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Margot B
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Outdoorsy Portland

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My whole life, outdoorsy people have been telling me how lucky I am to have grown up in Portland, but it wasn't until I returned after years living in Paris and Delhi that I realized just how right they were. The city of roses is a mecca for outdoor-loving types, and there are snow-clad mountains, expansive beaches, and spectacular forest hikes all within day-tripping distance.

 However, you don't need to leave the city limits to experience the great outdoors. Portland has plenty of inner-city hikes, rustic hotels, restaurants serving locally sourced NW Cuisine and shops catering to those who'd rather be in the forest than the city. Here are a few of my all-time favorite spots for wilderness lovers who don't have time to leave town.
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    Brunch is big business in Portland, and this downtown cafe is one of the city's most loved establishments. The food here is mostly sourced from local producers and they... more
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    Southeast Portland's sprawling Laurelhurst Park is an excellent place to picnic, take your dog, play frisbee or just hang out. There's an enormous duck pond... more
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    A few blocks from Freemont Street and the Max light rail (which provides free access to downtown Portland from the Lloyd Center stop), this 1922 house is one of Portland’s most... more
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    One of the biggest innercity parks in the country, Forest Park encompasses miles of woodland trails, and is super popular with hikers and joggers. The most popular trail here is... more
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    This 100-year-old garden is filled with seemingly every type of rose ever created (I know that's probably not the case, but it sure seems like it) and there are flowers in... more
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    Great shop for outdoorsy stuff, with plenty of locally made products. It's especially popular among rock climbers, backpackers, and winter sports enthusiasts. They also... more
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    Specializing in local farm-to-table fare and microbrews, the farm tries to recreate a rural ambience in an urban environment, and they do quite a good job at it. Popular eats... more
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    This quiet, affordable guesthouse in the heart of Southeast Portland is ideal for people who want the feeling of living like a local. It’s on a major thoroughfare that cuts through... more
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    Ask any Portlander what the most haunted spot in town is, and chances are that she will point you in the direction of the White Eagle. This old-school tavern and lodge was built in... more
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    Mount Tabor is a verdant park atop an old cinder cone volacno, with lots of old trees interspersed with green spaces. It has great panoramic views of Portland, beautiful old trees,... more
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    A longtime Portland institution, the Saturday Market (also ope on Sundays) is great place to pick up one-of-a-kind handcrafted items from local artists. Here you'll find... more
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    The Doug Fir is named after the state tree and with its cosy, wooden pannel interiors it looks better suited for a winter ski resort than for its industrial close-in eastside... more
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    The downtown location of Columbia Sportswear has a great selection and really friendly helpful staff. Many people are unaware that Columbia was founded in Portland, and while... more
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    This place sells mostly horse stuff (bridles and tack) and a bit of fishing gear. The ground floor is dedicated to western clothes and boots, and it's a good place to go if you... more
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    A short walk from the string of upscale shops on NW 23rd (often called the “alphabet district” by tourists), this charming B&B is set in a beautiful old house is a quiet,... more