Since the first vine was planted in 1965, the Willamette Valley has gained worldwide fame as a premier Pinot Noir growing region. Today, this 100-mile-long strip of paradise boasts over seven hundred vineyards and the distinction of being named 2016 Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. My family recently gathered for a […]
Spring has sprung in the Rose City and there’s no better place to enjoy this beautiful weather than Portland’s many waterfront parks and trails. Get outside and take a walk on the banks of the Willamette River.
Vintage music, whimsical creatures, sparkling lights – for families in the Portland area craving inexpensive, old-timey fun, these five carousels, all located within about an hour and a half of Portland, will have you and the kids twirling with delight. Most are open daily year-round and cost $1.50-$4.00 per ride. Photo: Jeff Muceus via Flickr […]
The BG Food Cartel, Beaverton’s first family-friendly food pod is ready to stake its claim on the metro area’s well-established food cart reputation.
Feed your curiosity with a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Portland’s food factories. From freshly baked bread to artisan chocolates, these working facilities regularly welcome visitors to tour and taste. Most are free; all are located in the Portland Metro Area. photo: Creo Chocolate Creo Chocolate This bean-to-bar craft chocolate factory and café offers two […]
Cider season 2017 is here! In Portland on March 25, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) launched the region’s 2017 cider events season with the annual Cider Rite of Spring, a cider-tasting extravaganza. It was held at The Evergreen, an elegantly renovated c. 1908 ballroom in the Buckman neighborhood. photo: Carrie Uffindell There, 31 veteran and […]
Gourmet donuts, chocolates, candies and cupcakes – Portland certainly loves its high-end treats. And what could be sweeter than a decadent, frosting-topped cupcake? Sprinkled throughout the Portland Metro Area, these six independent, brick-and-mortar bakeries create some of Portland’s best cupcakes (many of which are filled, flavored and decorated by hand) using top-notch ingredients. photo: Carrie […]
This time every year, the magic of Chris Van Allsburg’s classic Christmas story and the North Pole are brought to life on the Mount Hood Railroad’s Polar Express Train Ride. Recently, my family and I made the scenic, 62-mile drive east from Portland to Hood River, where we began our round-trip journey to the North […]
Japanese, French and American baking traditions are mixed to create delicious, one-of-a-kind baked goods at Oyatsupan Bakers, a new brick-and-mortar bakery located in Portland’s ethnically diverse suburb of Beaverton. A longtime fan of Japanese foods and culture (ever since I spent an amazing month years ago exploring Japan) I was delighted to visit recently and […]
The warm and welcoming scent of hops hits you when you walk into ABV Public House, Hillsboro’s newest brew-centric tap room. This hidden gem of a restaurant is fast becoming an obsession to many who live and work along Portland Metro’s hi-tech corridor. With 34 drafts on tap and a cooler filled with over 800 […]