Where to Raise a Glass During the Total Solar Eclipse

by Erin James

Grab the NASA-approved sunglasses and get ready to look toward the sun: America’s first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly…


“Portland as possible,” is a term I often use to encompass all of the stereotypes, truths and cultural norms of Portland. When it came to creating the atmosphere within the Hi-Lo Hotel located in downtown Portland, the Autograph Collection Hotel went “Portland as possible” in a refreshingly subtle way to create a truly Oregonian experience within the walls of its newly renovated building.

In this part of the world, Pinot Noir is synonymous with the Willamette Valley. In particular, with the city of McMinnville, Oregon, where an annual bacchanal brings thousands of oenophiles to town for the International Pinot Noir Celebration. With so much enthusiasm for the grapes, it’s hard to believe that wines from the region have only been grown since around the 1970s.
Oregon has settlers of the mid-1800s to thank for kicking off its now-famed grape growing tradition.

Once upon a time, Bozeman, Montana, was little more than a potty stop along Interstate 90 between Butte and Billings, but today it is one of the fastest growing cities in America. In recent years, the city has attracted a steady stream of outdoor enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, conservationists and all sorts of big city escape artists looking to enjoy a simpler, quieter existence that is not entirely void of the creature comforts of urban life, like good craft beer and liquor.

Whether you are chasing the drama of coastal storms or the serenity of a surfside sunset, there’s one luxury hotel on the Oregon Coast that offers an immersive seaside retreat for every season. Set about 80 miles outside of Portland and tucked into a corner of Cannon Beach, the Stephanie Inn captures the wild spirit of the coast, and elevates a weekend away with an onsite spa, fine dining and a recently launched culinary-focused Sojourn program.

More than 300 days of sunshine sound good right about now. That’s the regular weather pattern in Yakima, a thriving agricultural community in the heart of Washington State that has grown into a craft beverage boomtown.
Washington wine started here, with over 17,000 acres of vines and the title as the state’s first sub-appellation.

There’s no such thing as a bad view at British Columbia’s Big White Ski Resort, located near Kelowna. From just about any vantage point, whether you’re on the slopes or in your hotel or condo room, the views extend across the rumpled Okanagan Highlands, where Big White is the tallest mountain.
Though the Okanagan Valley is perhaps known more its wine than its skiing, Big White is British Columbia’s third largest ski area, with 15 lifts hauling visitors up its slopes.

For as big as the Willamette Valley is, there’s no doubt that most of the focus tends to be on the northern edges. That’s where the sub-AVAs are, that’s where most of the famous vineyards are, and frankly, that’s where most of the tourists are. Yet contrary to popular belief, the Willamette Valley doesn’t end at Salem, and in fact there’s quite a bit to do and see if you head a bit farther south.

It’s a puzzling conundrum. While Hood River is a bustling vacation town, set on the banks of the mighty Columbia River and the gateway to all the recreational opportunities on Mount Hood, options for waterfront lodging and dining are surprisingly limited. That makes the Hood River Inn, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, such a unique find.
The hotel itself is a sprawling complex just off I-84, coming from Portland.

In emotionally trying times, nothing assuages the spirit better than getting away for a weekend — and Alderbrook Resort & Spa is exactly the kind of place to do it.
The elegant lodge-style escape has stood the test of time for over 100 years. Founded in 1913, it began as a collection of cabins and teepees and slowly evolved to what it is today: a classic yet comfortable destination hotel catering to Seattle, Portland and beyond.

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