Gresham and its neighboring East County cities may not be known as a haven for public artwork. But, if you take the time to look around, there are numerous opportunities — both obvious and obscure — to stir your senses with imaginative, whimsical expressions of public creativity.
Wells' article references a treasure trove of urban murals--many whimsical, many created or refurbished by area students--and many in unlikely locations.
Equally in an unlikely location, the Forest Springs Bed & Breakfast at the Historic Heiney House is a quiet oasis in the midst of urban sprawl. The innkeepers are avid gardeners, having added 15,000 (yes, 15 thousand) daffodil bulbs, 60 rose bushes and 30 miniature Japanese maples to the original cedars, firs and native maples.
Breakfasts are highly nutritious, savory dishes. Innkeeper Patrick Arbuckle prepares "slow food" with emphasis on fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Plenty of fresh coffee and loose-leaf tea round out the sumptious meal.
Forest Springs B&B is also one of the Guild's popular Oregon wedding sites, hosting intimate weddings and events up to 100 guests. If you're looking for green lodging, the Forest Springs B&B is one of our leaders in the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.