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Best River Floats in Portland – Hello, Summer!

This week marks the official start to summer! As the weather heats up – yes, it gets into the 90s in Portland – city folk run for the Oregon coast and the nearest rivers. If you’ve been dreaming of a leisurely day on the water, here’s everything you need to know to get out on one of our many rivers. Which Portland river to float? While there are many rivers that you can swim and play in near Portland (including parts of the Columbia and the Willamette), if you want to do a proper float — from point A to point Read more…

Newport + Beer & Cheese + Kettleball = Weekly Love

As PDX Beer Week came to a close this week, it’s a been a fun mix of beer and exercising to counterbalance the beer. This Week: Kettleball workout – I tried a kettleball workout for the first time this week (Lululemon had a free class at Skogg Kettleball gym at NW 10th/Everett). Intense! Fun though, I’ll definitely be trying it again. It was the kind of workout that you think, “I don’t think I can do this!” because it’s an 18 pound weight. But then you can, and you do, and it’s awesome! Evoe – finally stopped in to Evoe/Pastaworks Read more…

New Restaurant Fatigue: #312!

The new restaurant quest continues. I visited 52 more new restaurants and bars since July. Most of them are Portland establishments, with a little help from Oregon wine country and Seattle. So without further ado, here are my likes and dislikes (with a few “meh” thrown in). Viking Soul Food – tasty handmade lefse awaits at this Norwegian food cart. (they’re over at the Green Castle Food Court pod now on NE 19th/NE Everett) Green Beans Coffee The Burrito Bar Pok Pok Noi – does a new Pok Pok location count? Yes. The grilled corn is one of my favorite Read more…

Flatstock + Seattle eats + Bumbershoot: Weekly Love

I’m refusing to acknowledge that fall is on its way. Vive la summer! This week: -Bumbershoot! My third year since since I first crossed it off my list: #50 Go to Bumbershoot in Seattle in 2009. The line-up wasn’t too great this year, but the weather was fantastic. Loved: Little Dragon (as usual), staying at the Heathman (snagged it on Jetsetter in May), the Trey McIntyre Project (modern dance set to The Shins’ Oh, Inverted World), Best of SIFF 2011 short films (North Atlantic was the most memorable for me), orchestra-ish music in the Experience Music Project, the SBUX Insider Read more…

Biking the San Juan Islands

My weekend getaway I went on my first bike trip over Memorial Day weekend! It didn’t involve camping or biking for several days continuously, but I’m still referring to it as a bike trip, since we arrived by bike on the ferry and did a 20 miles round trip ride from Friday Harbor out to Roche Harbor. ferry to the San Juans… I love the Washington State ferries, takes me back to my giddy 5 year old self. my bike’s first ferry ride Boat shopping in Friday Harbor Bike parking in Roche Harbor Lime Kiln Cafe – my recommendation may Read more…

Olivia Raymer
Things I ♥: travel, food (I'm a pescatarian), the Pacific Northwest, bikes (I ride an orange mixte), beer (IPAs), summer, coffee, lists, and kitties. Travel enthusiast, former product manager, dabbler, and currently helping small businesses with digital strategy at Early Bird Strategy.

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