Explore Hidden Oregon

Explore Hidden Oregon On the quest to find our state's hidden gems, we spent a collective four weeks on the road, logged some 4,000 miles (not including wrong turns), and met plenty of colorful locals along the way.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture


The Grocery Store Cart

With her short story "The Grocery Store Cart," Marian Pierce won the 2009 short fiction competition of the Wordstock book and literary festival. Chosen by Oregon writer Barry Lopez, this story won her $1,000 and publication in Portland Monthly.

09/10/2009 By Marian Pierce


Venturing Forth

Swearing he’d never be a banker like his father (and grandfather and great-grandfather), John Haines fled his office in the Wells Fargo Tower to kayak the world’s wild rivers and pioneer new paths in finance. Ten years after an accident confined him to a

09/10/2009 By Ted Katauskas

Hit List

Autumn Done Right

Here are the ingredients to a great autumn day in Portland: fresh food, good beer, great costumes, ghost stories, and a picnic under Laurelhurst Park's Katsura tree.

09/10/2009 By Elizabeth Buelow


PDX Index: Fountains

Portland Monthly takes a look at local fountains.

09/10/2009 By Meghan Hilliard


Cash for Creativity

The National Endowment for the Arts was granted nearly $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Who in Oregon got a piece of the pie?

09/10/2009 By Kasey Cordell and Victoria Nguyen


Charting Sam

Portland astrologer Shon Clark looks to the sky to see how the stars aligned during some of Mayor Sam Adams' most famous (and infamous) days.

09/10/2009 By Shon Clark

Eat & Drink

Cellar Notes

Oregon Chardonnay

09/18/2009 By Condé Cox


Pope House Bourbon Lounge

The Pope House bucks the terrible stereotypes of the South fueled by "Free Bird" and NASCAR with its 40-plus brands of bourbon and impeccable surroundings.

09/10/2009 By John Chandler


Specialty Rolls at Sushi Mazi

Chef Marc Suwansathien's specialty rolls at Sushi Mazi such as the Super Rock & Roll are an orgy of Japanese fusion techniques, showing off a fondness for whimsy and over-the-top presentation.

09/10/2009 By Martha Calhoon


Can It

The historically maligned beer can undergoes a craft brew makeover led by Colorado's Oskar Blues Brewery. Will this trend spread to Oregon?

09/10/2009 By Rachel Ritchie


John Taboada's Green-Tomato Parmesan

As we reach the colder winter months, those formerly ripe tomatoes are hanging on to the vine for dear life. Like local chefs, you can take advantage of the new bounty of green tomatoes.

09/10/2009 By Martha Calhoon


Whole Hog

"Every part of the pig is edible, except for the oink." This Spanish adage describes the wonderful creativity behind some of Portland's best charcuterie extremely well as farmers twist classic Spanish techniques to make a prosciutto with a taste specific

09/10/2009 By Mike Thelin


Holy Water

Local beer brewers argue over politicians messing with their biggest ingredient—water.

09/10/2009 With Brian Barker

Editor's Note


A Good Life

09/10/2009 By Randy Gragg

Health & Wellness


Does Portland's New Bike Plan Measure Up to Our City's Cycling Reputation?

One urban planner says not quite.

09/10/2009 By Randy Gragg

Home & Real Estate


Good Company

_Business Facilities_ named Oregon as one of the top ten business climates in the United States. Let's take a look into why we ranked so high.

09/10/2009 By Kasey Cordell

Style & Shopping


Fall Fashion 2009: Room Service

It's fall, the season for an indoor passion play.

09/10/2009 Edited by Jill Spitznass and Brett Glass With Peggi-Jane Jeung (Styling) and Katherine Ross represented by OMM Style (Hair and Makeup)


Patterned Behavior

Portland Fashion Week judges named eventual _Project Runway_ winner Leanne Marshall their top emerging designer in 2006. We take a look at the top five finalists for the award this year.

09/10/2009 By Meghan Hilliard

Travel & Outdoors


6 of Oregon's Most Curious Tourist Traps

A staple of any long car ride is the tourist trap. Here's our guide to some of Oregon's most curious ones.



Explore Hidden Oregon

From the sprawling emptiness of southeastern Oregon to the rough tranquility of the Oregon Coast, the state is ripe for exploring. No matter where you're going to, there are some lesser-known gems that can't be missed. We've found 30 such adventures.

09/11/2009 By Kasey Cordell, Randy Gragg, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Brian Barker

Web Exclusives


Mercy Corps In Action

In its newly built Portland headquarters, Mercy Corps opens the Action Center, a multimedia learning museum meant to further engage the public in the humanitarian organization's mission to end world poverty and hunger.

09/17/2009 By Alexis Rehrmann