"Reed College and a Few Small Attractions" Eastmoreland by glabah

Eastmoreland Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 73 photos

Eastmoreland is a very odd mix. East of SE 28th Avenue, there is a fairly wealthy residential area. It isn't Portland's most wealthy, but it this area is also much better off than the standard working class houses immedately north, east and south of the neighborhood.

East of SE 39th Avenue, the area is still considered part of Eastmoreland, but it is mostly standard working class houses of the 1920s-1940s that are fairly small.

Near the middle of the area, there is Reed College, which is by far the most famous feature of Eastmoreland, and the Portland Rhododendron Garden.

The northwestern edge of Eastmoreland is bordered by a heavy industrial area and a railroad yard.

When you hit "Eastmoreland Map" on VirtualTourist

you get a map with a map pin right at SE 39th Avenue and Evergreen Street. This is right at Berkeley Park, so is a photo of Berkeley Park, from approximately the location of the map pin.

There are several small parks in the Eastmoreland area, but by far the most well known recreational facility here is the Eastmoreland Golf Course. While I have never played any golf at this course (it is a sport that isn't interesting to me) the Eastmoreland Golf Course Grill is fairly good, and reasonably priced for the quality of food provided.

Despite the golf course being the most well known attraction here, to me the most interesting tourist attraction here is probably the Portland Rhododendron Garden.

Reed College is by far the most famous feature of Eastmoreland. Or should we say infamous? Reed is definitely has a reputation of spelling liberal in all capital letters, but at least one of the professors I met there said that the actual philosophy of the institution is really a lot more conservative than the student body and reputation make it out to be.

I won't comment, as my place of higher learning is located on the other side of town, and definitely has a non-liberal reputation.

If for some reason you find yourself needing to kill a few hours in the Eastmoreland area, you might check the Reed College Events listing to see what is going on here. In addition to the various events at the school, there is also the Reed College Canyon, which is a wildlife refuge in the center of the campus that sometimes sees some interesting bird life visit in the migration season, plus the usual mallard ducks and a few other water birds.

Aside of the Eastmoreland Golf Course, the Reed College Canyon, and the Rhododendron Garden, there isn't that much that happens in Eastmoreland.

You may be better off investigating the options across the railroad line in Sellwood.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:a few small interesting things here
  • Cons:only a very few things to do here
  • In a nutshell:A quiet close-in suburb community, but except for a few things there isn't much here.
  • Last visit to Eastmoreland: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MikeBird's Profile Photo
    Dec 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    great to read your account of wildlife in the College grounds. Your enthusiasm for these natural things is very apparent. Sadly there's not much of this on VT so your contribution is v welcome Mike

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Thanx for your good page....


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