Moon Coastal Oregon

Outdoor enthusiasts W. C. McRae and Judy Jewell share their extensive knowledge of coastal Oregon, from the best places to grab a seaside snack to the most scenic hikes along the Coastal Trail. McRae and Jewell also outline a variety of suggested travel strategies, including Riding the Pacific Waves, Foraging the Coast, and Coastal Road […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Portland in the Colder Months

Portlanders love a good festival, particularly if it celebrates beer, bikes, music, or that favorite local pastime—devouring delicious treats. If you don’t mind the rain, November, December, and January are great times to secure cheap hotel rates and catch seasonal attractions. Here are some great festivals and activities to enjoy during the winter in Portland.

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Seattle Day Hike: Cedar Lake

The Chuckanut Mountains are best known for the colorful drive along Puget Sound during the fall. Open for hiking year-round, Cedar Lake is one of the mountain’s best lakes, a small, quiet swimming hole on the mountain’s northeastern end. Author Scott Leonard shares information about the length of the hike, the optional climb to view Puget Sound, and more.

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The McMenamins Brewpub Empire

If you’re looking for an interesting place to get a beer in Portland, you should definitely check out at least one McMenamins brewpub. The McMenamins are in fact brothers Brian and Mike, who are equally devoted to brewing quality beer, designing fun spaces to drink it in, and preserving distinctive buildings. Here are some of their coolest locations in Portland.

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Portland for the Pint-Sized

Portlanders are known for keeping their kids in tow instead of opting for nannies or babysitters. It’s no surprise then that the city offers numerous places that appeal both to the young and the young-at-heart. From the Oregon Zoo to Oaks Amusement Park, here are some great family-friendly activities.

Moon Portland

Longtime resident Oregonian Hollyanna McCollom covers the best of the Portland area—including the Cultural District, the Alphabet District, and Alberta Street. McCollom provides a variety of travel strategies, such as The Best of Portland, Pint-sized P-Town, and Rainy Day Portland. McCollom covers the most popular sights: Ankeny Square, Skidmore Fountain, Union Station, and the Alberta […]

Moon Take a Hike Seattle

Beautiful lakes, sparkling bays, rugged peaks, lush hills, and countless islands comprise the outlying area of the bustling city of Seattle. There is such stunning scenery around the city that hiking in Seattle is more than a trek around town. Scott Leonard shows you the best hikes in and around Seattle—all within two hours of […]