Living in Portland

Big city excitement and small town charm make Portland a great place to live, work and study. Portland is situated 70 miles from the Pacific coast, between the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. The climate features dry summers with occasional rain and temperate winters (ideal for growing roses). Portland is known as the City of Roses because of its many rose gardens. Oregon School of Massage’s Portland campus is conveniently located on Barbur Blvd. in southwest Portland with easy access to and from I-5, Hwy 217 and downtown Portland.

Portland has been called the most environmentally friendly or ‘green’ city in the United States, noted for strong land-use planning and an award winning transit system. Portland ranks high among the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and has been recognized for its network of paths and bicycle services. Portland is also a walker’s city with short blocks, public art, old fashioned statuary, fountains and bridges. Portland is proud of its legacy of preserving green spaces. Forest Park is among the largest wilderness parks within city limits in the U.S. Tom McCall Waterfront Park runs the length of downtown along the west bank of the Willamette River. The site hosts numerous community music, food and art events such as the Waterfront Blues Festival. And, Portland is just a short distance from Willamette valley wineries, skiing on Mt. Hood, and all of the excitement and beauty of Oregon’s spectacular ocean beaches.

Portland’s historic old town, galleries, museums, and Saturday Market keep residents entertained. There are a range of performing arts institutions including Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, and more. Oregon Zoo concerts are a summer treat, with music for all kinds of listeners. Portland has many local pubs, brewhouses, coffee shops, bakeries and an array of leading-edge cuisine. An active arts community, dozens of urban parks and green spaces, a lively downtown, and a world-class public transportation system are just few of the reasons that make this one of the country’s most livable cities. For more information about Portland go to


Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden

City Skyline, Mt Hood and OHSU tram.


Living in Salem

Situated in the heart of the Willamette River Valley, Salem is a vibrant and exciting place to live. It is rich in history, arts and cultural experiences and learning opportunities. The Salem campus of Oregon School of Massage is nestled on the banks of the beautiful and kayak-friendly Willamette River.

As Oregon’s capital, Salem offers many beautifully maintained parks with miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Designated a “USA Tree City” several times over, Salem has a historic, walkable downtown with numerous coffee shops, several bakeries, a diversity of interesting restaurants, great shopping at locally owned businesses, and four weekly farmers’ markets. Stroll a few blocks to Riverfront Park with its volunteer-built Carousel and outdoor amphitheatre for concerts, movies and festivals right there on the Willamette. There is a thriving music scene and an effervescent arts community with the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Bush Art Barn, Willamette Art Center, The Gallery at Chemeketa Community College, Salem Arts Cinema, and many galleries throughout the area.

From Salem it is an easy drive to the coast and the mountains, Portland or Eugene, magnificent fishing and boating locations, Oregon Gardens or peaceful Mt. Angel, and to internationally known wineries. With outdoor sports, breathtaking views, shopping, music, art or theater all right here – Salem is an enriching place to live, work and study. For more information about Salem go to Travel Salem.


Capitol Building in spring.

Railroad Bridge over Willamette River.