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. 

Soccer

Where to Watch the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Final on Saturday, October 29

6 local bars are official ‘pub partners’ of the soccer team, including the Sports Bra and Prost!, and will be showing the game on CBS.

10/27/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

The Portland Thorns Are Going to the NWSL Championship

A stoppage-time goal from Crystal Dunn gives Portland the win over San Diego, and a ticket to the final on October 29 in Washington, DC.

10/24/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Civic Duty

Oregon’s Voter Registration Deadline Is Tuesday, October 18

And it’s easy to do online. Don’t miss out on all the fun for the November 8 general election!

10/17/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Soccer

Merritt Paulson Steps Down as CEO of the Portland Thorns and Timbers

The announcement follows a scathing report that detailed cover-ups of abuse within Thorns club and across the NWSL.

10/11/2022 By Sam Stites

Soccer

The Sally Yates Report on ‘Systemic’ Abuses in Women’s Soccer Is Out. And It’s Bad.

The answers to who knew what, when, appear to be everyone, and early—including Portland Thorns and Timbers leaders Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson.

10/04/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Baseball Explainer

The Seattle Mariners Could Clinch a Playoff Spot Today

The longest postseason drought in baseball may be about to end. How are we feeling, everyone?

09/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Events

What to Do in Oregon in October

Hop and harvest festivals in Hood River, Air Supply concerts in Lincoln City, the Great Columbia Crossing running race in Astoria, and more

09/30/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Get Out

10 Photo Ops in Portland and Beyond to Prove You Live Here

Let your friends know where you are with pictures of the downtown Powell’s Books, the St. Johns Bridge, the PDX airport carpet, and more!

09/28/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Trails

Hike of the Month: Eruption Trail at Mount St. Helens

This short-and-sweet walk from Johnston Ridge Observatory is all volcano photo ops, all the time. Parking is free, but that could change next year.

09/23/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Public Transit

4 Ideas for Car-Free Fall Outings

Leave the car at home for World Car Free Day—and to avoid traffic confusion during this weekend’s I-84 closure in Northeast Portland.

09/21/2022 By Margaret Seiler

History

Meet Some of the Women Who Helped Shape Oregon as We Know It

From securing the right to vote to leading the state in Salem to representing Oregonians in DC, we owe a lot to Redmond, Neuberger, Green, Kafoury & more.

09/20/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination. These retreats in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho invoke the mythic best of the Northwest.

09/13/2022 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

The Queen is Dead

4 Portland Pubs in Which to Mourn Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Looking for a pub to drown your sorrows about the passing of the British monarch? From Toffee Club to the Horse Brass, we got you.

09/08/2022 By Michelle Harris, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Fall Road Trips

Wacky Roadside Attractions and Treehouse Hotels Await in Southern Oregon

Throw the kids in the car and head south for rope swings, cave tours, and In-N-Out Burger.

09/08/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Transit

Frog Ferry: Dead in the Water

The recurrent fantasy of a Willamette River commuter ferry is back to being just a pipe dream, after local boosters give up on its latest iteration.

09/06/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Portland Bar Guide

Check Out These Gorgeous Bar Bathrooms

From Pac-Man tile at Ground Kontrol to gold detail at Doug Fir, these bar bathrooms are perfect for picture-taking, mirror-primping, or just plain admiring.

09/02/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Michael Novak, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, and Matthew Trueherz

House Hunters

A $19 Million Luxury Ranch Home Is Currently Listed in Central Oregon

From Mr. and Mrs. Affleck to Lil Nas X, these are the famous names that could be on the market for a luxury home in Sisters, Oregon.

08/31/2022 By Michelle Harris and Margaret Seiler

Portland Bar Guide

Where to Find Portland’s Best Bar Bites

Satisfy the drunchies with cheesy, crunchy fried goodness, from burgers to won ton nachos at these Portland bars.

08/31/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Margaret Seiler, and Matthew Trueherz

Hiking

These Oregon Coast Hikes Have All the Views

Neahkanie Mountain, Cape Lookout, and other trails on the Oregon Coast beckon with shady walks and ocean views.

08/31/2022 By Julia Silverman and Michelle Harris

Road Trip

Portland to Seattle: How to Survive the Drive on Interstate 5

Hippie sandals, squirrel bridges, playgrounds, a car museum, hot pot, skydiving ... take a few breaks on the drive between Portland and Seattle.

08/25/2022 By Cassondra Bird, Michelle Harris, and Margaret Seiler