Fantastical beasts, pioneer homes, nature hikes, culinary adventures – the city of Albany and its environs offers all this and more, an affordable Willamette Valley destination perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway from the Portland area. Straddling the I-5 corridor, Albany is located about 70 miles south of Portland. Monteith House, photo by […]
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 […]
For most travelers, vacation begins the minute you grab your bags off the conveyer belt and head out of the airport at your final destination. At Portland International Airport (PDX), where the terminal is filled with culinary, shopping and entertainment experiences, you might just want to start your vacation right after you leave the ticket […]
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 […]
Bridging the gap between tradition and modern tastes can be a tricky culinary adventure, but at Andina Restaurant, the Pearl District’s renowned Peruvian restaurant, this challenge has surely been met, with delicious results. This is thanks to a menu that offers the best of Criollo comfort food and the modern Novo-Andean cuisine that reflects the country’s burgeoning […]
Ever since I first dipped my first chunk of crusty bread into a warm ceramic pot filled with gooey Emmentaler and Gruyére cheeses, I’ve been a goner for this classic alpine dish, which originated in the mountains of Switzerland centuries ago. Today, fondue can encompass any melted cheese, desert, broth or oil dish that’s served […]