Jackson's Guidebook

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Jackson's Guidebook

Daytrips to Remember

Roadtrip opportunities are plentiful from your Airbnb. Oregon is renowned for "ski and surf in one day," meaning you can pack it in! As an avid adventurer, I have exhaustively explored the area and can give you an itinerary that’s sure to suit your taste, budget, stamina, and timeframe. Ask me how to string multiple spots together and hit the road like a pro!
Take the Historic Columbia Highway from Troutdale and cruise thru endless hiking opportunities and waterfalls. The most famous of all: Multnomah Falls
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Multnomah Falls
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Take the Historic Columbia Highway from Troutdale and cruise thru endless hiking opportunities and waterfalls. The most famous of all: Multnomah Falls
What can be better than Mt. Hood reflections from a gorgeous lake? Standup paddle board or kayak in the lake of course.
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Trillium Lake
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What can be better than Mt. Hood reflections from a gorgeous lake? Standup paddle board or kayak in the lake of course.
Beautiful ocean views abound. Definitely hike up the sand dune for an unbelievable view. You can even drive on the beach here. 4x4 or AWD recommended.
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Pacific City
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Beautiful ocean views abound. Definitely hike up the sand dune for an unbelievable view. You can even drive on the beach here. 4x4 or AWD recommended.
Making an appearance on desktop wallpapers since Window’s invention, Cannon Beach is the place that made the Oregon Coast famous
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Cannon Beach
Center Street
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Making an appearance on desktop wallpapers since Window’s invention, Cannon Beach is the place that made the Oregon Coast famous
After the lid blew off of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, the best and safest view (without hiking to the crater) is found here. A glorious drive and the day trip can also include a cave hike at Ape Caves
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Johnston Ridge Observatory
24000 Spirit Lake Hwy
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After the lid blew off of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, the best and safest view (without hiking to the crater) is found here. A glorious drive and the day trip can also include a cave hike at Ape Caves
Once you get to Mt. Hood, just keep driving and you will soon realize that the rugged and lush micro-climate transforms into a near-barren high dessert. The drive is surreal but the destination is even better. Long regarded as a mountain climbing mecca. Smith Rock is breathtaking. Hike to the top for an unbelievable panoramic view. Trust me. It's worth it and if you plan properly, entirely doable in one glorious day.
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Smith Rock State Park
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Once you get to Mt. Hood, just keep driving and you will soon realize that the rugged and lush micro-climate transforms into a near-barren high dessert. The drive is surreal but the destination is even better. Long regarded as a mountain climbing mecca. Smith Rock is breathtaking. Hike to the top for an unbelievable panoramic view. Trust me. It's worth it and if you plan properly, entirely doable in one glorious day.
The beauty of this trip is not the destination of Goldendale itself but the roadtrip along the Columbia River Gorge, going far enough to see the different microclimates along this iconic route. The secret is to return to Portland via the Washington side, via Hwy 14 , stopping at the Maryhill Winery and Cascade Cliffs winery. Then travel through the beautiful town of White Salmon for some grub. Feast is one of my favorite restaurants in that area
Goldendale
The beauty of this trip is not the destination of Goldendale itself but the roadtrip along the Columbia River Gorge, going far enough to see the different microclimates along this iconic route. The secret is to return to Portland via the Washington side, via Hwy 14 , stopping at the Maryhill Winery and Cascade Cliffs winery. Then travel through the beautiful town of White Salmon for some grub. Feast is one of my favorite restaurants in that area
Another highlight just off the beaten path of the Columbia River. It is tranquil, beautiful, and rarely too busy. It highlights Oregon's biodiversity as well as its unusual makeup of multiple micro-climates.
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Another highlight just off the beaten path of the Columbia River. It is tranquil, beautiful, and rarely too busy. It highlights Oregon's biodiversity as well as its unusual makeup of multiple micro-climates.
Got a 4-wheelin itch you want to scratch? Rent some UTVs and ATVs here or take your 4x4 truck/SUV onto the glorious beach-front sand dunes. You'll see some characters out there hooning around, but the view from the top of the dunes is just unreal
Sand Lake
Got a 4-wheelin itch you want to scratch? Rent some UTVs and ATVs here or take your 4x4 truck/SUV onto the glorious beach-front sand dunes. You'll see some characters out there hooning around, but the view from the top of the dunes is just unreal
You can hit the slopes, crush some runs, and be back for a late lunch. How cool is that? What's even cooler...you are often skiing/riding above the clouds that form around Mt. Hood. When it's rainy in Portland, it can be sunny on the top of the slopes. Super rad!
