Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Christmas in Portland: Holiday Events + Best Light Displays!

November 10, 2021
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…

Backpacking Gear Hiking Holidays + Seasons

Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Women: 57 Backpacking & Hiking Gift Ideas for 2021

November 2, 2021
Best gifts for outdoorsy women

This list of the best gifts for outdoorsy women is basically my wishlist. Combined with hiking and backpacking things I already have and LOVE! From stocking stuffers for outdoor enthusiasts – hikers, campers, backpackers, bikepackers, and cyclists. To unique gifts in price ranges from $20 to $100, and some splurge gift ideas, as well. Hiking & Backpacking Gifts for Her: This gifts idea list is divided into five…

Hiking Portland, Oregon

Pittock Mansion Hike: 4 Great Routes on the Wildwood Trail

October 26, 2021
Pittock Mansion Portland Oregon

Pittock Mansion is a historic house and museum in the hills above Portland. The view overlooking the city and Mt Hood is one of the most iconic viewpoints in Portland. History? Check. Views? Check. Nature? Check. Hiking options? Check! Pittock Mansion is perched in the West Hills between Washington Park and Forest Park. The forest behind the mansion is Forest Park and the Wildwood Trail. Wildwood Trail is…

Food + Drink Portland, Oregon

Best Breakfast in Portland – 21 Must-Try Brunch Spots

October 18, 2021
Broder portland breakfast

I’m always in search of the best breakfast in Portland! Here are 21 of my favorite brunch spots and what to order. Plus, the important stuff, like if you get to have coffee while waiting in the brunch line! Things are still a little different because of COVID. Some Portland brunch spots are only seating outside, some have covered patios, or a mix of indoor/outdoor or takeout only.…

Pacific Northwest Portland, Oregon

Our Favorite Hood River Apple Picking Spots

October 6, 2021
Mountain View Orchards & Brewery

A quintessential fall experience is going apple picking in Hood River. You can do part of the “Fruit Loop” in Hood River and Parkdale, or just head straight to your favorite orchard. With apples to pick, apple cider to drink, wineries and breweries to visit, and lots of amazing Mt Hood views, put this on your fall to do list! Here’s everything you need to know about visiting…

Kayaking + SUP Outdoors Portland, Oregon

13 Best Places to Go Kayaking & Paddle Boarding in Portland

September 26, 2021
elk rock

Portland is a river city, so there are plenty of kayaking and SUP opportunities close by. And we’re surrounded by mountains with lakes and forests, rivers, and the ocean. There are great places to go kayaking and paddle boarding (and canoeing) all over Oregon! So whether a day on the water means kayaking and wildlife spotting, or a hot summer day in your swimsuit paddleboarding one of Oregon’s…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

Fall in Portland: 87 Things to Do (Rain or Shine!)

September 21, 2021
Fall Leaves rainbow in Portland

As Portland bids adieu to another glorious season of sunshine, here are 87 reminders of why Portland is still a great city to be in autumn. Since the transition back to rainy season can be tough for even the most seasoned Pacific Northwesterners, I’ve put together a list of reasons to embrace the rain autumn yet another year. In no particular order, here are 87 things to do…

Pacific Northwest Portland, Oregon Things to Do

17 Best Day Trips from Portland – Explore the Wonders of Oregon!

September 13, 2021
Best day trips from Portland Oregon

One of the best things about Portland is how close it is to a diverse amount of scenery. Beaches, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, forests. Oregon has some of the most wild and beautiful outdoor experiences, and jaw-dropping views. There are a lot of amazing places in NW Oregon and SW Washington that you can reach in a day’s drive from Portland. But to most of us, the point of…

Portland, Oregon Things to Do

How to See the Swifts in Portland at Chapman Elementary!

September 8, 2021
Swifts in Portland at Chapman elementary school

Almost every night in September – just before sunset – you’ll find people flocking to Chapman Elementary School in NW Portland. They’re watching the sky for the Vaux Swifts. And every night of the migration, like clockwork, the swifts dance through the sky above the old smokestack chimney, before darting into the chimney just after sunset in one big funnel of a dark cloud. Watching the swifts flying feels…

Portland, Oregon Travel

Best Portland Breweries: Map & List of ALL 70+ Still Open in 2022

September 7, 2021
Portland breweries list

I keep a running list of all the breweries in Portland and which ones I still have to visit. The list is constantly growing as new breweries open and close. Here’s how you can track your own quest to visit all the breweries in Portland, Oregon. So here’s my Portland Beer list, freshly updated for 2022. Including: ALL the currently operating Portland breweries & map, the best breweries…