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701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
We all love a free tour and this introduction to Portland was a perfect one. What’s the tour, you ask? Well, it’s the Secrets of Portlandia tour of course! The walk covers all of the weird facts, sites, and signs that make Portland the crazy fun...
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NW Reeder Rd, Portland, OR 97231, USA
Perched on a not-so-lonely nude beach on the northern end of Sauvie Island is an enigma. Well above waterline lies a 30-foot orb that piques the imagination and challenges explanation. The "spaceship" origin is not interstellar but certainly...
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835 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
This tucked away bistro, hardly one of PDX's best kept secrets, is a no-frills, saddle-up-to-the-bar-to-order kind of place. Mains range from traditional Pho to the inventive Luc Lac stir fry. Cocktails with names like Summer in Saigon, Pretty...
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923 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Right around the corner from Powell's Bookstore and Sizzle Pie, the vibe here is fantastic. The walls are kind of spartan, there’s a record player in the corner, and you can roam on free Internet to your heart’s content. These guys definitely know...
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1323 NW Irving St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
This is a cool clothing store in the Pearl featuring gear and fashion from a variety of mainstream and boutique brands. The Lizard collections coalesce into a catalog of functional apparel with style and sustainability at the heart of their...
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1889 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Portland's food cart scene is obscene. There are so many "pods"—small to large groups of carts at a single location—it's impossible to keep track of what's located where. That's the kind of obscenity any community would love to have out in the...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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Warrior Rock Lighthouse, St Helens, OR 97051, USA
Minutes from downtown Portland, there's a hike on the northern tip of Sauvie Island that takes you through bird-sanctuary beauty and wilderness isolation. The walk out to explore Oregon's smallest lighthouse can be a comfortable sunny stroll...
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Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A black, awe-inspiring lava landscape is the welcome mat to our trek into Oregon's iconic volcano reserve. The Three Sisters: Faith/North, Hope/Middle, and Charity/South are ringed by a trail network that includes a stretch on the infamous Pacific...
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10 Basin St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA
The Cannery Pier Hotel is a delightful property in the old cannery district on the Columbia River waterfront in Astoria. The 360-degree feel of the water makes a stay at the Pier more like a luxury cruise line port of call. The views are bound to...
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10 Basin St, Astoria, OR 97103, USA
It's the kind of room I could see myself just holing up in for days, gazing out at the water. First floor, literally on top of the river, and just across the hall from the hot tub. The rooms at the Cannery Pier Hotel are all deluxe style with a...
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1157 N Marion Ave, Gearhart, OR 97138, USA
The coast of Oregon is a great place to get away too. It has quaint towns, sandy beaches, and a warm temperature. In Gearheart, you can see Tillamook Head, quite close to where Lewis and Clark discovered the Pacific Ocean.
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With a Stefano Ferrara wood-fired oven at the heart of this 40-seat pizza parlor, Life of Pie quickly becomes the life of the party. The pizza is Tuscan-style crust with just the right amount of crisp while maintaining a loyalty to lightness. The...
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2337 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This Burnside bistro is an intimate eatery has a wonderful variety of menu options to delight any diner's experience. Scott Snyder has developed a rhythm in his wood-fired kitchen with focus and a respect for the profile of authentic Middle...
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2039 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211, USA
It's nice to know I don't need to get on a plane back to India to enjoy a plate of decent dal in PDX. The Bollywood serves the "people's food" of India, simple, fresh and undeniably delightful. Most Americans think Indian food is all tandoori...
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Rising from the ashes of the 60’s Red Lion Hotel is the east side’s latest entry into Portland’s hip hotel scene—the Eastlund. Cut from the same pedigree as the downtown Modera Hotel, the Eastlund is a welcome upgrade in...
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2820 SE Ferry Slip Rd, Newport, OR 97365, USA
I didn't think too much of this little aquarium at first but when we went inside, I was really impressed. The large sea otter exhibit was fun and there were many other exhibits showcasing the animals, birds and creatures of ocean worlds. There is...
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500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128, USA
Yes, the Spruce Goose is located in McMinnville, OR. Who knew? Planning a wine trip out west, I came upon this little known fact and had to include a stop. It really is an engineering marvel. It's big, it's wood, and yes folks, it flew! Nice job...
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240 N Broadway #129, Portland, OR 97227, USA
When traveling, I love to spend Saturday morning at the farmers market. There's no better way to meet the locals and get to know the town culture. What produce do they love? What coffee do they sip? What's the overall mood? One of the best...
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900 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214, USA
This is a beautiful bike shop in the Hawthorne neighborhood catering to the conventional —and the not-so-standard—two-wheel transport. I was astounded at some of the new "looks" in cycling. It's eye candy even to the most disinterested shopper....
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3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227, USA
This is a fantastic coffee shop with outstanding chai lattes and sprawling outdoor patio space (decorated in welcoming shiny silver and bursts of orange). On the inside, there is a very comfortable grey couch where you can use Wi-Fi to your heart’...
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565 Rim Dr, Klamath Falls, OR 97604, USA
Look at this view, from the back porch of the classic, Crater Lake Lodge. That blue begging for your complete attention. It makes sense why both rows of rocking chairs are facing only this direction. I was lucky enough to lead many of our Biking...
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250 NE Tomahawk Island Dr #22, Portland, OR 97217, USA
Whether by land or water, cleating off at the Island Cafe is a tropical treat. Located on Tomahawk Island in NoPo, this floating dine and drink spot serves up some great food and good times right on the river. While the Columbia River is a...
