Saturday, February 24, 2018

Summer in the City

It’s finally time, the rain has halted, the air is warm, and Portlanders are getting outside! Here in Portland, things have to be weird, so we’ve researched some unique events you may not find elsewhere. Make a point to check one out if you’re visiting or live here: Portland Fruit Beer Festival June 10-12, 2016 […]


Whether you’re new or old to Portland, PedalPalooza has some great events for all ages, styles, and interests! PedalPalooza is 3+ weeks of bikey fun that began in 2002 by an organization called Shift, who successfully expresses Portland’s creative bike culture through performance events and bike fun intended to highlight the positive contributions of bicycling for […]

The Witch’s Castle in Forest Park

A couple weeks ago I was invited to go on a ghost tour of Hawthorne Boulevard. Oooo scary, right?! Although the tour wasn’t all that frightening to me, I did learn about some interesting, potentially haunted places on Hawthorne… and beyond. One place on the list was called Witch’s Castle located in Forest Park. The […]

Discounts on Portland Walking Tours

Portland Walking Tours Schedule/Buy Tickets   (503) 774-4522 20% discount off any tour, must book with hostel front desk Discover Portland Walking Tours™ . Join our award-winning, leisurely Portland urban adventures with no hills and see what our guests and the media are talking about. When you’re in Portland, be sure to check out one […]

How to do Portland on the Cheap

Check out this article in the HI USA Northern California newsletter about exploring PDX on a budget. Posted by Tee on Thursday, March 17, 2016 How to Do Portland on the Cheap For those of us with the incurable thirst for travel and the never-satisfied itch for new adventures and new people-meeting, we know […]

Pan has left the neighborhood!

One last goat sauntered out through the chain-link gate, and Southeast Portland, that redeveloping slice of the city, closed a whimsical chapter. The Belmont Goats moved Sunday. The herd of 14 was cajoled and coaxed, pushed and pulled into leaving behind their wide, weedy lot for a new home six miles away in Lents Town […]

There’s a New Tour Co. in Town

Our hostel has been booked solid for months now. And we keep getting the same question: why is Portland so busy? Uh, because it’s summer in Portland. And you’re not the only one to discover how cool this city is. I don’t say the last part, but I want to because people don’t seem to […]

Sunday Parkways

A series of events in summer where the city officially closes several streets in a loop, connecting various neighborhood parks. People can walk, ride, and roll along the streets on the route without interference of auto traffic.


Pedalpalooza is a two and a half week (17 day) long celebration of Portland bike culture that occurs every year.

Defeat of Mt. Hood Freeway

Portland wasn’t always such a livable city.  The defeat of the Mt. Hood Highway in the 1970’s was a watershed moment in the city’s history and helps explain the development and rationale of Portland’s unique city planning, mass transit system, light rail, parks and bikeways.  The Freeway would have gone directly through much of southeast […]

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