If the past few weeks have left you feeling a little, uh, Spring Broke, we've got a fix. Becky Ohlsen's new book Walking Portland offers 30 short in-town hikes that feel like mini-vacations yet cost you nothing.
The 200-page book, which hits bookstores tomorrow, traces two- to five-mile jaunts on both sides of the river, complete with suggestions for pitstops for Instagraming, people-watching, and—if you've got some spare pennies—worthy restaurants, bars, and cafés. With easy to follow maps, the book can also play tour guide for guests while you're at work.
Some of these routes, like the Hawthorne and Steel Bridge loop, are familiar. Others, like the three-mile loop from NW Nicolai Street through Slabtown, traverse less frequented parts of the city. But all of the walks present intriguing bits of Portland history and trivia that will delight even longtime residents. To wit: Did you know the Hawthorne Bridge needs to move every eight hours or else its gears might stick? We didn't either. But we feel a lot smarter now.
Walking Portland ($18.95, Wilderness Press) is available for pre-order at powells.com and amazon.com.