Few heads turned when Judge Kemp walked into a Office Depot store in Portland, Oregon, one Saturday evening in May 2015 wearing 3-and-a-half-inch goth rocker boots and an above-the-knee, off-theshoulder little red dress. Kemp grabbed what he needed—some last-minute lanyards—and hurried back to The Old Freeman Factory to kick off one of Portland’s most anticipated and colorful charity events of the year: the Red Dress Party.
Groups traveling to Alaska’s Tutka Bay Lodge can join award-winning chefs (and mother-daughter team) Kirsten and Mandy Dixon for a culinary-specific package that delves into the history and technique of Alaska cuisine. As part of the package, guests will forage for wild edibles and visit a Kachemak Bay oyster farm. The package includes transportation to and from Homer, all lodging, amenities, cooking classes at Tutka Bay Lodge and a Tutka Bay Lodge cookbook.
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From Silver Reef Casino in Ferndale, Washington, the Cool Cucumber is the perfect summer drink for a hot afternoon or warm evening. The subtle heat from the ginger simple syrup is quickly cooled by the cucumber and refreshed with a hint of citrus.
— 4 slices of cucumber
— 1 lemon wedge
— 1.25 oz. Yazi ginger-flavored vodka
— 1 oz. ginger-infused simple syrup
— 3 oz. soda water
— 4 sprigs of candied ginger (optional)
Born in Ketchikan, Patti Mackey spent her childhood on Bainbridge Island and theSeattle area before returning to her hometown as an adult. “I was visiting my grandparents and ended up meeting a handsome fisherman,” says the fifth-generation Alaskan and Ketchikan Visitors Bureau CEO. “I moved back to Ketchikan and married him!” Located on Revillagigedo Island, Ketchikan offers a number of activities for locals and visitors alike, including fishing, beachcombing and camping.
Doug Fir Lounge’s bar manager, Joshua Merrion, recommends his Over the River cocktail to keep you warm when the temperatures dip.
—2 parts Woodford Reserve
—1 part Zirbenz Stone Pine liqueur
—1/4 ounce honey syrup
—4 dashes each Peychaud’s bitters and Angostura bitters
1. Combine all ingredients, stir and strain over a single ice cube.
2. Garnish with a lemon peel and Amarena cherry on a pick.
Bend’s Hotel & Convention Center recently went under extensive renovations and reopened as ‘Riverhouse on the Deschutes’ earlier this year. The property’s transformation was completed to provide guests with a more refined and delightful experience. The newly renovated location appointed Todd Cooley as new general manager.
Renovations on the property began in late 2015. The update included reconstruction of its on-site restaurant, Currents. The property will showcase authentic Northwestern flair, new amenities and beautiful views of the river.
Named one of 2014’s “Best Cocktails in America” by Restaurant Hospitality, this drink from Kirkland, Washington’s Trellis Restaurant (located in The Heathman Hotel) will warm you up on a crisp fall afternoon.
— 2 oz. duck-infused bourbon
— .75 oz. Carpano Antica vermouth
— .25 oz. Luxardo cherry liqueur
— Ardbeg whiskey atomizer
1. Combine bourbon, Carpano Antica and Luxardo.
2. Stir over ice and strain into a chilled martini glass.
3. Garnish with a cherry and mist with Ardbeg.
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The Mark Spencer Hotel has been immersed in art since it first opened its doors as the Nortonia Hotel in 1907. Located in the middle of Portland, Oregon’s West End district, it has welcomed artists such as Louis Armstrong, Spike Jones, Billy Barty and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1966, the Nortonia was remodeled and renamed The Mark Spencer Hotel. The oldest operating hotel in Portland’s metro area, it continues to showcase creativity. “Each floor is a nod to a different art form,” says Cydelle Higa-Johnston, director of sales.