The 15 Best Places to Propose in Oregon for a Picturesque Proposal

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Proposal spot Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon at sunset
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Updated Jan 04, 2024

If you're looking for the best places to propose in Oregon we can help. Whether you want to pop the question in Portland or at a venue in one of the state's coastal towns, we've got you covered.

We spoke with Oregon-based proposal photographer Darla Maxine, owner of Darla Maxine Photography, about the best time of year to propose in Oregon in addition to the best places to propose in Oregon.

Once you've found an Oregon proposal location that meets all of the criteria on your proposal checklist (which hopefully you came across on our list), you can search for a proposal planner who can help you make your engagement process an easy one. If you don't know where to start when it comes to finding a proposal planner, The Knot Vendor Marketplace is a great resource. In addition to proposal planners, it contains lists of countless proposal photographers and other vendors you can work with leading up to your big romantic moment.

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The Best Time of the Year to Propose in Oregon

The best time of year for Oregon proposals will vary depending on the kind of proposal each couple wants—however, Maxine recommends popping the question between June and early October. "Summers in Oregon are just stunning everywhere you look from the flowers to the sunrises and sunsets," says Maxine."And, the Autumn colors are truly just magical throughout the state."

Although Oregon is a beautiful state filled with greenery and foliage, the weather can be unpredictable. With that said, Maxine shares that the state experiences a rainy season which typically starts in mid-October and lasts until around mid-March (so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your special moment). "Look at the weather ahead of time," advises Maxine. "If it does call for some rain or wind–embrace it. Some of my favorite sessions have been during what one might call a "less than ideal" day due to the weather."

Oregon highway road, best places to propose in Oregon
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The Best Places to Propose in Oregon

From gardens to mountain resorts, Oregon is filled with a plethora of locations perfect for popping the question. Read on for our list of some of the best.

Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon

Pop the question while taking a walk or on a tour of Lan Su Chinese Garden. If your partner enjoys tea, ask for their hand while enjoying the garden's tea pop-up. If you plan on having a photographer by your side, make sure to note that professional and commercial photography is not allowed during regular operating hours. You can contact the garden about renting out the space for your photography needs.

Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon

Ask your partner to be yours forever amongst the 189 acres of trees within Portland's Hoyt Arboretum. You can plan a picnic or walk along one of the garden's numerous trails leading to a perfect spot for you to get down on one knee.

Knudsen Vineyards in Dundee, Oregon

A wine lover will appreciate a proposal at Knudsen Vineyards. Schedule a wine tasting that you can enjoy with your partner before or after presenting them with the ring.

Cathedral Park in Portland, Oregon

Get down on one knee at Portland's Cathedral Park. "Just a hop from downtown Portland, Cathedral Park is one of the most iconic spots in the city," says Maxine. "With the St. Johns Bridge overhead, you can bring a picnic and have a sweet date right by the river."

Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland, Oregon

If a colorful proposal is what you seek, head to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. With more than 9.5 acres of trees and plants, you can rest assured that there'll be a vibrant backdrop in your proposal photos.

Lechon in Portland, Oregon

Treat your partner to some South American Cuisine at Portland's Lechon. Whether you plan on popping the question before or after your meal, you can do so more publicly inside the restaurant or more privately from the restaurant's private dining space (when reserved). Regardless of the restaurant space you find best suited for your proposal needs, let your server know ahead of time so they're best able to serve your table according to how you envision your meal.

Mt. Hood Oregon Resort in Welches (Mt. Hood), Oregon

Propose on top of the mountains at Mt. Hood Oregon Resort. Not only does this resort offer beautiful panoramic mountain views, but a full-service spa and golf course that you can utilize to help you pull off the Oregon proposal of your dreams.

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events in Portland, Oregon

Take a cruise with your partner around The Rose City via Portland Spirit Cruises & Events. Since many of the available boats have larger capacities, this can be a great option if you want to have some close friends and family members by your side when you get down on one knee or to celebrate with you after your partner says "yes!"

Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro, Oregon

If your partner is a big fan of the arts, they'll enjoy a proposal at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Whether you present the ring during one of the many events the center hosts each year or while viewing one of the gallery's exhibits, a proposal at this venue will be picture-perfect.

Sassy Onion in Salem, Oregon

If you want to spice things up for your proposal, consider asking the question at Sassy Onion. With a plethora of breakfast favorites including sweet potato hash and biscuits and gravy, you can enjoy a savory meal with your partner and do so in a vibrant setting.

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The Best Places to Propose on the Oregon Coast

There's no shortage of places to ask for their hand along the Oregon Coast. Whether you want to present the ring at an oceanfront hotel or on a golf coast, Oregon's coastal towns are filled with plenty of wonderful venues where you can have your special moment.

Bandon Crossings Golf Course in Bandon, Oregon

If your partner loves to golf, Bandon is home to Bandon Crossings Golf Course on the Oregon coast. You can propose while taking some golf lessons together or after you make your way through the course at hole 18. Regardless of how you choose to ask your partner to be yours forever, your proposal will be right on par.

Channel House in Depoe Bay, Oregon

Fire the question during a stay at Depoe Bay's Channel House. This hotel offers some of the best ocean views along the Oregon Coast and a "Whale Watch" suite that you could reserve on the hotel's second floor to do some whale watching with your partner before asking them for their hand in marriage.

Surftides Lincoln City in Lincoln City, Oregon

Start the next chapter of your love story with an oceanfront proposal at Surftides Lincoln City. What makes this hotel unique is that it offers a variety of activities including a firepit and a library which you can incorporate into your special day.

Cannon Beach

It's hard to go wrong with a proposal at Cannon Beach. "If you want to be on the beach for the proposal, I recommend walking the sand at Cannon Beach," says Maxine. "However, if you want some views, head up to Ecola State Park to look out at the beach."

Fort George Brewery in Astoria, Oregon

If you want to propose at a brewery along the Oregon Coast, consider Fort George Brewery. A proposal at this establishment will literally have you and your partner buzzing with excitement towards the next chapter of your love story.

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