Hey, Frugal One! When your staycations become too boring to adhere to, gas up and get away to Astoria, “The Little San Francisco of the Northwest.” The oldest American city west of the Mississippi—it was founded in 1811—the town was once the Salmon Capital of the World. These days, it feels as if gentrification is just around the bend, so get there while the funky and the refined still stand side by side.
If the extent of your downtown Portland shopping is picking up your family’s pharmaceuticals at the drugstore nearest your office, duck into some of Portland’s most unique shops during your next long lunch. From Native American artifacts to Belgian linens to skull buttons from Germany, you’ll find great stuff from around the world without ever leaving the city.
Turning 50 this spring was more than a daylong celebration for mixed-media artist Katherine Mead. To commemorate her milestone birthday, the Lake Oswego, Ore., artist spent the previous year creating 50 new works of art, which she unveiled at a show she called “50 at 50” in the gallery space of a Northwest Portland architecture firm in August.