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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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Lovely and peaceful place

I visited during the Grotto's Christmas Light Festival. So many lights and so beautiful. More to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mary510524
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Portland, Oregon
Still awesome

I had to come back here while visiting Portland. It is so beautiful and peaceful, you can get lost... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathy W
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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
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Northeast Sandy Blvd. & 85th St., (GPS 8840 NE Skidmore), Portland, OR 97220
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited during the Grotto's Christmas Light Festival. So many lights and so beautiful. More to see than lights here too ... a great experience!

Thank mary510524
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had to come back here while visiting Portland. It is so beautiful and peaceful, you can get lost in the serenity and absorb the quietness but also the subtle sounds. A must place to go!

Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Grotto for the Christmas celebration. All the lights were fantastic! The tree covered in lights was my favorite. I loved getting to hear choirs singing carols inside the chapel and the small groups singing outside. This is the place to go...More

Thank Judy F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The very first thing you notice on arrival is the fresh pine fragrance surrounding you. The Grotto is a serene and reflective environment, well designed for easy navigation. Staff extremely well-versed in providing information to ensure a delightful visit

Thank IND317
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have come here many time to hear my daughter's choir sing at Christmas time. This place is absolutely beautiful. Has many things for young children in addition to the lights and entertainment

Thank Laurie O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just at opening time, but parking was several blocks away. It took us nearly an hour from arriving to entry. The neighborhood was dark and has no sidewalks, making it unsafe as we walked around incoming traffic. We came to hear choirs, but...More

Thank Joshua and Juli... P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here before but recently went to the lights of Christmas. So impressive. Many different choirs and also Carolers, so many volunteers to help make this happen. Thank you.

Thank tspan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited The Grotto on a previous trip to Portland and it is so beautiful and peaceful to walk the grounds. This trip, we chose to attend The Festival of Lights there and it was fabulous! After checking all of the displays out we listened...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in Portland in December make it a point to visit the Festival of Lights. The experience is very enriching. The lights and music was joyous. Make a point to stop at the visitor center as they have a short movie about the...More

Thank Unknown_Traveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love the Grotto, a sanctuary of peace and spirituality. The Christmas Season Festival of Lights is not expensive but it is packed with people. The choirs that sang were very good, the lights (millions?) were exquisite. My wife and I were there for two...More

Thank Docster66
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Tabby E
12 October 2017|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
We went in December in the rain to see the lights and it was great! Umbrella works just fine and was not very crowded.
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narkfaith
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
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Linda M
17 May 2017|
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Response from Tabinosorakara | Reviewed this property |
$5 if you want to go up to the garden.
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