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Dueling Summer Garlic Festivals Find Common Ground

Dueling Summer Garlic Festivals Find Common Ground Jul 7th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Jason Reidy/Flickr Summer festivals and events often bring open-air concerts, barbecues, annual farm-oriented contests and more. The warm weather experienced in the United States from June through September has a way of doing that. To summer day trippers, it's often not a problem of finding an event to attend, but choosing which one. Such is the case in Oregon where dueling garlic festivals had...

8 Ways To Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month

8 Ways To Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month Jul 6th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Allison Park, Flickr Ever since Henry Weinhard opened his brewery in 1856, Oregon has had a taste for beer. Since then, the state has made a name for itself in the beer world. It's one of the states with the most breweries per capita and Portland itself is home to the largest craft brewing market in the United States. Talk to any Oregonian and the topic of beer will inevitably come up; when you're...

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail Jun 1st, 2013 at 12:00PM: There must be someone in Bend, Oregon, who drinks Coors or Bud Light. But I imagine that this mythical, mass produced beer loving android keeps a very low profile so as not to be shunned, like an alcoholic Amish swinger, in what must be America's best craft beer town. Bend is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and some 250 days of sunshine a year. There are so many opportunities to hike,...

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon May 19th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Who wants to move to Bend, Oregon, with me? Oh, I know what you're thinking. I already have a perfectly good place to live. Why would I need to move to a small city in Central Oregon? If you're asking yourself this question, you've probably never been to Bend, because it's one of those places that gets under your skin. Drop by for four or five days, as I did earlier this month, and you can't help...

It's Still Snowing Somewhere In Oregon

It's Still Snowing Somewhere In Oregon May 16th, 2013 at 10:00AM: When you think of wintery weather, Oregon might not be the first state that comes to mind. It certainly wasn't for me until I visited snowed-under Crater Lake National Park and other snowy, high altitude spots in the Beaver State last week. It was 76 degrees and sunny on the day we left Klamath Falls, Oregon, for the park, which is only 70 miles to the north, and even though I'd been told that Rim...

The Wandering Writer: A Tour through Inner Northeast Portland with Cheryl Strayed

The Wandering Writer: A Tour through Inner Northeast Portland with Cheryl Strayed May 14th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Cheryl Strayed wants to show me the "dog bus" – but first we have to find it. We walk along her quiet residential streets in Northeast Portland trying to track down the intriguing vehicle, my imagination running wild. Are we about to free a group of shackled dogs from animal control? Does Portland send its furry friends to school with their owners? Eventually we locate our target...

On The Road With NPR Music: Matt Fleeger At KMHD, Portland, Oregon

On The Road With NPR Music: Matt Fleeger At KMHD, Portland, Oregon Apr 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling, largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all...

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive

Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive Apr 10th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Recent sequester cuts have had a big impact on travel in a number of ways. Cutbacks have resulted in everything from grounding the Navy's Blue Angels at dozens of air shows around the country to turning Houston's George Bush Intercontinental into a third world-like airport. Cuts to the budgets of national parks have popular attractions opening on a delayed schedule, closing visitor centers and...

On The Road With NPR Music: Jeremy Petersen At OPB Portland, Oregon

On The Road With NPR Music: Jeremy Petersen At OPB Portland, Oregon Apr 9th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling, largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all...

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico

5 Spring Break Trips That Don't Require Boozing In Mexico Mar 14th, 2013 at 1:00PM: Neon colored fruity cocktails consumed poolside with college students and bad house music in the background not really your thing? Spring break can be a lot of things, and it doesn't have to fit the classic stereotype of sunburned jocks taking tequila shots in Cabo. Spring is that perfect time of year when it's not quite summer but the weather's nicer so you can take full advantage of the...

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon Feb 10th, 2013 at 11:00AM: "Portlandia" might lead you to believe that Portland is home only to tattooed baristas with the occasional mustache, but it's also an epicenter for outdoor activity; every Portlander has his or her activity of choice, and with so many outdoor activities easily accessible, it isn't difficult to get a taste of the attitude that keeps this city alive. Nearby Sauvie Island is popular with...

