Vegan for Life
Vegan food does not contain any animal products, including dairy, egg, honey or gelatin. Many people adopt this diet for health reasons--no cholesterol! Others become vegan to express their concern for the environment or economic justice, or out of compassion for animals.
If you are a vegan, all you need to know (if you don't already) is that Portland, Oregon is a vegan mecca, with countless vegan options at local restaurants and even vegan doughnuts! Sandy Miller, the proprietor of the Cherokee Rose Inn, has eaten and cooked vegan for over twenty years. Your breakfast may include tofu scramble and cheese grits for a Southern touch, English muffins with "hearty eggs" made from tofu, or homemade gluten "fakin' bacon" and pancakes with local blueberries, along with fresh fruit and juice and of course, coffee or tea. Sandy will also provide you with suggestions about where to find other vegan food of many kinds within a walk or short drive of the Cherokee Rose.
Note: if you have other dietary limitations, please let Sandy know when you reserve your visit, and every effort will be made to accommodate your needs.
Looking for something to do? Portland is a very bike-friendly city, and bicycles are available for rent at many nearby locations. Guests receive maps of bike and walking routes in the Southeast quarter of the city, as well as Trimet (public transit) maps.
If you leave your car behind, the Cherokee Rose offers, upon request, an all-day Trimet pass for each person in your party, for each day of your stay. The nearest bus line is a two-block walk away, and public transit can be used from the Portland airport (until late evening), Union train Station, and Greyhound bus station. If you purchase a day pass upon arrival to make your way to the Inn, you will receive a $5 credit (or refund, if you have prepaid) per pass.
Local attractions include the thriving Belmont and Hawthorne business districts, which offer many opportunities for shopping and dining, an upscale grocery store, as well as several great coffee shops. There are several taverns in the neighborhood including a vegan bar with good food, and a theater pub to quench your thirst and catch a second-run movie.
Nearby Laurelhurst Park, designed in 1911 by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, offers several acres of mature trees, a tranquil lake with resident ducks, and off-leash dog park.
Note: The Cherokee Rose provides a picnic lunch, complete with wine, for guests who want to experience Laurelhurst--ask about this option if you're interested.
The pond at Laurelhurst Park
Why the Name?
The Cherokee rose is the state flower of Georgia, where proprietor Sandy Miller grew up. It is a cheerful and prolific single rose, whose five white petals surround a bright yellow center. The rose is a poignant reminder of the fate of Georgia's native Americans, who were forced out of their homeland on the infamous march known as the Trail of Tears, in 1838. The name was chosen to honor those native people, and to link Sandy's own home state to Portland, the Rose City.
Relax on the front porch.