Protecting the Oregon Bioregion

Oregon’s year-round green, with its abundant coniferous trees, stole my heart a year ago when I contemplated a necessary uprooting from my comfortable life in Southern California. How could it be that the sense of place I discovered in the Pacific Northwest was so immediate? I felt so at home and so at ease. Having […]

Portland City Parks & Gardens

Surrounded by the beckoning mountain slopes, what would Portland be without skiing? The area is served by many resorts on nearby Mt. Hood: Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Ski Bunny, and Cooper Spur. Timberline is one of only two resorts in all of North America to feature year-round skiing. Southeast Portland features Mt. Tabor, […]

Oregon Beach Towns Near Portland

The majority of north Oregon coast beaches are within two hours drive of Portland. The spectacular coastline has much to offer its visitors – breathtaking views of unspoiled beaches, sand dunes, and rocky cliffs and miles of nature and hiking trails. Although the north coast waters are too cold for most people to swim, wet-suit […]

Oregon Skiing

Mt. Hood’s naturally rugged terrain offers skiers some of the best skiing in the Pacific Northwest. Little more than an hour’s drive away, Mt. Hood is the premiere skiing destination for Portlanders. The ski season lasts from November through February and can run longer if the weather dictates. Mt. Hood’s three most popular ski resorts […]

Oregon Wind Surfing

The 25-40 mile per hour winds that blow down the Columbia River Gorge make it the perfect place to go for world-class windsurfing. Hood River, Oregon, sixty miles east of Portland on Interstate 84, is considered to be the windsurfing and kiteboarding capital of the world. Even if you aren’t a windsurfer, the beautiful scenery […]

Portland Biking

Cycling is a favorite sport in the Northwest, especially in Portland, which features over 260 miles of bike lanes and trails. One of the most popular is the 16.5-mile Springwater Corridor Trail, a paved surface, multi-use trail that runs along a former rail line through part of the city, past Powell Butte Nature Park, and […]

Portland Area Hiking Trails

The Pacific Northwest is a mecca for hikers of all levels of experience with over 150 miles of hiking trails in Portland’s city parks alone. Forest Park is the nation’s largest forested urban park, covering over 5,000 acres of massive Douglas firs, canyons, and creeks, and over 60 miles of interconnecting trails. Looping throughout the […]

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