16 December 2013 3:35

    It looks amazing. I’d love to visit this place.

    • endlesslyenraptured / 16 December 2013 2:41

      It’s truly incredible. Definitely put it on your list of places to view if ever you come visit Portland…

  • petal and plume / 16 December 2013 10:32

    these are absolutely incredible photos. you two, what a team.

  • Laicie / A Thousand Threads / 16 December 2013 2:32

    Aww I love doing things like this during the holidays!! And now I wish I had a Pendleton tree.

    • endlesslyenraptured / 16 December 2013 2:40

      Haha, RIGHT!? When we walked into the Pendleton room we were like, dang, next year needs to be a Pendleton Christmas!

  • Loulou / 18 December 2013 3:29

    What a beautiful place. You’re so lucky to have it nearby. You’ve taken such great photos that it almost feels like I’ve been fortunate enough to visit too. Almost but of course, not quite. Must have been great to see in person.

    • endlesslyenraptured / 19 December 2013 6:12

      We definitely feel blessed living so close to such an beautiful, historic place. If ever you are in Portland during the holidays, it is a must visit.

  • Ola / 24 December 2013 2:14

    beautiful place, amazing climate <3