What we're about

The goal of this group is to explore and experience the unique culture of Portland and the northwest. Think of it as tourism for locals.

About 50% of the people on every event are newcomers to Portland or to the group. It's a great way to meet new people while enjoying new experiences.

I host at least 20 events on the calendar per month. Most of the events are done on foot, but some are simply showing up at a particular destination for fun.

Events include:

Narrated walking tours of Portland's neighborhoods(including inside tours of factories or other local businesses)

Dining and entertainment walks (highlighting great restaurants, happy hours, wine tastings and entertainment opportunities in the Portland area).

Meet the chef dinners (where we get the chance to talk to the chef about what makes their style unique)

Fitness walks

Random fun activities thrown in (Acrobatics class, Trampoline, Laser Tag, Scavenger hunts)

Day trips to explore nearby towns and activities available around Portland

And the best part is that you get to do all these events with other people who enjoy getting out as much as you do.

Explanation of fees:

First off, there's no fee to belong to the group. You only pay if you attend a "for pay" event. Fees cover the cost of planning and providing over unique narrated events. Fees are listed at the bottom of each event and do not include admission to venues, which will be stated in the event posting.

I think if you compare this to a commercially guided tour, you will find that it is still an exceptional value.

RSVP ettiquite:
Please be sure to update your RSVP if you will not be able to attend an event, even if the change is last minute. In some cases, you may have to forfeit a payment or will be restricted from signing up for future events. It is important that you repect the leaders and other group members by keeping your RSVP current.

Personal Tours:
Do you have family or friends visiting or just want to do a tour with a small group? I can help show off Portland through a personalized walking tour, or I can help you to plan a fun itinerary. Just contact me through the "Contact us" button on the left.

Upcoming events (4)

July 4th picnic with fireworks!

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Let's keep this simple. A picnic outdoors on the waterfront park with food and drinks!

If you can, bring something to share whether it be food, snacks, or beverages of all kinds!

Alcoholic beverages should be fine. I've done this event many times with no issues.

You can also choose to bring some plastic cups if it drinking straight out of the bottle or can feels weird. That way we can share your cups too!

Fireworks begin at 9:50pm and becomes chaotic right after it ends.

Any assistance in keeping our area clean will be appreciated.

If you have extra trash bags from home, please bring a couple extra so we can put bottles, cans, and trash.

How to find us?

During normal times, the waterfront is packed. I'll try and make it as easy as possible to find us.

Once you find parking, you will walk out to the water front with the Hotel Rose within sight.

Cross the busy Naito Parkway road to get to the waterfront using the closes crosswalk to the hotel.

There will be a paved pedestrian walkway that cuts through the grass park.

I'm going to try and keep the group as close to the river as possible and as near to the walkway as easy landmarks.

I'll also be using an orange safety cone placed somewhere to make it a bit more obvious, with possible photo posted in comments section as well.

Restrooms? Like every year, I use the hotels lobby restroom. To get there, enter through their main door. Stay to your left and keep walking. It's right there.

I'll bring a speaker for music.

This event is being cross promoted in 8 other groups: PDX Anything Goes!, /R/ Portland meetup, Portland travel buddies and fun events, Portland travel fun and activities, Badass happy hour mofos, The Art Geeks, The Beervana Experience, and Young Professionals Social Club.

Beer Olympics Official Event

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Is it summer yet? Will the geo-apocalypse ever mutate into a semblance of spring weather or will we just get dumped into a season of blistering hot weather? Fret not my fellow UP’ers! The solution you have heard whispers of for months is forthcoming. Yes! The long awaited first annual Beer Olympics is being officially announced. Your troubles and prayers have been answered. I have yet to hear anyone say that ice cold beer isn’t refreshing on a gorgeous spring day or hot summer one. This event will be chock full of them. There’s a great amount of info to relate so please read the rest of this write-up completely and thoroughly.


  • 21 and over!!!!!!!!
  • Buy-in is a 18-24 pack of generic beer in cans(No bottles).
  • You can bring guests to specatate or compete. Refer to the questions asked when you RSVP
  • Registration will be from 11-12 on the day of the event. If you’re late, you can’t compete in the games
  • Even if you RSVP as a competitor, you must register on the day of the event.
    *Competitors can sign up for as few or as many of the 10 events as they wish.
  • Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet, water shoes, towel, and change of clothes (for the BBQ after the event; separate signup)
    *Winners will be announced at each event but the prizes will be awarded at completion of games
  • If you plan on attending the BBQ after, please bring your potluck contribution to registration. We will ensure it gets stored properly


  • All ages
  • BYOB and food
  • Bring a lawn chair (Seating not provided)
  • If you plan on attending the BBQ after (separate signup, bring your potluck contribution and we will store it for you properly)


  • Beer Pong
  • Cornhole
  • 25 Yard Water Gauntlet
  • Blind Musical Chairs
  • Obstacle Course Relay Race

Optional Games to be added if enough attendance to play them

  • 3-Legged Race
  • Beer Tower
  • Beer-Ups
  • Water Balloon Dodgeball
  • Egg Race

*This event date has changed due to not enough signups for a positive experience *

The BOC reserves the right to cancel games if necessary. Teams are randomly chosen for team events. Spectators who interfere with the games will be asked to leave. This event is held on Private Property. Please be respectful. Only sign up if you intend on showing. People who no call/no show or cancel at the last moment may not be allowed to attend future events at this location. The BOC has put in a great deal of effort to ensure an event beyond the likes you’ve been part of. Knowing headcount is extremely important. Not having read the write up is no excuse. We look forward to seeing you at the games.

