Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Portland is a popular spot
in summer—recently hosting Project Pabst, Pedalpalooza and the Rose
Festival—but even locals and visitors want to take a break from all the
action now and then by seeing another part of Oregon. Whether you want
mountains or ocean, these five trips are a quick drive from downtown and make
for an easy day-long getaway outside. Astoria (2 hours) See the area
where Lewis and Clark wintered, and where the Columbia River meets the Pacific
Ocean. Walk the downtown strip, stopping at vintage and antique stores along
the way. Have an early lunch (necessary, because they're only open until they
run out of the day's catch) at Bowpicker Fish & Chips, a one-item food
truck that's a retired bowpicker fishing boat. Then have a beer at Fort
George Brewery, where they make a dozen craft beers that are only available in
the Northwest. Breitenbush Hot Springs (2 hours) Have a drink in the
lodge of this retreat in the middle of a forest, then head to the hot springs,
lined in smooth river rocks and varying in temperature (best to move from
coolest to warmest). Dry off, then take a hike on the 20 miles of trail
radiating out from the springs, or do a meditative walk to the center of the
property's labyrinth. Cannon Beach (1. 5 hours) It's a windy, scenic
drive to the coast (here it's called the coast—not the beach or the shore)
from Portland. Check the Cannon Beach tide tables to know the best time that
day to look in the tide pools at The Goonies' iconic Haystack Rock (pictured);
you can usually spot bright blue anemone and purple or orange starfish. Have
lunch and a beer at Cannon Beach Hardware & Public House, nicknamed Screws
'n' Brews by locals. It's a functional hardware store that also makes great
catch-of-the-day fish sandwiches. Columbia River Gorge (40 minutes)
Pull a Cheryl Strayed from Wild and hike among the moss-covered trees in the
Columbia River Gorge. There are gorgeous waterfalls (the bridge across
Multnomah Falls was basically built for Instagram), and easy or difficult
hikes for every fitness level. A good one to start with is the 2. 6-mile
Horsetail Falls. The trailhead starts at a waterfall, and the trail passes
behind Ponytail Falls, so you're in a lava-flow cavern behind another
waterfall. Sauvie Island (30 minutes) North of the city is beautiful
Sauvie Island, a wildlife refuge and farming community. Go fruit picking
(strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, or the local favorite,
marion berries, depending on the season) at Kruger's Farm, and cut a bunch of
sweet-smelling purple flowers for $6 at the Sauvie Island Lavender Farm. Then
cool off with a dip in the Columbia River before making your way back.
Sarah Z. Wexler is on the Oregon beat for Travel + Leisure. Based in
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