A desire for a wine holiday was the reason I found myself driving along country roads surrounded by vineyards and rural farmlands in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I recently discovered the joy of combining wine tasting with travel as a wonderful way to experience a place. This flourishing wine region exists because visionary growers didn’t heed […]
Does Portland have a sexy side? The question nagged at me as I arrived in the Rose City for a weekend of adventure. The elements were certainly present: a food culture, shopping, art, music, and wine. Regardless of what the television show “Portlandia” would have us believe about the zany character, I was on a mission […]
Portland, Oregon is a city with a well-deserved reputation for wet weather. If you visit during a downpour, you can grumble about the weather or behave like a true Oregonian and go about your business like it isn’t raining.
On a recent visit to Portland, Oregon I was pleasantly surprised to visit The Nines, Portland’s swankiest hotel! This isn’t just any hotel, it is a masterpiece of modern chic within a treasured landmark. Located in downtown Portland’s top nine floors of the historic Meier & Frank department store, it transforms a historic building into […]
When Chris and I were training for the Portland Marathon in 2008, we quickly realized that Portland is a runner’s paradise. Oregon is oft-considered the distance-running capital of the country and the Portland area is home to Team Nike. This makes PDX a top-to-bottom running haven where you’ll as easily see world class athletes-in-training as […]
In Portland, I sometimes wonder at the way the city has insinuated itself into the natural world. Some towns feel like “nature” was strategically removed or plowed under to make way for development. To its credit, much of Portland feels more like we’ve borrowed from nature a piece here and a piece there temporarily for […]