first_img Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market For the record, Portland is nothing like the TV Show Portlandia. Or at least we didn’t see that side of PDX. It is very young, very cool although there are way, way too many tattooed people, but it isn’t horribly hipster like parts of Brooklyn can be. There is a fine line and Portland is on it. One main reason is everyone is incredibly nice. That’s not very hipster is it? In every store, bar and restaurant people are happy, friendly and helpful without serving an ounce of ‘tude’ (minus one whiskey bar).Besides the general happiness of the city and the bike friendliness that blew our minds (is this Copenhagen?), we were also stoked to find so many great shops, restaurants and bars that do it right. This may be due to the fact that those younguns  have pretty good jobs and like to spend their money on quality. Nike, Wieden + Kennedy and Poler are all based in the City of Roses (as is our brother site, Digital Trends).There is too much to cover in one guide, but here are some of the top spots that really curled our mustache.Stay: Hotel LuciaThis modern boutique hotel is right in the heart of downtown and most of the must see spots are in walking distance. If you need a cab just ask the hotel to call one for you. This isn’t the kind of town one can easily wave one down.Also the two restaurants in the hotel are stellar. The Imperial is a great little restaurant with great entrees. We devoured the Semolina Corn Cake with Coombs family maple syrup for a hearty wintery breakfast. The Portland Penny Diner is the other option and they make a mean duck sausage, egg croissant sammich for a quick hangover cure.The Ace HotelLocated in the old Clyde Hotel building this is another outpost that is a quick walk to the Pearl District and other great locations. There is Portland’s own Stumptown right off the lobby so you get a double dose of hip in one spot. Clyde Common is their superb restaurant that we discuss further down.Hotel De LuxeOriginally built as the Hotel Mallory in 1912 as one of the most luxurious hotels in Portland, it was revamped in 2006 and is now not only swanky but loads of fun. There is a screening room where they hold pop-up screenings and the Driftwood bar is known for seriously good cocktails. The hotel also rolls out the red carpet for your pets too.Eat:Ned LuddThis is the food lover’s climax of farm to table. Chef Jason French changes the menu weekly to ensure guests are gettin’ down on the best bounty Oregon has to offer.Voodoo DonutsWe know this place gets cheers and jeers from every travel writer but just go, eat a huge, awesome donut and thank us later. It’s a hoot and total early 90s flashback complete with homeless hippies hovering near the front door. As they say, “The magic is in the hole!”The Woodsman’s TavernThis cozy nook opened in the fall of 2011 and has been serving savory dishes from smoked mussels to serious pork chops to a packed house ever since. This is a popular place so book early or just hit the bar and try a Richmond Sour.Boxer RamenThis is another retreat that gets packed quickly. Luckily it is located in the awesome Union Way arcade where you can pop into some great shops (including Danner, Spruce Apothecary and Steven Alan). But once you are in, the menu is tiny and kick ass. Definitely get the Okonomiyaki tots to go with your big ole bowl of ramen.Drink:ExpatriateSome may find this place a little over done for the Portland scene, but it’s exactly what Portland needs. When we entered this tiny little gem we sat at the bar while the lady DJ stood next to us playing some old Björk remix we hadn’t heard in eons. There was a 1930s movie playing silently on one wall and the bartenders were happily mixing up some excellent libations in front of an incredible golden Chinese archway all designed by this fella.Clyde CommonOpened in 2007, this European style tavern is the spot to go to for spirits actually aged in house by bartender Jeffrey Morganthaler. Housed in the Ace Hotel, the food isn’t anything to scoff at either. Their hamburger is a favorite as are their rotating boards (ours had seared beef tongue, yogurt, watercress, pearl onion, mushrooms and a shot of Manhattan).The Victory BarEvery city needs a handsome bar full of caustic wit. Victory is it! Don’t believe us? Read the FAQ’s before heading there. Once you get there order one of their Belgian beers or go for a local Portland brew. If you are a cocktail man the Corpse Reviver #4 is a winner. Oh, and once you are drunk and hungry shimmy into the restaurant and order some spätzle. There is a reason a local paper declared Victory the best bar of 2013.Whiskey Soda LoungeLocated inside Pok Pok, Andy Ricker’s famous Thai dive (his cookbook is a favorite of Andrew Zimmern and others) their