The newest residents of the Oregon Zoo are pretty in pink. This month, 21 lesser flamingos arrived from the San Antonio Zoo. After about a month of acclimation and observation to ensure the birds' health, the flamingos will wade into their home in the newly remodeled Africa Rainforest aviary.
The pink birds will meet the public March 23 at the reopening of the Africa Rainforest aviary, which has been closed for remodeling since November. The flamingos' new home boasts a pool especially designed for them, a new nesting area, and separate holding areas for the flamingos and for the ducks, pochards and ibises that share the aviary.
Winter Wonderland at Portland International Raceway - recognized throughout the northwest as the largest holiday lightshow west of the Mississippi, the 20th annual Jubitz Winter Wonderland will grab your family's attention with over 250 colorful light set pieces and many animated scenes to be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. Click Here for more details.
The Christmas Ship Parade averages about 55 to 60 boats between the two Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Both fleets will be out every night for two weeks beginning December 7, 2012 and running nightly through December 21, 2012. The fleet will do a special performance in Camas, WA on Dec. 1st. As we are an all volunteer organization, not all the boats make it out every night.
Peacock Lane - Since the 1920s, each house in this quaint southeast neighborhood has been decorating for Christmas. Mostly Tudors, the houses are adorned with not only beautiful sparkling lights, but also nativity scenes, rotating Christmas trees and stunningly life-like replicas of Santa and Frosty.
Be forewarned: this is a very popular Portland tradition and the crowds can get quite thick. It is wise to park several blocks away and walk, rather than drive through the area. Better yet, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. More info about the carriages is avaiable at Cowboy Carriage. For more details, click here.
Our favorite Santas can be visited at:
Macy's Santaland (downtown Portland) - The tradition of visiting Santaland and having family portraits taken with Old St. Nick continues at the downtown Macy's store on the Level A. Macy's will once again offer a wide assortment of digital photography packages and families will be able to take their Santa photos with them immediately after they're taken. Santa photos will be available every day from Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 24. For more information click here or call 503-248-4515.
Washington Square Mall - Now through December 24, 2012 Santa will be available for photos and visits at his holiday lodge. Washington Square has introduced a new, convenient twist with our Santa Fly By Program. Families enter Santa's virtual line via web, text, phone or in person at Santa's Lodge. You'll receive an approximate wait time - and are free to shop, dine or relax while awaiting your turn to visit Santa. Click Here for more details.
Mt. Hood Rail Road - Passengers are invited to wear their pajamas on the train. Passenger cars are decorated for the holidays. The Conductor will punch each passengers train ticket.
En route to the North Pole: The book, The Polar Express will be read. Music from The Polar Express movie will be played. Passengers are served hot chocolate and cookies by chefs.
At the North Pole, and the return portion of the train tour: Santa Claus and elves await the passengers at the North Pole (passengers just watch but do not leave train at this portion of the trip). Santa Claus and elves then board the train. Elves will be in each train car and will entertain passengers and lead them in singing Christmas carols. Santa Claus moves through each train car, will greet each child, giving them their own personal silver bell. Click Here for more details.
More great holiday experiences on our BucketList include:
The Heathman Hotel for dinner followed by a Lemondrop in front of the Heathman Library's warm crackling fire. Click Here for more details.
Huber's - for Spanish Coffees which consist of Bacardi 151 rum, Bols Triple Sec, Kahlua, coffee, fresh whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg on top. The drink is made tableside with great flair. Click Here for more detailed information.
The Melting Pot - enjoy a four-course dining experience including cheese fondue, salad, entree and dessert. Or, drop by for fondue cheese paired with that perfect glass of wine from our extensive selection. That's not to say, we haven't had more than a few stop by to satisfy that chocolate craving after a movie. Click Here for more detailed information.
The Nines Hotel - unwind with a glass of wine after a hard day of shopping, and take your time wrapping your gifts in one of The Nines Hotel's elegant suites. Click Here for more details.
Timberline Lodge - this picturesque rough hewn timber lodge built in the 1930s is nothing short of magical, and the reason why it's exterior facade was used as the backdrop for the movie "The Shining" starring Jack Nickelson. Time your visit with one of Timberline’s monthly Winemaker’s Dinners at the Silcox Hut ($175 per person). Travel by Snowcat to the historic annex for a six-course dinner paired with Oregon wine and hosted by the winemakers. Click Here for more details.
