Erin J Bernard

Erin J. Bernard is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Northeast Portland with her husband and two rather noisy and opinionated kids. They can often be found exploring the mountains and coastlines of the PNW in their trusty green Subaru.

Toys that Travel

It’s family vacay season, and when you hit the road with kids, you’re gonna need backup. These travel toys are compact, cleanish and (probably?) entertaining enough to engage kids for 20 minutes at a stretch. Happy adventuring!  Sweeten the prospect of a long trip for your 2-year-old with Peaceable Kingdom’s Topper Takes a Trip. In

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Neighborhood We ❤️: Congenial Cully

Beloved Cully eatery Beeswing might be long gone, but this Northeast Portland neighborhood remains a hive of culinary and cultural activity. Cully packs a surprising number of community-investment initiatives into its 2.75 square miles, including a thriving neighborhood association — the Cully Association of Neighbors — and Living Cully, a decade-old sustainable growth effort between Habitat

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Oregon Coast Family-Friendly Spots to Play, Eat and Sleep

We’ve cast about high and low for the freshest, family-friendliest spots to play, eat and sleep on the Oregon coast. Oregon’s sublime 360-mile shoreline is sometimes called the People’s Coast, and the reputation’s well-earned: From its host of budget-friendly lodging options and its trove of carefully preserved marine wonders to the endless miles of pristine

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Sonic Youth

The fall’s a fine time to immerse your family in the magic of Portland’s vibrant musical arts scene, from Little Orphan Annie to rousing rock anthems to — say what? — squirrels singing doo-wop. Take your pick from a high-energy assortment of musical theater productions, plus some good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll gigs, all headlined

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