Portland Hikes: Top Trails in Forest Park

If you’re looking for a list of some great Portland hikes, look no further. We’ve got you covered with a list of the top trails in Forest Park, just west of downtown. All you need to do is lace up your boots and hit the trail!

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1. Maple Trail

With autumn right around the corner, it’s only right that Maple Trail get mentioned first. This 2.6 mile trail twists and turns underneath towering red alders and bigleaf maples, transforming the whole area into a sea of crimson and yellow each fall.  

2. Wildwood Trail

Accessed rom Washington Park, this paved trail is great for a leisurely stroll amongst the old-growth trees. There are lots of benches along the way so you can stop and admire the natural beauty. From Wildwood, you can also connect to Nature Trail, which offers up some ideal picnic spots. Spread out a blanket, open your Rainstorm wine, and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon!  

3. Ridge Trail

This 2.8 mile out-and-back trail is best known for its insane views of St. John’s Bridge. The bridge is one of Portland’s most photographed features. Be prepared to climb, though. It’s downhill to start, then uphill to make it back to the trailhead. But trust us, it’s worth it.

4. Lower Macleay Trail

One of the most popular trails in Forest Park, don’t let the heavy foot traffic deter you. The 5-mile path showcases the amazing diversity of the park’s plantlife, with waterfalls and wooden bridges found along the way. And then there’s the old Stone House, which is actually an old Public Works building date from the 1930s. All that’s left is the stone framework, but nature has been slowly reclaiming it since the early 60s, giving it an eerily beautiful appearance.

5. Audubon Society Loop

Located off NW Cornell Road, a 150-acre reserve is home to more than 40 bird species. Miles of trails traverse the forest, offering glimpses of birds, birds, and – you guessed it – more birds. Pro tip: Don’t forget to pack your field guide, and make sure to stop in at the Wildlife Care Center to learn more about the local flora and fauna.

Portland is so much more than a big city. With Forest Park right next door, you can escape to the great outdoors using one of the Portland hikes above, or chart your own route. Wherever you’re headed, toast to your adventure with a glass of Rainstorm wine!

10 Exotic House Pets That You Need

We’re big animal lovers here at Rainstorm wines. Nature gave us the best gifts in pets – and in fine Oregon pinot gris or rosé wines in the summer! You know what else we think are cool? Exotic animals – the kind that make really good (and legal) pets.

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If you’re interested in responsibly expanding your menagerie, consider these pets (while sipping your favorite Rainstorm wines, of course!):

  1. Hedgehog: Shy but curious, these guys and gals can be handled and played with – just be careful of their quills. They don’t shoot out like a porcupine’s, but they can hurt if you’re jabbed with one. Hedgies make for low-maintenance, fun pets that are great for careful kids.
  2. Silver fox: While the words “silver fox” typically bring George Clooney’s face to mind, the real silver fox is even cuter (sorry, George). These smart, beautiful creatures are bred specifically to be pet. Be forewarned, though. They may never be as domesticated as you like, and you will need a large outdoor space for them.
  3. Wallaroo: Ever heard of a wallaroo? We hadn’t either, until recently. These little marsupials are like miniature kangaroos. They can be quite shy, but once they trust you, they are affectionate and playful.
  4. Boa constrictor: If you don’t mind sharing your home with something long and slithery that enjoys strangling its victims, then a boa constrictor is for you. Be aware that these snakes can easily surpass 5 feet in length!
  5. Hyacinth macaw: These colorful birds are extremely affectionate and like to cuddle with their owners. How adorable is that? Plus, you can even teach it to say, “I love Oregon pinot gris!”
  6. Sugar glider: Sugar gliders are tiny marsupials, similar in size to hamsters. You can’t have just one – no really, you can’t. They live in colonies, and they can get sad and lonely if they’re left on their own. They love to be around people, and they’re playful, so they make great pets for families with older children or reliable people who can devote time and attention to them.
  7. Piranha: What hails from South America, has razor sharp little teeth, and is capable of devouring a small mammal? You guessed it, a piranha. If you have some as a pets, you won’t want to cuddle with them, but they are definitely cool to watch.
  8. Mini donkey: Mini donkeys may be roughly the size of a large dog (think Great Dane). Stubborn but loyal, these cute little guys and gals are very affectionate and need a large space to roam. If you’ve got a bit of land and plenty of love in your heart, a mini donkey makes an ideal pet.
  9. Axolotl: Once you figure out how to pronounce its name, the axolotl makes a great pet. It’s a type of salamander and – wait for it – it can regrow its own body parts. Wow!
  10. Bengal cat: Calling all cat lovers! Bengal cats are like mini tigers – beautiful, sleek, and 100% awesome. They’re also really high-energy, so if you plan to get a Bengal cat, make sure you’re prepared to keep it entertained.

