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This curious strip of avant-garde art galleries, funky boutiques, and affordable ethnic eateries has recently sprung up in an otherwise quiet section of... Read More

A black awning and sidewalk tables greet visitors to Sarah Hart’s Spanish-inspired chocolate shop, promising “(mostly) sin free chocolate.... Read More

Come for tree-trunk tables, antler chandeliers, and hand-carved rocking chairs; everything is crafted from local materials. Read More

Original Debut: In 1927, Universal Studios spent $100,000 (big bucks in those days) bankrolling the Bagdad Theater in Portland’s Hawthorne... Read More

Nancy Hunt and husband Randy Goodman opened Bar Avignon in Southeast Portland in 2008, naming their restaurant and wine bar for a French city where they... Read More

Sit by the fire pit on the patio and have a homemade beer; the S'mores Stout actually comes with a toasted marshmallow. Read More

Kevin Ludwig’s spirited restaurant and bar in Southeast Portland’s glass-fronted 720 BLDG has earned a reputation for its cocktail program... Read More

Bendistillery is an intimate space for sinking into a plush velvet armchair and sipping a DesertJuniperGin martini. Read More

A high-ceilinged, airy spot set amid the loading docks and chic galleries of the Pearl District, Bluehour is run by the same team behind chic eatery... Read More

Brian's Windsurfing & Kitesurfing can point you in the right direction, and hook you up with equipment and instruction. Read More

Kristine Cheeseman started fusing stained glass for a living in 1994, and currently sells completed pieces online and at the Portland Farmers Market,... Read More

Far more than a sweet shop, this chocolate boutique just a couple blocks away from Powell’s City of Books serves saucers of warm “drinking... Read More

Oregon’s rocky and pristine northern coast makes for an easy day trip from Portland; the drive takes about 90 minutes and passes over the jagged... Read More

Check out Cannon Beach’s many art exhibitions, making sure to visit the Cannon Beach Gallery, which only features works by local and regional... Read More

Warm up with an easy loop leading through coastal forest to a bluff overlooking the Pacific. Read More

Clarinetist and Avery Fisher Prize co-winner David Shifrin has been CMN’s artistic director for more than three decades, overseeing a five-week,... Read More

Named for a Calapooia tribe word meaning “valley of flowers,” the Chehalem winery originated in 1980 as a single vineyard on Ribbon... Read More

Since the mid ’80s, Steve McCarthy has been harvesting fruit from his brother’s orchards in Parkdale, near the base of Mt. Hood, to produce... Read More

The huge flagship store of this Portland-based outerwear and sportswear company sells durable, rugged gear, clothing, footwear (the Titanium Daska Pass... Read More

This brick-fronted restaurant and nightclub in Southeast Portland has a stage for performers, a shimmering disco ball, and rows of artistic panels that... Read More

A great urban winery where you can pair your glass of Oregon pinot noir or Syrah with a meat platter or cheeseboard. Read More

Get a "passport" to do a tasting at the seven distilleries at Distillery Row for vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and aquavit. Read More

Booming since 2014, this several-block stretch is filled with eateries, from inexpensive food trucks to high-end eateries like Ava Gene's. Read More

Part of the retro-hip Jupiter Hotel, this dark and quirkily furnished music club and lounge has been one of the key cultivators of Portland’s... Read More

Part of the retro-hip Jupiter Hotel, this dark and quirky music club/lounge has been one of the key cultivators of Portland’s white-hot indie-music... Read More

At the “Junior Naturalists” exhibit where kids can inspect fossils and handle lizards. Read More

Thoughtful urban planning has turned Portland’s relatively compact, park-studded downtown into far more than just a business district. Home to... Read More

Thanks to a growing colony of trendy bars and terrific restaurants around the intersection with 28th Street, this formerly industrial area has become... Read More

Meander along the park's bluff trails. Read More

Part of Mike and Brian McMenamin’s growing restaurant and brewpub chain, this distillery just south of Portland’s Troutdale Airport occupies... Read More

Mix it up and take in a more traditional performance, too, at the open-air Elizabethan Stage. Read More

The guides at First Ascent will teach you the ABCs of climbing on the dramatic spires of Smith Rock, located just north of town. Read More

Much beloved by locals, this park is one of the largest natural areas in any city in the U.S. Filled with fiddlehead ferns, take your time wandering... Read More

Tim Wilson and Luan Schooler opened Foster & Dobbs in 2005, naming their specialty shop in Northeast Portland for Tim’s grandfather, Wilbur... Read More

The marina has all of the trappings for crab hunting and clam digging. Read More

An offbeat mix of students, progressive political activists, hippies, and young professionals inhabits this East Side neighborhood. Its main drag,... Read More

Travelers curious about maritime history and seeing a Fresnel lens up-close can check into the working 1894 Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon.... Read More

Stop along the 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop, where farm stands sell homemade, fruit-filled pastries. Read More

This multi-spirit distillery started in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2004 and relocated to Southeast Portland the following year. They make Aviation Gin,... Read More

