Beverly Cleary's Portland Neighborhoods

Portland, Oregon

Beverly Cleary's Portland Neighborhoods

Beverly Cleary's Portland Neighborhoods Professional Guide

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"Beverly Cleary has been writing award-winning children’s books since the 1950s. Cleary used the Hollywood neighborhood, where she grew up, as the setting for her books about Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, and Otis Spofford. The neighborhood has not changed much.

You will walk by Cleary’s childhood homes and see some of the schools, parks, and other places that are named in her books. Cleary also set a few scenes in the Laurelhurst neighborhood, which is directly to the south on the other side of the freeway."

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Fun for kids to see where the Beaverly Clearly books were based. I recommend you do some reading of the books before you go if you haven't already. I did this walk with a friend pushing a double stoller (the sidewalks were adequate!) with her 10 month old twins and with our two kids ages, 8 and 10. We did the shorter 4 mile route and it was enough sights for us.
One thing to note is that the Keinow's Grocery store is now a QFC. We actually parked up by Grant park on the street, ate lunch at the park and then did the loop starting at the park and ending at the park. The wading pool at Grant park closes September 1 but the fountains with the bronze statues was still running but I am not sure how late into the fall they run. It was nice to round trip it back to cool off our toes and enjoy the perfect shade of the park. The neighborhoods have wonderful architecture, it's a treat to just wander down the streets just to enjoy that. Also we took our time enjoying the view, eating a picnic lunch and cooling off in the fountain after but just the short walk took up pretty much the entire half of the day. Fun walk though and I recommend it!

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