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Mt. Hood Meadows
14040 OR-35
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You can hit the slopes, crush some runs, and be back for a late lunch. How cool is that? What's even cooler...you are often skiing/riding above the clouds that form around Mt. Hood. When it's rainy in Portland, it can be sunny on the top of the slopes. Super rad!

Master Chef's Guide to PDX Eats

The world-famous PDX food scene can be a challenge to navigate, with restaurants paying to be featured in ranked lists. As a hobbyist master chef and world-travler, I have only a handful of go-to spots that highlights true quality and value.
Plenty of stellar options, all with awesome views of Portland. The waterfront in Vancouver is a new, upscale area that’s a worthwhile experience
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Vancouver Waterfront
695 Waterfront Wy
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Plenty of stellar options, all with awesome views of Portland. The waterfront in Vancouver is a new, upscale area that’s a worthwhile experience
This is a hidden gem, a hole in the wall, but best sushi/sashimi in Portland. Don’t pay for ambiance, pay for quality. It’s here
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Miyamoto
422 SE 81st Ave
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This is a hidden gem, a hole in the wall, but best sushi/sashimi in Portland. Don’t pay for ambiance, pay for quality. It’s here
This is a brunch worth standing in line for! Freshest ingredients, upscale vibe, and fantastic drinks. The rest of the brunch spots are overhyped. This is the one
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Tusk
2448 E Burnside St
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This is a brunch worth standing in line for! Freshest ingredients, upscale vibe, and fantastic drinks. The rest of the brunch spots are overhyped. This is the one
Best Dim Sum in Portland and for the adventurous eater. Authentic Cantonese brunch with the traditional push-cart tapas-style experience. There’s usually a line of locals and for good reason - delicious and budget-friendly
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HK Cafe
4410 SE 82nd Ave
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Best Dim Sum in Portland and for the adventurous eater. Authentic Cantonese brunch with the traditional push-cart tapas-style experience. There’s usually a line of locals and for good reason - delicious and budget-friendly
This is the best Thai in Portland, period. I have Thai friends and have been to Thailand, this is arguably as good, if not better
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Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine
3354 SE Hawthorne Blvd
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This is the best Thai in Portland, period. I have Thai friends and have been to Thailand, this is arguably as good, if not better
Craving steak? This nationally-renowned steakhouse doesn’t disappoint. It’s been here forever and the reason is clear - Awesome happy hour, excellent food, and low-key vibes. You might even run into one of the Trailblazers here, they dine here frequently
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RingSide Steakhouse
2165 W Burnside St
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Craving steak? This nationally-renowned steakhouse doesn’t disappoint. It’s been here forever and the reason is clear - Awesome happy hour, excellent food, and low-key vibes. You might even run into one of the Trailblazers here, they dine here frequently
You just have to try their Catfish special. It is to-die-for. Takes awhile to make and it’s messy but truly finger-lickin good
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Pho Van
1919 SE 82nd Ave
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You just have to try their Catfish special. It is to-die-for. Takes awhile to make and it’s messy but truly finger-lickin good
Hip Northwest vibe, elevated bar food, and located in the up-and-coming Montavilla neighborhood. I’ve never had a bad time here
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The Observatory
8115 SE Stark St
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Hip Northwest vibe, elevated bar food, and located in the up-and-coming Montavilla neighborhood. I’ve never had a bad time here
Take a stroll along Portland’s scenic waterfront and grab a bottle of red and a charcuterie board here. Nearby lots of eateries, coffee, and ice cream. Great way to spend an afternoon
Il Terrazzo
Southwest Montgomery Street
Take a stroll along Portland’s scenic waterfront and grab a bottle of red and a charcuterie board here. Nearby lots of eateries, coffee, and ice cream. Great way to spend an afternoon
Regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Portland, this is the place where authentic flavor meets chic ambiance
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Ava Gene's
3377 SE Division St
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Regarded as one of the best Italian restaurants in Portland, this is the place where authentic flavor meets chic ambiance
Hip Japanese street food served in traditional Osaka digs, located in a poppin neighborhood
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Yataimura Maru
3810 SE Division St
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Hip Japanese street food served in traditional Osaka digs, located in a poppin neighborhood
I’m picky when it comes to Mexican food and Latin food and this is the best spot. Food trucks/carts abound with authentic flavors, supplemented by a bar and Latin grocery store
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Portland Mercado
7238 SE Foster Rd
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I’m picky when it comes to Mexican food and Latin food and this is the best spot. Food trucks/carts abound with authentic flavors, supplemented by a bar and Latin grocery store
A restaurant where everything is wood fire cooked? Yep. This is it. Never had a bad meal or service here. It is one of the few “ranked” restaurants that lives up to the hype and the price tag
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Ned Ludd
3925 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
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A restaurant where everything is wood fire cooked? Yep. This is it. Never had a bad meal or service here. It is one of the few “ranked” restaurants that lives up to the hype and the price tag
Small but solid collection of food carts with a fun and eclectic vibe. You’ll find something you like, or just try one thing per cart
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Cartopia
1207 SE Hawthorne Blvd
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Small but solid collection of food carts with a fun and eclectic vibe. You’ll find something you like, or just try one thing per cart
The food and drinks here are top notch. One of the best hotel-ran restaurants in the area. Reasonably priced and close to great shopping nearby.
