1. Want to change your climate? Drive an hour.
You’ve got your choice between a coastal rain forest, a couple of mountains, a gorge, the desert, the ocean, lakes, hot springs, and river beds. If you can’t find something you like, you’re just kind of miserable.
2. Or experience the great outdoors in the city limits
Between Forest Park, Washington Park, Sauvie Island, Tabor, Rocky Butte, and other green spaces, you’ve still got your pick of forests, sandy beaches, and cliff faces. Clothing is often optional.
3. Beer fests are a season-long affair
Most cities have one big-ass beer fest. We have about a dozen, ranging from the gigantic Oregon Brewers Fest to the more intimate International Brewers Fest to the Organic Beer Fest. And that’s to say nothing of bar-exclusive events like Belmont Station’s Puckerfest, which lures beer nerds with a full week of barrel-aged nectar.
4. Outdoor concerts are too
MusicFestNW and the Blues Fest take over the Waterfront. Pabst and its demonic unicorn sculpture have Zidell Yards. And pretty much every weekend, the parks come alive. And that’s just in the city -- Edgefield’s just a short drive away, and pulls in the big names.