Also known as Greater Portland, the metro area surrounding the city proper is a collection of vibrant towns, tranquil communities, rolling farm lands, exhilarating activities, award-winning wineries, culinary delights, tech company headquarters, beautiful parks and much more. Come along as we explore Greater Portland’s many attractions.
For one of the best bird’s eye views in the metro area, head to Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park, located roughly 30 miles west of Portland on Hagg Lake in Gaston. There you’ll find dozens of obstacle courses and elements – all set in the trees – including wobbly bridges, tight ropes, climbing holds, […]
I sampled my first saké in the summer of 1998, when I spent a month traveling in Japan. Since then I’ve enjoyed many an earthenware or porcelain cup of this wonderfully nuanced rice-based spirit. Brewed in Japan for centuries, a good saké can range from dry and crisp to sweet and creamy. So when I […]
Fall is here and that means the animal kingdom is busy preparing for the cold, rainy days to come. The air is filled with migrating birds and animals scurry across every field in a search of food and shelter before winter weather casts its shadow across the Pacific Northwest. It’s a great time to observe animals, […]
Great burger places come and go, but only the best have the staying power to gain a loyal following across multiple generations. Helvetia Tavern in Hillsboro can boast this claim, and its current owners have made just the right updates to keep that fan base growing into the next century. Once a local biker bar, […]
Spring is just around the corner in the Pacific Northwest and with each passing year my longing for a life in the country grows. To get my springtime nature fix I hop in the car and head out on Highway 99W to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge in Sherwood, Oregon. Encompassing 1,856 acres within the floodplain of […]
One of the most interactive historical centers in the Portland Metro area, my family and I had a wonderful time playing pioneer dress up, exploring 19th century games, making our own candles, filling a prairie schooner wagon with supplies and more at the End of the Oregon Trail (EOT) Interpretive Center in Oregon City. “We’re […]