Portland, Oregon Things to Do

2022 Portland Beer Festivals: Cant-Miss Oregon Beer Fests by Month

April 25, 2022

Portland is home to amazing breweries and quite a few annual beer festivals. While summer is prime beer festival season, you can find a beer festival almost any month in Portland, Oregon! Here’s the full list of Portland beer festivals and a few other notable Oregon beer festivals, by month for 2022. Beer Festivals in Portland, Oregon by Month The following list includes current Portland beer festivals and…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Portland in May – 2022 Events, Best Things to Do, and Weather

April 25, 2022
portland roses may june

May in Portland can feel downright summery and great shoulder season, travel-wise. Depending on the year, it feels like a summer preview with way less spring rain and growing daylight hours. The average high temperature in May is 68°, but there are always a few 80° days scattered throughout the month. But be warned, it can still drop down to freezing at night! May is a month to…

How Tos + DIY Outdoors

Backpacking Meal Planner: Ideas for Easy Packable Food

April 20, 2022
backpacking meal plan spreadsheet

Planning out backpacking meals often starts as a simple process. “What do I want to eat?!” But by the time you’re packing up, suddenly you’re looking for extra space to stuff food and wondering if you’re bringing too much or too little. I keep a backpacking meal planner spreadsheet with ideas of what I’ve brought in the past. It’s part of my Backpacking Gear List spreadsheet, and it…

Outdoors Pacific Northwest

Bikepacking Frog Lake, Little Crater Lake, & Timothy Lake Loop

April 16, 2022
bikepacking little crater lake

Last summer, I did a weekend bikepacking trip with a friend to four Mt Hood Forest lakes. There is a very thorough run down of the route on Bikepacking.com and RidewithGPS, designed by Molly Sugar. So here’s how we rode the route, some changes we made, where we stayed, and of course pictures! Our route ended up being 46 miles total with 3290′ elevation gain. (32 miles the…

Home + Gardening Portland, Oregon

15 Best Garden Centers & Nurseries in Portland, Oregon

April 7, 2022
Portland nursery garden cart

Portland is home to many amazing nurseries and garden centers. And it’s no wonder we have so many plant-filled retailers, being located in the lush valley. All that rain has some reward! From larger nurseries and farms to small garden nurseries to hole in the wall plant shops. So here are our favorite nurseries in Portland, Oregon. The best spots to fill out that new container gardener. Give…

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21 Fun Things to Do in Manzanita, Oregon – Hikes, Restaurants, & more

March 23, 2022
Neahkanie mountain hike

Manzanita and Oswald West State Park will forever have my heart. This extra scenic portion of the North Oregon Coast is gorgeous in any season. From summer to winter, here are 21 fun things to do in Manzanita, Oregon. Oswald West is an hour and a half drive from Portland. With Manzanita another 15 minutes south of Oswald West State Park. Manzanita has that low-key beach town vibe,…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Portland in Spring: 35 Fresh Things to Do {& 2022 Events}

March 18, 2022
cherry blossoms in portland oregon

Portland spring brings blossoms, outdoor events like the Rose Festival, beer festivals and relief from winter’s cold rainy weather. By mid-spring, Portland experiences high temperatures in the mid-60s and average lows in the mid 40s. Ah Portland in spring – the worst is almost over! Every year, it’s the same feeling as the grey and rain of winter starts to lift and the city starts to bloom. Warmer…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Rose Gardens in Portland, Oregon: 8 Best Places to See Roses!

March 9, 2022

Portland is known as the City of Roses. One of the best things about May, is that all throughout the city roses are starting to bloom. The International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park is flooded with roses, and my local favorite is the Peninsula Park rose garden in North Portland. So here are the best rose gardens in Portland, Oregon – from the biggest The International Rose…

How Tos + DIY Outdoors

17 Easy Hiking & Backpacking Lunch Ideas: No Cooking Required!

March 6, 2022
Backpacking lunch ideas

When it comes to backpacking food and meal planning – lunch is one of the most challenging to plan, yet surprisingly simple. Camping breakfast is always the easiest to plan. And dinners can be simpler just from having more time, cooking with a camp stove and using backpacker meals etc. That leaves us with lunch. This post is all about ideas for hiking and backpacking lunch when you’re…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Cherry Blossoms in Portland: 15 Best Spots for 2022 Spring Blooms

February 28, 2022
Cherry Blossoms at Waterfront Park on a sunny day

Spring is almost here, which means one thing for the Portland waterfront… cherry blossoms! The best time to see cherry blossoms is for just a couple of weeks each spring. After they bloom but before a heavy rain storm knocks all the blossoms off the trees. Depending on the year, cherry blossom season runs from early to mid-March through early April. It’s fun to go back through pictures…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

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

February 24, 2022
Portland cherry blossoms

March in Portland kicks off spring, after what always feels like a long winter. The worst of winter drizzle is almost over, spring is arriving and in three months it will be summer! March is also the last month of five months of heavy rain (November through March see about 5-7″ each!). So we’re beginning to see the light of spring in Portland. And with average highs in…