Things to Do

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 SailRogue, 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 you have not budgeted your time properly.… Continue Reading →

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.… Continue Reading →

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 the garden is extremely authentic.… Continue Reading →

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 park is an exercise in sensory overload.… Continue Reading →

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.… Continue Reading →

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 the Pacific Ocean, forming some of the northern border between Oregon and Washington.… Continue Reading →

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.… Continue Reading →

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“A Tangible Symbol of Recognition From the American People”

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 →

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

Oh Say Can You See?

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 →

Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

From fish-throwers to the original Starbucks

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 →