Portland Events | Bourbon Battles with Marriott Hotels

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happy national bourbon day!

To celebrate Marriott Hotels' bourbon program, properties throughout the country hosted "Bourbon Battles" where Marriott and local bartenders raced against the clock to serve handcrafted bourbon cocktails. At the Portland event, I had a blast sipping on classic bourbon cocktails such as the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, snacking on delicious bites from The Marriott, and watching the competition unfold. The Portland Marriott Waterfront is beautifully redone and has a killer bourbon program to boot. I'd definitely recommend checking it out for yourself.

Miss the competition? Recipe for the winning drink below: 
Jasper Sour
2 Jack Single Single
1 Apricot Spiced Shrub
.75 Lemon
.75 Egg White
.5 Marionberry Liqueur

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Thank you Marriott Hotels for the event media pass, the opportunity to make my Kentucky ancestors proud, and great bourbon.
As always, dear readers, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Spend the Best Saturday Morning at the Portland Farmers Market | Fueled by Naked Juice

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If you're a food-motivated traveler like me, you know that one of the best ways to fully integrate into a new place is to explore the local farmers market. No matter how great a food city is— or claims to be— it all comes down to the farmers, the artisans, the true source. 

Being as Portland is ranked as the #1 Food City in America, it should come as no surprise that our markets are top notch. 

I wrote about my favorite Willamette Valley farms and markets previously, but the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University truly deserves its own feature. Year-round, farmers, bakers, and artisans gather to sell their goods in the South Park Blocks located at Portland State University. It’s a go-to Saturday activity for Portlanders looking to pick up farm fresh produce from over 200 vendors while supporting the local community. The quality of vendors and the sense of community is so strong that some have been known to travel over 100-miles round trip to showcase their produce here. Plus, everyone at the market is the nicest. (This is Portland, after all.) 

Below are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your Saturday at the farmers market.

5 Tips for the Best Saturday at the Portland Farmers Market

1. Arrive early!

2. Bring cash and a reusable bag. 

3. Chat up the local farmers and learn more in depth about the Portland food community. 

4. Don't skip the beautiful, farm-fresh bouquets for $5. (These go fast!) 

5. Also noteworthy, the marionberry cinnamon rolls and the Verde Cocina huevos rancheros. 

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Seasonal Guide

The Portland Famers Market at PSU is year-round! Every Saturday. Rain or shine. Read on for a sampling of Willamette Valley seasonal picks for your next trip to the market. 

Spring - Rhubarb, Kale, Herb starts, Tulips, Peonies, Lillies, Dahlias 

Summer  - Berries, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Sunflowers

Fall - Apples (and fresh pressed Apple Cider!), Grapes, Brussel Sprouts

Winter - Root Vegetables, Mushrooms


Kale on kale.

Kale on kale.

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Kale Blazer contains healthy greens (80 leaves of kale!), good-for-you nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A and C, and all that goodness. It's the ideal fuel whether you're blazin' hiking trails or wandering the stalls at the farmers market. 

And, in honor of Earth Day, "from 100 percent post-recycled reNEWable bottles to a LEED-certified bottling facility, Naked Juice is committed to the belief that wellness extends beyond personal health.

Naked Juice is also the only nationally distributed juice company to use 100 percent rPET (recyclable polyethylene terephthalate) to keep turning bottles into bottles again and again." 

Cheers to keeping our bodies and Mother Earth happy. 

 

DISCLAIMER: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome. 


Tell me about your favorite farmers market finds in the comments. 

 
 

 

 

Adventure: An Off-Season Tumalo Falls Hike in Deschutes National Forest

Creative Direction by Dad. 

Let's go chasing waterfalls. 
 

A few weeks ago, I headed to Central Oregon with the family for a little R&R. 

I love Bend. Not only does Bend have the highest daily average of clear skies in the state (158/365 days of the year), it's consistently ranked as one of the best beer towns in the U.S.,  there are tons of things to do if you love the outdoors (hiking, camping, horseback riding, skiing, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, etc., etc.,), and it's absolutely beautiful. If you're planning a trip to Oregon, Bend is only about a 3-hour drive from Portland. It's the perfect spot for an extended weekend getaway— which is exactly what my family did. 

We spent the first part of our trip riding bikes around Sunriver, taste testing craft beer flights at couple local breweries on the Bend Ale Trail, and by day three I was eager to hit the hiking trails. 

The original plan was to head over to Smith Rock State Park for the entire day, but being as it was 30 degrees and snowing that plan was swiftly vetoed. Luckily, my dad and I think alike and we headed to Tumalo Falls in Deschutes National Forest instead. The weather was beautiful by the time we reached the Skyliner Trailhead— blue skies and light snowflakes, the works. I love hiking with my dad because, of course, it's great spending time with him and also because he has taught me so much about the outdoors. While we walked to the falls, we checked the trees for signs of deer and elk, investigated the work being done on the creek, and wondered what it would have been like to have explored Central Oregon a hundred years ago. 

