Enjoy campy cinema, '80s cult classics, or perhaps The Goonies holds a special place in your heart? Then head west to Astoria for the annual Goonies Day!
Astoria has officially dubbed June 7th as Goonies Day, but festivities run from Friday, June 6th, 2014 to Sunday, June 8th, 2014. Expect treasure hunts, screenings of the film, Truffle Shuffles and an opportunity to tour "Goonies House" with a pre-purchased ticket.
With rumors about a Goonies 2 abounding, now's the time to brush up on your Goonies lore.
Photo: The Flavel Museum from The Goonies. Via flickr by Joseph Novak.
The Vancouver Lake Time Trial series offers cyclists an opportunity to improve and test themselves in a safe, welcoming, non-intimidating environment.
The weekly event in Vancouver, Washington, is the perfect venue for those looking to test their fitness and track progress. The Thursday evening timed ride welcomes cyclists of all types, shapes and sizes.
Time trials, dubbed "the race of truth," send individuals off, one at a time, pitting each rider against the clock and the terrain. The out-and-back course is just under 10 miles long and remains the same from week to week -- so riders can track their progress along the way.
Photo via flickr by Jose Sandoval.
Join local Portland celebrity judges and the city's beer aficionadi on June 4th, 2014, in tasting a dozen brewers' attempts at creating the "Healthiest Beer." The fundraising event benefits Portland nonprofit organization Upstream Public Health. Local brewers will compete for the honor of healthiest beer, including Boneyard Beer, Breakside Brewery, The Commons Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Ecliptic Brewing, Harvester Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Migration Brewing, Oregon City Brewing, Pyramid Brewery and Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.
Read more about The Search for the Healthiest Beer.
Photo via flickr by Danielle Griscti.
Since the beginning of the millennium, Stumptown Coffee Roasters has been synonymous with Portland's small-roast scene. With its beans now ubiquitous in cafes and grocery stores across the country, Stumptown still manages to maintain its reputation as one of the premier roasters in a competitive city. The downtown location, located at Southwest Third and Oak, offers both locals and tourists a taste of what has helped Stumptown maintain its iconic status.
Read more about Stumptown Coffee Roasters: Portland's Iconic Classic.
Downtown Portland has the largest cart-community in the city, and it's no surprise that one of them is dedicated to gourmet coffee. Olé Latte cart owner Todd Edwards serves a variety of Ristretto Roasters' coffee, with the options of espresso, pour-over, or cold brew. Feeling in a giving mood? Donate a menu item, via the Suspended Coffees board, to a future customer who may have left his wallet back at the office
If "bikes" is on your list of Portland personality, then Courier Coffee is your shop. Go in to talk bikes (all Courier's local business is done by pedal-power) over a mason jar of single-origin brew, while listening to vinyl and gnoshing on homemade vegan granola bars. A bright, welcoming shop a scone's throw from Powell's Books, this is a great place to hit on your Portland Tour.
Read more about Courier Coffee.
The weather is turning -- and dramatically. When there's warmth in the air -- and a dry tarmac -- it's time for racing at the Portland International Raceway.
PIR brings in over 650 events per year, ranging from amateur track races to drag strip challenges, motocross events to road, mountain and cyclocross bicycle races. Whether you want to race the Elite ranks, take a class to learn the ropes or spectate the high-speed action, there's plenty of fun to be had. And oftentimes it's free to go watch the races.
Read more about the PIR venue and upcoming events in our full write-up on the Portland International Raceway.
Photo: Car racing at PIR, via flickr by mccun934
Portland is famous for its coffee roasters and coffee shops, but there's a relative dearth of greatness in the downtown area. Case Study Coffee is a notable exception.
Read all about the coffee and the ambiance in our full write-up on Case Study Coffee.
Photo: Case Study coffee shop, ©Robert Carver
Heart Roasters coffee, with locations in both the east and west side of Portland, brings a lighter touch to Portland's growing list of local, small batch coffee roasters. Founder Wille Yli-Luoma is perfecting the art of the light roast, offering a smooth, fruity take on the espresso shot.
See our full review of Heart Coffee Roasters.
Photo: Heart Coffee Roasters, ©Robert Carver
Downtown Portland offers variety of independent coffee roasters, such as Barista Coffee, Case Study, Courier Coffee and Heart Roasters. Check out our roundup of some of the standouts.
Photo: Portland cappuccini, ©Joshua Liberles