Maureen Healy

Correspondent

  • Portland, Oregon, USA

Maureen Healy is a correspondent who lives in Portland, Ore. and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. The freelancer writer specializes in travel, maternity, baby and health topics. She has been a writer and editor for more than 15 years and enjoys yoga, walking and real estate investing. Healy recently finished editing her first book, “Serene Makeover: Inner Edition, Feng Shui Your Life From the Inside Out” by Ariel Joseph Towne.

  • On September 30, 2013
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    What is the best time of year to visit Hotel deLuxe?

    Due to its relatively rainy winter months, the best time to plan a trip to Portland — and to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel deLuxe — is when the sun shines. June through September will offer the best weather and a variety of fun festivals, including NW Music Fest, North American Organic Brewers Festivals (with more than 50 beers to try), PDX Bridge Festival (celebrating the 10 bridges that connect the east and west sides of the city), the Portland Rose Festival, jazz and blues fests and more. Plus, Hotel deLuxe’s Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series means weekly rooftop movie screenings at dusk during the summer with panoramic city views, live music, cocktails, beer and barbeque.
     
    Or, try the elegant luxury hotel in October, when the weather turns crisp and room rates descend from summer highs. This month is the best time for fall foliage viewing, and Wildwood Trail at nearby Washington Park offers an amazing fall foliage walk.
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  • On November 21, 2012
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    What are the five best Portland food experiences?

    Portland’s diverse food scene offers an array of can’t-miss food experiences. Here are five of Forbes Travel Guides’ editors’ best:
     
    1. Make a reservation at Clarklewis. Chef Dolan Lane serves up a farm-to-table experience, complete with Italian- and French-influenced dishes such as hearth-raised pork shoulder with basil tips and hedgehog mushrooms.
     
    2. Try novo-Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This Pearl District restaurant puts a dressed-up spin on Peruvian dishes, which are best enjoyed with a caipirinha cocktail and the live jazz and Latin American music played every night of the week.
     
    3. Dine atop the city at Portland City Grill. This restaurant is located on the 30th floor of a downtown building and is the after-work watering hole for the professional set. Views stretch beyond the city to the Cascade Mountain range and are served with seafood, steaks and chops.
     
    4. Have vegan fare at Blossoming Lotus. Vegans will love the variety of options at this eatery in the Irvington neighborhood in Northeast Portland. Both cooked and “live food” (not heated above 115 degrees) dishes are available, plus soy-free and gluten-free fare. Don’t miss the crispy artichoke fritters — polenta-breaded artichoke hearts over mixed greens with lemon-caper dipping sauce.
     
    5. Eat Thai at Pok Pok. Chef Andy Ricker won a James Beard Award for the Thai food served at this heralded city institution. Try the Vietnamese chicken wings and wash it down with one of their drinking vinegars.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the best outdoor activities to do in Portland?

    Take your pick of outdoor activities when you visit this Oregon city. The Pacific Northwest brims with outdoor adventures and acres of unspoiled wilderness, and Portland offers up many options within the city. Try your hand at dragon boating the Willamette River, golfing at one of two of the city’s courses or walking the shaded trails of Forest Park. Runners can jog the waterfront on a paved pathway, but of course, bicycling is king in Portland, and the 40-Mile Loop makes navigating the city by bike a pleasure. Nearby Mount Hood (it’s a little over two hours from Portland) offers, hiking, skiing in winter, climbing, camping, biking and more.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Portland?

    Portland’s green and handmade sensibilities offer plenty of souvenir options, but Forbes Travel Guide’s editors recommend one thing to make sure to bring home — coffee. The city’s coffee culture rivals any in the country, and the famous Stumptown Coffee Roasters is one of the best places to get your beans. Bring home a bag from the local roaster — selling direct trade varieties from Africa, Indonesia and Latin America roasted nearby in cast-iron German Probat machines — which has locations all over the city. The beans are easy to pack in your carry-on luggage (a plus that puts them above the city’s famous microbrews). Other ideas? Bring home a book from the famous Powell’s City of Books or jewelry from the Portland Saturday Market.
  • On September 18, 2012
    Maureen Healy answered the question: Maureen Healy

    What are the five best Portland food experiences?

    Portland’s diverse food scene offers an array of can’t-miss food experiences. Here are five of Forbes Travel Guides’ editors’ best:
     
    1. Make a reservation at Clarklewis. Chef Dolan Lane serves up a farm-to-table experience, complete with Italian- and French-influenced dishes such as hearth-raised pork shoulder with basil tips and hedgehog mushrooms.
     
    2. Try novo-Peruvian cuisine at Andina. This Pearl District restaurant puts a dressed-up spin on Peruvian dishes, which are best enjoyed with a caipirinha cocktail and the live jazz and Latin American music played every night of the week.
     
    3. Dine atop the city at Portland City Grill. This restaurant is located on the 30th floor of a downtown building and is the after-work watering hole for the professional set. Views stretch beyond the city to the Cascade Mountain range and are served with seafood, steaks and chops.
     
    4. Have vegan fare at Blossoming Lotus. Vegans will love the variety of options at this eatery in the Irvington neighborhood in Northeast Portland. Both cooked and “live food” (not heated above 115 degrees) dishes are available, plus soy-free and gluten-free fare. Don’t miss the crispy artichoke fritters — polenta-breaded artichoke hearts over mixed greens with lemon-caper dipping sauce.
     