cocktails offer something different and refreshing from the ‘mixologist’ items on many menus these days. How about a house infused Kaffir Lime gin served with tonic? House made ginger syrup? Som honey drinking vinegar? Oh yeah.Shop:CanoeFor the design minded shopper this place takes the cake. It reminded us of the museum shops you find at MoMA with various items displayed with their designers’ names, date of creation and description. And no, that doesn’t mean they are pricey. We found an excellent scarf from Michigan based woolen mill Fairbault as well as awesome totes from local bag maker Chester Wallace.Beam and AnchorOk so this is the Portland shopping mecca. Period. Located in a far off land near the rail yards (call the cab!) it is well worth the 10 minute drive. We spent over an hour zoning out on incredibly crafted candles, stationary, soaps and leather crafts all displayed on tables made by locals. This is the kind of place that you feel like family as soon as you darken the door. Good people and great products.Portland Outdoor StoreYou may just have a panic attack amid all of the clutter but after a couple of deep breaths take your time to amble through this historic landmark that opened in 1914. This is how we remember Filson and Woolrich being sold way before it was lauded by a new generation. This is the store where the real working man comes to shop. Be sure to check out every floor. The saddle room will make you wish you owned your own ranch and the rack of glittery Western cowboy shirts will have you Instagraming before you can shout, ‘Yeehaw!’.DannerPortland may be a bit rainy at the moment (ok, most of the year) but when the sun is shining there is no better place for an epic afternoon hike. Since 1932 Danner has been making Portlander’s best hiking boots and is having a resurgence recently with the Made in America movement in full swing. One of their stores is located in Union Way where Boxer Ramen is also located. Check out all the boots as well as camping equipment, apparel and big ole wooly socks. They also carry one of our favorite grooming brands, Juniper Ridge.Spruce ApothecaryLocated down the hall from Danner (we are telling you, Union Way is a one stop alley of awesomeness) is this epicenter of all things grooming. A great spot to find gifts as well as serious razors (we are still lusting after a silver one we eyed there), old school shave cream, toothpaste and colognes.Tanner GoodsThey may not be a heritage brand, but Tanner crafts like they have been doing it for 100 years. Their HQ is chocked full of good lookin’ wallets, belts, bags and even dog collars all made with premium materials and made right there in Portland. On another note, Tanner has a great magazine rack to buy up before the flight back home. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 1. Hotel Lucia, Portland 2. Ace Hotel, Portland 3. Clyde Common at The Ace Hotel 4. Boxer Ramen photography by Dina Avila 5. Beam & Anchor, Portland 6. Tanner Store, Portlandlast_img read more

first_imgSome of Nova Scotia’s best woodland managers were honoured today, July 8, as 2013 Woodland Owners of the Year. Every year, woodland owners are nominated to recognize innovative steps to build a sustainable forest industry that supports communities through conservation and economic activity. “I want to extend my congratulations to Georgie and Helen Uhlman, Karl and Faye Crawford, and Henry and Elaine Van Berkel on being honoured this year, and to all woodland owners across the province for all they have done to share their love of forests with all Nova Scotians,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. From Caledonia, Queens Co., the Uhlmans are the 2013 Provincial, and Western Region, Woodland Owners of the Year. A former heavy equipment operator, Georgie maintains their 52-hectare (128 acre) woodland using only horses. Much of their harvest is for furnace wood, although they sell hemlock, spruce and pine logs to a local sawmill. The Uhlmans estimate that more than 70 per cent of their woodland is used for recreation such as sleigh rides, barbecues and horseback rides. Georgie participates in Natural Resources educational programs and stresses that anyone who spends time in the woods should have proper safety training. The Van Berkels, who live near Ashdale, Antigonish Co., are the Eastern Region Woodland Owners of the Year. Their 130-hectare (320 acre) property yields up to 130 cords of softwood, 10 cords of hardwood and about 650 Christmas trees each year. They also maintain a habitat for eagles, waterfowl, mammals and fish. They have employed more than 260 seasonal workers over the years and provided youth and community groups with valuable knowledge about forestry. The Crawfords, from Scotsburn, Pictou Co., were named the Central Region winners. They