Gluten-Free Portland Style

Seen on SE Powell Boulevard. This may be taking the gluten-free craze a bit far. Portlandia is real.

A Visit to the International Rose Test Gardens in Portland, OR

As spring starts moving into summer, I find myself anticipating a visit to the Portland International Rose Test Gardens. This year I started feeling this way in early May, probably because Portland has seen unseasonable warm, summer like temps and it’s got me thinking about summer days.

The International Rose Test Gardens are one of […]

Spring is the New Fall- My Favorite Season in Oregon

Growing up in Minnesota I always professed my love of fall—my favorite season. It was the season filled with the beautiful and colorful tree leaves changing color, wonderful organic smell of dry leaves, low humidity and minimal rain/snow (if we were lucky). Imagine my surprise, as I live through my second spring in Portland, and […]

Leach Botanical Garden

The Stone Cabin

I recently discovered another fun destination while in Exploregon mode.

During a Portland visit from my dad (who lives in MN), I decided exploring Leach Botanical Garden would be a fun activity. The outer SE Portland garden was originally the summer home of Lilla and John Leach, who bought the property […]

Where should we live? Buying a House in Portland, OR

Portland, OR has a lot of neighborhoods—ninety-five within city limits. It was clear even during our first visit to the city that each neighborhood has its own unique personality. After we decided that we wanted to move to Portland, we spent some time driving around the city and getting the vibe from some of the […]

Happy New Year from Portland, OR

It is 2013 and I live in Portland, OR.

It’s almost unbelievable to me at times that I can make the above statement. 2012 has been a whirlwind year filled with amazing and abundant change. Here is a quick recap of 2012 for the Hanson family. We sold a house in MN, moved to a […]

Tide Pooling at Cannon Beach, Oregon

In the midst of a busy new job and new city/state, we are working hard to balance settling in with some fun exploration every weekend. I was describing this to a new colleague and she shared that when she and her husband first moved to Oregon they coined the term “Exploregon” to describe this type […]

Labor Day Weekend Fun in Oregon

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We had a great Labor Day weekend exploring and learning more about our new home. We had a more ideas on how to spend our time than we had time, and I’m happy to share with you some of our fun.

First, we hit downtown Portland. We started by enjoying lunch at Veritable Quandry, a […]

Keep Portland Weird- No Mosquitoes

Portland has a slogan that says, “Keep Portland Weird” and you will see it around the city on bumper stickers, t-shirts and even murals on buildings. Based on what I have read, it was created to try and help local businesses thrive by bringing people into the city to eat and shop. In spite […]

Unexpected Adventure in Troutdale- McMenamins Edgefield

One of the most exciting things for me about being in a new city is that almost everything is a new adventure. Even something a simple as grocery shopping or finding a dry cleaner brings you to a new part of town with new shops, restaurants and historical spots to explore. This past week was […]