Valentine’s day deserves some recognition. Whether you enjoy kayaking, comedic plays or a steak dinner, Oregon’s Washington County has these offerings and more to make the holiday your own.
Nothing says romance like a romance package! These hotel packages include special “romantic extras,” such as wine, chocolates, gift cards, movie tickets and more–which can save you money and offer a realm of possibilities of what to do. Or, for a full night’s change of scenery, book a lodging and dining package.
McMenamins Grand Lodge has a special “Sweethearts Package” running for the nights of Feb. 8-16, with an overnight hotel stay, dinner, wine and breakfast. Optional extras are at Ruby’s Spa on the premises.
Dinner & More
A steak dinner is just one Valentine’s Day option out of many here.
The historic Jenkins Estate in Beaverton hosts its 15th annual Chocolate Fantasy on Friday, Feb. 8. Enjoy a showcase of the finest chocolate delicacies from local chocolatiers, treats from local bakeries, sips from area wineries, and unique Valentine’s Day gift items available for purchase. Admission $5 per person; 2 years and older.
A Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance is Friday, Feb. 8 in Portland from 6-8 p.m. Dress in your best, dance to your favorite music, have a special dinner, and celebrate Valentine’s Day together.
A Feb. 14 valentines dinner at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse includes a multi-course dinner with a choice of appetizers, a selection of entrees (including prime rib) and dessert. Vegetarian options available; please request when booking.
Five courses are on the menu for dinner, and live music is offered as well on either Thursday, Feb. 14 or Friday, Feb. 15 at Primrose & Tumbleweeds in downtown Hillsboro. Each dinner course will be paired with an Oregon wine. Dinner highlights include a Dungeness crab cake and specialty dried charcuterie from Portland’s Olympic Provisions. Reservations are required.
Enjoy a special Sweetheart Valentine’s Dinner the night of Feb. 14 at Champions Grill in the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains. Entree options include smoked prime rib, Pacific halibut and grilled pork tenderloin. A wine list will also be available. Reservations are recommended.
Love Letters (February 14): Returning for a one-night-only performance is this production, where two actors read aloud the letters written to each others characters over the course of their lives. (Tickets are $28 each)
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (through February 24): The Broadway Rose Theatre Company–one of the Greater Portland’s most acclaimed theatre companies–will take you on a musical trip from dating to marriage, through the truths and myths behind the contemporary conundrum known as “the relationship.” (Tickets start at $20 each)
How the Other Half Loves (February 15-March 3): This punchy comedy is about the interaction of sex and social class in modern English society, performed by Hillsboro’s HART Theatre. The play juggles time and environment to present the lives and loves, passion and panic of three married couples. (Tickets are $14 each)
Bowling & Kayaking!
Spend Valentine’s Day at Big Al’s and get special pricing! From 5 p.m. to close on Thursday, Feb. 14, enjoy 2 personal pizzas, 2 medium sodas, choice of dessert, $10 fun (gaming) card, 2 games of bowling, and 2 shoe rentals for $30.
Explore the waters of the Tualatin River on Saturday, Feb. 16 with Kyle Sheeley of OutKayaking, Portland’s LGBT kayaking club, on a three-hour Valentine’s kayak paddle. This trip is suitable for all skill levels; be sure to pack a lunch and snacks.
We’ve also chronicled the wine-related Valentine’s offerings in the area, including a special “Valentine’s Wine Loop” self-guided winery tour Feb. 15-17 — so be sure to find what your heart and wine palate desire!
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