Best of the Year
Portland Monthly's Top 10 Stories of 2017
What made readers click this year? Among other things: creepy monster masks, kid-friendly eateries, and life-giving Korean spas.
The internet is a fickle beast. Some stories hit hyperspeed on the information superhighway. Others idle on the shoulder. Why? We have our theories (Mark Zuckerberg may or may not play a role). But for now, here are the top 10 stories we published in 2017, ranked by unique page views:
- Grimm Is Selling All of Its Weird Props and Monster Costumes: In March, a 40,000-square-foot warehouse filled with more than 120 episodes’ worth of Grimm props and paraphernalia opened its doors to the public. The internet wanted all the deets.
- Portland's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants: Which local eateries are cool with sticky hands, temper tantrums, and picky eaters? These 24.
- 8 Essential Forest Park Hikes: First timer? Super athlete? Arborist? Portland's beloved urban forest has a trail for you.
- These Korean Spas Will Heal Everything That Ails You: Turns out I-5 North is an unlikely route to serenity.
- ‘Unlikely Hiker’ Jenny Bruso Blasts Open the Idea of Who Belongs in the Wilderness: The self-described “queer, femme, fat, former indoors kid” is known online for her project Unlikely Hikers, which highlights the stories of other anti-stereotypical adventurers.
- Portland's Best New Restaurants of 2017: It was a wild, delicious year. These dining experiences defined the city’s scene.
- These 'Sleeping Pods' Provide Safety and Warmth for Portland's Homeless: Socially conscious architecture from Portland State University’s Center for Public Interest Design.
- 16 Places in Portland to Drink Coffee Right Now: From hand-roasted beans to double-decker buses to scene-stealing décor, these destinations are in a class of their own.
- You Can Now Support Homeless LGBTQ Youth by Washing Your Hair: Rudy’s Barbershop launched a new unisex product line, with a portion of proceeds going to Portland’s Outside In, among other organizations.
- Portland's Awful Winter Weather Is Endangering Local Retailers: Remember all that ice and snow? It was bad for local businesses.