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September 2014

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North Willamette Harvest Trail

Oregon Wine Country
 

Just 30 minutes from downtown Portland, wine lovers can experience the winemaking process firsthand during the North Willamette Harvest Trail (Oct. 4 and 11).

Enjoy tastings, nibbles and hands-on harvest preparations at three Tualatin Valley wineries. Walk the vineyards, visit the crush pads and tour the facilities alongside the pros that make some of Oregon’s best pinot noirs.

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Events & Festivals

Portland Fashion Week

A model walks the runway at Portland Fashion Week's spring show.
 

This hotbed of cutting-edge style routinely draws the city’s top tastemakers. The long-running and famously eco-friendly fashion event, which launched the careers of several Project Runway stars, runs from Sept 30–Oct 2.

Follow our guide to meet this season’s featured local designers, and find out where to buy their threads all year.

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Queer Film Fest

Cinephiles line up for a Portland Queer Film Festival screening.
 

The Portland Queer Film Festival returns Oct. 3–9 for its annual showcase of LGBT-focused films from around the globe. This year’s highlights range from an intimate portrait of a gay Olympian to a wacky spoof of 1980s high school flicks.

Find out when to catch celebrity appearances, hometown heroes, Cannes award winners and more.

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Food & Drink

Bike to beer

Pedal a BrewCycle from pub to pub in Portland’s Pearl District.
 

Pump up those tires and get ready to pair Portland’s two greatest passions: brews and bikes. As America’s best beer town and most cycle-friendly city, Portland makes it easy to ride and imbibe. From cycle-centric bars to zany pub crawls, there’s no shortage of pedal-powered ways to tour award-winning breweries and sample the city’s best beers.

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Portland News

Powell’s gets a facelift

Powell's newly remodeled Green Room.
 

Powell’s City of Books — and its collection of 1.5 million books — will never go out of style, but the landmark’s main entrance was long overdue for an upgrade.

In August, the world’s largest new and used bookstore unveiled a spacious remodel of its front entry and the book-filled green and blue rooms. We’ve got the scoop on Powell’s new look, from skylights to bike racks.

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Enjoy fall color in Portland

Autumn arrives in downtown Portland.
Photo by David Grant, via Flickr

Autumnal beauty abounds in Portland , and there are plenty of prime places to revel in leaf-crunching relaxation.

From rural Sauvie Island to downtown’s South Park Blocks, the historic Pittock Mansion to the exotic Japanese Garden, these destinations deliver fantastic fall colors on demand.

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Hotels

Pet-friendly Portland hotels

A bronze statue of Zelda the bulldog guards a water bowl outside the Heathman Hotel.
Photo by Paul Brown Photography

Does your pup prefer memory foam or Tempurpedic? Continental breakfast or room service? These pup-pampering spots leave no detail to chance. Schedule a dog massage or pet psychology session or just kick back in a suite loaded with doggie beds, bowls, toys and other treats. Trust us, your dog will love Portland as much you do.

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Keep Portland Weird

Keep Portland’s museums weird

A truly odd photo opportunity   at the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium.
Photo © 2011 Todd Mecklem

These only-in-Portland galleries will keep you gawking and gaping all day long. From police gear to pint- size puppets and canoes to cinema props, the city’s museums are as diverse as its residents.

There’s even a collection of 300 antique vacuums for any housework historians out there — now, that’s just good clean fun.

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Portland’s weirdest events

Dozens of cyclists in David Bowie costumes? Must be June in Portland.
Photo by Lily Monster, via Flickr

Keeping Portland weird is serious business, and nowhere is that more evident than in our extraordinary array of odd annual events.

Where else can you speed down an extinct volcano in a hand-built vehicle, complete a pub crawl dressed as a super-villain (or Santa Claus) and pedal with thousands of bicyclists in the buff?

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