The Portland Book of Dates: Adventures, Escapes, and Secret Spots (Paperback)
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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 130 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.
About the Author
EDEN DAWN is the award-winning style editor for Portland Monthly. She's a beloved personality in the community, often seen judging drag queen pageants, 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 author of Real Fun, a book of photography and stories documenting his decade spent touring the world in a variety of indie rock bands.
They've been married for three years and live in Portland's Alberta Arts District.
A Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Bestseller
"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."
"This book is adorable. It is so cool. It's hip, it's trendy, and what I love about it is it's not your average guidebook. The illustrations and the maps . . . make it so entertaining to read."
"It may take on greater importance as a historical text, the same way Chuck Palahniuk's city guide Fugitives & Refugees did in 2003—a snapshot of Portland as it was just before it changed forever, again."