Post Beer Olympics BBQ Event

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Soooo..... You missed the Beer Olympics or you made it and aren't quite ready to call it quits. Either way you're probably looking for some excitement and the answer is here! Join us for the After Party Potluck BBQ. The massive amounts of beer consumption and shennanigans does not have to end. We roll right into it (after a short intermission for cleanup) by opening up the house, grill and beer taps to members of the NLC. If you're coming to the BO, we will hold your potluck contribution for you while you spectate or compete and provide competitors bathrooms to change into fresh clothes. Last I heard, this property resides in an unincorporated part of Vancouver where the fireworks ban does not hold sway. I can neither confirm nor deny but if fireworks do happen to be going off in the street, I can assure you the neighbors are doing it also. Join us for good company, food, drinks, cornhole, pool, a massive fire pit and levels of fun Webster hasn't published a word for yet.

Bring something to grill, a sharable snack or some other munchies. Please, no beer! There will be plenty.
The house will open to guests at roughly 5PM. BO Competitors staying for the BBQ will be allowed access to chnage during cleanup intermission
Volunteers to help cleanup after BO and help set up are welcome
Donation Box is located above the kegerator near the pool table. No cash, no problem. Venmo handle is posted on the donation box. All donations go towards supplies for future events.
All beer leftover from BO will be put out to be enjoyed at the BBQ
This is a dog friendly event. Feel free to bring your friendly pup.

Washington Cascades Loop Tour (4 nights)

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Join us for one of our most scenic tours as we loop our way through the gorgeous East Cascade Mountains. I will be hosting a 5 day tour of the Washington Cascades in partnership with Oregon West Excursions. These are high end tours that include meals, fine accommodation, and unique venues. I will be your tour director for this five day adventure, so please join us or forward to anyone you think might be interested.

Day 1– Saturday July 23rd – Salem, OR to Wenatchee, WA
Enjoy the scenery as we make our way through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Lunch at a favorite- Cousins Restaurant in the Dalles… featuring great home style cooking with the freshest ingredients. We’ll continue to our home for the night the quaint town of Wenatchee. You’ll have some time to freshen up or explore the charming town before dinner at the Coast Hotel Wenatchee
Lunch and Dinner included

Day 2 – Sunday July 24th – Wenatchee, WA to Winthrop, WA
Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast the hotel this morning. We are off to Rocky Reach Dam Visitors Center. Learn about Centrifugal and Centripetal Energy, Open and Closed Circuits, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Center of Gravity, PSI and Hydrostatic Pressure, External and Internal Fish Anatomy, Columbia River History, Magnetic Energy and more! Next, it’s Dry Falls. Dry Falls is one of the great geological wonders of North America. Carved by Ice Age floods that long ago disappeared, the former waterfall is now a stark cliff, 400 feet high and 3.5 miles wide. In its heyday, the waterfall was four times the size of Niagara Falls. Today, it overlooks a desert oasis filled with lakes and abundant wildlife. We’ll also make a photo stop at Grand Coulee Dam We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on our way to our home for the next 2 nights, spectacular Sun Mountain Lodge. Your evening is free to enjoy this beautiful mountain-top resort. The award winning dining room features stunning views and the freshest cuisine. The Lodge also features a wrap-around deck with fantastic views of the Methow Valley. Enjoy the outdoor pool, spa, library, game room, and many lovely trails!
Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 3 – Monday July 25th – Winthrop, WA – Local Touring
Enjoy the views and a scrumptious breakfast at the resort in their dining room. Next tour the famous North Cascades Smoke Jumper Base, the birthplace of smoke jumping. Enjoy some free time for lunch and exploring Winthrop. This fun town looks like the set of a Western movie: false-front wooden buildings, hitching rails, cattle drives and board sidewalks. The town is also full of quaint shops and galleries! We’ll stop at the Shaffer Historic Museum to learn the history of the Methow Valley. We’ll head back to the lodge where you’ll have plenty of time to explore or just soak up the beautiful surroundings before a wonderful dinner here.
Breakfast and Dinner included

Day 4 – Tuesday July 26th – Winthrop, WA to Marysville, WA
After a breakfast we’ll depart for the gorgeous North Cascades Highway. Few fully know the intense and rugged beauty of the North Cascades – jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over seven hundred glaciers… today we’ll get a glimpse of its beauty.
Next enjoy a gorgeous Diablo Lake tour. We’ll take a short guided walk to the boat dock as you hear about some of the area’s natural history, biodiversity, and geology. Next board the Cascadian and embark on your cruise of glacier-fed Diablo Lake. You will experience parts of the lake that are typically hidden from view when traveling by highway. Your tour will come alive with historic stories about the early explorers and settlers in the area and the formation of the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Our home for the night is beautiful Tulalip Resort and Casino. Your evening is free to try your luck at the casino the Resort also has several options for dinner.
Breakfast and Lunch included

Day 5 – Wednesday July 27th – Marysville, WA to Home
After breakfast at the resort, we’ll make our way home with a few stops on the way including a delicious lunch.
Breakfast and Lunch included

$1,768 Double $2,134 Single
A $100 per person deposit will hold space; balance is due by May 12th

Sign up:
Please contact Oregon West Excursions if you wish to join: (503)[masked]. https://orwest.com/

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