Northwest Travel & Life: Tour de Foam

12 07 2017

If you’d like to know what the craft beer scene in Bozeman is all about, might I suggest the Tour de Foam? Read about my experience in the latest Northwest Travel & Life, or click here.

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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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Northwest Travel & Life: The Bozeman, Montana Cuisine Scene

25 05 2017

Dining out in Bozeman is everything you’d hope for from Big Sky Country, plus some very pleasant surprises. Click here and let me give you the details. (Photo – dinner at the Open Range restaurant)

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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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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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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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