Margaret Seiler helps keep Portland Monthly clear, readable, and grammatically correct. She also writes about local politicshistory, sports (from the Thorns to Tonya Harding), and her hobby of extreme transit. The native Kentuckian landed in Oregon after youth-hostelling her way around the continent (before cell phones!) and worked at Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune before joining Portland Monthly in 2010. She lives in North Portland with her brewer husband and their two children. 

Field Notes

Hike of the Month: Cathedral Tree Trail in Astoria

Boardwalks, tree-root stairs, and the namesake Sitka spruce line the way to the Astoria Column and stunning views of the Columbia River Bar and Oregon Coast.

05/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Literary Road Trip

New Mural in Clatskanie Celebrates Writer Raymond Carver

A free festival this weekend shows off the almost-complete mural and includes a poetry contest and Birdman screening.

05/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

Portland Real Estate Guide 2022

A look at the numbers on home sales from Arbor Lodge to Argay, Bridlemile to Buckman, Laurelhurst to Lents, Canby to Camas, plus the skinny on the market fr...

05/16/2022 Edited by Julia Silverman By Melissa Dalton, Cami Hughes, Fiona McCann, Karly Quadros, Conner Reed, and Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers 2022

Home sales prices, rent costs, demographics, crime statistics, and commute times for every neighborhood, from the Pearl to Parkrose, Hillsdale to Hazelwood

05/16/2022 Edited by Margaret Seiler and Julia Silverman

Real Estate

Portland Suburbs by the Numbers 2022

Home sales prices, rent costs, demographics, and commute times for Beaverton, Hillsboro, Gresham, Vancouver, and other Portland-area suburbs.

05/16/2022 Edited by Margaret Seiler and Julia Silverman

Flowers

Lilacs for Days at Hulda Klager Gardens in Woodland, Washington

Surrounded by flowers, the historic property’s farmhouse remains closed for now, but the gardens and arboretum just north of Portland are open year-round.

05/09/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Shopping

9 Portland-Area Malls, Ranked 

Pioneer Place, Lloyd Center, Bridgeport Village, Clackamas Town Center, Washington Square, and more—which is a mall to rule them all?

05/06/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Portlands Best Parks

34 Reasons to Love Portland’s Parks

We crafted a list of parks in Portland to visit if you want to fly a kite, catch some views, spread out a picnic, ride a mountain bike and more!

05/06/2022 With Julia Silverman, Fiona McCann, and Margaret Seiler Illustrations by Anna Rogers

Events

What to Do in Oregon in May

Celebrate UFOs in McMinnville, toast rosé season in the Willamette Valley's wine country, and ride a fat-tire bike in Cannon Beach.

05/02/2022 By Shannon Daehnke, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Thorns and Timbers Took the Field Together in Ukraine-UNICEF Fundraiser

The at-times bizarre soccer game in a packed Providence Park raised $435,000 and counting.

04/28/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Timbers and Thorns Will Play Together April 27 for Ukraine Fundraiser

Admission to the soccer game at Providence Park is free, with donations encouraged for UNICEF.

04/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Columbia River Gorge

Heading for the Gorge’s Waterfall Corridor This Summer? You’ll Need a Permit.

The pilot project runs May 24 to September 5 for Wahkeena, Oneonta, Horsetail, and Multnomah Falls. Permits required spring weekends at Dog Mountain, too.

04/18/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Beer Staff Picks

Our Favorite Places to Grab a Beer in Portland

’Tis the season for sun, fun, and good brews. From St. Johns to Buckman to the Pearl, here are a few bars and patios we love to visit.

04/07/2022 By Dalila Brent, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michelle Harris, Rose Lee, Michael Novak, Margaret Seiler, and Conner Reed

Bar Openings

Watching Women’s Sports Is Hard. The Sports Bra Makes It Easier.

Jenny Nguyen’s new sports bar on NE Broadway is open, with burgers, tots, framed Thorns and Power jerseys, and TV screens dedicated to women’s games.

04/01/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Events

What to Do in Oregon in April

Festivals this month celebrate Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon cheese in Central Point, tulips in Woodburn, crab at the coast, and more!

04/01/2022 By Dalila Brent, Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler

Real Estate 2022

Every Neighborhood in Portland in a Nutshell

Your Portland neighborhood guide from Alameda to Woodstock, St. Johns to Sylvan Highlands.

03/30/2022 By Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Where to Live Now

Neighborhood Guide: Brentwood-Darlington

Home to religious cemeteries and standout food carts, the Southeast Portland neighborhood Brentwood-Darlington was annexed in 1986.

03/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Renovation

What If Your House’s Design Theme Were the Tim Burton Film Beetlejuice?

In West Hills, a creative couple’s collaborative renovation of a boxy ’90s home mixes merry and macabre, matching the aesthetic of the 1988 Tim Burton film.

03/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Music

50 Oregon Albums That Define Our State

From Elliott Smith to Emancipator, Cool Nutz to Quasi, we’re running down the 50 albums that define our state.

03/23/2022 Edited by Conner Reed By Conner Reed, Gabriel Granillo, Karly Quadros, Katherine Chew Hamilton, Margaret Seiler, and Fiona McCann

Travel

The Ultimate Guide to the Columbia River Gorge

Waterfalls, hikes, history, breweries, wineries, great food, a historic post office, and views galore

03/17/2022 Edited by Gabriel Granillo By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matt Wastradowski