Wow Your Sweetheart This Valentine's Day In Portland

Wow Your Sweetheart This Valentine's Day In Portland

We all know just how important Valentine's Day can be. Here, we've taken the best ideas and put them in one list, giving you a variety of ideas to make the best impression with your special someone.

If you are looking for some great ideas to surprise your special someone this Valentine's Day, then look no further. Make this year memorable and blow her away with a day (and night) filled with some terrific surprises and unexpected adventures. Here, you'll find a list of ideas to help you make a great impression this year, including the most popular choices for a romantic dinner and drinks out on the town, as well as some great events and activities happening around Portland that you simply shouldn't miss.

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Winery Romance at It's Finest

This award winning vineyard will be hosting a very romantic dinner on 2/13 and a brunch 2/14 in celebration of Valentine's Day. Take that special someone for a short scenic drive to the Coast Range and enjoy your afternoon as you take in some beautiful scenery and indulge yourself with an intimate culinary experience and some amazing wine. While the holiday brunch menu is yet to be announced, both dinner and brunch reservations are already filling up quickly at this popular winery. Past menus have included Homemade French Brie Soup, Prime Rib, Pasta and Herb Crusted Chicken Breasts.

Dinner on Saturday night is all you can eat and includes 2 glasses of award winning reserve wine from the vineyard. Brunch at Eola Hills is no different when it comes to award winning, and you can expect nothing less than the absolute best when dining here this holiday. Standard brunch menu options include Pan Fried Oysters, Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Make sure to make your reservations early as they are expected to sell out again this year.

Price Per Couple:
$100.00 - $110.00

Dinner 2/13/2016
Reservations Taken:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Brunch 2/14/2016
Reservations Taken:
9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Website

Worst Day of the Year Ride

Celebrate with Silliness on a Winter Ride with Warm Treats

After 15 years, this grand Portland tradition is still going strong. No matter what the weather is like, thousands of friends, family, and co-workers gather to show off and share their silliness with giggle-inducing costumes, a 15 or 42 mile bike course with some fun filled rest stops and tasty treats along the way.

This event gets a kick start on the fun with a pre-ride party on Friday at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub. On Valentine's Day morning, everyone gathers at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub for registration and check-in, and then begins their choice of the Challenge Course or the Urban Course bike ride. Organizers also host costume contests with some pretty great prizes for categories including Most Elaborate, Weather Themed, and "Punniest" winners.

Register Online
$39.00 - $49.00

Event Begins:
8:00 am - Registration
9:00 am - Challenge Course Starts
10:00 am - Urban Course Starts

Website

Portland Spirit Valentine's Dinner

Romance on the Willamette River

This wonderful idea comes from Portland Spirit, which offers a beautiful scenic cruise along the Willamette River as you indulge in the picturesque Portland skyline. Begin your evening cruise with live music from The Bylines to set the mood and sit down for a mouth watering and palette pleasing four course menu as you take in brilliant night view.

The ship will be serving a menu which includes a shareable first course of antipasto, followed by impeccably executed dishes including Stuffed Crab, Vegetarian Lasagna, and Steak all accompanied with side dishes that compliment each main selection perfectly. Make sure to save room for a taste of one of their signature decadent dessert dishes with your choice of Salted Caramel Crunch Cake or the popular Chocolate True Red Velvet Cake to please the taste buds and round out the night's meal. This cruise is available on both days of Valentine's weekend to make sure everyone can take advantage of this memorable evening. Make sure to get your reservations early, as this special celebration usually sells out early.

Price Per Person:
$99.00

Boarding:
6:30 pm

Dinner and Cruise:
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Website

My Beery Valentine

Make a Unique Impression with Some of the Best Brews in Town

For seven years running now, The Saraveza Bottleshop & Pastry Tavern has partnered up with Brewpublic to offer patrons an evening filled with a unique and carefully selected collection of the most delicious beers available accompanied with some good old comfort food in an intimate atmosphere. Take advantage of the Hugging Booth as well as the Valentine's Flights that were expertly created with love in mind. This Valentine's Day celebration at Seraveza is so popular, these crafty companions host this event both Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th so that everyone has the chance to experience this masterful collection of brews that are sure to make an impression on your sweetheart.

Celebration begins:
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Where:
Serveza
1004 N Killingsworth

Website

Hearts on Fire Showcase

Country Duets to Melt Your Heart

If you're a country music fan, then this show is one not to be missed. Take in some of the best sounding country singers performing covers of some of classic duets we all know and love. The Heart Strings join the fun as the backing band to these performances.

