First Thursday gallery walk
On the first Thursday of every month, downtown art galleries stay open late, as crowds skip from one art opening to another, checking out the newest exhibits. Wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music add to the intoxicating mix. Book a Portland summer hotel and be steps away from the fun, as the lively crowd buzzes under the warm, starry nights.
A summer holiday in Portland beckons outdoor enthusiasts with a plethora of earthly delights. In-line skaters can glide past the fountains and sculptures along the riverfront at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where shade trees invite afternoon picnics. Immerse yourself in a tranquil oasis of ponds and flowers at the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Wonder why Portland is called Rose City? Stop and smell the 400 varieties of roses at the International Rose Test Garden.
Wine tasting in the Willamette Valley
Take a day trip out of Portland to tour the rolling hills of Willamette Valley and its string of wineries. Many of the best wineries lie a few miles outside of Portland, between Newberg and Rickreall. Compare the subtleties of the pinot noirs produced at Archery Summit and Domaine Drouhin Oregon. Pinot gris fans should stop at The Four Graces and Rex Hill Vineyards for a taste of the white grape at its finest. Bring some goodies along for the trip, as many of the wineries encourage picnics.