Festival of Balloons near Portland, Oregon

This weekend-long hot air balloon festival near Portland, Oregon is your chance to see the enormous balloons up close. Here, I share what it’s really like to soar in the clouds using nothing but hot air, how to make the most of the Festival of Balloons in Tigard, OR, and a tip to get a…

Portland's mead scene pairs perfectly with this Oregon city's dedication to the environment—and to its foodie identity.

Portland’s buzzing mead scene

Mead pairs perfectly with Portland’s quirky booze scene: The alcoholic drink, made from honey, aligns with Portland’s commitment to the environment and its love of out of the ordinary foodie experiences. Read Mead in and around Portland, Travel Portland

Speakeasy bars and best travel bars to drink cocktails in Portland Oregon. Catherine Ryan Gregory

Speakeasy-style bars in Portland

Portland is known as the beer-iest city in the world — it’s home to more than 70 breweries, more than any other city — but did you know that that the Rose City has a long history of bootlegging, boozing and tapping secret codes on locked doors, too? The 21st amendment abolished Prohibition in 1933…

Best wine bars and travel in Portland Oregon. Catherine Ryan Gregory.

Wine experts’ favorite wine bars

Portland is known as a beer-obsessed city, but thanks to its close proximity to wine country, it’s also a prime destination for red, white and bubbly. Read on to learn which Portland wine bars local sommeliers, wine sellers and wine writers choose when they want to raise a glass. Read Wine experts’ favorite wine bars,…

Wishful thinking

Holidays with kids entail a deluge of gifts from well-meaning friends and family. Here is my wish list for our girls’ presents—a list a little different than you might expect. Read Wishful Thinking, Metro Parent, December 2015.

Having a second child essay

Take Two

Having a second child means a lesson in patience, for everyone in the family. Read Take Two, Metro Parent, October 2015.

Take toddler for a walk hike

How to take your toddler for a walk

Taking your kid for a walk sounds so easy. These super-simple instructions cover everything, from diaper blowouts, kids who refuse to move, stir-crazy dogs and wardrobe malfunctions. Isn’t hiking so much fun? Read How to take your toddler for a walk, Metro Parent, January 2015.