When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
To learn about the world around you, a cultural stop to Cinco De Micro Festival in Salem is exactly what you need.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you are looking for something fun to do on your day off, you can discover some culture here.
Normally, a cool craft beer is refreshing—but it can be downright lifesaving after your tongue is burning from eating spicy food. The First Annual Portland Hot Sauce Expo celebrates both of these satisfying sensations, trotting out the dual arts of craft beer and artisan hot sauce during a full weekend of samples and competitive-eating events. Read on to see if you can take the heat:
Guinness Book of World Records Reaper Pepper Eating Challenge: Contestants have 60 seconds to eat the most reaper peppers, which hit 2.2 million SHU on the Scoville scale, making them the hottest peppers in the world. The current record holder is Wayne Algenio, who housed 22 reaper peppers in an event earlier this year, and lives to tell the tale.
The PDX Bloody Mary Mix-Down: Whoever can make the best bloody mary—based on factors such as taste and presentation—from scratch within 90 seconds earns a trip to New York City to compete for the national title.
Free hot sauce tastings from companies from throughout the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world, including PuckerButt, Endorphin Farms, and High River Sauces.
Audubon Society of Portland's mission was solidified in 1902, when a few like-minded conservationists came together to found the organization. In their own words, this group set out "to use any and all lawful means for the protection of the wild birds and animals for the State of Oregon and elsewhere."
Their first success came quickly, when the Society helped pass the Model Bird Law in 1903, which protected native birds from being shot and sold. Since then, the Society has advocated for countless creatures, from northern spotted owls to wild salmon, the latter of which kind of look like birds if you squint really hard.
Today, the Society stands more than 15,000 strong. The support of these members helps maintain nature sanctuaries with hiking trails, fund educational initiatives, and run a care center. The care center is an especially vital resources, as it rehabilitates approximately 3,000 animals every year and responds to thousands of wildlife-related injuries.
Along a 100-acre parcel of land on Sauvie Island, Bella Organic Farm and Winery's farmers tend to and oversee a huge variety of certified organic crops. Throughout the year, the land yields harvests of juicy blueberries, summer squash, herbs, and 20 types of pumpkins in the fall, though not the magical kind that turns into carriages. Visitors to the farm store will find the shelves stocked with baskets of freshly picked fruits and vegetables, as well as jams, syrups, and pickles. Depending on the season, U-Pick crops invite families to wander through the fields and gather their own blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and pumpkins. we have a variety of family activities, rides, farm animals to visit. We also have delicious food, caramel apples, our own hard cider and wine and feature local Hopworks Organic Beer.
For more than a decade—less time than many spirits take to fully mature—the Great American Spirits Festival has been faithfully representing the ever-evolving creativity of the craft spirits community. Though there's plenty of innovation to extol, the festival also pays its dues to some of the country's most renowned distillers and blenders, making the event a true celebration of American-made products. Along with hosting tastings, the festival also grants awards in more than two dozen categories, from classics such as gin, vodka, and whiskey to more eccentric spirits such as absinthe, moonshine, and grandpa's forbidden scotch. All the proceeds hauled in by the GASF go to good causes, too, benefitting local and national charities as well as the Oregon Distillers Guild and the Oregon Distillery Trail.