DJ Grind: Don’t Miss These 6 Things in Portland, Oregon

By @ 07/22/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Oregon, Portland, Travel
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DJ Grind crushes it

Our very own correspondent Portland, Oregon-based Stephen Massey (aka DJ GRIND) manages major communications for non-profit clients. And at night, he’s a one of the most popular U.S. DJ and music producers, regularly headlining major global gay events and music festivals and creating remixes for some of the biggest names in the music industry, including  Enrique Iglesias, Demi Lovato, Cher, Kylie Minogue, and Ariana Grande, and more. Massey is also a devoted partner to his handsome boyfriend, Tim Healea, head baker and owner at Little T American Baker. Steve knows his way around DJ booths as well as Portland, Oregon.

Stephen provided us his top recommendations for a great, gay visit to this treasure of the Pacific Northwest.

1: Hotel: The trendy, gay-friendly Ace Hotel in Portland’s dynamic West End neighborhood offers all the stylish furnishings and quirky amenities (typewriters and turntables in many of the rooms) that you’d expect in the self-proclaimed hipster capital of the U.S. Plus, it’s located in the heart of Portland’s burgeoning cultural, dining and shopping district.

2: Breakfast: My partner, Tim Healea, is one of the country’s best artisan bread bakers. There’s no better place in Portland for breakfast than his bakery, Little T American Baker with a wide selection of hand-made pastries, savory breakfast sandwiches, and fresh-roast espresso drinks. Pick up a loaf of what Sunset Magazine describes as the “best baguette in Portland if not the entire West Coast.”

3: Sunday Funday: Less than 40 minutes from downtown Portland, Oregon’s Willamette Valley offers some of the most beautiful and bountiful wine country in North America, with more than 300 wineries and tasting rooms to explore. The Willamette Valley is also a gateway to Oregon’s stunning Pacific Coast communities like Cannon Beach that make for a perfect weekend getaway.

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Steve (right) and Tim

4: Cocktails: Some of the best cocktails in the city are shaken, stirred and poured at Kask — a “modern saloon” just steps from some of the city’s best dining and nightlife offerings. It’s a great spot for a pre-dinner or pre-theater cocktail or a nightcap.

5: Hidden Gem: On a warm afternoon, we love taking a picnic to Council Crest Park, the highest point in the city. It’s a quiet oasis high above the city, and it offers striking views of the most famous mountains and volcanoes in the Cascade Range, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson.

6: Outdoor Spot: Portland is well-known for its many bridges, and there’s no better way to see them than from the water. In the summer, Tim and I love boating with our friends along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers, and spending the afternoon sunbathing at one of the many beaches on nearby Sauvie Island or Rooster Rock State Park.

ManAboutWorld often travels to the beat of DJ GRIND. We highly recommend his uplifting, lyrical musical selections to help make the journey as satisfying as the destination. Subscribe on iTunes or Podomatic. For DJ GRIND music & upcoming events check his site:

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This was originally published in ManAboutWorld. A version was also published in Towleroad’s new Travel section.

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