Saturday, January 20, 2018

Village Building Convergence (VBC)

City Repair is gearing up for it’s annual Village Building Convergence and hands-on-action taking place at more than 35 sites around Portland! Beginning June 3 through June 12 people of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels will come together to create natural building structures (like the cob bench on the hostel property!), practice permaculture, and […]

Lodging Tax Increase

Attention all future guests: The State of Oregon has increased the lodging tax from 12.4% to 13.3%. This will go into effect July 1, 2016. This is a bill that is necessary for Travel Oregon to be able to better support the world games coming to Oregon in 2021. The lodging tax will decrease to […]

Berry Picking Time

One very amazing thing about the Pacific Northwest is its ample supply of berries. The domesticated and wild varieties are endless! Of course, there are the ever popular ones like strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, which can easily be found at U-Pick farms around the state, but there are also lesser known berries (outside of the […]

$5 Columbia Gorge Express bus (May-Sept)

Great news for travelers looking to visit the Columbia River Gorge via affordable transportation. The new Columbia Gorge Express bus route will run on weekends only (Friday-Sunday) for $5 RT during the summer months. No rental car needed, what a deal! The bus departs from Gateway Transit Center 12 times each day with round trip […]

Cheers to Wildflower trails!

This past weekend I went on a rather strenuous but quite praise-worthy hike up Dog Mountain. The mountain is about an hour from Portland along Washington State Route 14, about 9 miles east of Stevenson and 53 miles east of Vancouver. Start the hike on the Augspurger Trail (still Dog Mountain Trailhead parking lot) to […]

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 […]

Bike Theft Prevention

As warmer weather arrives, larger volumes of bikes are being locked up around the city. Bike theft is a serious issue here but with a little prep work, you can reduce the risk of losing your bike. The following are helpful prevention tips from Bike Theft Central: Invest in the highest quality lock you can […]

Marijuana Regulation

There have been lots of questions sprouting up regarding what is and is not legal in regards to marijuana possession and use in the city of Portland and on the hostel property. To be clear, neither drugs nor alcohol are not allowed on the Hawthorne Hostel property, which is a policy that has continued even […]

Spring flowers in the PNW

Being new to the Pacific Northwest means that I’m allowed to talk about the weather, even more so than native Portlanders. The weather in Oregon is quite different than the weather in my home state of Wisconsin. I’m slowly learning to adjust to the Pacific’s ‘wet cold’ winter conditions, which are much different from the […]

Meet Leah!

Leah has joined us from HI-Madison after completing a degree in Community and Environmental Sociology. She is looking forward to taking over the hostel blogging, meeting people from around the world, and learning about the great city of Portland! Name: Leah Hometown:  Madison, Wisconsin Year moved to Portland: 2016 Has Worked at the Hawthorne Hostel […]

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