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Attractions Northwest Events Oregon Outdoor Activities

Portland Farmers Market

The Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University will be open every Saturday, year-round. April through October hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. November through March hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market at PSU is located in Downtown Portland in the South Park Blocks between SW College & Montgomery Streets. Portland […]

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May is Wine Month in Willamette Valley

During the months of April, May and June the Willamette Valley is “in bloom” with brilliant gardens, budding vines and clear skies. At the center of it all is the long-running Memorial Weekend in Wine Country event, now expanded to include the entire month of May. Wineries open their doors to welcome the return of vibrant colors to […]

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Attractions Northwest Events Oregon

First Thursday in the Pearl

First Thursday in the Pearl starts May 5 in Portland. Started in 1986, First Thursday in the Pearl is a district-wide celebration that occurs on the first Thursday of each month. Originally a gathering of art collectors and dealers, the celebration has grown to a monthly event of over ten thousand people that includes art enthusiasts, […]

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Building a carousel dream in Albany

The Albany Carousel was made possible by private donations and volunteers who helped create the restoration of an historic 1909 Dentzel Carousel over 15 years. Though the framework is all original, each rideable creature— from a giraffe to a mermaid-horse to a giant bunny—is new and hand-carved by (amateur) volunteers from the community. The Carousel […]

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Cascade Raptor Center expands

The Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon, recently purchased four- and-a-half additional acres with the goal of expanding their parking, adding a new visitors center and some additional enclosures in the coming years. The center features one of the largest collections of native raptor species in the Pacific Northwest. The year-round volunteer-based nonprofit’s focus is […]

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Attractions Oregon

Beautiful, peaceful Manzanita

By Greg Johnson, ActiveLifestylesNW.com travel writer Manzanita is a beautiful, peaceful Oregon coastal town located 15 miles south of Cannon Beach. It is also the town ravaged by a 130-mph tornado in October 2016. The tornado damaged homes, businesses and ripped off a store roof. Yet the town has recovered beautifully. Driving north into the […]

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Attractions Outdoor Activities Washington

Spokane’s Riverfront Park gets major facelift

Caption: Huntington Park on the Spokane River. With a $64-million Riverfront Park renovation, the park now has a new skate ribbon, Looff Carrousel building, Howard Street Bridge Promenade and updated SkyRide. Work has progressed to the Pavilion. The old IMAX theater was torn down and the Pavilion is currently being transformed into an open-air event […]

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Biking Beyond self-guided bike tour in Olympia

Photo caption: The Tenino Quarry Pool was originally a working Sandstone Quarry in the late 1800s. The self-guided bike tour, Biking Beyond, takes visitors along the Yelm-Tenino Trail near Olympia, WA. Available in both digital and print format, the guide was created to assist guests in wayfinding. Points of interests range from recreation and family […]

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Museum explores POP culture

Editors Note: The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is temporarily closed based on guidance from public health officials to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can support the museum by making a donation. The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen founded […]

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Attractions Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities

Find your quiet retreat at Lava Lake

Lava Lake is a tranquil body of water surrounded by Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters mountains in Central Oregon. The lake is usually offers excellent trout fishing and calmer afternoon winds on its west side for kayakers, paddle boarders and canoeists. There is also a small store, campgrounds and Little Lava Lake nearby. The […]