I'm a member of our local Portland Chinese Garden (only $35 people!) so I get to enjoy it anytime I want. On a sunny day I'll bring a book and go for two hours, or if I'm downtown in the area I'll pop in for ten minutes to just see what's blooming. The garden is patterned after a beautiful garden in China that I've actually been to (crazy) and it's one of my favorite places in Portland - even more than the Japanese Garden. It's so well done and there are hundreds of Chinese design elements to enjoy in addition to the various trees and plants. I can't say enough about it.
I'm a big fan of making art and culture available to everyone, so I always figure out free or reduced admission days at museums and art spaces. The coolest thing is that the Chinese Garden just started ten days of free admission to celebrate their tenth anniversary! It's Jan 2 - Jan 11, which means it started yesterday, which means: go, go, GO! They have special activities every day of the celebration, so pick something you're interested in, or just go any old time. But do go! It's so beautiful, so peaceful. You'll be really glad you did.
It's located on the corner of NW Everett and NW 3rd. Go a block down to Accuardi's Old Town Pizza afterwards and say hi to Nena, the resident ghost. This has been a public service announcement. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.