OnTrak Magazine: The Outdoors, Out of the Ordinary

21 04 2017

My latest for OnTrak Magazine explores the conceptual space above tents but below cabins – tipis and yurts! Read the article to discover some of the best and most unique alternative camping options in the Northwest. Click here to read it. Photo – Tipi Village Retreat

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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 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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Northwest Travel & Life: Break Away to Central Oregon

12 01 2017

One of four stories I have in the latest issue of Northwest Travel & Life, this piece details the glory of winter in Central Oregon. From the article:

“Central Oregon doesn’t have to work very hard to attract visitors. The town of Bend sits snugly against the eastern side of the Cascade Range, and the area offers everything from dense forest to high desert, and a collection of ecoregions in between. What was once a logging town was transformed a while back into a base camp for outdoor enthusiasts of nearly every ilk. As the morph progressed, Bend became an artist enclave, with an exceptional food and drink scene following closely behind. The Bend-Sunriver-Mt. Bachelor area has somehow managed to hold onto much of its rugged Western character while becoming a destination for world-class hiking, paddling, and fishing, as well as cuisine. But the allure of Central Oregon goes well beyond summer.”

Click here to read the whole story.

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Northwest Travel & Life: Explore the Columbia River Gorge Lewis & Clark Trail Scenic Byway

11 01 2017

It’s always fun to write about my favorite place in the world, the Columbia River Gorge. From the article:

“Over the course of roughly 80 miles, the Gorge, a National Scenic Area, switches over from temperate rainforest to desert. Every turn in the river, every bend rounded, introduces a new microclimate or landscape. It’s stunning and easily experienced. From west to east, a trip along Washington’s Highway 14 will show you firsthand.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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Afternoon Live: Winter Hikes Close to Portland

10 01 2017

Yesterday I was on a local television show, Afternoon Live, to discuss why you should be hiking in winter, and where to go. Click here to watch the segment.

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Eater Portland: Food Cart Heatmap

22 12 2016

Big news today! I am now a contributing editor of the Food Cart Heatmap for Eater Portland. I’ll be keeping tabs on the best new food carts in the city and updating the map regularly. Check it out!

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