Guides to Cascadia
Reporting projects have called me to far-flung corners of the world, but some of my favorite gigs have kept me grounded here in the Pacific Northwest.
I’ve clocked more miles than most people driving the twisty-turny highways in Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Northern California. I have on-staff experience as a senior travel editor and writer, so I’m allergic to cliches such as “hidden gems,” “boasting” and “the beach time forgot.” I also work to create inclusive resources for marginalized travelers, particularly LGBTQ and genderqueer road-trippers.
Added together, I have edited or contributed to more than a dozen travel guides and magazines about the Pacific Northwest. With each of these projects, I aim to inspire, inform and avoid painting a homogenous picture of the places I report on. As a quick overview, here are three travel guides to Oregon, my current basecamp.
The stalwart publisher of the first modern travel guide, Fodor’s goes beyond mere lists of attractions to highlight the local cultures and peoples that make a place distinct. For the 2016 edition of Fodor’s Oregon, I wrote, expanded and updated two chapters on some of the wildest and most remote corners of the West Coast — Eastern and Central Oregon.
This official travel guide to Oregon goes beyond the most iconic sites to uncover lesser-known places — making remote and unplugged adventures more accessible. The guide, which has a circulation of 300,000, includes a complete introduction to the boundless outdoors, a tasty rundown of the trending culinary scene and day-by-day itineraries to the state’s seven regions. This is only one of the many travel projects I have worked on as a roving editor for MEDIAmerica Publishing; I’ve managed three annual editions of the Travel Oregon guide. (For the sake of transparency, please be aware that I have never been an employee of Travel Oregon.)
You can view a PDF of the 2018 edition here — and feast your eyes on the three sample spreads below (pulled from the 2017 and 2018 editions).
There’s no coastline in North America quite like Oregon’s. Here 363 miles of sandy beaches are open to everyone thanks to a pioneering state law that guarantees public ownership of these misty, secluded shores. Printing more than 100,000 copies, the official guide to the Oregon Coast has everything you’d expect — the inside scoop on ocean-fresh seafood, top hikes to panoramic vistas, serene waterways for paddling and more. But it goes beyond that with a trio of mile-by-mile itineraries written from a local’s point of view. This is another example of the travel projects I have worked on as a roving editor for MEDIAmerica Publishing.
You can view a PDF of the 2017 edition of the Oregon Coast guide here, one of three annual editions I have produced from editorial vision through to pre-print proofreading.