Camping

Hoping to Camp in Oregon State Parks in 2021? You Can’t Book Quite Yet

After COVID cancellations and closures, the state park system is persevering for next year—but needs some time to heal.

10/15/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Cycling

Biketown's All-Electric Fleet and Expanded Area Take Portland’s Bike Share Program to a New Level

Yes, it’s yet another ‘I rode an e-bike for the first time, and it was kind of cool’ story.

10/14/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Feature

The Rise and Fall of Kah-Nee-Ta

The once-darling vacation spot is practically a ghost town. What happened?

10/10/2020 By Juhea Kim

Things to Do

Visit These Oregon Farms for Fall Fun

Mask up for a harvest hoopla this year.

10/06/2020 By Lauren Carlos

Wine Country 2020

These Wine Trips Are Perfect for Fall

Replace those canceled airline flights with wine flights just a short drive from Portland, or even right in town.

10/05/2020 By Jordan Michelman and Margaret Seiler

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

Footnotes

LISTEN: #LandBack and Indigenous Sovereignty, with Paul Robert Wolf Wilson

Paul Robert Wolf Wilson, an enrolled member of the Klamath and Modoc Tribes and photojournalist living in Chiloquin, Oregon, on Indigenous sovereignty, wildf...

09/25/2020 Edited by Gabriel Granillo

Podcasts

The Spotted Owl, the Timber Economy, and the Epic Conflict that Defined Our Forests

Timber Wars host Aaron Scott talks about the new OPB pod, science writing, and the ongoing battle over Pacific Northwest forests.

09/22/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Footnotes

LISTEN: The West Coast Wildfires, with Eden Dawn, Riley Blake, and Erica Fleishman

How Oregon has been responding to the threat of the wildfires, the short-term health effects of smoke inhalation, and the long-term effects of climate change...

09/18/2020 Edited by Gabriel Granillo

Q&A

An OSU Professor Breaks Down Climate Change and the Future of Wildfires in the West

“Looking at fire seasons in the west over the past five to 10 years, it’s likely to be like this or to get worse as climate continues to change.”

09/17/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

The Birds

Not All Is Lost: The Vaux Swifts Are Still Roosting In Portland

You can't go see them, thanks to COVID and our foul air. But it helps to know that they are there.

09/15/2020 By Julia Silverman

Oregon Wildfires

How to Keep Your Indoor Spaces Smoke-Free

Here are a few tips to help protect your lungs from the smoke.

09/11/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Air Quality

What’s Canceled, Closed, Postponed, or in Limbo Due to the Oregon Wildfires?

The city itself isn’t burning, but smoke in the air is affecting everything from outdoor movies to dining to sports.

09/10/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Field Notes

North Cascades National Park Holds Once-in-a-Lifetime Views for Those Willing to Make the Drive

Spend a long weekend exploring the Rainbow-McAlester Loop.

09/09/2020 By Ben Tepler

Wildfires

Even the Oregon Coast Is Burning

Traditionally a place of refuge from heat and smoke, the skies above parts of the Pacific have turned red.

09/09/2020 By Ainslee Dicken

Disaster

Here’s How to Help the Victims of Oregon’s Wildfires

Thousands around the state are under evacuation orders as multiple fires rage, fanned by high winds.

09/09/2020 By Julia Silverman

Travel

Oregon's Labor Day Weekend Forecast: Sunny, With a Chance of COVID?

Pondering whether to hit the road this holiday? We've got thoughts.

09/04/2020 By Julia Silverman

Left Coast, Best Coast

In Praise of the Wetsuit, Essential Gear In Pandemic Times

With public pools closed, suited-up swimmers can find solace in the sea.

08/28/2020 By Julia Silverman

#VanLife

Rentable Camper Vans and RVs Pick Up New Fans in the Pandemic

Their usual international clients can’t get here, but rental companies are seeing plenty of interest from locals.

08/13/2020 By Margaret Seiler

Trailer Lark

Social Distancing Was Already a Selling Point for Getaway House

Units come with everything you need to get away and stay away. But pro tip: BYO coffeemaker.

08/01/2020 By Margaret Seiler