This Portland blog marks the beginning of December and a dive into the lowest temps of the season. However, the weather reports are in our favor as more clear skies and an extended visit from that alien orb in the sky are in our forecast. I'll take this early Christmas gift -and just in time- as I was just feeling the early-dark and late-to-rise had bookended us for what could only be months to come.
I find it incredibly important to get outside in our bleakest of months. There is something very real, raw and Portland - or is it just Pacific Northwest?- about this time of year. There is nothing quite like a hike into Forest Park (or any park) that starts with a shiver and ends with a coat around your waist and mud in places you'd never think to look for it. My personal challenge is three long walks or hikes a week, no matter the weather, in addition to the wellness guru prescribed five days a week, thirty minutes a day, gym-jobby we all know so well. Its not so easy with a desk job but it feels damn good when you meet those goals. Especially the fresh air goals.
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - Saint Augustine
I'm a broken record on the topic of exploring the world around us. I'm shocked when I come across long time or local Portlander's who have never been to amazing places like Multnomah Falls, Forest Park, Crystal Springs and the like. PortlandNeighborhood was born of our interest to see and do and explore new (and old) places, to eat, drink and ultimately, find the local silver lining in the urban parts of PDX and...to share them. An electronic friend of ours, a great contributor to this website, does this, too. His mission was to share the new outdoor world of Portland with his young son and it has been fun to follow their travels in both photo and blog. Michael Barton has a very unique and inspiring blog on exploring Portland and a recent book review post caught my attention:
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week winner this week is by Iris Dee. Iris shares with us a set of stunning and haunting images of her walk through Oaks Park in SE Portland. Gorgeous!
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner receives a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Our giveaway for the month of December is a $20 gift certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. If you've not been to their incredible roastery and tasting room, stop reading now and go. There is a reason why the New Yorker and The New York Times keep a regular pulse on the happenings at Coava...they are amazing and truly unparalled. Read all about the Portland coffee scene and learn more about coffee, what makes a great cafe and who the cafe rockstars are in our fair PDX.
Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art MuseumGhost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai…
November 15, 2011 at 7:30pm to December 24, 2011at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder StageWill Sherlock Holmes crack his own case? Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran play…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
November 18, 2011 at 10am to December 24, 2011 at 7pm – St. John's district, Old Salvation Army Building, across the street from Pattie's Home PlateA craft market with unique, handmade art and crafts such as quilts, jewelry, wood carvings, stuffed animals, high-quality prints of original paintings, and more! Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 7 pm;…Organized by Laura Woodruff | Type: art/craft, market,for, the, holidays, and, other, occasions
November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 – "Oregon Zoo"Annual holiday lights display at the Oregon Zoo! Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights.* More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a…Organized by Zoo Lights | Type: zoo lights
November 25, 2011 at 4pm to January 1, 2012 at 4pm – Alberta Main StreetAlberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees. Over 30 Alberta Street businesses are creating sights not to be mis…Organized by Alberta Main Street | Type: holiday, fun
November 30, 2011 to December 4, 2011 – "Pioneer Square"Holiday Ale FestivalMore than 40+ breweries will be featured at this year's event, all of which are created specifically to bring warmth and cheer to the holiday season. From Belgians and Barleywines…Organized by Holiday Ale Festival | Type:
October 16, 2011 to March 4, 2012 – OMSIGunther von Hagens' BODY WORLDS & The Brain includes more than 200 authentic human specimens and highlights neuroscience, brain development and performance. Through respectful, aesthetic displays…Organized by | Type: omsi, show
December 2, 2011 at 3pm to December 18, 2011 at 6pm – Alpenrose DairyWinter wonderland fun is back at Alpenrose Dairy as Storybook Lane reopens once again for the first time in six years. Portland’s family owned and operated dairy is partnering with 4-H of Multnomah…Organized by Alpenrose | Type: holiday
December 3, 2011 from 11am to 5pm – Sellwood Masonic LodgeJoin us for our fourth anniversary holiday sale!Peruse 50 talented local artisans and find that perfect one-of-a-kind handmade gift for the holidays!Visit SANTA from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. Bring the kids…Organized by Hip Happening | Type: arts, &, crafts,bazaar
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
Mt Hood is a dormant volcano located 50 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon. Surrounded by a natural forest, Mt Hood is a staggering 11,245 feet high, the highest peak in Oregon. During summer, Mount Hood is a popular destination for hikers and backpackers, and offers many activities and attractions. By winter, the mountain becomes a hotspot for skiing and winter sports. Visible for literally hundreds of miles around, it's estimated around 10,000 people attempt to reach the summit of the Mt Hood each year. Mount Hood is home to glaciers, commonly referred to as snow fields, sitting about 6,000ft, just above the tree line, giving the mountain an intriguing contrast in color and formation. Mount Hood is home to many different activities, which differ by season. Mount Hood is one of Oregon's top tourist destinations in the state and never fails to impress those who visit, whatever the season.
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