Things to Do in Portland

Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House

Flight of Beer at Deschutes

Craft Beer in Portland For the craft beer lover, a visit to Portland means tasting plenty of delicious, locally brewed beer. Full Sail, Rogue, Widmer Brothers, Bridgeport and Deschutes all call Oregon home. While you may be tempted to say that you do not have enough time to try all of Oregon’s best brews, we say […]

Portland Food Carts

Food Carts in Portland

Don’t Miss The Cartopia and 5th Street Pods Portland and its food carts exist in a perfect symbiotic relationship. The food carts need Portland to survive, and it seems like Portland needs the food carts to, well probably not survive, but certainly thrive. There are collections of food carts, called pods, scattered throughout the city. […]

Portland Japanese Garden

A Slice of Japan in Portland The Portland Japanese garden, located in Washington Park, near the International Rose Test Garden is an extremely lovely and faithful rendition of traditional Japanese gardening. Although some of the trees and plants are a little wilder and larger than those you would see in Japan, the mood and spirit of […]

International Rose Test Garden

Stop & Smell the Roses at Portland's International Rose Test Garden

Stop and smell the roses in Portland Founded in 1917 to expand and capitalize on the Portland’s nickname “The City of Roses”, the International Rose Test Garden is tucked into Washington Park, the wild and wonderful wilderness on the west side of the city. Packed with over 7,000 plants and 500 species of roses, the […]

Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood

The Timberline Lodge

All Work And No Play… Just kidding. A trip to the Timberline Lodge is actually not a lot of work, and once there, there is plenty of opportunity to play. The outside of the building was used for the exterior shots of the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining. (The interior and, alas, […]

Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Gorge

columbia river gorge

Gorge-ous Views of the Columbia River Gorge from Multnomah Falls Just beyond the city limits of Portland lies some pretty amazing natural beauty. The Columbia River Gorge is just minutes from downtown, yet it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere. The Columbia River starts in Canada and winds its way southwest to […]

Goonies Tour of Astoria, OR

goonies house

Goonies never say die! When I was a kid, my family and I went to stay with some of my parents’ friends for a weekend. These friends also had kids about our age, and one night, all of the kids watched The Goonies in the basement while the parents played cards upstairs. Everything was going […]

Cargo Imports

Lanterns at Cargo, Portland

 A Magical Mystery Import Store Stepping into Cargo in Portland’s Pearl District is like entering Alibaba’s cave. Filled to the rafters with lacquered furniture, silk lanterns, beads, party favors and everything in-between, this shopping mecca is a must-see for the decorating maximalist. Everything in the store is unique and hand-picked by the owner, who possesses an idiosyncratic mind obsessed […]

Powell’s City of Books

Powell's City of Books, Portland

An Entire City Block Filled With New & Used Books Amazon & your Kindle may be convenient, but there’s just no substitute for the pleasure that browsing in a great bookstore can bring, and Powell’s is definitely a great bookstore. With over a million books in stock, the depth and breadth of the selection is […]

Stumptown Coffee (Downtown)

Latte at Stumptown Portland

Get your coffee fix, PDX style Stumptown Coffee is a legend, and for good reason, in a city obsessed with coffee, it’s hands down the best place to score your caffeine fix. There are no drip machines behind the counter – each airpot of coffee is filled from french presses; and each latte is lovingly […]