This spirit producer dates to 2007 and is part of Southeast Portland’s Distillery Row. The green-fronted space with a criss-crossed dragon logo is... Read More

Sniff 500 varieties of roses that are being developed and evaluated for scent and color and can't be seen anywhere else in the world. You can walk... Read More

This jazz-fueled supper club in the trendy Pearl District contains yellow, art-lined walls, a mezzanine lounge, and tables and counters overlooking... Read More

Channel Lawrence of Arabia at the John Dellenback Dunes Trail, where the sand mountains are astonishingly high. Read More

A dark little wine bar where diners eat baked chèvre and chicken-liver-and-currant mousse paired with Muscadet. Read More

Expecting parents Sara Chun and Ben Cavalcanti opened their Portland-based online shop in 2008 to sell kitty-shaped crayons that are easy for infants to... Read More

The history behind this farm, set in the lush Hood River Valley east of Portland, is part of its particular charm; it was established in 1951 by Mamoru... Read More

On Thursdays in July and August, the market hosts live outdoor music festivals. Read More

Check out a reconstructed fort and watch costumed docents demonstrate pioneer skills. Read More

This weekly happening benefits charity and is broadcast over airwaves in Oregon and southwestern Washington courtesy of the Oregon Public Broadcasting ... Read More

Take in an indie, foreign, or artsy film in the comfort of your own plush recliner chair at the Living Room Theater downtown. Order salad, pizza,... Read More

This downtown shop with a single floor is fronted by a wavy orange and green sign and sells all manner of vintage clothing for men and women. Todd... Read More

In 1927, Universal Studios spent $100,000 (big movie bucks in those days) bankrolling the Bagdad Theater in Portland’s Hawthorne District. It was a... Read More

Take an afternoon or evening walk along the roughly six-block, gallery-and-café-dotted stretch of the Mississippi Avenue Arts District. Like its... Read More

Don't leave Bend without visiting Mount Bachelor, which consistently tops ski bibles' lists of the finest peaks in the Northwest. In April, the powder... Read More

Stop at the Mount Hood National Forest Headquarters to find out what’s blooming (depending on the month, you might see lupine, columbine, purple... Read More

Mount Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone that's now home to a city park, where you can walk on paved or dirt trails, picnic, or take kids to the playground... Read More

The quality of the productions here is uniformly high. Check out something modern here; this year, perhaps Sarah Ruhl’s well-regarded Dead Man... Read More

This prosperous, leafy neighborhood across Interstate 405 from the Pearl District (and straddled by Northwest 23rd and Northwest 21st avenues) is home... Read More

Head to the Old Mill District, where there are vast outposts of REI and Helly Hansen, as well as one-off boutiques like Vanilla (should your needs run... Read More

Wedged between the Willamette River, downtown, and the Pearl District, the city’s slightly roguish Old Town is the site of the Portland Saturday... Read More

Attend an otter feeding frenzy before seeing sharks, touch pools, and a resident giant octopus. Read More

Tour the planetarium—and a retired Navy fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback—at OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which also hosts... Read More

Runs annually from February to November. Read More

The oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi, the Oregon Symphony was founded under the name Portland Symphony in 1896. The orchestra moved to its... Read More

Musher Jerry Scdoris leads daily dog-sledding excursions. Read More

The Mystery: Measuring 165 feet in diameter and known for producing intense feelings of vertigo, this curious site in southern Oregon has attracted... Read More

Located three miles southwest of downtown Portland, the 64-acre Oregon Zoo is the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1887 when Richard... Read More

Fly fisherman Peter Bowers, owner of the Patient Angler, swears that what he'll teach you in a 90-minute crash course would take you three years to... Read More

Fly fisherman Peter Bowers, owner of the Patient Angler, swears that what he'll teach you in a 90-minute crash course would take you three years to... Read More

This classic Oregonian blanket is making a comeback in the company’s hundredth year in business. Pick up a brightly patterned tribal throws (the... Read More

This charming shop stocks 97 flavors of saltwater taffy. Read More

“Keep Portland Weird” read bumper stickers around town. Spend any time in Pioneer Courthouse Square and you'll find that it's ground zero... Read More

Since the construction of a new wing in 2005, the Pacific Northwest’s oldest art museum has really become two facilities in one. In the original... Read More

The theater is housed in the LEED-certified Platinum Armory building. Read More

Plenty of passersby walk by this tranquil sanctuary (which was built in 2000 atop a parking lot) without even noticing it’s there; one doesn&rsquo... Read More

On the campus of Portland State University, with 140 vendors, Portland Farmer's Market is the best place in the city to stock up on local meats, fruits,... Read More

Held once a month at Union/Pine, browse a variety of vintage furniture, art, jewelry, clothes, and records at reasonable prices. Read More

Five gardens—Flat, Strolling Pond, Natural, Tea, and Sand & Stone—span 5.5 acres, set to expand in late 2015, of this Japanese garden located near the... Read More

