Oregon

Reports from Honolulu, Paris, Portland (ME and OR), Madison, Israel, Amsterdam, New York and other places on daily life during these challenging times. Everett Potter, Pelham, NY From my perch in southern Westchester, I’m about a quarter-mile from the first containment zone in the US. No matter, it’s not containing

By Julie Snyder When Joe and I moved to Portland five years ago, we joined an adventure book club that convened in a wine bar. Groovy, we thought. Our new city’s quirky personality manifested in vintages and volumes, two of our favorite things. But we’d overlooked one other quirk. The

By Brian E. Clark In the middle of the 19th Century, roughly 400,000 farmers, miners, and others used the Oregon Trail – and its offshoots – to travel up to  2,100 miles from its start in St. Louis to reach their destinations in the West and begin new lives.  One

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 What’s not to like about Ashland? Nestled in a mountain valley halfway between San Francisco and Portland, the southern Oregon community is a mecca of culture and cuisine, a launching pad for winter and summer recreation, and a cradle of small-town charm. The 1850s mill town once

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

Story & photos by Julie Snyder It was all a labor of love—heavy on the labor. After my adventure at a spay/neuter clinic in Peru in 2017, I was hankering for another intense, short-term encounter beneficial to animals. Earlier this year, I’d signed on with the Animal Rescue Team (ART)

By John Grossmann “How’d you like to spend the night in a trailer park?” On previous visits to my son Andrew in Portland, Oregon, he’d taken me to some of the city’s renowned food carts and hippest craft breweries.  One visit, we left Portland a couple hours behind and hiked,

Story and photos by Julie Snyder By nature, my husband, Joe, and I are sprawlers. We’re tall people. We like room to spread out, to stretch our legs, to live large. There’s nothing diminutive about our living space and its contents. So the invitation to overnight at Mt. Hood Tiny