Sometimes it is nice to get away and live a slower life, even if just for the day. While Portland still has a small-town feel compared to other big cities, a change of pace is always nice when life gets overwhelming. These 10 small cities and towns surrounding us are much smaller and have a whole different feel than being in the city, making them the perfect escape when you need a break.
With just 3,000 residents, this wine country town is every bit as quaint as you would expect. Visit wineries while you are here, and you will surely know several people by name at the end of a day here.
Another small Willamette Valley town, Yamhill is home to just over 1,000 residents. A player in the local wine industry, Yamhill is also the childhood home of Beverly Cleary, the famed children's author.
With 40 wineries packed in, you would think that Carlton is larger. However, this sweet small town is home to 2,000 residents and has plenty of small town charm.
Home to the Oregon Garden, Silverton is beautiful small town with plenty of curb appeal. With just over 9,000 residents, the city is on the larger end of small towns, but still has plenty of charm.
A farming and timber community, Sheridan is a small town with a history dating back to 1880. With just over 6,000 residents, Sheridan residents have a lot of room to spread out.
With 7,000 residents, Boring is not the smallest town, but it is definitely the most dull, in name at least. An unincorporated community along OR Route 212, Boring is constructed over the Boring Lava Fields, an extinct volcanic field that stretches from the city to Portland.
Located on the scenic Nehalem River, Vernonia is another small logging town nestled in the country. Home to a little over 2,000 residents, Vernonia is a quiet getaway that you will love.
Once a camp for building a hydroelectric dam, Estacada became a hub for the logging industry. Today it is home to about 2,600 residents and has lots of nature to explore.
9. St. Helens
St Helens is about as picturesque as small towns come. A historic downtown and scenic Columbia River views makes this close-to-Portland city a must-visit.
This historic community was founded as a religious commune in the 1850s. Today it is home to some of the best antique shops in the area, and has a sparse population of just over 900 residents.
Another scenic wine country destination, Amity has been around since 1848. With just over 1,600 residents, it won't take long for everyone to know your name here.
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