Beach with Bonus Forest!

Beach with Bonus Forest!

Short Sands beach is one of our favorite spots on the Oregon coast.

You park at Oswald West state Park parking, the hike down though old-growth forest to Short Sands beach. We prefer the trailhead that leaves from the west-side parking lot (liekly on the right if you are driving from Portland)

Enjoy watching the surfers and taking in the moodiness of the Oregon coast. There are multiple hikes that you can access from this area, too.

Ramen for everyone!

Ramen for everyone!

Portland has suddenly become overrun with ramen restaurants. 

We have 2 favorites: 

Afuri is the Portland outpost of a Tokyo classic. Excellent cocktails, an extensive sake list, and a solid beer list complement the large menu which includes sushi, ramen, and more. You've gotta try the gyosa!

923 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214


Boxer Ramen is a more basic setup, but also quite tasty. Don't be turned off by the limited menu. Each option is well executed and you'll spend half as much as you would at Afuri. There are three locations around town. 

NW23rd: 2309 NW Kearney St, Portland, OR 97210

Near Powell's: 1025 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

NE Alberta: 2032 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Winter Sports

Winter Sports

For winter sports, you’ll head to Mt Hood, about an hour and a half drive from Portland.

There are two Resorts on the mountain: Timberline and Meadows. Both are open to both skiing and snowboarding.

Timberline has a beautiful lodge and is a touch closer to Portland. Meadows has a larger ski area.

Often the weather is different on the two faces of the mountain, so the weather/snow at any given time is often helpful in choosing which to visit.

Snowshoeing is also available. Here’s the List of trails.

Oregon Wine

We love an Oregon Pinot Noir.

If you want to sample some local wines without leaving town, try Cooper’s Hall or Muse Wine Bar

You can also take a short drive to visit some of Oregon’s Wineries. Sokol Blosser is Kyle’s favorite, but he doesn’t know much about wine. He just likes the architecture of their tasting room.

More information can be found here: or

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge

Just east of Portland (out I-84), you’ll find the amazing Columbia River Gorge.

With a host of trails and sights on both the Washington and Oregon sides of the River, you can easily fill a day (or two) with waterfall sightings, hikes, craft beer, and more.

For most of the parking areas on the Oregon side, you’ll need to pay a day use fee–or borrow our annual pass. Just let us know and we’ll get it to you.

Some popular spots in the gorge: