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 (5)

Hip Mississippi Avenue - Then and Now



North Mississippi Avenue is part of the historic city of Albina, which has seen major changes over the past 100 years. This tour covers much of the "Mississippi Avenue Shopping and Restaurant District" which features dozens of locally owned and operated businesses. The originality, variety and excellence of these shops puts Mississippi Ave in the top tier of idiosyncratic, Portlandesque neighborhoods. We'll have an easy urban stroll of less than one mile as we explore both the historic and trendy 21st century built environment of the district. We'll return through the residential area and view the visual impact of gentrification. Join us for optional food and beverage after the tour! Fee for this narrated walk is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD Public transit (MAX and bus lines) will bring you close to Mississippi Ave. Parking is also available in the neighborhood.

Free Bridge Walk with Rose Festival Fireworks

Portland Fire & Rescue Station #21

This will be a non-narrated walk of the downtown bridges followed by the Rose Festival's opening ceremony fireworks. Our walk will cross the Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, and Tilikum bridges. I'll even throw in a suspension bridge you can only access on foot. At the end of the walk, we'll be in a perfect position to watch the fireworks, and you'll have already found a parking spcae! Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 5-6 miles Duration: 2.5 hours Bring rain gear if it rains. All events start promptly at the time indicated. We will meet at the waterfront near the boathouse for fire station 21. This is located where SE Madison street meets the river and the bike path runs beneath the Hawthorne bridge. I will have a MeetUp sign. You should be able to park in one of the lots nearby, and there is on street parking. Plan to arrive a little early as to give yourself time to park and find the firehouse. Dogs may attend the walk, but please don't make them stay for the fireworks.

Historic Ladd's Addition Walking Tour

Palio Coffee and Dessert House


The historic Ladd's Addition neighborhood is known for its "X in a box" street grid and fabulous Arts and Crafts houses. This is Portland's first Historic Conservation District and in many ways represents the Portland standard for a walk/bike friendly neighborhood with tree lined streets, parks, churches and neighborhood school. Within easy walking distance are some of SE Portland's finest shops, restaurants and brew pubs. This easy-paced walking tour will highlight the well-preserved fabric of historic buildings that make this neighborhood one of the most livable in Portland. The fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also pay through PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD I've scheduled this tour again for folks who haven't been able to make this popular urban adventure into history and architecture.

Historic Alameda Neighborhood

Case Study Coffee


We'll explore the history and architecture of this elegant early 20th century streetcar neighborhood beginning on Sandy Boulevard and continuing up to and along the Alameda Ridge. Formed by the legendary Missoula Floods, the Alameda Ridge became one of the popular NE Portland neighborhoods for prosperous Portlanders who wanted to be close-in to downtown and still surrounded by a leafy, green landscape with fantastic views of the city to the south and west. This 2 hour walking tour covers about 2 miles and includes some steep climbs. The fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

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Historic Downtown Milwaukie

Wind Horse Coffee


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