bought their 185-hectare (about 460 acres) property in 1979, which includes a 250-year-old home with original wooden beams. Karl began buy selling Christmas trees and got involved in harvesting after getting enquiries about supplying log cabin wood. The Crawfords also have trails many use for recreational activities such as hiking and cross-country skiing. The Department of Natural Resources has presented the Woodland Owner of the Year Award since 1990. Staff evaluate nominations for regional winners and the provincial winner is selected by a committee of foresters, wildlife specialists, industry representatives, previous winners, and environmental or forestry undergraduate students. Nova Scotia residents who own 20 to 800 hectares of woodland in the province are eligible for the awards. Nominations are accepted at Natural Resources offices until April 15 each year. More information is available on the department’s website. FOR BROADCAST USE Georgie and Helen Uhlman from Caledonia, Queens County have been named the 2013 western region and Provincial Woodland Owners of the Year. A former heavy equipment operator, Georgie maintains his 52-hectare woodland using only horses. Henry and Elaine Van Berkel, who live near Ashdale, Antigonish County, are the eastern region Woodland Owners of the Year and Karl and Faye Crawford, of Scotsburn, Pictou County, took central region honours. Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker extends congratulations to the award recipients and thanks all woodland owners for sharing their love of forests with all Nova Scotians. -30-last_img read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – A large tug boat was pulling a disabled Russian cargo ship along British Columbia’s coast, ending fears that the vessel carrying hundreds of tons of fuel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the Barbara Foss arrived Saturday evening and the tow of the Simushir was going well.Pendergast said authorities will wait until the Simushir is comfortably north of Haida Gwaii before they make a decision on where it will be towed. Prince Rupert is the nearest container ship port, 93 nautical miles away.The Simushir lost power late Thursday off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it made its way from Everett in Washington state to Russia.The Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid earlier towed the disabled ship away from shore, but a towline got detached and the ship was adrift again for six hours Saturday.The 10 crew members were trying to repair the broken oil heater that has left the vessel disabled, Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said.The fear of oil spills is especially acute in British Columbia, where residents remember the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989. Such worries have fed fierce opposition — particularly from environmentalists and Canada’s native tribes — to a proposal to build a pipeline that would carry oil from Canada’s Alberta oil sands to a terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia, for shipment to Asia. Opponents say the proposed pipeline would bring about 220 large oil tankers a year to the province’s coast.The president of the Council of the Haida Nation warned Friday that a storm coming into the area was expected to push the ship onto the rocky shore, but President Pete Lantin later said their worst fears had subsided.“If the weather picks up it could compromise that, but as of right now there is a little sense of relief that we might have averted catastrophe here,” Lantin said.About 5,000 people live on the islands and fish for food nearby, Lantin said.The Simushir, which is about 440 feet (135 metres) long, was carrying a range of hydrocarbons, mining materials and other related chemicals. That included 400 tons of bunker oil and 50 tons of diesel.The vessel is not a tanker but rather a container ship. In comparison, the tanker Exxon Valdez, spilled 35,000 metric tons of oil.A spokesman for Russian shipping firm SASCO, the owners of the vessel, said it is carrying 298 containers of mining equipmentin addition to heavy bunker fuel as well as diesel oil for the voyage.The U.S. Coast Guard had a helicopter on standby in the event that the crew members need to be pulled off the ship. Officials said the injured captain was evacuated by helicopter, but they were given no further medical details.The Simushir is registered in Kholmsk, Russia, and owned by SASCO, also known as Sakhalin Shipping Company, according to the company’s website. The SASCO website says the ship was built in the Netherlands in 1998. by Rudy Kelly, The Associated Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 10:32 pm MDT Russian container ship towed away from Canadian coast after drifting again in rough seas read more