2021: The Year We Bring Back Fun!
This highly visual book marries style and substance to give Portland and the people who love her the guidebook they deserve: a curated and creative collection of more than 155 outings in and around Portland to inspire romance and adventure. Secret spots, beloved locales, and unexpected destinations offer endless options for date night or a weekend getaway.
Finally, a stylish, cheeky, curated guidebook of cool places for Portlanders (and visitors) to go on dates/outings/field trips/adventures. These range from one-hour coffee and ice cream dates in Portland's neighborhoods to multiday expeditions to Hood River and Mount St. Helens. The authors have a bead on the obscure and fascinating, and the descriptions are motivating enough to prompt even the lazy to head out the door. The book will have serious pickup power and will become an essential resource and armchair read for Portland-area Gen X, millennial, and Gen Z couples (and singles with friends) interested in learning about off-the-beaten-path things to do, see, and taste. No more FOMO! In-the-know authors and tastemakers Eden Dawn and Ashod Simonian will reveal where the cool and quirky go, while educating readers on this beloved city.
Petersen Rock Garden
Post-brunch, steal away for one of the weirder roadside attractions this state has to offer. And we mean that in the absolute best way. Built by Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen from 1935 until his death in 1952, the slowly decaying Petersen Rock Garden has been a popular roadside attraction for many years.
As the sun goes down and the croaking frogs come out, row up to floating water lilies and around beaver dams. This one is real special, so save it for someone who deserves it.
Yes, wine country is about chilling out max, relaxing all cool, and shooting back some pinot outside of the school. While it’s close enough to Portland to pop over for an afternoon, the best way to take advantage of wine country is to make it more than a day trip.
EDEN DAWN is the award-winning style editor for Portland Monthly, Oregon's number-one-selling magazine. She's a beloved personality in the community, often seen judging drag queen pageants, sitting on several advisory boards, chatting through live television segments, emceeing fundraising galas, performing at storytelling events, and hosting her own quarterly series Fashion in Film at the historic Hollywood Theater.
ASHOD SIMONIAN is a creative director and designer known for advertising campaigns and packaging projects for Focus Features, Columbia Sportswear, and Peet's Coffee, among others. He is the co-owner of Imaginary Authors, a niche perfume house known for its unique branding, and author of Real Fun, a book of photography and stories documenting his decade spent touring the world in a variety of indie rock bands.
Together, Eden and Ashod run the activism-based nail polish company Claws Out. The Portland Book of Dates is a natural extension of their adventurous, overextended lifestyle. They've been married for three years and wrote this book from their slightly creaky 100-year-old house in Portland's Alberta Arts District with their three bossy cats: Ruby, Daphne and Foxglove.
What People Say
We definitely recommend buying the book for yourself—there are so many more places to explore than we could possibly fit here, and the illustrations are gorgeous.