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de Fuego Grille
12566 Southeast 93rd Avenue
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The food and drinks here are top notch. One of the best hotel-ran restaurants in the area. Reasonably priced and close to great shopping nearby.
If you're staying at the Cascade Theater, this is the best Mexican nearby. Newly renovated, chic decor, superb service, solid food, and a full bar.
Mezcaluna Mexican Cuisine & Lounge
12130 Southeast 82nd Avenue
If you're staying at the Cascade Theater, this is the best Mexican nearby. Newly renovated, chic decor, superb service, solid food, and a full bar.
Best Russian restaurant in town - great tasting dumplings, soup, and veggies. Incredible Vodka selection!
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Kachka
960 SE 11th Ave
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Best Russian restaurant in town - great tasting dumplings, soup, and veggies. Incredible Vodka selection!
If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this is one of the best restaurants in Gresham. Awesome selection, fresh taste, and the huge bread...mmmm, making me hungry
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Nicholas Restaurant Lebanese and Mediterranean Cuisine
3223 NE Broadway
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If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this is one of the best restaurants in Gresham. Awesome selection, fresh taste, and the huge bread...mmmm, making me hungry
If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this s one of the best American restaurants nearby. The name makes it sound rather "pedestrian" but the food is fantastic
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Bumpers Grill & Bar
21935 NE Halsey St
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If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this s one of the best American restaurants nearby. The name makes it sound rather "pedestrian" but the food is fantastic
I've tried about every "authentic" Chinese restaurant in town. This place stands out. The inside is nothing to call home about, but when there's fresh fish and crab in the tank and you can pick em out...it doesn't get much more authentic than that
Phoenix City Seafood Restaurant
7632 SE Powell Blvd
I've tried about every "authentic" Chinese restaurant in town. This place stands out. The inside is nothing to call home about, but when there's fresh fish and crab in the tank and you can pick em out...it doesn't get much more authentic than that
Awesome Northern China cuisine - dumplings, jianbing, porridge. Ran by a local family. Low key, hole in the wall, cheap, and delicious
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Master Kong
8435 SE Division St
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Awesome Northern China cuisine - dumplings, jianbing, porridge. Ran by a local family. Low key, hole in the wall, cheap, and delicious
You're with a group of people and can't decide on what to eat? It's raining outside? Problems solved. This is one of the only food truck pods that features a giant indoor dining hall, a bar, and a great selection of food carts.
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Happy Valley Station food carts
13551 SE 145th Ave
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You're with a group of people and can't decide on what to eat? It's raining outside? Problems solved. This is one of the only food truck pods that features a giant indoor dining hall, a bar, and a great selection of food carts.