Zoo Lights - More than a million LED lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a luminous winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. Cap off your visit by boarding the zoo's light-bedecked steamer train, which provides a unique view of the ZooLights splendor. Click Here for more details.
Grandin Road's Classic Harvest Swag has a freshly gathered look that will remain striking for years to come. Hang it from a door or light post; with an assortment of rich fall fruits and foliage, this swag is the perfect piece for warming up your fall welcome. $69 per swag + shipping
Fabulous silver plated serving pieces, hand stamped with TURKEY, VEGGIES, POTATOES, STUFFING, and GRAVY. Perfect for your holiday entertaining. Wonderful hostess gifts or holiday gifts. Available on Etsy for $98 + shipping.
Cast from a real wishbone, the shape of this Wishbone necklace is perfect and proportional. Measuring 2-1/8" by 3/4" at it's widest point, it hangs on a contrasting 24" black gunmetal figaro chain that can be worn at different lengths. Available on Etsy for $38 + shipping.
This beautiful vintage "Keep Calm and Be Thankful" quote is printed on a page of rescued very old broken book (turn of the century era). The page has beautiful golden finish of old age and nostalgic ephemera to it and is perfect for framing. It's available on Etsy for $9 + shipping.
Gayle's chocolate turkeys make a perfect cetnerpiece and/or Thanksgiving gift. Choose from three sizes - a Small Turkey with Leaves (3.5" tall, solid), a Medium Chocolate Turkey (6" tall, solid), or our large Turkey stuffed with Gayle's Constant Craving (10" tall, 2 lbs. of Constant Craving). A Chocolate Turkey from Gayle's Chocolates is the perfect gift or centerpiece to add to your Thanksgiving tradition!
For questions, and/or to order call 248-398-0001
This Thanksgiving turkey drumstick hat is a must have for any family welcoming a newborn into their lives during the Thanksgiving holiday. This hat can be made in a variety of sizes and is available on Etsy for $22 + shipping.
Scream Haunted Scream Park.Little Screamer Fairs at Scream are packed with spook-tacular fun for the whole family. Arts and crafts, rides and kid-friendly activities abound. As the sun goes down, the monsters come out for teens and adults, when the Scream Park opens with amazing haunted attractions, shows and rides. Where: Portland International Raceway in West Delta Park, 1940 North Victory Blvd When: Little Screamer Fairs: Oct 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28 (Noon to 5pm); Scream Park: Oct 5-7, 11-14, 17-21, 24-31 (7pm to 10 pm Sun-Thu, and 7pm to 11pm Fri-Sat) Cost: $5
Tualatin Youth Advisory Council’s Haunted House. The Tualatin Youth Advisory Council brings back the Haunted House again this year! We’ll have a creepy haunt for older kids, teens, and adults, and the Boo Room for our younger visitors. Where: Van Raden Community Center, 8535 SW Tualatin Rd, Tualatin When: October 24, 25, 26, and 27, 7:00pm – 10:00pm Cost: $4 adults, $3 youth, $1 for Boo Room
Fright Town. “A whole city block of screams and shock!” Features three haunted houses in one location. Where: The Memorial Coliseum When: Opening October 5; weekends in October Cost: $20 admission; coupons available for download online.
