AM Northwest: Family Hikes for Spring Break

23 03 2017

I was back on AM Northwest this morning to give my recommendations for the best Spring Break Hikes for the family. From whale watching to wildflowers, we cover five of my favorites. Click here to watch the segment.

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Northwest Travel & Life: Beer for the People

20 03 2017

I loved writing this story. Some of the best times I’ve had on the road were at these very establishments. From the article:

“Good people drink good beer.” The ancient Celtic axiom popularized by Hunter S. Thompson may or may not ring true in every instance. But that’s not the point. The Northwest is filled with justifiably proud people. We are proud of the things we do, the things we make and the places we call home. Smaller communities, in particular, rally around a source of local pride. One of the things we do better than most is beer.

There are brewpubs and alehouses that are the heart of some Northwest towns. They are hubs where families and friends meet. They are places that out of towners take special trips to experience. They are institutions, where good people go to drink good beer. Here are just a few of our small-town favorites.

Click here to read the whole thing.

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Tillamook Coast: Spring Chinook Fishing in the Tillamook Bay

14 03 2017

Spring is around the corner, and so is some prime fishing out on the coast. From the article:

“Salmon is one of the most popular fish worldwide. But in the Northwest, Salmon is king.

In fact, you’ll often hear Chinook referred to as king salmon. This is a fitting title for a trophy cherished most by fishermen, chefs, and consumers alike. And while the spring runs might be smaller than those of the more famous fall season, the Tillamook Bay is home to some excellent spring Chinook fishing in May and June.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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Northwest Travel & Life: Spring Escapes to Portland’s Eastside Industrial District

21 02 2017

In the latest issue of Northwest Travel & Life, I recommend things to do and places to eat and drink in one of Portland’s more explorable new districts. From the article:

“Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID) was once devoid of coveted urban treasures like authentic ethnic cuisine, craft cocktails, and coffee roasters. But just like the Pearl District before it, thanks to Portlanders’ genius at repurposing stuff, like neighborhoods, the CEID is now teeming with food, drink, and entertainment hotspots. As Portland’s famous roses bloom in spring, the streets are once again enlivened with cyclists and pedestrians, hopeful with the promise of sunshine and patio seating. Come curious, come hungry, come thirsty, and be ready to indulge in one of Portland’s coolest new destination neighborhoods. Here are our picks for a perfect CEID getaway.”

Click here to read the PDF version. Photo courtesy of Noraneko.

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Afternoon Live: Presidents’ Day Getaways

17 02 2017

My latest appearance on Afternoon Live was about outdoor getaways for the long weekend: hiking, kayaking, skiing, cycling – something for everyone! Click here to watch the segment.

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Eater Portland: Portland’s Must-Have Food Cart Dishes

8 02 2017

Another hat I wear for Eater Portland is the new editor of the Best Food Cart Dishes Map. From the article:

“By any standard, Portland is arguably the mobile food capital of the US. In honor of the city’s defining food movement, this map features 21 of the best food cart dishes currently available.

As opposed to most cities, the mobile food scene in Portland is dominated by carts, not trucks. Thanks to a combination of factors including city ordinances, many of the best carts are typically allowed to reside in one place. Groups of Portland food carts have popped up across the city, and these groups are called pods.

Over the years, a number of carts have become cornerstones of the scene—offering reliably excellent dishes that have garnered international media attention. Some of these carts move on to become full-fledged brick-and-mortar restaurants, while others, for a variety of reasons, fail to make the cut. So remember, when you try a spot below, you’re trying what could become Portland’s next hottest restaurant.

From the old guard to the new kids, these are the 21 must-have food cart dishes in Portland, right now.”

Click here to check out the revamped and updated version! (Photo: Cheeseburger from Burger Stevens)

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Northwest Travel & Life: Spring Getaway in Ketchikan, Alaska

25 01 2017

I love Alaska, and I’m particularly fond of Ketchikan……but in the spring!? Yep. From the article:

Visit Alaska in spring. Depending on what you’re looking for in a getaway, that’s a sentence that might not pass logical muster the first time around. But narrow the scope to Southeast Alaska—the bridge between the Pacific Northwest and the Great White North. That changes things a bit. And if you’re the type of traveler who prefers to avoid the crowds and the cruise ships, maybe spring starts to look a little more attractive. Perhaps you’re the sort who enjoys a more authentic travel experience coupled with the smaller price tag of a shoulder season. If all of that floats your boat and you don’t mind packing an extra layer and shouldering up to locals for coffee in the morning, then trust me, you want to visit Alaska in the spring. Towards the southern fringe of the Tongass National Forest, just about as southeast as you can get while still being Alaska, sits a personal favorite: Ketchikan.”

Click here to read the whole thing.

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