Deston Nokes

Deston Nokes

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Deston grew up traveling the world and never lost the bug. For more than 30 years, he has been based in Portland writing about the region he loves and a variety of destinations. As a native Portlander, he enjoys sharing his discoveries on the Rose City's newest eateries and hotels, as well as more active pursuits such as paddleboarding, skiing and golfing. Deston has been telling Pacific Northwest stories through features and blogs published in Bon Appétit, Alaska Airlines' Beyond, Travel+Leisure, CityPASS blog, The Oregonian, Seattle P.I., Boston Herald, Jetsetter, FORE, Fodor’s Travel Guides and Travel Portland. Deston also runs his own business communications firm, Nokes Communications, Inc.

Posts by Deston Nokes

You asked...we answered!

  • 1
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    The most exotic was the island of Shikoku, Japan. Away from the urban congestion and lights, it’s a place where visitors can slow down and experience traditional Japanese lodging and cuisine, savor its breathtaking valleys and coastline, and walk the same path that devoted Buddhist pilgrims have traveled for centuries. Shikoku is best known for its 88 Buddhist temples, which draw pilgrims from all over the world. The pilgrims are easy to spot: nearly all wearing conical grass hats, white kimono jackets, and carrying walking sticks.

  • 2
    What do you do when you encounter an unexpected dead-end?

    The best tactic for finding a new angle or experience is to interview a local shop owner or craftsperson. I let them weave some stories that often launches me into a topic I hadn’t considered.

  • 3
    Who would you choose as a seatmate on a cross-continential road trip?

    Anyone who wouldn’t complain about my driving, which narrows the list quite a bit.

  • 4
    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    To be appreciative. Locals are happy to show off their home turf, so it’s important to honor their time with gratitude and genuine interest in learning something. Always have a few fives on-hand to tip the housekeeper, bellman and taxis.