Northwest Travel & Life: The Undiscovered Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon

1 07 2017

The Blue Mountains, or simply “the Blues,” occupy more than 4,000 square miles of eastern Oregon and Washington. Named by early settlers for the blue hue of their pine- and fir-lined ridges, they sprawl out southeast of Pendleton, Oregon, over to the Snake River along the border with Idaho, and up into Washington, where they occupy much of the land east of Walla Walla. The Blues are magical and, for the most part, undiscovered by Northwesterners. If you haven’t experienced them, you’re missing one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets.” Click here to read the whole story.

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Northwest Travel & Life: Unrivaled Northwest Rivers

1 06 2017

My latest feature for Northwest Travel & Life tells the stories of the region’s most iconic rivers. Click here to read them. Photo of the Columbia River.

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OnTrak Magazine: Crabs, craps, and crashing waves

11 04 2017

My first story for OnTrak Magazine details the perfect winter weekend in Coos Bay. Click here to read the story.

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Afternoon Live: Wildflower Hikes

11 04 2017

Spring = Wildflower hikes! Yesterday I was on Afternoon Live to talk about some of my favorites. 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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Afternoon Live: Under the Radar Coastal Towns

25 01 2017

Yesterday I was a guest on Afternoon Live to discuss my favorite, lesser-known coast towns, and why you should visit! Click here to watch the segment. Photo from Jot’s Resort, Gold Beach.

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