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Portland in January – 2023 Events, Things to Do, and Weather

December 26, 2022
Trillium lake snowshoeing

January is just about the coldest month of the year in Portland! Hello winter. So January is your best bet for experiencing some Portland snow. But more often than not, we just have rain and heavy winds. But watch out if it does snow, as we really don’t know what we’re doing in snow. Even a dusting of snow can send Portland into Snowpocolypse reporting and the entire…

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A Local’s Guide to Portland in Winter: Things to Do to ENJOY the Season!

December 8, 2022
Snowy christmas in portland

It starts to feel like winter in Portland around the middle of November. While winter doesn’t officially start until late December, our short window for fall colors abruptly ends with a few big storms. From a cold and snow perspective, Portland has mild winters. We don’t get tons of snow like some areas of the Pacific Northwest. But Portland winters can still feel like such a slog! It’s…

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9 Best Christmas Lights in Portland – Including Free Light Displays!

December 1, 2022
Christmas Lights in Portland

A favorite holiday outing in December is going to a Christmas light display. We have plenty of options in Portland for Christmas lights – ranging from free light displays like Peacock Lane or the Christmas Ship parade to ticketed events like drive through lights at ZooLights or Winter Wonderland. So here’s a roundup of all the best Christmas lights in Portland when you’re looking for events to celebrate…

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Christmas in Portland: 21 MUST-SEE Holiday Events & Lights!

November 25, 2022
grotto christmas lights

Portland has plenty of fun Christmas activities, events, and holiday things to do. From Christmas light displays to holiday arts and performances, holiday markets, and the holiday ale fest. So whether you’re visiting or live in the area, here’s everything you need to know about Christmas in Portland, Oregon – events, best Christmas lights displays and the best holiday things to do in late November through December. Portland…

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Portland in December – 2022 Events, Things to Do, and Weather

November 23, 2022
December in portland, winter tree wine country

December in Portland is the coldest, wettest, and darkest month of the whole year. It’s a good thing we have the holiday season and outings to distract us. But of course, you will find some bluebird days in December. So here’s more information about visiting Portland in December – events, weather and the best things to do in Portland, Oregon at the start of winter. Jump to: Portland…

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One Day in Portland: Itinerary for 24 Hours in the Rose City

November 2, 2022
one day in portland

With one day in Portland, you’ll have your work cut out for you! Here is my Portland itinerary – 24 hours in Portland, Oregon. More often, visitors will have a weekend in Portland, which gives you a bit more time for Friday night and Sunday morning add-on. But with one full day, here’s where I take visitors. A few of my favorite things to do in the Rose…

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11 Stunning Waterfalls in Bend, Oregon Worth the Hike

October 27, 2022
Waterfalls in Bend, Oregon

Central Oregon is full of stunning waterfalls, from mountain run-off, rivers, and lakes. You’ll find plunge waterfalls, river rapid chute falls and everything in between. From drive-up viewpoints to easy and moderate hikes, here are our favorite waterfalls in Bend, Oregon (or close by). Best Easy Waterfall Hikes near Bend: Benham Falls, Steelhead FallsBest Accessible Waterfalls near Bend: Sahalie Falls, Paulina FallsBest Challenging Waterfall Hikes near Bend: Tumalo Falls LoopBest…

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10 Best Breweries in Bend, Oregon + A Central Oregon Beer Map

October 20, 2022
Breweries in Bend Oregon

Bend, Oregon has 30 breweries now. And with 40+ total breweries in the greater Central Oregon area – including Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, and Sunriver – checking them all off your list is quite a task! So move over Portland – Oregon’s biggest beer city is now Bend. With more breweries per capita now than almost any other city in North America. So whether you have time for just…

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23 Things to Do in Sunriver, Oregon: Best Year-Round Activities!

October 16, 2022
Things to do in Sunriver

Sunriver, Oregon is a charming vacation town in Central Oregon. And while the Sunriver area may not seem like much more than a resort community, there’s a lot to see and do when you’re basing your Central Oregon explorations from here. In any season – from summer to winter, here’s a list of fun things to do in Sunriver, Oregon. Sunriver is just a twenty minute drive south…

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Best Fall Hikes in Oregon for Fall Foliage, Hiking, & Weekend Trips

October 6, 2022
Oregon fall hikes

Oregon fall colors are some of the most beautiful in the world. While the changing leaves season is more fleeting than east coast fall colors, it makes the views all the more special since the window of opportunity is shorter. Here are some of the best fall hikes in Oregon and spots to view epic fall colors, along with where to stay to make it a weekend getaway!…

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7 Best Mt Hood Lakes for Kayaking, Hiking, & Camping

October 3, 2022
best Mt Hood lakes Oregon

Mt Hood National Forest is full of gorgeous lakes. From hiking to kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, camping, backpacking and more Mt Hood lakes are some of my favorite destinations – in all seasons. So here are my favorite lakes near Mount Hood. And a map that includes a bunch more obscure lakes in the Mt Hood National Forest. Best Lakes on Mt Hood: While there are dozens of lakes,…