Portland Oregon and environs would be a great vacation spot for a anyone but especially a family. Within one hour-your reach the coast from Portland. Veer south and its the home of American Pinot Noir. Fort-five minutes east from the city and you're on the Columbia river gorge with spectacular waterfalls & hiking spots, the hood river and soon after, Mount Hood. You could eat all your meals at the food carts alone for just a few bucks, see the most spectacular rose gardens, Japanese and Chinese garden too. The vibe is very chill--nice people--independent minded and environmentally conscious--who celebrate their bountiful natural resources. If you're a biker--for sport or transport--thsi IS definitely the place for you--bikes are everywhere.
And if you're into beer--the artisinal, micro-brewed kind then forget about it.--No other city in the country has a wider variety ofr greater density of craftsman beermakers. We visited the Horse Brass Pub, a top Pacific northwest watering hole--where a staggering array of beers are tapped--many from the area, others from around the northwest, imported from UK, Belgium and Flemish varieties too. My choice, was described as follows, "Hop Pursuit, Full Sail Brewing, Hood River Oregon: a crisp extra pale ale with a medium malt body chased by a ton of hop flavor and a zing of bitterness." Another said , "Kolsch-Double mountain Brewing, Hood River Oregon: crisp and refreshig with hints of citrus and spices that culminates in a lightly hoppy, sharp finish." There were dozens and dozesn of such beers and descriptions. Any book lover familiar of America's Indie bookstores knows the famous Powells books--a treasure trove of new and used titles. So--all in all, a beautiful part of the country to explore. We came upon Goorin Bros Bold Hatmakers, est 1895 on 23rd street---and Calder now rocks his first proper hat.
Back on the on the coast at Cannon Beach,--I found a pristine sand dollar and sandwiches from Ken's for luncg were as delicious as the croissants were perfection. Two other lauded spots we dined at were both slightly dissapoointing to me, Le Pigeon and Beast--both foodie destos but--for me just off the mark enough to make me wish I'd eaten every meal at Pok Pok or the carts. Next time.