Craving German everything? Done. A short drive takes you to this local's fave for Oktoberfest beers and meaty entrees. Staying at the Cascade View Theater? Even better, you can darn near walk back
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Gustav's Pub & Grill
5035 NE Sandy Blvd
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Craving German everything? Done. A short drive takes you to this local's fave for Oktoberfest beers and meaty entrees. Staying at the Cascade View Theater? Even better, you can darn near walk back
You've heard of Voodoo donuts...well here's the truth, no Portland Locals go there. It's hype, it's awful, it's good marketing only... I'll sprinkle Cap'n Crunch on my own jelly donut, thank you. Blue Star IS THE gourmet donut. The tastes they can get into those delicous circles is just mind blowing, and I don't even have a sweet tooth
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Blue Star Donuts
3325 SE Division St
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You've heard of Voodoo donuts...well here's the truth, no Portland Locals go there. It's hype, it's awful, it's good marketing only... I'll sprinkle Cap'n Crunch on my own jelly donut, thank you. Blue Star IS THE gourmet donut. The tastes they can get into those delicous circles is just mind blowing, and I don't even have a sweet tooth
Not often do you see a Burmese restaurant and this one is stellar. Imagine Thai, Chinese, and Indian flavors and textures mashed up into beautiful, delectable creations....mmm
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Top Burmese
413 NW 21st Ave
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Not often do you see a Burmese restaurant and this one is stellar. Imagine Thai, Chinese, and Indian flavors and textures mashed up into beautiful, delectable creations....mmm
An unassuming restaurant with an unpretentious menu that's DONE RIGHT! Freshness you can taste, and avant-garde preparation that exemplifies Northwest Cuisine. If you're downtown, stop in and see for yourself
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Q Restaurant & Bar
828 SW 2nd Ave
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An unassuming restaurant with an unpretentious menu that's DONE RIGHT! Freshness you can taste, and avant-garde preparation that exemplifies Northwest Cuisine. If you're downtown, stop in and see for yourself
A tiny 11-seat curated pre-fixe 6-course chef's choice menu that's bound to ooooo and aahhhh. It ain't cheap, but you'll experience unreal flavor profiles and cutting-edge prep methods
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Willow Restaurant
2005 SE 11th Ave
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A tiny 11-seat curated pre-fixe 6-course chef's choice menu that's bound to ooooo and aahhhh. It ain't cheap, but you'll experience unreal flavor profiles and cutting-edge prep methods
I visited Morocco in early 2020 and although the "variety" of foods are not as spectacular as some other culture's (China, Japan, Italian, for example), the execution and history is artful and enjoyable. Give this one a whirl.
Kasbah Moroccan Cafe LLC
201 Northwest Davis Street
I visited Morocco in early 2020 and although the "variety" of foods are not as spectacular as some other culture's (China, Japan, Italian, for example), the execution and history is artful and enjoyable. Give this one a whirl.
Delicious Thai street food with authentic ambiance to match. Excellent variety at great prices. Pop over to 10-Barrel Brewing after for a nightcap
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Khao San
1435 NW Flanders St
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Delicious Thai street food with authentic ambiance to match. Excellent variety at great prices. Pop over to 10-Barrel Brewing after for a nightcap
A Portland culinary icon for decades and one of my date night favorites. The menu is 100% amazing, every course. The service is top-notch and their wine menu is superb. Latin-flare cocktails are addicting. Fantastic happy hour, great location, and classy...all the hallmarks of a perfect dining experience
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Andina
1314 NW Glisan St
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A Portland culinary icon for decades and one of my date night favorites. The menu is 100% amazing, every course. The service is top-notch and their wine menu is superb. Latin-flare cocktails are addicting. Fantastic happy hour, great location, and classy...all the hallmarks of a perfect dining experience
$1 oyster happy hour! No, not the nasty egg-sized ones...these are delicous local Northwest oysters that are freshly schucked. The dinner here is good, albeit a bit overpriced. Get oysters here and then go across the street to YAMA for sushi
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Jacqueline
2039 SE Clinton St
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$1 oyster happy hour! No, not the nasty egg-sized ones...these are delicous local Northwest oysters that are freshly schucked. The dinner here is good, albeit a bit overpriced. Get oysters here and then go across the street to YAMA for sushi
Newly-built food-hall-style foot-truck-pod. That was a mouthful and will also be a mouthful of delicious food. Unpretentious and a great local's choice.
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CORE - Collective Oregon Eateries
3612 Southeast 82nd Avenue
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Newly-built food-hall-style foot-truck-pod. That was a mouthful and will also be a mouthful of delicious food. Unpretentious and a great local's choice.
Hot Pot is all the fad right now and this joint is still the best in town. Order everything off the menu if you're going the all-you-can-eat route. You can't go wrong. The price is very reasonable and the taste is memorable. I wonder what their secret is.
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Little Sheep
3861 SW 117th Ave
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Hot Pot is all the fad right now and this joint is still the best in town. Order everything off the menu if you're going the all-you-can-eat route. You can't go wrong. The price is very reasonable and the taste is memorable. I wonder what their secret is.
Located close to the Flying Frog Yurt property, this is a perfect eatery for locally-sourced ingredients served with a PNW twist. It is a favorite brunch spot among locals and sure to hit the spot when it comes to taste and value.
Nanna's Place
1000 North Main Avenue
Located close to the Flying Frog Yurt property, this is a perfect eatery for locally-sourced ingredients served with a PNW twist. It is a favorite brunch spot among locals and sure to hit the spot when it comes to taste and value.

