In town: great music, great culture, great farmer’s markets, great parks, great food, great soccer games.
Just outside town: the great outdoors!
Sometimes we’ll get out into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest for a reason: initial bonding around the campfire at Mt. Rainier, building a Sukkot “home” at Opal Creek, finding new winter skills at Mt. Hood, drawing the year to a close on the Deschutes river.
Sometimes, it will just be for the rush of the Multnomah Falls, the majesty of the Columbia River Gorge, the sea stacks and lighthouses of the Oregon coast.
Then head home to the city where independent bookstores share space with open-mic cafés, where the public art is bike-lock friendly, and where builders, designers, artists, and makers thrive in a community that knows that “Portland weird” isn’t an insult, it’s an expression of love.