We’ll help you set the mood this Valentine’s Day with our five dreamy date ideas.
1. Treat your sweet to some sweets at Papa Haydn – More Info
Papa Haydn is a fixture of NW 23rd avenue and THE spot to go to when you’re craving something sweet. The dessert case at this place is incredible with over 30 indulgent pies, cakes, ice creams, and tarts to try. You’re biggest problem will be which one to choose!
2. Take a picnic to the Pittock Mansion – More Info
The Pittock Mansion was the dream home of Oregon pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 – 1919. It was purchased by the City of Portland in 1964 after the eldest Pittock grandson put it on the market. Today, it is has been fully and lovingly restored and is open to the public to tour. Admission to the mansion will cost you $10, however it is free to enjoy the grounds and their view of Mt. Hood in the distance. We recommend stopping by Zupan’s market on the way and having a picnic on the back lawn with your loved ones.
3. Let the good times roll with a tour of Portland’s Distillery Row – More Info
We all know that Portland is a beer lovers paradise – but what if your loved one doesn’t like beer!? Not a problem! Portland is currently experiencing a craft distillation revolution. There are seven independent distilleries operating in the Lower Southeast Industrial District – dubbed Distillery Row – and each one is open on the weekends for drop in distillery tours and tastings. You can even book a package with PDX Pedicab and leave your car at home.
4. Hold Hands at the Baghdad Movie Theater – More Info
When you sit your date down at the Baghdad Theater she’ll think she’s about to see an opera or a ballet by Tchaikovsky. The theater is so luxe, so grand, that she’ll never guess that you only paid $9 for that ticket in your coat pocket. Way to go, you!
5. Let your romance blossom with a trip to the Japanese Garden – More Info
The Japanese Garden is located just a short walk away from the hostel in Washington Park. It is composed of five sub-gardens that each represent a different type of traditional Japanese gardening. No matter what time of year you visit the gardens, you will see breathtaking flora. It’s the perfect place to inspire the poet in all of us.