Bars and nightlife

Thirsty and looking for a 100% Portland experience? These are sure to impress.
If you have to pick one bar to go-to, this is it. A reclaimed and renovated elementary school turned into an eclectic collection of bars, restaurants, and even a hotel. Fun to roam around and explore the local art, with a historic tribute to its roots as a “haunted” school
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McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
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If you have to pick one bar to go-to, this is it. A reclaimed and renovated elementary school turned into an eclectic collection of bars, restaurants, and even a hotel. Fun to roam around and explore the local art, with a historic tribute to its roots as a “haunted” school
I won’t recommend the food here although it is above average, but the roof top bar and lounge combines great views and a futuristic-modern, space ship vibe. Grab a drink and mingle with the locals
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Departure Restaurant + Lounge
525 SW Morrison St
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I won’t recommend the food here although it is above average, but the roof top bar and lounge combines great views and a futuristic-modern, space ship vibe. Grab a drink and mingle with the locals
Don’t come here for the food but DO come here to walk around and soak in this wonderfully repurposed property, where the owners brew beers, distill liquors, and make wine. Heck, you can play a quick round of golf or get a massage here.
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McMenamins Edgefield Winery Tasting Room
2126 SW Halsey St
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Don’t come here for the food but DO come here to walk around and soak in this wonderfully repurposed property, where the owners brew beers, distill liquors, and make wine. Heck, you can play a quick round of golf or get a massage here.
You’ll instantly be amazed at the boho chic decor. It’s like time traveling to a new dimension of vintage heaven
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Roadside Attraction
1000 SE 12th Ave
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You’ll instantly be amazed at the boho chic decor. It’s like time traveling to a new dimension of vintage heaven
The glowing fish tanks and chill outdoor vibe makes it one of my faves
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Moloko
3967 N Mississippi Ave
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The glowing fish tanks and chill outdoor vibe makes it one of my faves
Mid century modern meets timber-built lodge. Jetson’s meets Sasquatch. This place has been a staple for locals and if there is a show, swing thru the lower level music venue and check it out. The vibe here is killer!
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Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St
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Mid century modern meets timber-built lodge. Jetson’s meets Sasquatch. This place has been a staple for locals and if there is a show, swing thru the lower level music venue and check it out. The vibe here is killer!
If you're staying at the Cascade View Theater, this is a great local's hangout with tons of brews and wine on-tap and restaurants served food-hall-style. Newly constructed, the food and bev does not disappoint.
Valley Public House
12960 Southeast 162nd Avenue
If you're staying at the Cascade View Theater, this is a great local's hangout with tons of brews and wine on-tap and restaurants served food-hall-style. Newly constructed, the food and bev does not disappoint.
Hipster neighborhood bar with a kickass bar setup and great outdoor area. A bit of a drive but you're in the thick of things in a cool artsy neighborhood of Alberta
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Victoria Bar
4835 N Albina Ave
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Hipster neighborhood bar with a kickass bar setup and great outdoor area. A bit of a drive but you're in the thick of things in a cool artsy neighborhood of Alberta
Where I go to watch games. Unique layout with bleacher seating and multiple projectors, a live DJ, and a cool outdoor area.
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Century
930 SE Sandy Blvd
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Where I go to watch games. Unique layout with bleacher seating and multiple projectors, a live DJ, and a cool outdoor area.
A little grungy, a little grimey, and a lot of fun. Located in the up-and-coming "fopo" district, replete with plenty of other spots nearby
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Thunderbird Bar
5339 SE Foster Rd
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A little grungy, a little grimey, and a lot of fun. Located in the up-and-coming "fopo" district, replete with plenty of other spots nearby
A staple of rooftop dining and entertainment in Portland. Upscale and worth the wait. Nice happy hour and live Piano on select weekend evenings. The views are breathtaking
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Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th Ave
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A staple of rooftop dining and entertainment in Portland. Upscale and worth the wait. Nice happy hour and live Piano on select weekend evenings. The views are breathtaking
Fantastic drinks and awesome brunch. Worth the drive as it puts you in the hip Mississippi neighborhood, replete with other bars, restaurants, and shopping. A great way to kick off the day
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Interurban
4057 N Mississippi Ave
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Fantastic drinks and awesome brunch. Worth the drive as it puts you in the hip Mississippi neighborhood, replete with other bars, restaurants, and shopping. A great way to kick off the day
Decent food and bev but arguably the best view of downtown Portland skyline from across the river on the East Side. A few of my other favorite roof top bars have their views blocked by new construction...if it's the view you're after, this is it.
