Road Trips

Oregon Wine

Alt Wine Fest Explores the World of Wine Beyond Pinot

The July festival, taking place at Abbey Road Farm, is dedicated to the 80+ varieties of Oregon grapes that aren't pinot noir.

05/25/2022 By Michelle Harris

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

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

Camping

5 Places to Camp within an Hour of Portland

Pitch a tent at Milo McIver, rent a cabin at Stub Stewart, book a yurt at Champoeg—so many Oregon State Parks are close to the city.

05/06/2022 By Michelle Harris

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

For the Birds

Tufted Puffins Are Disappearing from Oregon’s Coast

A conservationist group in Cannon Beach is on a mission to save the iconic seabirds, who make Haystack Rock a summer home.

04/22/2022 By Michelle Harris

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

Service Trips

Breitenbush Offers Discount Lodging in Exchange for Restoration Work

The Oregon hot springs resort is still recovering from the 2020 forest fires, and guests are invited to help during service weeks.

03/23/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

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

Public Transit

CAT vs. Cars

Traffic, packed parking lots, and new permit requirements make driving in the Gorge tough. Take the CAT bus to Multnomah Falls and Hood River instead.

03/17/2022 By Margaret Seiler

Checklist

I Spy! Look for These Landmarks in the Columbia River Gorge

The Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge are home to huge dams, towering wind turbines, tall waterfalls, a wild art museum, and a ‘spooky’ pizza place.

03/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo and Margaret Seiler

Gorge Guide

Where to Eat, Stay & Play in Hood River, White Salmon & Bingen

Windsurfing, cherry-picking, and rafting await in these Oregon and Washington towns in the Columbia River Gorge.

03/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo and Julia Silverman

Recovery

What We Can Learn 5 Years After the Eagle Creek Fire

The 2017 fire changed the landscape of the Columbia River Gorge, especially on the Oregon side of the river.

03/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Gorge Guide

Check Out the Closest Attractions in the Columbia River Gorge

Zip lines and treehouse suites at Skamania Lodge, classic soft serve in Cascade Locks, and hiking trails and waterfalls galore!

03/17/2022 By Katherine Chew Hamilton, Conner Reed, and Julia Silverman

Love

The Bridal Veil Post Office Celebrates 135 Years

Every year this Oregon ghost town post office sees a flood of wedding invitations from couples hoping to secure a Bridal Veil postmark.

03/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Shopping Road Trip

Shop Stops in the Columbia River Gorge

Hood River’s Oak Street and its counterparts in Bingen and White Salmon make these connected Gorge towns a stealth shopping destination for clothes, gifts, and more.

03/11/2022 By Gabriel Granillo, Margaret Seiler, and Julia Silverman

Travel

Escape Humdrum City Life with These 3 Unique PNW Retreats

Find solace inside a decades-old seminary, former working grain silos, or a renovated dairy truck at Pacific Northwest retreats.

01/26/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Hiking

Skip the Snow with These 6 Winter Hikes

Leave your snowshoes at home with hikes at Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail, the Coast Range’s Kentucky Falls, the Gorge’s Cape Horn, and more.

01/22/2022 By Karly Quadros

News

Govy-to-Portland Traffic Jams Cause Ski Resorts to Shift Strategy

There were hours-long commutes to the mountain and packed lots this weekend at Timberline, Mt Hood Meadows, and more.

01/11/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Shopping

Shops Worth the Drive

Bookstores at the beach, German groceries next to the world’s largest oyster, and kitchen finds in Eastern Oregon

12/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler