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Portland, Oregon: myth or reality?

Portland, Oregon: myth or reality? Feb 2nd, 2011 at 10:15PM: Just saying the name Portland, Oregon, brings all sorts of images to mind. Bicycling vegans. Farmer's markets. Good beer. Hipsters with ironic mustaches (him), oversized glasses (her), and skinny jeans (everyone!). A national media darling for some time, the city and its inhabitants are now being perfectly skewered in the IFC series Portlandia. The story of Portland is being told as a wonderland...

Box cutter blades found on Delta flight from Tokyo to Oregon

Box cutter blades found on Delta flight from Tokyo to Oregon Nov 3rd, 2010 at 12:00PM: A plane was searched top to bottom upon landing in Oregon after the crew found box cutter blades on it. Delta, recently named the worst airline in the United States, engaged the help of FBI, TSA and Customs and Border Protection officials when Flight 90 arrived from Tokyo, with 155 passengers and a crew of 10. According to MSNBC: The flight crew "opted to contact authorities and request they...

Could you live in Portland?

Could you live in Portland? Oct 20th, 2010 at 11:00AM: There will be a moment during your visit to Portland, Oregon when you'll have an epiphany. Maybe it won't happen during your blissful stroll through one the city's giant public parks, your nostrils fresh with the scent of pine trees and clean air. And it might not hit you during your $3 lunch at one of Portland's plentiful food carts, your taste buds humming to a savory, cheesy mac n' cheese...

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S.

Suit up: The best whitewater rafting in the U.S. Sep 26th, 2010 at 1:00PM: When it comes to whitewater, bigger is not always better. In fact, some of the best whitewater paddling experiences can be had on rivers that barely break the Class III rating. Those who love to run these rivers know the importance of the rush, but also appreciate the scenery, local culture, and accessibility of a river. Here are some of the best US whitewater destinations based on the overall...

Photo of the Day (9.12.10)

Photo of the Day (9.12.10) Sep 12th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Who recognizes the subject of today's Photo of the Day shot? Any guesses? This wild colored light show is actually the inside of a lighthouse, taken by Flickr user Theodore Scott. This is not your typical lighthouse photo, which is exactly what caught my eye. As you take your own photos, think about how you can get up close, inside or even underneath your photo subjects. You're likely to...

Oregon Scientific introduces the ATC 9K - the ultimate outdoor video camera

Oregon Scientific introduces the ATC 9K - the ultimate outdoor video camera Aug 2nd, 2010 at 5:00PM: Oregon Scientific (yes, the same company that makes weather stations) just announced the ATC 9K all-weather outdoor video camera. If your travels regularly take you places where you'd like to record your antics, the ATC 9K could be considered to be the ultimate rugged device. Inside the ATC 9K is a 5 megapixel photo / 1080p video sensor, a G-sensor, optional GPS receiver, LCD screen and...

World's most eco-friendly beaches to visit now

World's most eco-friendly beaches to visit now Jul 20th, 2010 at 10:00AM: If your idea of heaven isn't a beach packed with crisping bodies, balls of crude, or the lingering whiff of raw sewage, don't worry. CNN has provided a list sandy idylls that retain their purity, even though a few, like Oahu's Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, are major tourist attractions, or located in tourism hotspots. Not surprisingly, most of these places are located on preserves or otherwise...

Listen up: America's top 10 outdoor concert venues

Listen up: America's top 10 outdoor concert venues Jul 5th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Outdoor arenas, beach-side stages, amphitheaters under the stars - the sounds of summer are everywhere, you just have to buy a ticket. So where do you go to hear the best music and see the best concerts? Next time you want a little groove in your summer night, take a trip to one of the top outdoor music venues in America and enjoy the sounds of summer. Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New...

Top five weekend travel media stories

Top five weekend travel media stories Jun 28th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Among the travel stories in this weekend's newspaper travel sections, the following articles were especially inspirational. 1. Peter Frick-Wright writes a lip-smacking ode to the Cowboy Dinner Tree steakhouse in Silver Lake, Oregon in Portland's Oregonian. 2. In an article in Melbourne's The Age, Jewel Topsfield cruises down the Mekong, through Cambodia and Vietnam. She eats a tarantula,...

Road trip: The best roadside attractions on the east and west coasts

Jun 15th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Road trips are meant to be fun, meaningful, and inspire some reflection as you set out for the great open roads. When the driving gets a little dull, though, there's plenty to see on the side of the road. The eastern portion of the United States is home to many world-recognized sites, but many of these grandiose tourist destinations overshadow the lesser-known, roadside attractions that are...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 014: U.S. Drinking laws & more Portland adventures!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 014: U.S. Drinking laws & more Portland adventures! May 28th, 2010 at 5:00PM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 14 Part 1 – Click above to watch video after the jump Blame it on the weather, the beautiful scenery, or the friendly hop-growing climate - any way you look at it Portland, Oregon is the proud home to the most breweries (and some of the best) in America. As we continue to explore Portland, we take a look at the strange and obscure laws of...

Portland's Hotel Modera reviewed

Portland's Hotel Modera reviewed May 24th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Portland, Oregon, knows it's pretty damn cool, which is why the city has garnered a rep for having a bit of a 'tude. Let's just say you should study up on your coffee order before getting in line. Blissfully free of hipster snark, however, lies downtown's funky Hotel Modera, a two-year-old addition to the area's eclectic mix of venerable and boutique properties. Another selling point: Modera...

20 great bike rides

20 great bike rides May 7th, 2010 at 2:00PM: For many travelers, the default mode of transport is a plane or a car, but they're certainly not the only options. Have you ever considered adding a bicycle ride to your next trip? Riding a bike has a number of advantages over other forms of transportation. You'll move slower, no doubt, but with that slowness comes an increased awareness of your surroundings, a chance to get some fresh air and...

16 great farmers' markets

16 great farmers' markets Apr 15th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Farmers' markets are not only a great way to sample a community's natural bounty, they're also a unique setting to experience its culture. While each farmers' market is different, a really good farmers' market brings a sense of community to the cities and municipalities where they operate. Wondering where you can experience some of the freshest produce, tastiest snacks and friendliest people...

Vacation homes and social media worth a million dollars

Vacation homes and social media worth a million dollars Mar 20th, 2010 at 2:00PM: Did someone mention a travel slump? Second Porch, up in Portland, Oregon, must not have received the memo. Damned memos. The new company just picked up $1 million in A-round financing (an early round, for those not of the finance world) which was led by the Oregon Angel Fund. Translation: a few people are making a seven-figure bet on a travel company in a shitty market. And I think it's pure...

Use Facebook to plan your next park vacation

Use Facebook to plan your next park vacation Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Municipalities are always feeling a financial squeeze, and the fallout from the financial crisis has only made an already grim norm even worse. It's hard enough to get money for maintenance, let alone marketing. So, how can you get the info you need to plan your next park trip? Try Facebook. According to Inside Facebook, cities, counties and states are flocking to the social networking site...

The 25 greatest cities in the world for drinking wine

The 25 greatest cities in the world for drinking wine Mar 3rd, 2010 at 2:31PM: Dreaming of sipping wine in a little Parisian cafe? Or picturing yourself in trendy Napa Valley, sampling new vintages straight from the barrel? While these well-known areas indeed spring to mind when thinking about the world's finest vintages, you may be surprised to know that excellent wine is being made and enjoyed just about everywhere. As a wine judge and hobby winemaker, my favorite wine...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

The world's best hikes

The world's best hikes Feb 17th, 2010 at 10:31AM: With so much challenging terrain, magnificent vistas, and unique cultural opportunities on the planet, shining a spotlight on the world's best hikes is a difficult task. After all, there are various styles of hiking fitting different skill levels: some people enjoy long treks, while others like to get in and out in a single day. Some folks enjoy challenging, technical climbs, while others simply...

Two climbers missing, one dead on Mt. Hood

Two climbers missing, one dead on Mt. Hood Dec 14th, 2009 at 11:00AM: It was a long and tragic weekend on Oregon's Mt. Hood, where search and rescue teams combed the area searching for three missing climbers. That search turned tragic on Saturday when one of the climbers was found dead high on the mountain, while his two companions remain missing as of this writing. On Friday, 26-year old Luke T. Gullberg, Kattie Nolan, 29, and Anthony Vietti, 24, set off to...

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