Summer Day Trips

Summer Day Trips We're making a splash in August with our Water Issue! Our guide to eight nearby swimming holes will help keep you properly chilled this summer, while our look at Portland's Best New Bars should do wonders for morale in the face of oppressive temperatures. Plus, we go right to the source of our precious hydration in a deep feature about the Bull Run Watershed. Drink it all in!

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Now Read This

Book Review: Kill You Twice

Portland writer Chelsea Cain returns with another bloody installment in her Gretchen Lowell series.

07/20/2012 By Amber Villa-Zang


Stage Might

A larger-than-life trio of scene-stealers should dominate the stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

07/20/2012 By Camille Grigsby-Rocca


Portland's Big Time Broadway Producer

Portlander Brisa Trinchero is taking Broadway by storm (and bringing it back home, too).

07/19/2012 By Michael McGregor

Power Ranking

The Greatest Portland Summers of All Time!

The most exciting summer memories in Portland history: starring Elvis Presley, Pelé, and a bunch of stoned hippies.

07/19/2012 By Martin Patail


The Perfect Party: August 2012

At last two of our Perfect Party guests this month are out of this world—astronaut Don Pettit and Laika's next stop-motion star, Norman Babcock (a.k.a. _ParaNorman_).

07/18/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas


Do This Now! August 2012

Get an earful of offbeat Oregon history every Tuesday night at Jack London Bar.

07/18/2012 By Sara Gates


Five Questions With Celeste Brash

A veteran travel writer regales us with tales from her trips—from black magic curses in Java to finding love with a Tahitian pearl diver.

07/18/2012 By Heather Strang

Eat & Drink

Market Watch

Hurrah for Broccoli Romanesco

Who needs art when we have vegetables?

08/23/2012 By Kristin Belz

Market Watch

Cucumbers Chillin' Southern Style

No need to heat up the kitchen (or the grill) for a good meal; just microwave cukes and onions for a chill soup.

08/12/2012 By Kristin Belz

Market Watch

Local Chickpeas? Yes, Please!

Chickpeas pop in popularity, and proliferate in the fields of our neighbors in the Palouse region of Eastern Oregon and Washington.

08/07/2012 By Kristin Belz


Lightner Strikes Twice

Former Castagna chef is winning over critics and making a name for himself at New York City's Atera restaurant.

07/19/2012 By Michael C.Zusman


Best New Bars 2012

Portland's newest wave of watering holes is redefining the local drinking culture all over again. Pull up a stool and learn about the places, drinks, and trends leading the way.

07/19/2012 Edited by Rachel Ritchie With Benjamin Tepler and Allison Jones


Cult of the Cannelé

Courier Coffee Roasters and Ken's Artisan Bakery conquer France's most finicky pastry.

07/18/2012 By Karen Brooks


Haute Rocks

At Riffle NW the hand-carved ice is every bit as important as the spirit itself.

07/18/2012 By Rachel Ritchie

Fresh Eats

Introducing: Boxer Sushi

Renowned restaurateur Micah Camden brings a minimalist menu and his penchant for quality ingredients to the sushi scene.

07/18/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Eat This Now

Brunch at Interurban

A well-seasoned Bloody Mary, a tasty breakfast burger, and superb sweet bites make brunch at Interurban the perfect way to welcome the weekend.

07/18/2012 By Benjamin Tepler


In the Kitchen with Benjamin Bettinger

Watch chef Benjamin Bettinger show us how to grill summer corn and whip up his roasted poblano aioli.

07/14/2012 Edited by Benjamin Tepler


Summer Sweet

Chef Benjamin Bettinger from Paley's Place brightens up grilled summer corn with a charge of poblano aioli.

07/14/2012 By Benjamin Tepler

Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: August 2012

Water Master

We can thank a 19th century city employee for tapping into the pristine Bull Run water supply.

07/18/2012 By Randy Gragg

Home & Real Estate


Art for the Home at the Japanese Garden

Take a glimpse of the art "behind the shoji," and take advantage of the Labor Day weekend discount.

08/26/2012 By Kristin Belz


Wright Here in Oregon

Frank Lloyd Wright built all over the country, but rarely in the Pacific Northwest. The Gordon House is a welcome – and public – exception.

08/11/2012 By Kristin Belz


Rustic Modern Mash-ups

Central Indians weave new life into recycled fabric and plastic to make chairs and stools for Salvage Crafts, on sale via Fab.

08/05/2012 By Kristin Belz


Breaking Tradition

A family of Los Angeles transplants reimagines the potential of their Tudor home, crafting a stylish, light-filled haven for themselves—both indoors and out.

07/18/2012 By Amara Holstein


Summertime: The Living Is Easy

There are still tasks that need tending, but for the most part, gardeners can enjoy a well-deserved respite in August.

07/18/2012 By Kate Bryant

News & City Life

Long Story [Short]

The Diver

A 12-year veteran of Portland Fire and Rescue’s Dive Team, Lt. Rich Tyler is one of very few people to have experienced the murky netherworld that lies below the surface of the Willamette River.

07/18/2012 By Jill Davis


Ring Leader

Milwaukie High School alum and gold-medal hopeful Kelsey Campbell battled her way through nine years of obstacles to make the Olympic wrestling team.

07/18/2012 By Jill Davis

Style & Shopping


Clean Living at Camamu

Pampering and practicality come together on SE Nehalem in Sellwood, at Camamu Soap’s new shop and world headquarters.

08/14/2012 By Kristin Belz


Risky Business

A freshly minted start-up survivor thrives by shifting gears in tough economic times.

07/18/2012 By Zach Dundas


On the Water

Review our accessory checklist if you want to spend the summer lolling on a (Pendleton) beach blanket.

07/17/2012 By Eden Dawn


Instant Cool (Just Add Tools)

ADX takes “craft” to the next level by providing inventive citizens with tools and room to work.

07/14/2012 By Bill Lascher Videography by Stephen Person

Travel & Outdoors

Back Page

Tap Water Challenge

How does Portland's water stack up against the competition in a taste test?


Trail of the Month

Bird Creek Meadows Trail

Gaze in wonder at the wildflowers and waterfalls along Bird Creek Meadows Trail.

07/18/2012 By Brian Barker

Cover Story

8 Great Northwest Swimming Holes

Our guide to close-in swimming holes doles out details on where to get wet, whether you’re a family of four looking for calm waters (and close-by restrooms) or an adventurous couple seeking a secluded spot to soak up the sun.

07/17/2012 By Kasey Cordell


Reservoir Bulldogs

A pair of Portland water activists lead the fight to keep our reservoirs open and operating just as they have for the last 115 years.

07/14/2012 By Zach Dundas


Liquid Assets

Go to the sink. Fill up a glass. Drink deep. If you’re in Portland, odds are good that you just took a big swig of Bull Run water. The fiercely protected, stunningly beautiful, and highly engineered forest landscape that provides Portland’s wa

07/14/2012 Edited by Zach Dundas

Power Up

Electric Company

The vintage gears and mechanical works at the Bull Run Powerhouse tell a story that's worth preserving.

07/14/2012 By Randy Gragg


Simon's Springs

Next time you belly up to a Benson Bubbler, wish it a happy birthday!

07/14/2012 By Sig Unander