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Clackamas: Urban Advantages And Suburban Perks

Portland, Oregon is fast becoming one of the countries primary relocation destinations. It has been a top ranked city in several publications’ lists including the Reader’s Digest 50 Cleanest Cities in America and Travel + Leisure’s 2007 list of America’s Favorite Cities. Families and retirees are looking to move to the Portland metro area to enjoy all the Northwest has to offer. While some neighborhoods provide a very distinct and singular style of living, the Clackamas area is the right combination of urban city advantages and suburban perks.

Though the town of Clackamas is roughly 15 miles from Portland’s city center, the community has been developed to provide many of the urban elements appreciated by those living in the downtown area. Access to retail boutiques and well-known chains have grown significantly over the last year due in part to the expansion of the Clackamas Town Center, a centralized shopping location in Clackamas that includes the Promenade located directly across Sunnyside Road. In November 2007, the center’s developers completed over 25,000 square feet of new retail and dining space created using a modern design suited to the tastes and lifestyles of the Portland metro area. Clackamas area residents have much more variety and options now at their fingertips.

Ease of transportation is one of the greatest benefits of living close to the center of any city. Portland residents have had an award winning TriMet system of busses at their disposal for quite some time. Now, new developments are connecting suburban residents to the entire metro area through the MAX light rail. The Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) which now serves the Hillsboro, Beaverton, downtown, Northeast, and Gresham areas is being expanded to include Clackamas. By S
eptember 2009, a new green line will run from the Gateway Transit Center along I-205 to the Clackamas Town Center area. Clackamas residents will have an inexpensive, easy to use train system available to take them to anywhere the other lines go. This development is one of the most anticipated city projects under way today.

While the modern, urban benefits of the Clackamas area are flourishing, the district still boasts the quieter suburban elements that make living away from downtown a perk. The population of the town of Clackamas is estimated at just over 5000 people and trees and fields still dot the area. This means small town neighborhoods are still available, perfect for raising a family or enjoying the retirement years. Many are choosing to move to the Happy Valley area on the north side of Clackamas. This popular location is still slightly rural with larger homes on pieces of land that can offer beautiful views of the valley and Mt. Hood.

Clackamas is also a suburban area perfectly situated close to several of Oregon’s most interesting rural towns. In just 15 to 30 minutes, residents can be in Damascus, Oregon City or Estacada where there are several fun activities for families to enjoy like pumpkin patches and hayrides in the autumn, Christmas tree farms in the winter and petting zoos and fishing ponds in the spring and summer.

The Clackamas public school system can also offer families the same melding of urban and suburban benefits. The area has three elementary schools, one middle school and 1 high school that average a 1:24 teacher to student ratio. These smaller class sizes are what parents hope to have for their children but they can rarely be found in many of the more populated metro areas. Last year, 72.5% of Clackamas High School 10th graders met or exceeded state learning standards, roughly 19% more than the state average. The school also boasts a strong dedication toward getting students to college or the vocation of their choice. This kind of high quality schooling in a smaller town is hard to find in many areas.

The Portland metro area is an incredible place to relocate to. Oregon residents as well as people from out-of-state looking for a melding of all the great urban and suburban advantages Portland has to offer would do well to consider a home in Clackamas.

~Ben Anton, 2008

By: Ben Anton

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It is pretty safe to state that Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Winter Resort will “bowl you over.” This impressive ski resort has a great deal going for it and will no doubt please visitors who are expert skiers as well as those who are novice level.

Situated in the Mt. Hood region, the Ski Bowl is a ski resort with ample personality that will leave a glowing impression on one and all who are lucky enough to visit and ski. So exactly what is so special about this attraction? Few ski parks can match the simple level of variety that exists at this Winter Resort. Let’s take a look at some of the amazing variety the Resort has to offer.

Part of what the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Winter Resort is famous for is the fact that there are over 20 different attractions built into the resort. Snow tubing, sleigh rides and snowmobiling are only a fraction of the activities that are available. You can also go snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Obviously the more options the better, and there is ample to do and see while at the resort.

The Mt. Hood Ski Bowl also offers a variety of restaurants including the Beer Stube, Starlight Caf, and Multorpor Restaurant and Caf. There is also a historic warming hut that is in the middle of the mountain where you can get drinks and sandwiches. This is located at the top of the lower bowl.

While the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl is known for a variety of reasons, they are also famous for the amount of nighttime skiing. In fact, this attraction offers the most nighttime skiing in North America according to Ski Magazine. You can expect to find a wonderful amount of well-lit, manicured runs that will leave a lasting impression.

No matter what your skill level, you will find that the Winter Resort has something to offer you and your family. Best of all those with Mount Hood lodging will find that this location is easily accessible and makes for a quick day trip. Those looking for a memorable and exhilarating skiing adventure will be hard pressed to find one quite as fun and action packed as a trip to the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl.

For more information on Mt. Hood rentals, visit Whispering Woods Resort.

Nicklaus ‘Nick’ Bright is addicted to travel and loves writing almost as much as his wife. ‘Where are you?’ is a common refrain for most of his friends and family. Oregon, and the Mt. Hood Territory in particular, is a favorite destination with its rich history and endless opportunities for exploration. When he’s not wrangling his kids, or his goats, Nick is plotting his next great travel adventure.

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