Margaret Seiler helps keep Portland Monthly clear, readable, and grammatically correct. She also writes about local politicshistory, sports (from the Thorns to Tonya Harding), and her hobby of extreme transit. The native Kentuckian landed in Oregon after youth-hostelling her way around the continent (before cell phones!) and worked at Willamette Week and the Portland Tribune before joining Portland Monthly in 2010. She lives in North Portland with her brewer husband and their two children. 


What to Do in Oregon in July

Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, a dory celebration in Pacific City, orchestral music on the coast, and more

06/30/2023 By Michelle Harris, Margaret Seiler, and Sam Stites

Event Calendar

Things to Do in Portland This Week

Looking for something to do in Portland, Oregon? Here's a list of upcoming Portland-area events, activities, exhibits, shows, and more.

06/29/2023 By Matthew Trueherz and Margaret Seiler


Can't Find a Pool? 6 Portland Outdoor Hotel Pools for Summer Splashing

Book a room with cable and AC and lounge by the pool at University Place downtown, the Holiday Inn at Jantzen Beach, the Monarch in Clackamas, and more.

06/22/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Get Out

The 2023 Swim Hole Challenge: Which Is Your New Favorite?

We searched far and wide around Portland for the best swimming holes to delight water lovers like you, from families to adventurers to birthday-suit enthusiasts. We challenge you to visit three new ones this summer.

06/20/2023 By Benjamin Tepler, Rachel Ritchie, Margaret Seiler, Caleb Diehl, Kasey Cordell, and Sam Stites


Don't Miss These Summer (and Fall and Winter) Annual Oregon Coast Events

Celebrate your inner Viking in Astoria, fly kites in Lincoln City, count puffins in Cannon Beach, and check out chalk art in Seaside!

06/14/2023 By Margaret Seiler


The PoMo Essential Summer 2023 Playlist

Summer songs from Portlanders old and new to spin this season on our Spotify playlist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the Decemberists, Five Fingers of Funk, and more

06/14/2023 By Matthew Trueherz and Margaret Seiler


Pride Parades and Events 2023: Portland Upgrades to 2 Months of Celebrations

The big parade moves to July, but June is still packed with Pride events and festivals, from the Portland Gay Men's Chorus Disney Show to the Queer Wine Fest.

06/08/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Movers & Shakers

Perfect Party: Summer 2023

From the first Goonie to win an Oscar (sorry, Corey Feldman) to the Portland-snubbing Taylor Swift, here’s who’s invited to our table.

06/05/2023 By Margaret Seiler


Portland Is a Beach Town. It's True.

Poet’s, Audrey McCall, Sellwood, Cathedral, Tom McCall Bowl, or Duckworth Dock—which Willamette River swim spot is best for you and your crew?

06/02/2023 By Margaret Seiler, Michelle Harris, and Matthew Trueherz

Swimming Holes

Columbia River Swim Spots and Beaches Under 90 Minutes from Portland

From Jones Beach to Rooster Rock to the Hood River waterfront, the Columbia River is big enough for everyone to find a beach and take a dip.

06/02/2023 By Margaret Seiler, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Julia Silverman

Editor’s Note

From the Editor: What’s Your Favorite Part of Oregon Summer?

An ocean vista on the coast, an ice cream sundae in the Gorge, a beer along the Sandy River, or a day at Enchanted Forest

06/02/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Summer Fun

An Incomplete Guide to Portland’s Biggest Summer 2023 Concerts and Events

From Pedalpalooza to Pickathon, Diana Ross to Diana Krall, Shakespeare to Samantha Bee, a roundup of what's happening in Portland, Oregon, this summer.

06/01/2023 By Margaret Seiler and Sam Stites

Best of PDX

50 Things to Do in Portland

From markets to movie houses to museums, here's your expert list of the absolute best things to do in this city.

05/26/2023 By Shannon Daehnke, Michelle Harris, Fiona McCann, Conner Reed, Margaret Seiler, Julia Silverman, and Matthew Trueherz

Road Trips

Concerts and Events Worth a Trip Out of Town This Summer

Willie Nelson, Taylor Swift, rodeos, big-time fairs, and more can be found in other places around Oregon, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest.

05/24/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Going Yard

Portland Baseball by the Numbers: Hops, Pickles, and More

The stats on the new Hillsboro Hops stadium, wacky Portland Pickles promos, and the MLB dream that will never die.

05/24/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Farm Fresh

Fabulous Farmers Markets in Portland, Beaverton, and Beyond

Where to stock up on the best of the bounty of every season.

05/22/2023 By Dalila Brent, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Margaret Seiler


Oaks Park vs. Enchanted Forest: Oregon Amusement Park Showdown

Which classic theme park is for you, a Southeast Portland gem with carnival games and a roller rink, or a storybook village just south of Salem?

05/19/2023 By Margaret Seiler

La Grande to the Filipinas

Another Oregon Connection at the Women’s World Cup 2023

Former Eastern Oregon University soccer player Kiara Fontanilla might be in goal for the Philippines at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

05/19/2023 By Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

Portland Neighborhoods by the Numbers

Home sales prices, rent costs, crime numbers, and commute times for every neighborhood, from Linnton to Laurelhurst, Multnomah to Montavilla

05/18/2023 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Real Estate

Portland Suburbs by the Numbers in 2023

The burbs are booming! Home sales prices, rent costs, demographics, and commute times for Ridgefield, Sandy, Hillsboro, and other Portland-area suburbs.

05/18/2023 Edited by Margaret Seiler