And that is saying something. Portland has no shortage of awesome watering holes, but the Doug Fir takes the cake for cool. The mid-century modern decor brings to mind the ranch houses of the 1950s, and the outdoor patio with fire pit allows you to take your drink outside to take advantage of the evenings without rain.… Continue Reading →
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 park is an exercise in sensory overload.… Continue Reading →
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.… Continue Reading →
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 the Pacific Ocean, forming some of the northern border between Oregon and Washington.… Continue Reading →
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.… Continue Reading →
The Vietnam War had dominated headlines, caused turmoil at home and abroad, took the lives of soldiers on all sides as well as civilians in southeast Asia. Twenty years after the first U.S. soldiers were killed in the conflict, the healing process finally had a voice. … Continue Reading →
During the War of 1812, after British forces burned much of Washington, DC, the war moved to nearby Baltimore. Attorney and amateur poet Francis Scott Key was aboard the HMS Tonnant as part of prisoner exchange envoy between American and British forces, when he witnessed the Battle of Baltimore on the night of September 13-14, 1814.… Continue Reading →
Mention Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and the first thing people think of is the fishmongers tossing salmon, cod and halibut through the air. But did you know the Pike Place Market isn’t just one building, but a historic district featuring 250 businesses, 100 farmers and 500 residents?… Continue Reading →
In 2010, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (Packers fans, I can hear you hissing) received a warning from Seattle police after he was caught trespassing in a Top Pot Doughnuts shop in the wee hours of the morning. After visiting Top Pot’s Capitol Hill location during my recent trip to Seattle, all I can say is: I don’t blame him.… Continue Reading →
Well, me, for one, but that’s neither here nor there.
And if every library was as cool as the central branch of the Seattle Public Library maybe more people would. Nestled in the middle of downtown Seattle, the 11-story steel-and-glass behemoth sits on the same block where the Emerald City’s first central library opened in 1905.… Continue Reading →