Spring and Summer Pacific Northwest Guide

Spring and Summer Pacific Northwest Guide

Here in Portland, Oregon, we’re huge fans of Spring and Summer. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the Pacific Northwest has one of the rainiest winters in the United States (we got close to 26 inches of rain just in December last year!), or maybe it’s the cloud-cover from October to April, but when Spring hits, Pacific Northwesterners are up and at ’em, getting outdoors and soaking in as much sun as we can, whether it’s out and about in the city, hiking through the Columbia gorge or hitting the beach. GiftTree’s Marketing and Design departments got together to create this sunny list of our favorite Spring and Summer activities in Portland and its neighboring towns. If you ever visit the Pacific Northwest, we hope you can hit some of these Spring and Summer attractions. Onward! Parks, Hikes and Outdoorsy Goodness Columbia River Gorge and Mt. St. Helens Hiking Trails – As temperatures rise, rains ebb and the sun begins to peak out from behind the clouds, many people from the Portland area head out into the outdoors and surrounding forests to explore and have fun. Within an hour or two drive from Portland, there are numerous hiking opportunities, two great places to explore are the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens. If you’re looking for gorgeous views of waterfalls, the Gorge is a great place to go. Trailheads can be found on both sides of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, however most waterfalls will be found on the South side of the river in Oregon. The hikes range from easy to strenuous and...
Memorial Day BBQ Recipe Ideas

Memorial Day BBQ Recipe Ideas

Memorial Day is a special day to honor all of the Courageous women and men who have put their lives on the line for our Great Country. A great way to celebrate this day with friends and family is having them over for a BBQ with a perfectly planned meal. The perfect Memorial Day BBQ recipe is one of our favorite meals to make grilled salmon. Not only is it healthy, but when cooked properly, it will literally melt in your mouth. Below is a Memorial Day recipe to some of the best grilled salmon I have ever sampled. My personal preference is to serve it with wild rice and grilled asparagus, but any vegetable pairing will work.  Our featured wine- Belle Glos Meiomi Pinot Noir is the ideal pairing with salmon. Since salmon is an oily fish, the acidity of a pinot noir helps to cut and balance the oiliness. The richness of Belle Glos combined with a delicious buttery salmon will leave your guests feeling awestruck. Author: adapted from the original recipe on allrecipes.com Recipe type: Entree Ingredients 1-3 salmon fillets, depending on size ¼ cup brown sugar 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp black pepper 2 tsp salt ¼ cup soy sauce ¼ cup olive oil ⅛ cup water 2-3 cloves minced garlic Instructions Purchase your salmon as fresh as you can. I prefer the taste of farm-raised to wild caught because I think it tastes less fishy. But don’t buy the frozen fillets if you can avoid it. Put the fish in a plastic bag with all the other ingredients and seal it with as much air pushed out as possible. Marinate...

5 Memorable Memorial Day Gifts

Memorial Day each year is a time to celebrate those who have sacrificed more than most of us could ever imagine. We owe our comfortable lives to the brave souls who were willing to go places that most of us aren’t. So it’s time to thank a vet, have a bbq, and send Memorial Day gifts that commemorate their service. It is also appropriate to send a thoughtful gift to the family of a fallen soldier. Here are three Memorial Day flowers and two Memorial gift baskets that show that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Be sure to order by Saturday May 24th to guarantee delivery on Memorial Day. Sweet Liberty Bouquet – from $39.95 Red roses and carnations with blue statice and white alstroemeria communicate the American spirit of freedom and hope. A blue pedestal vase completes the patriotic picture. America the Beautiful Bouquet – from $49.95 White lilies are the stars of this arrangement. Celebrate Memorial Day with this stunning collection of red roses, beautiful white lilies, and blue statice. An inspiration for any patriotic American, let this fresh patriotic arrangement brighten up your family picnic or cookout. American Spirit Bouquet – $84.95 For a larger arrangement featuring elegant irises, spring for this keepsake pitcher filled with purple irises, red gerbera daisies, white alstroemeria and red asters. Also comes with an American flag placed delicately in the arrangement. Craft Beer and Snacks Basket – from $69.95 This is the ideal gift to bring or send to a family picnic. Your choice of either American IPA or international brews comes with beer chips, corn nuts, peanuts, wasabi peas...