The Star Theater will feature performers which include members of Hook & Anchor, DEAN!, Counterfeit Cash, and many more who will cover the songs and duets we all know and love originally performed by stars including Johnny Cash and June Carter, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Buck Owens and many more. This romance-filled night is in its second year and is expected to sell out early again, so make sure to get your tickets soon!

When:
Sunday Feb. 14th

Where:
Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave

Ticket Prices:
$14.00 - $25.00

Doors Open:
6:00 pm

Show Starts:
7:00 pm

Website

Haunted Valentine Tour

Explore the Other Side of Life with This Ghostly Tour

If you like to think outside of the box when it comes to surprising your date this Valentine's Day, then look no further than this inventive idea. Take your sweetheart to the dark side, and explore the mysteries of the Shanghai Tunnels, and experience the sordid history of Portland's past through a guided tour of the Old Town District. Along the way, you'll get up close and personal with some of the more infamous spirits and get an inside look at some of the brothels, kidnappings, and more that made up the lawless side of Portland's history.

During your 3 hour guided tour, you will also have the opportunity to sample 7 of the finest local craft beers made right here in Portland and sample chocolate from a variety of respected and talented chocolate makers from around the city. Make sure to get your tickets early, as this Haunted Valentine's Tour sells out yearly.

When:
February 13th & 14th
3:00 pm & 7:00 pm (both days)

Where:
Kells Irish Pub
112 SW 2nd Ave

Ticket Prices:
$59.00

Website

One Night on the Silk Road

Tabor Bread Bakery takes you on a culinary road trip

Show your valentine a unique culinary experience this holiday and join renowned chef Trogub as she leads her team of experienced chefs in creating a one of a kind culinary experience. While you are here, you will be served a five course prix fixe' meal where all the dishes showcase and celebrate ingredients that are naturally stimulating as well as foods from the Silk Road that are revered as aphrodisiacs.

Indulge in amazing flavors during the 5 themed courses which include Oysters Rockafeller, Saffron Panna Cotta, NY Strip Tatakim and for a decadent dessert, Chocolate Cardamom Maca Cream Puffs are among the selections. During each course, you'll also enjoy stories and live string music to make everything come together and transport you to another time and place.

Reservations are highly encouraged as seating is extremely limited and are expected to sell out quickly. Prices are per person and include drinks, wine pairings, entertainment, and gratuity. Your valentine will certainly appreciate the "exploration of aphrodisiac delights" during the evening's meal as this is one experience not to be forgotten.

When:
Feb. 14
5:00 pm & 8:00 pm

Where:
Tabor Bread
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Ticket Prices:
$75.00 per person

Website

Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Year of the Monkey Brings Martial Arts on Display

One of the most popular places to visit in Portland, this Chinese garden can be found right in the heart of downtown Portland, giving locals and tourists alike a quite place to escape to in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Built by Chinese artisans, this is one of the most authentic to be found outside of China. Start your Valentine's Day celebrations with your main squeeze by taking a stroll hand in hand through the lush Suzhou-style gardens and indulge in some amazing flavors while enjoying some delicious tea from the authentic tea house amid the gardens.

Visit the Shaolin Center and experience Martial Arts on display from masters in the field. Explore the various styles including Tai Chi Chuan, Northern and Southern Fist, as well as animal styles and more. See how these masterful demonstrators stay true to the 1500 year old roots of this Buddhist tradition with graceful and calculated techniques and skill. Certainly an experience worth having and one not soon forgotten.

When:
Feb 14, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Where:
239 Northwest Everett Street



Website

Experience an Elephantastic Event

Oregon Zoo Celebrates Elephants in a Big Way

The Oregon Zoo has gone to great lengths to create a new home for their beloved herd of elephants. In celebration of the herd's successful move to their super cool new home, the Zoo is inviting everyone to join them on Valentine's Day to share the love with a family friendly event. This Elephantastic event includes self-guided tours of the entire new habitat, including access to some areas that are usually closed to the public, your own pair of elephant ears to wear, and you can make your own valentine while you're there.

This event is free with admission to the zoo, so it's budget friendly as well. Be sure to plan ahead and purchase tickets online, and avoid the ticket lines!

When:
Feb. 14, 2016
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Where:
Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Road

Website

No matter what your style, here, you are sure to find the perfect place in Portland to celebrate Valentine's Day. Wow your special someone in a unique and memorable way by trying one or two of these great events happening in and around this magical city we all know and love. Here, we've covered everything from taking a sultry culinary journey for two along the Silk Road to making Valentine's cards with the kids at the zoo and everything in between. With a little planning and this list, you are sure to make an impression with a one of a kind night this year. Plan ahead, and knock her socks off!

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