    5. Eat Thai at Pok Pok. Chef Andy Ricker won a James Beard Award for the Thai food served at this heralded city institution. Try the Vietnamese chicken wings and wash it down with one of their drinking vinegars.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    Where is the best nightlife in Portland?

    There’s no shortage of nightlife in Portland. The music scene is strong and the venues are unique in this Oregon town. Your favorite band may be playing at a nationally registered historic dance hall downtown, or a log cabin styled lounge with 50’s modern finishes. If the bar scene isn’t your thing, street musicians abound. For dance lovers, Lola’s Room at the Crystal Ballroom hosts 80’s video dance parties every Friday night, and they’re always packed. There’s a fun, carefree vibe and all are welcome at this casual dance party. For more of a rock-n-roll scene, head to Chinatown and check out goldfish races every Friday night at 8 p.m. at Dixie Tavern. If live jazz music rings your bell, go to Jimmy Mak’s in the Pearl District, considered one of the 100 best places to hear jazz by Downbeat magazine. Have a nightcap and a classy late-night dinner at Veritable Quandary, serving seasonal local American fare till 2:30 a.m. every night of the week.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best way to see Portland in one day?

    The absolute best way to see Portland in one day should begin with purchasing an all-day Max pass — it’s a bargain at just $5. Max is Portland’s light rail system, and it has an extensive network of stops in all corners of the city and beyond into the suburbs. The pass also gives you access to the Portland Streetcar (connecting NW Portland to downtown and the waterfront) and buses, so there’s no limit to the places you can go. At www.trimet.org, you can plan your trip using exact addresses, intersections, landmarks or stop ID numbers. Download Trimet’s Transit Tracker App to find out next arrivals in real time. Max also goes straight to and from the airport, so you can rely on mass transit your entire trip if you prefer.
     
    Start your morning off in Old Town at VooDoo Doughnut for a sweet morning treat. The line is worth the wait for amazing doughnuts topped with anything from bacon to Fruit Loops to Tang. Then head to Waterfront Park (at the Skidmore Fountain MAX station) and stroll around the Portland Saturday Market, the nation's largest weekly outdoor craft market. After the market, take a jaunt to Powell’s City of Books, a Portland landmark that covers an entire city block with more than 1.5 million books. Then stop for lunch at Dick’s Kitchen in Southeast Belmont or on Northwest 21st (Nob Hill neighborhood) for quality grass-fed beef burger and a chocolate or vanilla Coconut Bliss vegan milkshake. After the high caloric intake, you’ll probably be in the mood for a hike, and you’re in the right city. Portland is one of America's best walking cities, with dozens of hiking trails varying in difficulty. We recommend Forest Park, the Wildwood Trail and Mount Hood.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best things to see and do in Portland?

    Portland, with its chic neighborhoods, vibrant cultural scene and wooded parks, provides plenty to see and do. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ five picks for a can’t-miss itinerary:
     
    1. Tea time. Enjoy traditional Chinese tea in the Tower of Cosmic Reflections at Lan Su Chinese Garden, then stroll the 40,000 square feet of winding pathways with views of buildings and decorative windows hand-crafted in Suhzou, China — Portland’s sister city. More than 90 native Chinese plants populate this peaceful garden.
     
    2. Bike the city. Rent a bicycle from one of the many shops around town and pedal a piece of the 40-Mile Loop — a paved trail connecting a network of parks and neighborhoods.
     
    3. Experience the art scene. First Thursdays are an upscale affair held on the first Thursday of the month in the trendy Pearl District. Art galleries host open gallery walks with wine and live music. For a more raucous vibe, catch Last Thursdays in the Alberta Arts district — expect diverse crowds, drum circles, fire dancers and tall bikes with plenty of food and local-made crafts.
     
    4. Meander the museums. Boating buffs will love the Oregon Maritime Museum — located in the last operational steam-powered tug boat, which is moored on the Willamette River at Waterfront Park. Investigate the scientific wonders of the world at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, or learn about conservation and forest sustainability at World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum.
     
    5. Get married at a doughnut shop. Portland’s famous Voodoo Doughnut serves up offbeat doughnut flavors — toppings include Captain Crunch, Tang and bacon — along with legal and non-legal weddings.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    Where is the best shopping in Portland?

    Portland has an eclectic (and exciting) shopping scene — you’ll find the best the city has to offer in independent shops and boutiques throughout PDX. Here are a few of Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ Portland shopping picks:
     
    Bibliophiles can’t miss Powell’s City of Books — the city’s favorite bookstore. Visit the flagship location downtown on Burnside Street. Open since 1971, the famous store occupies a full city block and claims the title of the largest independent new and used bookstore in the world. Nine color-coded rooms house more than 3,500 sections, including a rare book room full of collectibles.
     
    Portland’s Pearl District is a formerly rundown warehouse district near downtown now transformed with art galleries, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, salons and urban parks and considered the design center of the city. Wander the streets and pop into shops — we suggest taking a break with a microbrew at BridgePort Brewpub.
     
    Despite the name, Portland’s Saturday Market is open Saturdays and Sundays from March through December. Located near the Burnside Bridge and in Waterfront and Ankeny Parks, this outdoor market place is teeming with artisan goods of all kinds. Shop for jewelry, art, musical instruments and photography, then stop by the food booths for a snack and listen to the live music.
     
    To scour for antiques, head to Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood. The charming area is famous for its antique stores, Victorian homes and the Oaks Park Amusement Park—one of country’s oldest continually operating amusement parks.