A short distance from a meeting in Portland, OR, I found a serene place to stay in the city of Gresham. After traveling to the downtown district, I found that there is a rich, celebrated history in their rustic assortment of merchants and restaurants. Gresham provides a bevvy of dining options, and I found a most satisfying Italian dining experience at Boccelli's Ristorante. After a succulent meal, I wandered amongst the tree-laden streets to find a comfortable feel to all of my surroundings. Even the businesses retained a personalized vibe that allowed for a feel quite refreshing compared to most urbanized downtown tourist destinations.
To my surprise I would find the next day held in store Gresham's annual Mt. Hood Jazz Festival, still retaining the city serenity among droves of out of town patrons. I also had the benefit of browsing through the Gresham Farmer's Market, which had an amazing array of fresh produce and local wares true to the homespun environment of the town. I had an outstanding experience in this city and would highly recommend visiting Gresham, OR to anyone looking for a different sort of touring destination.