How to mark the end of this most epic of Portland summers? There’s really only one way: you shall ride the late-summer breeze over the Willamette Valley, fueled only by wind and fire, peering down over the rolling hills of wine country as 10 majestic peaks fan out in the distance.
The best part? Vista Balloon Adventures launches and lands in Newberg, so the coordinates are ideal for toasting your flight with a summery rosé amid the enchanting vines at Adelsheim Vineyard. Sit down for a fresh dinner of pan-roasted lamb and grilled beets at the charmingly rustic Ruddick/Wood, also in Newberg, before staking your claim on a prime spot at the 99W Drive-In, where nostalgia fills the air as Hollywood hits glow on a giant screen.
The next day, relax, reflect on your seasonal exploits, and dream of endless Portland summers to come. The final act? Get thee to OMSI by 7:47 p.m. for a group viewing of the total lunar eclipse.
Happy summer—you did good.