PDX Postcard

By Julie Snyder While Portland prides itself on an eclectic collection of hip hotels, the city is just as proud of its lodging with a vintage vibe. No longer hipsters, our favorites fall in the latter category. There’s Hotel deLuxe, an art deco homage to Hollywood, with its gorgeous high-ceilinged

By Julie Snyder The first time I went to a live taping of Live Wire, Portland’s quirky, home-grown radio variety show, the draw was Ruth Reichl, former (and final) editor of the now-defunct Gourmet Magazine. The unexpected and abrupt folding of the publication in 2009 had driven her to the

By Julie Snyder We were completely alone in the ultra-lush fir forest save for the odd, plump banana slug undulating leisurely along the Marquam Trail, named after Philip Marquam, the largest landowner in Multnomah County in the late 1800s. The patter of rain on the tree canopy and burbling streams

By Julie Snyder Portlanders pride themselves on using alternative transportation for reasons both ecological (we’re one of the country’s greenest cities) and pragmatic (daily traffic congestion prevails). While the Trimet bus, streetcar and MAX light rail network move us around the region reliably and relatively speedily, bicycling is the commuter

By Julie Snyder The Portland food scene is a deep dive into deliciousness. When my husband, Joe, and I moved here nearly five years ago, we were drooling with anticipation, especially after 14 years in a small-town Nevada gastronomic desert. We quickly discovered not only a fertile food landscape but