It's a midsummer night's dream, when we live in a place with such abundance and natural beauty.
If you're looking to find your own piece of paradise with a cold beverage in hand, food, music, community and a stunning view, you're in the right place.
Here are four epic events to check out this summer:
1. Attend a farm dinner.
Field & Vine's fifth annual Dinners in the Field series is going strong, in the midst of a lineup of 31 events, from Sauvie Island to Salem.
Each event is focused on agritourism, drawing a closer connection to where food and drink come from — the wineries, farms, U-picks, mills and artisan makers of cheeses, breads and more.
A portion of proceeds from each dinner go to the nonprofit Oregon Farm Loop, which promotes public education about three farm loops close to Portland: the Canby Farm Loop, Molalla County Farm Loop and Farmlandia (including 20 stops in Southeast Portland and Wilsonville).
Here are some of the upcoming Field & Vine dinners. For the full lineup (through Dec. 9), visit www.fieldandvineevents.com:July 29, Lee Farms with Erath Winery and House Spirits in Tualatin Aug. 6, Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars with Portland Cider Company in Oregon City Aug. 12, Beckham Estate Vineyard with Portland Creamery in Sherwood
2. Check out Widmer Brothers' new beer garden.
One of Portland's pioneer craft brew icons, Widmer Brothers, opened its beer garden earlier this month at its flagship North Portland location, 929 N. Russell St. — how much more Portland could it get?
The new space features four rotating taps of small-batch beers from the brewery's innovation brewing team and cans of easy-drinking Hefe.
It's a pet-friendly, kid-friendly spot for food carts, lawn games, live music on special occasions and a grand view of the city. The garden is open noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Sundays.
Oregon Beer Month will wrap up with the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, July 26-30 at Waterfront Park, with more than 80 independent craft brewers represented. It's one of Oregon's oldest beer festivals, drawing 80,000 people each year.