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Portland Business Journal's favorite camping spots, Portland's first Willamette beach debut, Which Portland suburb is one of the nation's top 10 places to raise children, and Bridging Cities Event - Will Portland and Utrecht, the Netherlands be Sister Cities?

It's been awhile! Starting your own real estate firm can be a tad time consuming. I didn't mean to fall off the planet though! To make up for it, I have lots of fun things to share.  

Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal

Here are the PBJ staff's 17 favorite NW camping spots

We have a lot of happy campers on our staff. Which is why we thought it would be fun — and useful — to put together a roundup of our favorite spots, even as we risk them becoming overrun with visitors who are acting on our recommendations.

But with 170 state park camping locations and dozens more U.S. National Forest and privately-owned campgrounds, there should be plenty of nice campsites to go around.

We realize there are probably many more notable places out there that have escaped our attention. So we are inviting readers to submit their own nominees for best camping spots in Oregon.

Feel free to email Andy Giegerich with more photos of favorite campgrounds. Tell us why you like them and if we receive enough, we'll run another roundup of readers' picks. In the meantime, click through the gallery above to see 17 of our favorites. Read more here...


Safe to swim!

Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal

Portland’s renewed love affair with the Willamette River continues today with the debut of a bonafide beach under the Marquam Bridge.

The Human Access Project, the nonprofit behind the annual Big Float, is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Portland’s’ first, safe beach on the Willamette River. The site is beneath the Marquam Bridge on the west bank of the Willamette River.

The path to the beach is lined with stones engraved with children’s poems about the Willamette River, as well as Chinook words curated by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. Human Access Project leaders have given the beach the unofficial name of “Poet’s Beach.”

Volunteers removed rock along the river to create the beach as well as the trail leading to it. Read more here...


Which Portland suburb is one of the nation's top 10 places to raise children?

Staff Reporter-Portland Business Journal

Portland's Lake Oswego has been identified as one of the country's top 10 most desirable places for parents to live in an annual study.

The report, by online real estate brokerageZipRealty, was compiled by analyzing the best-rated public school districts in 23 areas nationwide and the median price per square foot for real estate in those areas.

Lake Oswego took the number 6 spot, ahead of Seattle's Mercer Island at number 10.

The locale made the list for the second year in a row, along with Minneapolis and Austin. Delano, Minn. took top honors. Read more here...


Last but not least, if you're looking for a whole lot of fun with the price of the ticket including live music by Michelle Van Kleef, BBQ, AND local beer, come check out the Bridging Cities event Saturday, July 19 from 12 to 3pm, at the Raccoon Lodge, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Portland.


Dutch Craft Brewers to be Welcomed at “Bridging Cities: One Beer at a Time”

The Oregon Brewers Festival is hosting 11 Dutch (and one German) craft brewers to the Oregon Brewers Festival, July 23-27. To celebrate their arrival, the Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, the Portland Dutch Society and the Portland Utrecht Network are welcoming the guest brewers on Saturday, July 19, from noon to 3pm, at the Raccoon Lodge, 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Portland.

Festivities will include a catered BBQ and beer, with music by Dutch musician Michele Van Kleef ( and PSU jazz musician Lance Vallis. In addition, a silent auction will be held (emceed by Charles de Greef of KBOO's Holland Hour), featuring beer and merchandise donated by the visiting brewers, as well as contributions from local restaurants and arts organizations. The “Bridging Cities: One Beer at a Time” reception is open to the public. Admission is $30 per adult and $10 for children up to 16. Space is limited and advance purchase is strongly advised. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Portland Utrecht Nettwork’s efforts to further develop the current “Friendship City” status to a formal “Sister City” relationship , as well as help to fund future cultural  exchanges. Numerous connection s between the cities are being explored, such as transportation, business, sustainability, design, tourism, and craft brewing. Click here to order your tickets today!


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