Portland Flood of 1894

As devastating as the more recent disasters were, the waters of the Willamette River have never risen higher than they did in June 1894. Turn-of-the-century Portland sprung up as a vital economic hub due to its position at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers, a location that could be precarious when torrential rains fell. Severe spring snow melt and summer downpours combined that year to push the river deep into downtown, setting a record 33-foot high watermark that still stands today.

Oregon Lodging: McMenamins Grand Lodge

written by Julie Lee | photography by Kathleen Nyberg The Danes call it ‘hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah,), and we call it the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. The ritual of combining and appreciating life’s simple pleasures in a comfortable setting, creating a sense of well-being and contentment, is the backbone of this restorative and renovated McMenamins hotel. Wizardry meets artistry here, with secret stairwells, riddles on walls and museum-worthy art on walls, headboards and ceilings. Recently celebrating a 95-year anniversary, the former Masonic and Eastern Star property offers history inside and green scenery outside, with trees, trails and thrills beckoning a unification with nature. Nearby Hagg Lake offers water fun, and for the thrill-seeker looking to take simple pleasures to new heights, there is a zipline park adjacent to the lake. Be sure to print the walking guide before your stay—fifteen pages of “not-to-miss details” throughout the hotel and room-to-room historical…

Bowery Bagels: Oregon Dining

Michael Madigan founded Bowery Bagel in Portland with an intent to replicate the bagels he fondly remembered from his childhood in New York City.

RiverPlace Hotel

RiverPlace Hotel is a refined retreat, with an inviting fireside, a happening buzz of activity, an artistic ambience.

RiverPlace Hotel

written by Julie Lee Let’s start with the scenic view: a panoramic canvas that spans from one end of the Willamette promenade to Tom McCall Waterfront Park in its entirety, painting a collage of what makes Portland special—an eclectic city with something for everyone, from the outdoor enthusiast to the foodie aficionado to the concert groupie. Inside, Kimpton’s RiverPlace Hotel is a refined retreat, with an inviting fireside, a happening buzz of activity, an artistic ambience. Whether staying for business or pleasure, the world seems to slow down a bit upon entering the hotel. Outside is a promenade for running, walking or skating, a boutique collection of stores and restaurants and a breathtaking view of the Willamette River. The hotel offers close proximity to the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, where hikers can safely cross to the other side of the river on foot. Summer concerts take place a…

Outside the Box

A Portland couple recasts their garage as a cozy home in the historic district