With the Columbia and Willamette Rivers in its backyard and Mount Hood rising from behind a sweeping skyline, Portland boasts stunning views. Determined to give their customers front-row perches to these vistas is Portland Spirit, which launches a cache of brunch, lunch, dinner, and sightseeing cruises that put the city in the forefront.
With a quintet of vessels?Portland Spirit, Williamette Star, Crystal Dolphin, Explorer, and Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler?and myriad private events for guests, Portland Spirit Cruises also customize jaunts for any occasion. The company also operates a trio of terrestrial venues in Marine Park: the Terrace at Thunder Island, the Gorge Pavilion, and Locks Waterfront Grill.
At G6 Airpark, patrons of all ages bound safely between the open-jump arena and sports-based courts that comprise the 12,000 square-foot indoor trampoline park. Interconnected trampolines bordered by neon-green pads stretch from wall to wall, encouraging guests to defy gravity's demands as they spring into the air. On the dodge-ball court, jumpers fly while skirting air-filled orbs flung from opposing teams, and on the basketball court they vault over the rim, slam dunking. Guests practice more elaborate aerial flips and full-speed hugging exercises into the foam-filled trick zone, whereas the children-only area provides a safe haven for little ones. In between leaps and bounds, bouncers halt for a pizza or shaved ice from the caf?, which can also supply party fare for energy-burning, activity-filled birthday parties.
Acupuncturist Siamak Shirazi has a secret that he’s dying to share—acupuncture isn’t just for aches and pains anymore. Guided by his learned hands, the therapeutic needles of the ancient Chinese treatment can also erase the fine lines associated with aging, boosting circulation and collagen production and leaving faces looking younger. So, when he’s not busy sharing his cosmetic acupuncture skills on television, he's treating clients at 2bwell Clinic, a holistic healing studio dedicated to easing clients’ needs through preventive care, community wellness. Practitioners including massage therapists, naturopathic physicians, dieticians, and a breath-work specialist work together to devise integrative healthcare solutions and bust vitamin smuggling rings.
For 30 years, The Bite of Oregon has rolled out its tents, tables, and stages every summer for a multiday celebration of the state?s food, culture, and residents. Attendees raise their forks to the idea that ?Life Tastes Better Here,? a mantra the festival lives up to by offering a culinary bounty crafted by some of Oregon?s most talented chefs. From small plates to full meals, vendors distribute their creations and, in between bites, regional wines and craft beers splash both new and familiar flavors across palates. As visitors wine and dine, local and national bands provide the soundtrack from multiple stages.
Demonstrating its respect for the community, The Bite of Oregon strives to be a Zero Waste event, each year producing less waste by lining its grounds with recycling stations and hiring unemployed goats to eat everyone?s napkins.
At City Of Roses Hypnosis, Kimball Ralphs CHt, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotherapists and a member of the Oregon Hypnotherapy Association, has the transformative power of suggestion on his side. Before hypnosis sessions take place, the certified hypnotherapist takes time to answer any questions his clients might have. Once clients feel comfortable, he coaxes them into a relaxing, hypnotic state before intoning a series of positive suggestions during their sessions, throughout which clients retain a sense of control. Ideally, the suggestions burrow into the subconscious mind, where they reinforce clients? personal goals?which could include losing weight, curbing addictive habits, or landing a job as the manager of a boy band.
Inside this total health emporium, Northwest Vitality Center's wellness professionals call upon their experience to take a holistic look at health in a spa-like atmosphere. The staff employs the latest wellness exams and oversized magnifying glasses to investigate the cause behind each client's symptoms, enlisting nutrition-response testing. Supervised weight-loss programs integrate customized meal plans with treatment of the thyroid, hypothalamus, adrenal glands, and other internal systems that affect metabolism. Super-hydration therapy aims to provide relief from inflammation, sluggish energy, and digestive issues using the power of oxygenated alkaline water.