Most of us have been asked or will be asked to put a few words together and repeat them in front of a staring crowd. For most people, this is a formidable challenge. For some, it's a nightmare. With Toasts for All Occasions as your guide, you'll never be afraid of "saying a few words" again. This unique updated reference book gathers hundreds of toast samples -- from traditional and conservative, to uncommon and amusing -- that can be adapted by anyone, in any situation, at any time...even at the last minute! The hundreds of examples in Toasts for All Occasions can be easily modified to fit any circumstance or situation. It will provide you with the blueprint for a flawless and heartwarming personal or business toast that you can put together days or moments before the spotlight is on you.
The ideal romantic lake outing requires three things. 1. Natural beauty, because soaring hearts demand scenery to match. 2. Not too many people, because romance shuns crowds. 3. Some luxury, because love likes it a little cushy. Suttle Lake, in central Oregon, earns top marks in all three categories. The glacier-formed lake is undeniably a stunner. But oddly, even at the height of summer, Suttle never feels mobbed—despite being one of Oregon’s more accessible mountain lakes (U.S. 20 skirts its northern shore).
But luxury is where Suttle really scores. Its seven-year-old resort is a modern take on Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge, big on rough-hewn beams and wrought-iron chandeliers. The spa offers couples’ massages; the Boathouse Restaurant serves surprisingly-ambitious-for-being-out-in-the wilds Northwest cuisine, like grilled salmon with charmoula cumin sauce and buttermilk-soaked trout and chips. There’s a long list of activities you can participate in—kayaking, canoeing, fly-fishing, hiking. But if you just want to sit on the lodge lawn gazing off at the lake and thinking only about each other, that’s fine too.
Stay: Eagle Feather, the most desirable of the 11 lodge suites, features a sitting room with a stone fireplace and a sleeping loft overlooking the lake. The older lodge cabins are pretty simple, but four contemporary versions fronting Cinder Beach feature all the modern luxuries of the lodge rooms. Lodge suites from $199, waterfront cabins from $299; 2-night min.; thelodgeatsuttlelake.com
Vocebox's six private suites are perfect for all kinds of events, from a small gathering of friends to a buy-out of the full space. The next time you want to get a group together without the hassle of crowds, let Voicebox take care of every detail right down to the food and drinks.
Gathering with friends in a private suite is more than just about a better karaoke experience, too. It’s about the transformative power of group song. Every night Voicebox guests form new stories they’ll tell for years.
Let them show you why a night at Voicebox is an experience you could have nowhere else.
FRAGRANCE: red mandarin, sandalwood, grapefruit, perilla
A sharp look at the freshest scents of Summer. Lady Rhubarb evokes sunny afternoons with its balanced and exciting combination of Blood Orange, Red Mandarin, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, and Perilla – also known as the rare Japanese shiso, which boosts the immune system. This energizing and exquisite perfume is a DL & Company classic. 40+ hours of burn time.
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In 1993, a simple but remarkable concept took root in Portland, Oregon. That concept was to handcraft superior chocolates – chocolates that would not only taste exquisite, but that would look exceptional, as well. The result would be a chocolate indulgence for all the senses.
From that initial idea grew Moonstruck Chocolatier, where to this day each piece, is still handcrafted using only the finest ingredients, pairing decadent chocolate with fresh flavors found in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and then each piece is hand-decorated with intricate care.
It all makes for a chocolate experience without compare!
Our favorite was the....
Sea Salt Cajeta Caramel
Rich, soft caramel slow cooked in an open copper kettle with imported premium Maldonâ pure flaky sea salt crystals, inside a speckled dark chocolate scallop shell. Box of 20 caramels
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The world’s premier Polynesian paradise is back in town, and better than ever. With a legendary lineup of exotic handcrafted cocktails, delectable tidbits and imaginative entrées, Trader Vic’s is a tropical refuge in the heart of the Pearl District.
Trader Vic’s Portland showcases an extensive collection of original Polynesian pop art alongside authentic tribal masks, tiki carvings, tapa cloth, woven-grass wall coverings and many other indigenous South Seas artifacts. Whether you’re in the mood for dinner or just drinks, appetizers and good times, Trader Vic’s is the place to be. Click Here for details.
As one of Portland's premiere Spa services providers Doscha offers a luxurious experience unsurpassed in the area. Select from several levels of service to fit your unique needs. Doscha even offers spa samplers that are sure to please. Click Here for more details.