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The Portland Book of Dates

The Portland Book of Dates


  • 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.
  • Eden Dawn Eden Dawn Eden Dawn is the senior editor for Portland Monthly and is a well-known personality in the community. Together Eden and her husband, Ashod Simonian, run the activism-based nail polish company Claws Out, which has included collaborations with the Portland Trail Blazers and Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. They've also coauthored The Portland Book of Dates — a guidebook to the best adventures, escapes, and secret spots in and around Oregon. They’ve been married since 2017 and work from their slightly creaky 100-year-old house in Portland’s Alberta Arts District with their three bossy cats: Daphne, Foxglove, and Ruby.
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