Laurelhurst is honestly idyllic. Close to Laurelhurst Park, Oak Street is literally lined with huge, noble oaks. Old Portland money had their gracious homes here. It is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. Laurelhurst Park has rolling lawns, an off leash dog area, a pond with geese, picnic tables under the shade of big old trees, a walking path around the whole beautiful experience. In the summer, all types of hippies, hipsters, and families lounge around on blankets or practice hula-hooping in the sun. On rainy days, grab a slice of pizza and a beer and watch a movie at Laurelhurst Theater on Burnside, an art-deco style theater opened in 1923 (pro-tip: buy tickets online or get there early; the intimate screening rooms do sell out often).
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