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges

The Best Of The West: Classic Ski Lodges Jan 31st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Despite deceptively balmy temperatures in parts of the U.S., there's still plenty of ski season left. Why not spend it staying at a classic ski lodge or chalet out West? These regal or groovy remnants from the early-to-mid-20th century are a dying breed, although some have been refurbished to good effect, while still retaining their original style. They also tend to offer friendly, personalized...

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge Aug 21st, 2012 at 12:30PM: Despite the various nicknames bestowed upon me throughout my 20s (all along the lines of "Hippie," "Nature Girl" and "Treehugger"), I had a love-hate relationship with hiking the great outdoors. Blame my poor, misguided parents, who made my brother and I undertake many forced marches on summer vacations. We hiked all over California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies and even Europe. I know, I...

Art On The Rhode: Take A Creative Vacation In Providence

Art On The Rhode: Take A Creative Vacation In Providence Jul 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: New England is known for its captivating coastline and rural charm, but it is also a great retreat for artists and art lovers. Sure, big cities such as Boston have thriving art scenes, but there are several smaller-sized cities with artsy vibes throughout the region. One such place is Providence, Rhode Island, a city recently tagged "The Creative Capital" that has become a magnet for cultural...

Bureau Of Land Management Gives Advice On Finding Bigfoot

Jul 11th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Last week we reported on how the U.S. National Ocean Service publicly denied the existence of mermaids in response to a joke documentary on Animal Planet. Meanwhile, another federal agency has taken a different course. The Bureau of Land Management in Oregon & Washington has released this video titled "Bigfoot and the BLM." In it, people, who I assume to be BLM staff, are asked about...

Dull And Boring: Two Weird Town Names That Go Great Together

Dull And Boring: Two Weird Town Names That Go Great Together Jun 5th, 2012 at 1:00PM: What's life like in a boring town? What's life like in a dull one? Now a proposed trans-Atlantic collaboration aims to answer this important question. Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Scotland, want to become sister communities. Local promoters say their towns are neither dull nor boring, and they should play on their weird town names to get more tourism. One Boring website says the Oregon town...

Video: Oregon Man Turns Retired Jetliner Into Home

Jun 3rd, 2012 at 4:30PM: Reduce, reuse, recycle – we've heard it ad nauseum, but it's certainly a great maxim to live by. Bruce Campbell, an Oregon electrical engineer remodeling a retired 727-200 commercial jet into a home, believes he's on-trend, according to an interview with CNN. He admits it's not for everyone (it's like the Ninth Circle of Hell for aviophobics such as myself) but he does have a point about the...

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats

Berkeley's Edible Cities Guide Leads Urban Foragers To Free Good Eats May 29th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Anyone who's ever snagged fruit off of their neighbor's trees or bushes (oh, don't look at me like that) will appreciate the new online Edible Cities guide from Berkeleyite Cristian Ionescu-Zanetti. Berkeley is ground zero for the localized food movement, and "urban foraging" has been growing in popularity amongst local chefs as well as home cooks. As a former resident and recent subletter,...

Iconic Road Trips: An Unforgettable Trip Down The West Coast

Iconic Road Trips: An Unforgettable Trip Down The West Coast May 21st, 2012 at 2:00PM: The days I spent driving down U.S. Route 101 in Oregon through Highway 1 in California were some of the best days of my life. Admittedly, I was malleable for the molding. I had just gone through a breakup and was getting ready to start a summer-long tour alongside the ex. I decided to take a detour on my way from New York to California, where the tour began. I drove across the country to...

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure

Seattle Ranked 'Best City For Hipsters' According To Travel & Leisure Apr 10th, 2012 at 1:30PM: So Travel & Leisure has published a list of "America's Best Cities for Hipsters." This is amusing – and a wee bit annoying) to me for a variety of reasons – not least of which because Seattle makes the top of the list. I've lived here (actually "there," because as I write this, I'm in a sublet in Oakland) for nearly three years. Apparently, I'm reverse-trending, because San...

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