When she’s not out on a great family adventure with her husband and daughter, bike riding to the Kenton Library or playing roller derby for the Storm City Roller Girls, you can find Suzie pounding the Portland pavement to uncover the best family activities her town has to offer. As Red Tricycle’s first ever Portland Editor, Suzie’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of her adopted hometown (she originally hails from Atlanta) shines in everything she does from editing and writing stories to populating the family events calendar with sweet activities to tipping readers off to the coolest new happenings around town. Read on to meet Suzie and find out more about this Portland mama and her favorite things to do.
What’s your idea of an awesome day with the family?
We love to go on active adventures together and one of our favorites is hiking. We love hitting the trail, getting into nature, stretching our legs and listening to the birds chirp.
What’s your favorite Portland neighborhood?
My favorite Portland neighborhood is the Alberta Arts/Concordia neighborhood. There are so many great restaurants to choose from, like Petit Provence and Pine State Biscuits, along with Mimosa Studios for pottery painting, Green Bean Books, Salt & Straw, and the McMenamins Kennedy School soaking pool.
What do you love most about being a Portland parent?
I love that a lot of the parents I know are a bunch of DIY-ers and like to play music, make art, can berries, pickle asparagus, brew beer and bake things from scratch. They are into teaching their kids these things and really trying to live life with meaning and purpose. I also love that we have tons of vacation options in the Pacific Northwest. We can drive to the coast, the mountains, a lush forest, a breathtaking lake or to the high desert within a few hours.
What do you love least about being a Portland parent?
The summer weather in Portland is especially gorgeous and doesn’t last nearly long enough.
What are you looking forward to doing with your daughter this year?
I am looking forward to traveling around and camping this summer with my family and our Girl Scout troop.
As Red Tricycle’s first ever Portland editor, what are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about digging deeper into what our amazing and ever-changing city has to offer. Portland is constantly in growth mode and the kid population is booming. I have to say that I like being the person who actively seeks out new and exciting events, restaurant openings and other activities because it really keeps me in the know and on top of my own family’s calendar. I also honestly enjoy sharing that information with my friends as well as other Portland-area parents I haven’t even met.
Say hello to Suzie and tell her what you’re loving about Red Tricycle Portland and what you’d like to see more of by shooting her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ride on!