Outdoors

Our 10 Favorite Portland Dog Parks

With 33 patches of off-leash, dog-friendly romping zones in city parks, how do you decide?

07/27/2021 By Rachel Ritchie, Gabriel Granillo, and Fiona McCann

Astronomy

Once in a Blue Moon: Where to Stargaze Around Portland

Bring a blanket and some binoculars, but leave your phone at home to see the stars.

07/22/2021 By Cami Hughes

Get Outside

6 Uncrowded Day Hikes Near Portland

Skip the crowds and seek the shade with our picks for day-trip leg stretchers.

07/14/2021 By Riley Bass

Patio Primer

5 Things to Consider as You Plan Your Perfect Backyard Escape

Tip no. 1: Get really into drainage.

05/30/2021 By Marty Patail

Cycling

Pedalpalooza Is Back! Bike Fest Returns for 2021

After a year off, the super-fun, volunteer-led Portland bike festival is back—for 3 whole months.

05/29/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Home & Garden

Try Planting These Spring Pretties to Give Your Garden a Boost

Here's what to plant for a yard bursting with blooms and sweet-smelling flowers.

03/20/2021 By Marisa Kula Mercer

Glamping

Level Up Your Picnic or Campground Cookout with an Asian Hot Pot Meal

Take the steamy restaurant staple outdoors—all you need is a portable burner and some willing helpers.

03/19/2021 By Katrina Yentch

Footnotes

LISTEN: The Portland Rose Festival and the Future of Large-Crowd Events in Oregon

Portland Monthly news editor Julia Silverman talks with Portland Rose Festival Foundation CEO Jeff Curtis about challenges large outdoor events are fa...

03/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

What’s Blooming? Springtime Plants Are Popping Up in Portland

From daphne to daffodils, don’t miss these eight blooms.

03/12/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Winter Adventures

Why Not Try Luge at Loup Loup?

You may not be an Olympic athlete, you say? Well, this isn't the Olympic kind of luge.

12/31/2020 By Riley Blake

Fitness

Resolving to Be Healthier? Here Are Some Tips (and Local Virtual Gyms to Try).

A list of reasonable health resolutions and places in Portland to get your virtual workout on.

12/30/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Portland Monthly Staff

Winter Adventures

Enjoy the Calm of Ice Fishing in the Northwest

All you need is an auger, a short rod and reel, lures, and a bucket to sit on.

12/12/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire

At Portland Audubon, There’s Wildlife Rescue, Nature Education, and Environmental Advocacy for All

At our “Caring for the Planet” award winner, it’s always baby bird season.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Shopping

Sno-Parks, State Parks & Beyond: Snag a Wilderness Parking Pass

“Honey, I got you a present at the DMV.”

11/25/2020 By Margaret Seiler and Wriik Maui

Things to Do

Visit These Oregon Farms for Fall Fun

Mask up for a harvest hoopla this year.

10/06/2020 By Lauren Carlos

Eating Out

10 Places to Picnic in Portland Right Now

Make the most of the sunshine with these outdoor delights.

09/29/2020 By Ainslee Dicken With Fiona McCann

Travel & Outdoors

Portland’s Newest Swimming Hole Is Ready for Your Diving Pleasure

Activism efforts by the Human Access Project have increased swimming access to the Willamette River.

09/29/2020 By Morgan Westling

What Now?

After the Smoke, C’est Toi

Open the windows, go for a walk, pick some produce—but read our guide first.

09/19/2020 By Julia Silverman

Little Joys of Summer

Walk This Way toward Your Own Personal Portland Scavenger Hunt

Neighborhood walks aren't canceled this year, so add these spots to your route and explore the city.

08/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler Photography by Mike Novak