50 Ways to Relax this Winter

50 Ways to Relax this Winter <p>Apparently our fair city knows how to deal with stress, and we definitely can relax with the best of &lsquo;em &mdash; Forbes magazine ranked Portland the fourth most relaxed city in 2010. Even so, we all may cave a little bit and need an extra pick me up, and we&rsquo;ve got 50 tips to help bring you back to center. But if you&rsquo;re in need of a quick getaway, we take a look at Park City, Utah and its reenergized nightlife as a destination choice. Also, a bustling communal kitchen is born out of the Occupy Portland camps.</p>

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


Perfect Party 2011

Portland's most notable newsmakers earn a place at the table.



Vox Populi: We Take the Masses’ Pulse on Crucial Topics at Facebook.Com/Portland Monthly.

Portland peeps have another forum from which to speak their minds.



Do This Now! December 2011

We've got traditional happenings, like the Holiday Ale Fest, and nontraditional distractions like Rumble at the Roseland. Beers and brawls!


Eat & Drink


Nuvrei Patisserie & Café

Nuvrei is a stellar sandwich stop for Pearl District patrons.

11/23/2011 By Benjamin Tepler


Pint Size

Our top picks for special seasonals from local nanobreweries.

11/23/2011 By John Chandler


Pie High

Pie priestess Kate McMillen concentrates on the crust at Lauretta Jean's.

11/23/2011 By Karen Brooks


First the Dishes, then the Revolution

Much of the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy movement has focused on negatives. At its center, however, stood Occupy’s most civilized achievement: a bustling communal kitchen that fed hundreds of people every day.

11/23/2011 By Amanda Eckerson


Flavor Profile

At McMinnville's Fino In Fondo, the sausage is strictly Italian.

11/23/2011 By Vanessa Chang


Life of the Party

Longtime Portland catering king Larry Grimes shares his holiday soup.

11/18/2011 By Benjamin Tepler


In the Kitchen with Larry Grimes

Local caterer Larry Grimes teaches us how to make his butternut squash and apple soup, just in time for the holidays.

11/18/2011 Edited by Benjamin Tepler

In the Kitchen

Video: In the Kitchen with Larry Grimes

Longtime Portland catering king Larry Grimes shares his holiday butternut squash and apple soup.

11/18/2011 By Benjamin Tepler

Editor's Note

Health & Wellness

Cover Story

Relax: 50 Ways to Spoil Yourself This Season

For a season famous for good cheer, the holidays can prove pretty stressful. Fortunately, we've found 50 ways to soothe your soul (and mind, and body, and appetite) this winter.

11/18/2011 Edited by Kasey Cordell With Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Martin Patail, Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, Ashleigh Westmoreland, Meghan Ratliffe, and Derek Pettie

Home & Real Estate


Lure of the Local

In 1948, Pietro Belluschi designed a modest masterpiece of the Northwest Regional style of modernism. Now his son Tony has restored and expanded it with a deft touch.

11/23/2011 By Kristin Belz

News & City Life

Back Page

Occupy Santa

The people of Portland have a few Yuletide demands.



Lasting Legacies

Pour some on the pavement for our dearly departed citizens.

11/23/2011 By Zach Dundas and Meghan Ratliffe


Five Questions For: Greta Binford

Lewis & Clark’s splendid spider woman indulges her attraction to arachnids.

11/23/2011 By Eleanor R. Brown


New Money

A 13-year-old local lad takes philanthropy to heart.

11/23/2011 By Ashleigh Westmoreland


Mile High Club

Ambitious rocketeers from Portland State University man a high-desert launchpad.

11/18/2011 By Zach Dundas

Style & Shopping

Gift Guide

Gift Guide 2011: Put a Bow on It

Twenty local gift ideas for every size budget.

11/23/2011 By Kali Sanders


New Seasons

Local snowboarding CEO has outerwear ideas that go beyond the slopes.

11/23/2011 By Ramona DeNies


Sagas of Scent

Scented gifts purchased at Portland's Perfume House come with a story.

11/23/2011 By Emily Burton

Scene & Heard

Shipping News

Take a look inside FedEx’s Troutdale nerve center.

11/23/2011 By Martin Patail

Travel & Outdoors

Beyond the Bridges

Back in the High Life

Just a 90-minute flight away, Park City’s slopes promise a powdery alternative to the Cascades . . . plus an après-ski scene that’s heating up.

11/25/2011 By Kristen Gould Case

Trail of the Month

Crown Zellerbach Trail

An old logging road near Scappoose provide hikers and bikers with a scenic sojourn.

11/23/2011 By Brian Barker

Web Exclusives

Web Exclusive

Video: Rocket Science

Photographer David Emmite’s stunning time-lapse panorama of PSAS’s high-desert launchpad.

11/18/2011 Edited by Stephen Person