Pets are a joy, and they make our lives more complete. If you are ready to open your home to an exotic pet, don’t forget to do your research – preferably with some Rainstorm wines on hand!

Don’t Miss Oregon’s Wildflower Festival

What’s your definition of a perfect weekend? Spending time with friends and family? Enjoying some good music? Checking out some gorgeous flowers? Maybe sipping on some fine Rainstorm wine? All of the above?

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If so, the Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower & Music Festival is the best way to combine all these elements into one fun and convenient package. Just be sure you’re incorporating your favorite Pacific Northwest wines, and you’ve got yourself a perfect spring day!

Mount Pisgah Arboretum Wildflower & Music Festival

What makes this wildflower festival so special? Well, everything! Mount Pisgah itself is fantastic, and its 209 acres of trees, flowers and other plants will give you a newfound appreciation for Mother Nature. But during the festival, the arboretum takes on a whole new level of awesome. Vendors come with food and crafts, artists come to showcase their skills, and bands come to entertain festival-goers with live music.

Events include guided nature walks, performances from local musicians such as Satori Bob and The Gossamer Strings, and the ever-popular Art in Nature Trail featuring stunning natural works of art. And, of course, there will be tons of wildflowers on display – a total of 300 to 400 varieties to feast your eyes on.  

Some things to keep in mind as you plan your day at Mount Pisgah: The Wildflower Festival is on Sunday, May 20 from 10 am to 5 pm. The festival is free; however, a donation of $8 per adult is suggested. Parking is available on-site, and parking attendants will be there to direct you. Shuttles will be running from the north parking lot to the gates. Shuttles will not be provided at Civic Stadium, if you choose to park there.

Don’t miss out on the Oregon Wildflower Festival at Mount Pisgah! It’s the perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day with family and friends or to savor the day solo. After you’ve had your fill of wildflowers, keep the fun going with delicious Pacific Northwest wines. A smooth Rainstorm wine will do the trick nicely. Happy wildflower gazing and wine drinking!

10 Things to Do During A Rainstorm

Sometimes, being “stuck” inside during a rainstorm is the best way to spend the day. Doing what? Glad you asked!

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  1. Pick up something you forgot you started. This could be an old scrapbook you never quite finished, a poem you’ve been stuck on, or a book that’s collecting dust. Pop open a bottle of crisp Pinot Gris for inspiration.
  2. Clean. Just think about how a clean refrigerator or fresh laundry will make you feel tomorrow, when you have less free time. A personal favorite? Purging the closet. Trying on old things that you thought were fashionable, only to question your judgment, is a great way to make room for new things to come.
  3. Work out. If there isn’t lightning outside, try going for a jog in the rain. You will feel a sweet kind of tired and satisfied– trust us. Or pop on a video and get sweaty.
  4. YouTube a hairstyle and try it out.
  5. Find a writing prompt online. Using a search engine, look for “random writing prompt generator” and see what comes up. Write about it for five minutes and move on to a different prompt.
  6. Shop for a birthday gift. Odds are, someone in your life has a birthday that is fast approaching. By doing it ahead of time, you can wrap and make the gift much more personal than if you waited until the last minute. Better yet, let your crafty side out and make one.
  7. Listen to an album that was your favorite in high school. This will make you laugh, cry, and probably ask yourself why you stopped listening to it.
  8. Call an old friend. Texting may be easier, but nothing replaces a phone call.
  9. Sit outside. If you have a porch, listen to the sound of the rain. Nothing beats that serene sound.
  10. Treat yourself. Enjoy some aptly-named Rainstorm Wine. You can combine this one with any of the activities above. Our Pinot Gris has an aromatic honey-blossom flavor that will make you feel at once relaxed and refreshed. Just like a good rainstorm.