Fall Getaways

Fall Getaways Fall was made for long weekends. From culinary excursions in the heart of Washington to serene tours of Central Oregon's high country and indulgent retreats along Tahoe's shores, we've put together a dozen can't-miss trips worth using a few of those remaining vacation days.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture



From the nation’s leading wave energy expert to the inventor of the wiki to a cartoonist who pioneered a new literary genre, _Portland Monthly_ and OMSI invite you to explore the work, inspirations, and creative processes of 12 Oregonians who are changing

09/21/2011 Edited by Randy Gragg

Now Read This


A Salem author seeks closure—or the best he can get.

09/21/2011 By Martin Patail


Museum Mayhem

_Shine A Light_ gives PAM patrons something to cheer about.

09/21/2011 By Daniel Mollet


Do This Now! October 2011

Get physical with high school football; get literary at Wordstock; await the Great Pumpkin on Sauvie Island.



The Lost World of Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho

Keanu Reeves, River Phoenix, Gus Van Sant, and Portland, 20 years later

09/21/2011 By Ryan Donaldson


Five Questions For… Deborah Reed/Audrey Braun

Local writer splits herself in two.

09/21/2011 By Heather Strang


The Perfect Party: October 2011

From parking czar to falling star (ouch!) we've got a fine flock of folks at this month's fete.



There is A Certain Kind of Woman

The winner of this year’s Wordstock short-fiction contest paints an unsentimental portrait of love, loss, and the power of family.

09/21/2011 By Monona Wali

Eat & Drink


In the Kitchen with Abby Fammartino, October 2011

Abby’s table chef and owner Abby Fammartino walks us through the simple steps of preparing her zucchini fritters with cucumber-fennel relish in our in the Kitchen video series.

09/21/2011 Edited by Benjamin Tepler


Burgerville’s Chief

The pescetarian CEO who helped green up Burgerville

09/21/2011 By Emily Burton


The Chef Aquatic

Here's a clam chowder recipe that should please folks from either coast.

09/21/2011 By Benjamin Tepler


Video: In the Kitchen with Abby Fammartino

Abby’s Table chef Abby Fammartino prepares her zucchini fritters with cucumber-fennel relish.

09/21/2011 By Benjamin Tepler


Abby's Open Table

Abby’s Table serves up a healthy and welcoming feast in Southeast Portland.

09/16/2011 By Rachel Ritchie

Editor's Note

Health & Wellness


Blazing Trails

Area man engages in an unusual—and very hot—athletic pursuit.

09/21/2011 By Ramona DeNies

Home & Real Estate


Plantwise: Frost Fever

Season's change and a chilly wind is bound to blow. Plant those bulbs and cover your tomatoes.

09/21/2011 By Kate Bryant


A Hard Look at Portland's Dream of Ultra-Green Neighborhoods

The city's dream of pioneering sustainable neighborhoods faces tough obstacles.

09/21/2011 By Bill Lascher


The New Victorian

A style-conscious clan from across the pond transform a "dark and oppressive" domicile into fun for the whole family.

09/21/2011 By Amara Holstein

Style & Shopping


Portland’s Thriving Defense Industry

How peace-loving Portland makes big bucks off America’s wars.

09/21/2011 By Daniel Mollet


Fall Fashion 2011

Romance and the season’s cozy, sophisticated styles take to the streets of Stumptown in our fall fashion feature.

09/21/2011 By Eden Dawn

Travel & Outdoors

Trail of the Month

Ghost Lake

Ghost Lake: Where else would you hike in October?

09/21/2011 By Brian Barker

Cover Story

Fall Getaways: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Fall was made for long weekends. As the sun settles lower and lower in our sky and thanksgiving comes into view on the horizon, there’s no better time to escape the city and savor the few quiet, crisp weekends of autumn.

09/19/2011 Edited by Kasey Cordell By Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Martin Patail, and Eleanor R. Brown


Go By: Automobile

Road trips with drives as dazzling as the destinations

09/19/2011 By Kelly Clarke and Rachel Ritchie


Go By: Train

Ride the rails to the best of the West

09/19/2011 By Marty Patail and Zach Dundas


Go By: Plane

Direct-from-PDX destinations worth your frequent-flier miles.

09/19/2011 By Brian Barker, Kelly Clarke, and Rachel Ritchie Edited by Kasey Cordell

Web Exclusives

Web Exclusive

Video: Fall Fashion 2011 Behind-the-Scenes

Get all the behind-the-scenes action from our Portland-based bohemian love story showcasing the best in Fall Fashion with this lusty making-of video.