Created by PDX Jazz, the US Bank Portland Jazz Festival showcases local and Pacific Northwest jazz talent as well as widely known musicians and singers... Read More

The Portland Opera is known for presenting not only supertitled operas but also Broadway shows on tour. Additionally, their creative and skillfully made... Read More

On Saturdays, the nation’s largest ongoing outdoor arts and crafts market unfolds. Here you’ll find artisans selling beeswax candles, blown-glass... Read More

Join "RIP City" to watch Portland's NBA team, the Trail Blazers, at the Moda Center, formerly the Rose Garden. Read More

If you’re looking for a ’60s Pendleton wool dress or a groovy Pendleton overcoat (with fur collar and leather buttons), stop by Rag &... Read More

A collectively run coffeehouse lousy with laptop beatniks conforming in their devotion to the fight-the-power manifestos the management has posted on... Read More

Along with bar snacks like rock shrimp hushpuppies, Red Star has a great selection of single-malt Scotches and small-batch bourbons. Its menu showcases... Read More

Ristretto Roasters founder Din Johnson first contributed to the city's booming specialty coffee scene in 2005 by opening this Beaumont coffeehouse with... Read More

The West Coast’s largest blues festival dates to 1987 and draws internationally renowned musicians like Buddy Guy and Lucinda Williams to the... Read More

Woodsy lodge on a sandy spit offering an exhaustive list of outdoor activities, along with great Siletz Bay and Pacific Ocean views. Read More

Take a tasty stroll to sample from the fabulous food carts—serving Thai, Lebanese, Italian, and Japanese snacks, among others. Read More

In summer, stop at Sauvie Island Farms to pick plum-colored marionberries. Read More

Dozens of local winemakers collaborate in this space, which also stocks an impressive international wine list with lesser-known bottles like Chenin... Read More

The largest natural sea lions cave in the world, this location is home to an average herd size of 200 wild Stellar sea lions and also attracts sea birds... Read More

For much of the year (not just winter), there’s great skiing just an hour away from Portland on the slopes of 11,239-foot Mount Hood. This peak,... Read More

Sokol Blosser is pushing the green envelope with its certified organic vineyard, solar panels, and a new 5,000-square-foot tasting room that architect... Read More

The tiny café has a passionate following for its smoked-sea-salt bagels and its trademark “ocean rolls” (like a cinnamon roll, but with a cardamom kick). Read More

Rent an ATV for the dunes. Read More

Sun Country Tours sends 20,000 people a year down the Big Eddy Thriller, a three-mile, roller coaster–like white-water stretch of the Deschutes... Read More

At 8 p.m., Bob Grossfeld, Sunriver's astronomer in residence, flicks a switch and retracts the roof of the Sunriver Observatory. Sidle up to one of 20... Read More

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art resides in the trendy Pearl District and presents this 10-day festival that dates to 2003 and celebrates the... Read More

The detail-obsessed bartenders at this Pearl District destination make their own bitters, tonic water and specialty liqueurs. One night a month they... Read More

Bendistillery is an intimate space for sinking into a plush velvet armchair and sipping a DesertJuniperGin martini. Read More

Sip organic fair-trade espresso. Read More

Once a collection of hulking early-20th-century warehouses, this area just north of downtown is now Portland’s trendiest neighborhood, chockablock... Read More

This deluxe spa in Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley wine country encompasses 15,000 square feet of the sprawling wood and stone complex, complete... Read More

Peer at fossilized plants and bones on ranger-led walks. Read More

Bend's cultural nexus is the Tower Theatre, a venue worth checking out any time of the year for eclectic dance, live theater, and performance goings-on... Read More

The TriMet transport system even serves trendy areas like "The Pearl." Read More

If tranquil water is more your speed, hire a guide at Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe and the only splashes you'll hear will be the ones your paddles make. Read More

Living-room vibe. This local art-filled bar in the Pearl District is a popular stop on Portland's monthly first Thursday Artwalk. Read More

The company leads daily excursions to Boyd Cave, an 1,800-foot-long lava tube that snakes beneath the desert floor. Read More

Occupying a forested ridge high above downtown Portland, this park has enough sights and attractions that it’s easy to spend a full day here. If time is... Read More

Waterfront Bicycles in downtown Portland is across the street from a main greenway trail and has hybrid, road, tandem, and children’s bikes for rent. Read More

Founded in 1997 by Walter Jaffe and Paul King, White Bird is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local dance companies while also bringing... Read More

Golfers can make for Widgi Creek, a course designed by Robert Muir Graves that meanders among pines in scenic Deschutes National Forest. Read More

Lions, cheetahs, and bears are the stars of the 4.5-mi drive through the Wildlife Safari; there are hundreds of animals on the grounds. Read More

More than 200 wineries—among them some of the country’s top producers of Pinot Noir—are spread across this lush river valley, just a... Read More

...now handles more than 60 gardens and offers monthly lessons on tasks like staking tomatoes for clients who want to take a more active role. Read More

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