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The Grotto - National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother

Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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Must visit when in Portland

We visited the Grotto on our last day in Portland and are so glad that we did! This is a very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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Not sure it's worth going this far out of your way

The Grotto is not close to much else in Portland so you are really heading out of your way for just... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Carina R
Reno, Nevada
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An internationally renowned Catholic sanctuary set among 62 acres of botanical gardens, offering a place of peace and quiet reflection for all people. More than 100 beautiful statues,reflection ponds, and views offer inspiration to all who visit.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
+1 503-254-7371
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the Grotto on our last day in Portland and are so glad that we did! This is a very spiritual and special place, and one that I would highly, highly recommend. No matter what faith or belief system you have, the Grotto will...More

Thank Jr43528
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Grotto is not close to much else in Portland so you are really heading out of your way for just this. I thought it was nice to be among some greenery, but there are many places for that in Portland so I wish I...More

Thank Carina R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Despite the number of people, can find tranquility in the upper garden. About 90 minute visit and the upper garden is the value despite the actual grotto being free and on the lower level. Walk the labyrinth sit by the pond and enjoy the quiet...More

Thank Tomtomaz2
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the shrine in the morning while the weather was cool and crisp. My wife really enjoys visiting places of Faith and contemplation. The sanctuary allows privacy and solitude. There are benches to relax upon throughout the grounds to meditate and relax. The lower...More

Thank Donandninfa
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped by and just walked the main area and visited the chapel. The chapel had wonderful music playing that was very soft. We only spent half an hour there and did not go up to the upper level as we did not want to...More

1  Thank Bernadette T
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to the Grotto mid week to visit this place of relaxation and meditation in the middle of Portland. The parking lot was almost empty so we practically had the place to ourselves. Although it is a Catholic sanctuary, all beliefs were welcome. We...More

1  Thank BnThrDnThat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I lived in Portland this would be my escape from the hustle and bustle world. It is peaceful and relaxing. Yes it is a Catholic site but one can still enjoy the peace and quite here. The $6 for the upper gardens was well...More

Thank Tim B
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful place to escape into your own thoughts and contemplate a life decision or just enjoy the peacefulness.

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an unusual Catholic shrine in Portland built into the side of a mountain. This is NOT a tourist thing, it's a working Church thing. As a non religious person, that did nothing for me, but the grounds are beautiful and it quiet and...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful way to spend a couple of hours or so. The Grotto is quite lovely and mostly peaceful. Unfortunately, there was an extended family with kids and teens that may have thought it was a park. They were extremely loud and disruptive.

Thank onesushigirl
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2 July 2017|
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Response from RichardSTigard | Reviewed this property |
While dogs are not allowed on the upper level, they are allowed outdoors on the first level, both in the plaza and in the botanical garden. The Grotto holds special events throughout the year, including a Blessing of the... More
Linda M
17 May 2017|
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Response from ratish17 | Reviewed this property |
it's priceless to go on top and much more worth the $5 to be paid.
29 November 2016|
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Response from sbeguy | Reviewed this property |
check location of Motel 6 allows pets. Air BNB try that too.