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Roof Deck at Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St
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Decent food and bev but arguably the best view of downtown Portland skyline from across the river on the East Side. A few of my other favorite roof top bars have their views blocked by new construction...if it's the view you're after, this is it.

Wineries

Ahhh, the good ol' idea of wine tasting. With 500+ wineries within a 2 hour drive, it's easy to get lost in the fray. Don't worry, I'm a wine enthusiast and have tried a ton of wineries, but these stand out head and shoulders above the rest.
The wines here are just fine but the view? WOW. A short drive from Hood River and the Columbia gorge. If you're in the area,, make sure to stop by
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Stave & Stone Winery at the Vineyard
3827 Fletcher Dr
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The wines here are just fine but the view? WOW. A short drive from Hood River and the Columbia gorge. If you're in the area,, make sure to stop by
If you love big, fruit-forward, complex reds. Look no further. I thought I would never join a wine club. One tasting here and I was in the Founder's Club. LOL. The Estate Reserve Blood Red Barbera is unlike anything out there. You'll be shipping cases in no time
Cascade Cliffs Winery
211 Oak St
If you love big, fruit-forward, complex reds. Look no further. I thought I would never join a wine club. One tasting here and I was in the Founder's Club. LOL. The Estate Reserve Blood Red Barbera is unlike anything out there. You'll be shipping cases in no time
This winery checks a few of my boxes - modern architecture, award-winning wines, stellar service, happy vibes. Worth the drive and the price is right. Not a huge fan of white wines in general but this place can change minds
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Ponzi Vineyards
19500 SW Mountain Home Rd
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This winery checks a few of my boxes - modern architecture, award-winning wines, stellar service, happy vibes. Worth the drive and the price is right. Not a huge fan of white wines in general but this place can change minds
It's always fun to shoot the breeze with the owner here and you can tell his passion for Italian varietals. It shows in their great wine and inviting ambiance. You can easily string together 4-5 tastings in the Columbia Valley, full of hidden gems
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Marchesi Vineyards
3955 Belmont Dr
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It's always fun to shoot the breeze with the owner here and you can tell his passion for Italian varietals. It shows in their great wine and inviting ambiance. You can easily string together 4-5 tastings in the Columbia Valley, full of hidden gems
Refined Oregon varietals, gorgeous property, and excellent service. All the things you would expect from one of the most outstanding wineries in the PNW
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Sokol Blosser Winery
5000 NE Sokol Blosser Ln
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Refined Oregon varietals, gorgeous property, and excellent service. All the things you would expect from one of the most outstanding wineries in the PNW
The attention to detail to this property is mind-blowing. It's like a winery airlifted from Tuscany or Bordeaux and transplated in Oregon. This majestic winery is fit for royalty, and a perfect highlight to your wine tasting journey
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Domaine Serene Winery
6555 NE Hilltop Ln
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The attention to detail to this property is mind-blowing. It's like a winery airlifted from Tuscany or Bordeaux and transplated in Oregon. This majestic winery is fit for royalty, and a perfect highlight to your wine tasting journey
In the modern day of elaborately-built wineries slinging so-so wines and fancy labeling adorning substandard bottles, it is refreshing to walk into a down-to-earth, no BS, no frills winery putting out super solid wine, and where you're likely greeted by the family. Coleman's grapes are going to the big names, but make no mistake, their wine is superb and the backyard vibe is unique
Coleman Vineyard
22734 SW Latham Rd
In the modern day of elaborately-built wineries slinging so-so wines and fancy labeling adorning substandard bottles, it is refreshing to walk into a down-to-earth, no BS, no frills winery putting out super solid wine, and where you're likely greeted by the family. Coleman's grapes are going to the big names, but make no mistake, their wine is superb and the backyard vibe is unique
I always ask folks working at wineries about where they like to go. You have to be into wine to be working with wine day-in and day-out..AniChe comes up often and for great reason. Small, family-owned with pride, excellent wines, and a quaint tasting room with great views of the gorge. Of course it's a local's favorite
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AniChe Cellars
71 Little Buck Creek Rd
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I always ask folks working at wineries about where they like to go. You have to be into wine to be working with wine day-in and day-out..AniChe comes up often and for great reason. Small, family-owned with pride, excellent wines, and a quaint tasting room with great views of the gorge. Of course it's a local's favorite

Day Hikes

I make it a point to do this hike at least once a year. It's steep/strenuous but 3.5 hours (good pace) is bearable for the astounding views of the Columbia gorge, especially during the spring bloom, where you're surrounded by wild flowers. The trail is narrow but the terrain varies so you are soaking a lot in throughout the hike
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Dog Mountain Trailhead station
Washington 14
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I make it a point to do this hike at least once a year. It's steep/strenuous but 3.5 hours (good pace) is bearable for the astounding views of the Columbia gorge, especially during the spring bloom, where you're surrounded by wild flowers. The trail is narrow but the terrain varies so you are soaking a lot in throughout the hike
f you crave waterfalls and easy hiking, this is the place. More waterfalls per mile than any other trails in the area. Make sure to stop by the German-themed town of Mt. Angel for food and bev after, as well as Willamette Valley Vineyards, which combines astounding views and some of the best Oregon wines.