Fear Asylum. In 2011, The Milwaukie Elks held their first annual Haunted House Fear Asylum featuring room after room of pure insanity (and fun for all ages!). Where: Milwaukie Elks #2032, 13121 SE McLaughlin Blvd, Milwaukie When: Not yet updated for 2012 Cost: $10
Haunted Trail. The Haunted Trail at Mary S. Young Park includes an Enchanted Trail for families with children under 10 years and a Trail of Terror for the very brave of heart. Games and concessions offered in a covered shelter. Outdoor movie and bonfire, weather permitting. Pre-registration recommended – 503-557-4700 Where: Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Highway 43, West Linn When: Friday October 26 and Saturday October 27, 2012 7:00- 10:00 p.m Cost: $4 for Enchanted Trail ($5 at gate); $8 for Trail of Terror ($10 at gate)
The Haunted MAiZE. A spooky nighttime version of the Pumpkin Patch’s corn maze. Where: The Pumpkin Patch, 16511 NW Gillihan Rd, Sauvie Island When: October 5-6, 12-13, 26-27, and 31, 7 and 10 PM Cost: $10
Bella Organic Portland Pumpkin Farm. Acres of pumpkins & many already-picked pumpkins. The activities at the farm will include: an Oregon Ducks corn maze, haunted maze (last wknd in Sept-end of Oct on Fri/Sat; 6pm to 10pm), cow train, hay rides, hay maze, bounce castle, food cart fare, Bella Organic Produce Market, and more! Where: 16205 NW Gillihan Rd., Portland When: Sept. 1-October 31 Cost: Maze is $7 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 6-12 and seniors, free ages 5 and under. Coupons available online.
Fazio Farms. Crafts, kid activities, hay ride, hay pyramid, bouncy slide, corn maze, pony rides, pumpkins, tractor rides. Some activities require a charge. Where: 8433 NE 13th Ave, Portland When: Sept. 28 – Oct. 31 Cost: maze is $8 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 5-12, free under 5. Some activities require a charge of $1-5
The Pumpkin Patch. Maze, haunted corn field, hayrides, cow trains ride, bonfire, kids giant slide, hay climbing pyramid, pumpkin patch, animals. Where: 16511 NW Gillihan Loop Rd, Portland When: Sept. 1-Oct. 31 Cost: Maize admission is free for kids under 5, $5 for ages 6-12 and seniors, and $7 for ages 13 and up. Haunted maize is $10. Coupon available online.
Baggenstos Farm. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, animals, pumpkin bowling, hay house, hay maze, corn maze. Where: 15801 SW Roy Rogers Rd., Sherwood When: Sept. 29-October 31 Cost: Corn maze is $6 ages 13 and up, $4 5-12, free under 5. Some, but not all, pumpkin patch activities are free. Check website for breakdown.
Fir Point Farms. Pumpkin patch, ponies, hayrides, hay maze, giant slide, corn cannon, hazel’s nut house. Where: 14601 Arndt Rd., Aurora When: Every weekend from the last weekend in September through the end of October Cost: Last year: Admission is free, but tickets are required for most activities ($1 each)
French Prairie Gardens. Pigtucky derby, pumpkin patch, hayrides, hay maze, obstacle course, farm animals, tricycle races, kids corral, chicken coop, hay slides, dirt play area. Where: 17673 French Prairie Rd., St. Paul When: Sept. 29- Oct. 31 Cost: $5.99/person Tues-Fri; $8.99/person Saturday and Sunday, $5 dogs. Kids 1 and under are free. Additional charge for some activities of $1-4.
Lake View Farms. Pumpkins, train ride, boat ride, caterpillar ride, paddle boat, face painting, pony rides. Where: 32055 NW North Ave, North Plains When: Sept. 24-Oct. 30 Cost: $4 to ride on the boat and train; $2 for caterpillar ride. Corn maze is $5 per person, or $1 per year up to age 5.
Lee Farms. Pumpkin patch, farm animals, petting zoo, hay maze, hayrides, pony rides, ferris wheel, bouncy house. Where: 21975 SW 65th Ave, Tualatin When: October 1-31 Cost: Most activities require tickets, which are $1 each.
Liepold Farms. Corn maze, pumpkin-pult, pumpkin decorating, kiddy maze, farm animals, hayrides, tractors. Where: 14480 SE Richey Rd., Boring When: October 1-31 Cost: Corn maze is $5 kids ages 3-10, $7 adults. $1 and up charges for most other activities
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
Experience the festive tastes and home-town service that have made The Original Taco House, Portland's first mexican restaurant a 50 year Portland tradition! Waddles family recipes are still made fresh daily from the finest ingredients with the zesty flavors: homemade tamales, fresh salsa, one-of-a-kind Original Taco House salad dressing. All your favorites are still there, served up in a fun, friendly atmosphere to give your meal that extra spice! So bring back some delicious memories today, or create a new family tradition—with a visit to The Original Taco House.