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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Go Alternative in Portland


5. Oddball Day

The putting green at McMenamins Edgefield (left); the dramatic Multnomah Falls (right).   

Spend a day taking in natural beauty outside the city, but first fortify yourself at Tasty n Sons, where the hefty brunch plates could easily pass for dinner fare. Pick up any outdoor gear you might need at the Woodlands, which carries unisex wares made in the Pacific Northwest, then drive 30 minutes away to hit the trails of the Columbia River Gorge. Start your ascent at Multnomah Falls, the tallest of seven waterfalls in the area, and hike past Benson Bridge up a mile-long trail marked with eleven steep switchbacks that rise quickly but offer beautiful views of the gorge and Washington State. If you still feel energetic at the top, follow signs to the five-mile Wahkeena Falls Loop and spend three hours exploring a forest teeming with Douglas Fir trees, mossy cliffs, and streams. (Some of the signage can be confusing, so pick up a map at the Multnomah Falls Lodge first.) Once you’re back on solid ground, follow fellow outdoorsmen to nearby McMenamins Edgefield, a farm turned resort with a pitch-and-putt course and distillery, where you can work on your short game while sipping on a pear brandy ($7.75) made with Hood River pears. Return to Portland for dinner at the new D-Street Noshery, a heated food cart pod where Korean taco truck KOi Fusion, beer bus Captured by Porches, and seven other vendors gather. If you’re hungry for more, perennially crowded Thai street food eatery PokPok is just across the street.

Published on May 5, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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