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3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR 97210, USA
The mansion and grounds around this Portland icon are impeccably kept and constantly visited. It was even featured recently on CBS's Amazing Race. The views are stunning and if you're into hiking, there is access to the Wildwood Trail which...
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McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413, USA
A trip up to the Dee Wright is a required trek for all my guests who visit Oregon. If you want to experience the power and beauty of the planet, the Old McKenzie Highway delivers an eyeful. Starting in Ponderosa Pine forests and climbing to 5,300...
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Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
Even on a cold, gray day in winter, this state park is something to be celebrated. (The last time I was this impressed with a six-mile hike I was in the diverse and mind-blowing landscape known as the South Island of New Zealand.) Smith Rock State...
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91814 Cape Blanco Rd, Port Orford, OR 97465, USA
I'd had a magical day working my way down the southwestern stretch of the Oregon coast, stopping along the way for hikes on the state park trails to stretch my legs. With two hours left of daylight I arrived at Cape Blanco to check out the...
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U.S. 101, Brookings, OR 97415, USA
The perfect place for some dramatic, coastal hiking when you're on the Old US Highway 101 is Harris Beach State Park. After viewing Arch Rock, head south on the well marked Coastal Trail for an incredible out and back hike to the Natural Bridges...
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Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR 97411, USA
Bullards Beach State Park has plenty of ways to enjoy the coast, river and dunes, but it may be the lighthouse that was built in 1896 that steals your heart. The Coquille River Lighthouse is a testament to the time when a light keeper and his...
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84318 Ecola State Park Rd, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, United States
Keeping the 1980's childhood dream alive, a stop at Ecola State Park keeps the Oregon Goonie's pilgrimage going. I enjoyed peering for pirate ships from the main lookout area as you drive into the park. There are picnic tables a plenty and trails...
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Peter Iredale Rd, Hammond, OR 97121, USA
Adding to Oregon's list of adventure landscapes and sights is the wreck of the Peter Iredale. On a wide open beach, the beached hull is so corroded you can step right inside. My husband, our pup, and I had a grand morning of dodging small waves...
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Having traveled the entire coastlines of California, Oregon, and Washington States - Hug Point may just be the perfect Pacific Coast beach on the west coast. Stepping out on to the expansive smooth sands, it simply had just about everything I've...
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The second Ace Hotel and the first step in the oh-so-cool brand’s expansion, the Ace Hotel Portland can arguably claim to have launched the current boutique hotel craze. Though it sounds like a cliché in this age of thoughtfully...
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422 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Sure, the Hotel Vintage is classic (it was built in 1894 as the Hotel Imperial, one of Portland’s most iconic grande dames, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places), but its name references another kind of vintage: the many...
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1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
An iconic name in Portland retail—as well as among readers who have never been to the city—Powell’s has multiple locations on both sides of the Willamette. The downtown store remains the one best suited for visitors to explore,...
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Yachats, OR, USA
As I watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from my hotel balcony, I watched this man on the rocks. He seemed to be loving the crash of the waves and the warmth of the light. The ocean seems to have a power over us, as if we are hypnotized by...
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Oregon, USA
I've seen pictures, I've heard stories, but when I actually saw Crater Lake with my own eyes, all I could think was "Is this for real?!?!" Yes - water is THAT blue, clean and clear Yes - you feel like you're on a different planet YES - it will...
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Yachats Ocean Rd, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
All I could say when I saw this stunning lighthouse perched on the rocky cliff near Yachats, Oregon was "Wow". I am certainly a sucker for lighthouses, especially ones that have the dramatic landscape surrounding it. The Heceta Head is about 15...
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Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, OR 97145, USA
You know how we hold our breath when we go underwater? Mussels hold their water when the tides recede, as happens here on the misty and moody and every now and then sunny Oregon coast. Later we popped into a seafood place down the road. The...
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Pacific City, OR, USA
As we drove to Pacific City, Oregon we came across Anderson's viewpoint, which offered a stunning view of Oregon's Pacific Ocean coast.
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128 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
Stumptown is a mainstay in Portland and a must on your list. The latte was one of the best I’ve ever had and the raspberry hazelnut scone was perfect. As I typically do in a new town, I struck up a conversation with the person next to me. There’s...
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Oregon, USA
Crater Lake is a deep, blue lake in the caldera of Mount Mazama in central Oregon. If you are anywhere near the lake it is worth the time to come visit this National Park. We spent most of the day driving around the rim road seeing the many moods...
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Hood River, OR, OR, USA
Stayed in Hood River Oregon for a few days and fell in love. What a spectacular area with tons to do. This photo was actually taken from the Washington side of the Columbia River, looking back at Oregon and Mt. Hood.
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Hug Point, Oregon 97102, USA
A small an unassuming beach just south of Oswald West State Park, Hug Point combines pristine beauty with a little adventure. Walk out and around the rock walls to find several congruent beaches, many containing caves and one small, but wide,...
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Eagle Creek, OR, USA
L. Frank Baum could not have dreamed up a more magical adventure than Eagle Creek. The narrow trail follows a gentle incline along the titular creek, taking hikers along a narrow cliff edge, through forest and to the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls....
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39210 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
There are many spots to hit if you want to capture the beauty of Oregon, and in particular the mighty Columbia River. Most visitors head straight for the Vista House, and Crown Point State Park. It's called the Vista House, after all. It must have...