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Silver Falls State Park
20024 Silver Falls Highway Southeast
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f you crave waterfalls and easy hiking, this is the place. More waterfalls per mile than any other trails in the area. Make sure to stop by the German-themed town of Mt. Angel for food and bev after, as well as Willamette Valley Vineyards, which combines astounding views and some of the best Oregon wines.
One of the local’s favorites, this seemingly never ending trail crosses rivers, and (slowly) ascends to heights above the creek that will give you vertigo. At the six mile mark is the unbelievable Tunnel Falls. Save some energy for the return hike, en route to food and bev at the town of Cascade Locks, where you can rest those sore feet
Eagle Creek Trail
Northeast Eagle Creek Loop
One of the local’s favorites, this seemingly never ending trail crosses rivers, and (slowly) ascends to heights above the creek that will give you vertigo. At the six mile mark is the unbelievable Tunnel Falls. Save some energy for the return hike, en route to food and bev at the town of Cascade Locks, where you can rest those sore feet
One of the largest natural parks in Portland with paved paths and views of multiple mountains. Easy to navigate with great signage and trail maintenance
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Powell Butte
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One of the largest natural parks in Portland with paved paths and views of multiple mountains. Easy to navigate with great signage and trail maintenance
A one-of-a-kind "light" hiking experience in the Gorge that will sure be the story of your Instagram. Simple and replete with gorgeous views.
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Beacon Rock State Park
34841 Washington 14
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A one-of-a-kind "light" hiking experience in the Gorge that will sure be the story of your Instagram. Simple and replete with gorgeous views.
Incredible hike that starts from Timberline Lodge. When you cross the creek, make a right for a majestic hidden waterfall. Most people don't know about this secret gem.
Paradise Park Loop Trail #757
Paradise Park Loop Trail #757
Incredible hike that starts from Timberline Lodge. When you cross the creek, make a right for a majestic hidden waterfall. Most people don't know about this secret gem.
You've hiked but have you hiked a sand dune on the coast? I did a 7-miler here and it was breathtaking. With haystack rocks in the sea and incredible landscape. This is worth the drive (1.5 hours or so). Surrounded by restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops, you are well taken care of after the hike. Local's tip: skip the $10 parking fee and drive onto the beach south of the sand dunes, then head due North (AWD or 4x4 recommended). Park your car whereever you like and start hiking to the highest point you see, you won't regret it.
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Cape Kiwanda
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You've hiked but have you hiked a sand dune on the coast? I did a 7-miler here and it was breathtaking. With haystack rocks in the sea and incredible landscape. This is worth the drive (1.5 hours or so). Surrounded by restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops, you are well taken care of after the hike. Local's tip: skip the $10 parking fee and drive onto the beach south of the sand dunes, then head due North (AWD or 4x4 recommended). Park your car whereever you like and start hiking to the highest point you see, you won't regret it.
Do a loop around this lake and capture reflections of mount hood. Then jump in from the beach and cool off. Sounds like a glorious day. Be aware that this is a high-traffic area on the weekends.
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Trillium Lake
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Do a loop around this lake and capture reflections of mount hood. Then jump in from the beach and cool off. Sounds like a glorious day. Be aware that this is a high-traffic area on the weekends.
Easy breezy, mostly shaded and awesome views! 6 miles but it is like a walk in the park.
Bald Mountain
Easy breezy, mostly shaded and awesome views! 6 miles but it is like a walk in the park.
Moderate hike but doable. It is 9 miles round-trip out and back. The views are endless. Don't just get out the car and snap pix. Get in there, meet the chipmunks, rabbits, and birds of prey. When you think it gets really sketchy (deep), then turnaround
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Tom Dick and Harry Mountain
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Moderate hike but doable. It is 9 miles round-trip out and back. The views are endless. Don't just get out the car and snap pix. Get in there, meet the chipmunks, rabbits, and birds of prey. When you think it gets really sketchy (deep), then turnaround

Brewskis from the Source

With more breweries per-capita than anywhere in the country, Portland is THE Beer Mecca. Innovation and passion feeds this dynamic local industry. Don't believe me? Stroll down the beer isle at the grocery store and you would be dizzy with massive selections that rotates every week, with a seemingly-neverending array of new brands and releases.
