Light a Fire 2016: Game-Changing Project

Friends of Nadaka Unites a Gresham Neighborhood to Create a Park

Complete with bird walks, play spaces, and a community garden—and soon Gresham’s first handicapped-accessible swing.

10/10/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Urban Planning

Was the Springwater Corridor Doomed to Controversy From the Start?

The path was built for the people. And they came—just not how anyone planned.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Imaginary Oregons

The Northwest Has Always Fantasized about Starting Its Own Country

From Cascadia to Ecotopia, welcome to all the Oregons that could have been.

10/10/2016 By Marty Patail

Dispatch

Columbia Sportswear Takes on Gore-Tex

Can a Portland company topple the industry juggernaut?

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler

Getaways

This Mexican Paradise Is a Four-Hour Nonstop Flight from PDX

With farm dinners, chic rooftop bars, and an art-studded bike path, Los Cabos mellows out.

10/10/2016 By Hannah Wallace

Fruit Fables

The Curious Case of the Hidden Rose

Pruning back the convoluted story behind Oregon's thrice-named, red-fleshed apple.

10/04/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Hot Springs

A Soak at Bonneville Hot Springs

Banish stress at one of the Columbia Gorge's most deluxe day spas—just an hour from Portland!

09/30/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Outdoors

From Aging Trailer to Fabulous Glamper

A Portland couple converts an antique motor home into the retro-inspired camper of their dreams.

09/27/2016 By Claire Colby

Devout Design

This Central Oregon Church Takes Its Design Cues from the High Desert

The minimalist, airy space reflects the Bend congregation’s veneration for nature.

09/21/2016 By Katie Vaughan

Beer Me

Fresh Hops? This Weekend, Hood River’s Got ‘Em

The annual fresh hop beer festival has more than 75 brews this year. How to choose? Here are PoMo’s top five picks.

09/20/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Books

A Naturalist's Six Tips for Soaking Up Autumn on the Oregon Coast

Robert Steelquist wrote a fact-packed guide to exploring the Northwest's shores. We asked him for a little cold-weather knowledge. (Hint: hug the estuaries.)

09/20/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Get Out

This Organization Makes Portland’s Trails More Accessible to All

Access Recreation helps hikers with disabilities find their perfect paths to outdoor adventure.

09/19/2016 By Webb Wright

Fall Day Trips: Hood to Coast

Autumn Leaves to Cranberry Cocktails: Five Easy Day Trips to Make the Most of Fall

And most within spitting distance of Portland.

09/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Getaways

10 Perfect Northwest Fall Day Trips

Apple picking to wine tasting to river rafting, here’s how to make hay while the sun still shines.

09/13/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Margaret Seiler, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, and Julie Whipple

Fall Day Trips: Paddle On

Want Crowd-Free Floats? Raft the North Santiam in October

Fall is prime time for one of Western Oregon’s most underappreciated rivers.

09/13/2016 By Marty Patail

Fall Day Trips: Straight Coastin'

Island Farms and Rickety Ferry Rides: Adventure on the Back Roads to Astoria

Swap traffic for tranquility, and tourist crowds for little-known towns.

09/13/2016 By Margaret Seiler

Fall Day Trips: Grape Escape

Take a Fall Wine Trek through the Columbia Gorge

The hills near Lyle, Washington, offer up rich vino and stunning views.

09/13/2016 By Julie Whipple

Fall Day Trips: Orchard Outing

An Apple Picking Trip in Oregon’s Hood River Valley

The upside of autumn chill? Harvest time in Parkdale and beyond.

09/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Fall Day Trips: Hut, Hut, Hike!

Eugene? Psh. Go Tailgating in Corvallis Instead.

Tag along with fans of that other Oregon football team—you might just catch Beaver fever.

09/13/2016 By Molly Woodstock

Park Love

Duckbill Isn't Oregon's Only At-Risk Landmark

Some jerks knocked over Cape Kiwanda's iconic Duckbill formation. They were caught—on video, at least. Now Oregon State Police is on the case. But really, only you can prevent geology crimes.

09/09/2016 By Arlo Voorhees