In the off-season, the route to Tumalo Falls is an easy 3-mile walk up a closed service road. Once the Tumalo Falls trailhead opens, the "hike" will only be a short walk up to the viewpoint. That being said, the view and the Tumalo Creek area is well worth further exploring. If these pictures don't convince you to hot tail it over to Central Oregon then I don't know what will. I've hiked to my fair share of waterfalls and Tumalo is easily my new favorite.


DESTINATION:
TUMALO FALLs, DESCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST, oregon

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Portland Dining Month: Raven & Rose

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Hope you're hungry, Portland.
Portland Dining Month is here.


If you're unfamiliar, Portland Dining Month is an ultra tasty time of the year where the Portland restaurants dish out 3-course meals for $29 a person. Depending on where you choose, this can be a fantastic deal and a chance to test taste a nice restaurant at a reasonable price point. 

This year, the good folks at Travel Portland sent me to Raven & Rose. I'd been here years ago for happy hour and was excited to try the food this go around. 

At Raven & Rose, the Portland Dining Month menu is served in the Rookery Room— in what used to be the hayloft above the historic carriage house back in the day. The menu features a large garden salad, red wine braised short ribs served with root vegetables and finishes with a dessert of Meyer lemon ice cream and brown butter shortbread cookies. My friend opted for the insanely delicious mac and cheese. All in all, it was a great night catching up with an old friend over a tasty meal while listening to live music. 

Did you have any favorite Portland Dining Month menus this year? My friend Rachel (Love, Rachel) and I also taste tested the menu at Little Bird Bistro and it was très délicieuxIf you still have yet to try Portland Dining Month, it's not too late! The promotion lasts until the end of March at over 120 Portland-area restaurants. 

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Red wine braised short rib with root vegetables  
Mac & Cheese because Mac & Cheese

 
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RAVEN & ROSE
1331 SW Broadway
(503) 222-7673

The Best Places to Hike within Portland City Limits | Fit PDX Fueled by Naked Juice

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It's no secret that Oregonians
love a good hike.


Portland in close proximity to a seemingly endless number of trails near the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, Mount Hood National Forest, and the surrounding areas. And although I love heading out of town, sometimes it's not feasible to take an entire day off to explore.

The good news is that there are plenty of woodlands within Portland city limits as well. I tend to get a little restless when I haven't had the chance to hike in a while. Luckily, the trails at Tryon Creek State Nature Area, Forest Park, and Washington Park are perfect for a quick after-work run or Saturday morning stroll with friends. There are plenty of other spots in the city to explore, such as Mount Tabor Park and Rocky Butte Natural Area, but I would recommending start with the three spots listed below as they offer the widest variety of trails within 5-15 minutes of downtown Portland. 

Let's hit the trails. 

 
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the best hikes within
portland city limits

TRYON CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA

(Pictured) 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd

Tryon Creek State Nature area is home to a variety of 8-miles of well-kept and quiet hiking trails, in addition to 3-miles of paved bike trails only 15-minutes outside of downtown Portland. This is a great place to spend the day with four-legged friends, dogs and horses* are welcome to explore here as well. *Check the map at the Nature Center for marked horseback riding trails. 

FOREST PARK

Pittock Mansion Trailhead - 4998 NW Cornell Rd

Spanning over 5,157-acres in the West Hills, Forest Park connects some of the best views and sites in Portland. The Wildwood trail is the most popular routes-- with it's 30.2-miles of trails leading to favorite sites such as the Hoyt Arboretum, Pittock Mansion and Washington Park. This is one of Portlanders' top city spots for premium trail running and due to the range of difficulty in trails. 

WASHINGTON PARK

4033 SW Canyon Rd. 

Connected to Forest Park via the Wildwood Trail, Washington Park is a great place for first-time visitors as it features well-known attractions such as the International Rose Test Garden, the Portland Japanese Garden and the Oregon Zoo. Keep in mind that the park can be fairly crowded on the weekends. Read on for a little history and my insider tips for visiting the International Rose Test Garden [here]. 

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FUEL UP WITH
Naked COLD pressed JUICES

Launching this month, Naked Juice has five new veggie-forward cold-pressed juices made with simple ingredients: Bright Greens, Hearty Greens, Lively Carrot, Bold Beet and Cool Pineapple. Naked Cold Pressed Juice is made with ready-to-eat, high quality fruits and vegetables that are cold-pressed right into the bottle with no added sugar, no preservatives and are verified by the Non GMO Project.  My personal favorites are the zesty Cool Pineapple and the smooth Lively Carrot. That being said, all of the juices make for the perfect fuel before a morning on the trails. 


 
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DISCLAIMER: Naked Juice graciously provided The Paper Airplane with a sponsorship to share amazing adventures with you. As always, all opinions are my own. The goal of The Paper Airplane is to share the best of the best in travel experiences, products, food, and entertainment. If it’s reviewed, it’s because the given entity is genuinely awesome.