Breakside is one of the gold-standards of Portland Microbrewery and one of the innovators in the PNW-style IPA category. Often imitated, never duplicated
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Breakside Brewery & Tasting Room
5821 SE International Way
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Breakside is one of the gold-standards of Portland Microbrewery and one of the innovators in the PNW-style IPA category. Often imitated, never duplicated
Popped out of nowhere is this GIANT and modern structure on the waterfront in Hood River (1 hour drive). If these guys started in a garage, they must have rich ass parents because I swear it is about a $20-30M facility. The vibe is killer and so are their homebrewed concoctions. Their patio is out-of-this-world.
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Ferment Brewing Company
403 Portway Ave
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Popped out of nowhere is this GIANT and modern structure on the waterfront in Hood River (1 hour drive). If these guys started in a garage, they must have rich ass parents because I swear it is about a $20-30M facility. The vibe is killer and so are their homebrewed concoctions. Their patio is out-of-this-world.
If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this is the best brewery nearby. Small, family-owned, and with a distinct PNW vibe. It's a local's dive kinda brewing but beers are on-point
MadCow Brewing Company Taproom
686 Northwest Eastman Parkway
If you're staying at the Flying Frog Yurt, this is the best brewery nearby. Small, family-owned, and with a distinct PNW vibe. It's a local's dive kinda brewing but beers are on-point
The place is anything but Gigantic but their flavors can certainly classified as such. Specializing in IPAs, this joint is industrial, local, and approachable. Local's hangout with solid brews.
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Gigantic Brewing
5224 SE 26th Ave
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The place is anything but Gigantic but their flavors can certainly classified as such. Specializing in IPAs, this joint is industrial, local, and approachable. Local's hangout with solid brews.
Rooftop brew pub? Check. Founded in 2010, they may seem like newcomers, but that's hilariously ancient with how fast microbrews come and go in PDX. However, if breweries aren't crushing it, they aren't opening four prime pub locales in a decade. Have a sip and you'll know why.
Migration Brewing Rooftop at Canvas
1750 Southwest Yamhill Street
Rooftop brew pub? Check. Founded in 2010, they may seem like newcomers, but that's hilariously ancient with how fast microbrews come and go in PDX. However, if breweries aren't crushing it, they aren't opening four prime pub locales in a decade. Have a sip and you'll know why.
Hard to pronounce the name and 1 hour away? Yep, I said it...*PHREEM* is the place to be. Waterfront, fire pit, and flagship beers that are renowned all over PNW.
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pFriem Family Brewers
707 Portway Ave
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Hard to pronounce the name and 1 hour away? Yep, I said it...*PHREEM* is the place to be. Waterfront, fire pit, and flagship beers that are renowned all over PNW.
I was wondering about in the super hipster artsy district of Alberta and stumbled upon this gem. Specializing in Hazy IPAs, Sours, and Stouts, Great Notion delivered. Not widely available but should be, you will have to come here and experience the brews and ambiance
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Great Notion Brewing and Barrel House
2204 NE Alberta St
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I was wondering about in the super hipster artsy district of Alberta and stumbled upon this gem. Specializing in Hazy IPAs, Sours, and Stouts, Great Notion delivered. Not widely available but should be, you will have to come here and experience the brews and ambiance
For all you Googlers out there, you might call me out that this brewery has its roots in San Diego. But hey, good beer knows no boundaries. Their selection is vast but I was particularly impressed with their hazy IPAs. Very cool digs too.
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Modern Times Beer
600 SE Belmont St
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For all you Googlers out there, you might call me out that this brewery has its roots in San Diego. But hey, good beer knows no boundaries. Their selection is vast but I was particularly impressed with their hazy IPAs. Very cool digs too.
What happens when you combine PNW beer style with a European flair and deck out the joint like a hipster coffee shop - Away Days. Intimate, modern, hip, and very good bar food. New to the scene but already a local's favorite
Away Days Brewing Co
1516 SE 10th Ave
What happens when you combine PNW beer style with a European flair and deck out the joint like a hipster coffee shop - Away Days. Intimate, modern, hip, and very good bar food. New to the scene but already a local's favorite