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Key to the City

5 Portland, Oregon, Day Trips to Clear Your Head

Key to the City 04/07/2017

Even though Marisa Howard spends a hefty amount of time hunkered down in her Portland studio creating elliptical, outfit-making earrings, necklaces, and hairpins for her line Seaworthy, the longtime Oregon resident also knows how to take a breather like a boss. Here are the five spots she drives to when she’s just gotta get away.

WINE-TASTING IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY

 

“There are so many good places to go, but Soter Vineyards is my favorite. The wine is delicious, and the people are so wonderful. The grounds are a beautiful and peaceful little escape from the city. Another really great one with an amazing tasting room is Sokol Blosser. The building was designed by the super famous Allied Architects and is such a unique space for Oregon—and the wine is good, too!”

 

EDGEFIELD SOAKING POOL

 

“The best thing about the Edgefield Hotel in Troutdale, Oregon, is this tropical-plant-lined, winding, warm soaking pool with its own bar. You either have to have a spa appointment or be a hotel guest to go in, and I think it's a worth the price of a room just for the pool. The food can be a little lackluster, but if you stay overnight, have a glass of whiskey fireside in the Little Red Shed, a tiny bar on the grounds. In the spring and summer, the grounds are lush with unique plant life, so it's fun to walk around and take it all in.”

 

 

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BEACON ROCK

 

“This is a short hike in the Columbia Gorge with shockingly beautiful views. The walkways and railing are attached to the side of this steep rock, and it’s well worth the trek up to see over the valley. It can be windy and crowded, so go mid-week and check the weather ahead of time.”

 

CISTUS NURSERY

 

“I am plant junkie and a desert-landscape lover, and this place satisfies both of those. With greenhouses full of cacti and palms and rare plants everywhere, it's a good place to reset. It's on Sauvie Island, a bit of land on the Columbia River about 15 miles from downtown Portland, so it has its own beach as well.”

 

ONEONTA FALLS AND ONEONTA GORGE

 

“This is one of the most magical hikes in the Columbia Gorge. The trail is actually a part of the creek leads to the falls. You walk through water the whole way, surrounded by moss and fern-covered cliffs on either side. At one point, the water is about chest-high (and cold), but it has to be the most Oregon of Oregon things ever—and it’s incredible.”

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