Wednesday, December 2, 2015

How to do the holiday right in Rose City.
Considering it snows about once a year in Portland,
chances are you won't be waking up to a white Christmas.
But that also means
it's easy to get to fun activities unique to Oregon that you can't enjoy
everywhere else.
Want to spend the perfect Christmas Day in town? Here's
Dine Out—Anywhere For a casual meal, head to the Doug Fir Lounge, which
serves its regular menu all day, plus a Christmas special of ham from
Pendleton, along with and lots of good sides.
Or forget the ham altogether,
and opt for a ribeye at the Urban Farmer Steakhouse in the Nines Hotel, which
serves grass-fed Oregon beef, in addition to other holiday specials (last
year, people raved about the "PB&J Duck," which was seared and served
with fermented chestnut pesto, drunken cherry gastrique, sage crumble, and
garnished with micro greens.
Walk in a Botanical Winter Wonderland Stroll the 20 different themed
gardens at the 80-acre Oregon Garden in Silverton, about 45 miles south of
Though the Garden's visitors center is closed on Christmas Day,
you can still buy passes at the adjacent Oregon Garden Resort; after your
walk, pop into the Resort's restaurant for a hot chocolate to warm up.
Toast with Craft Cocktails and Local Beers Forget spiked eggnog, and try
one of these bars (or make it a crawl) that are open on Christmas Day, ready
to pour you a drink: Bar Bar on Mississippi, Radio Room on Alberta (where you
can stay warm even outdoors by sitting on the heated patio), or the divey
Tanker Bar on Hawthorne, which boasts old-school arcade games.
Head to Wine Country At the Willamette Valley's Allison Inn, less than
an hour from downtown Portland, indulge in the specialty Christmas dinner at
JORY, where most of the ingredients are either from the property's 1.5-acre
chef's garden or are locally made.
Knock back a glass of Austin Knoll wine,
produced in the onsite vineyard, and listen to a live jazz performance by
Marilyn Keller in the evening.
Race Sled Dogs Drive three and a half hours from Portland to Bend,
Oregon, and spend the day on snowy Mt.
Bachelor, where Oregon Trail of Dreams
offers sled-dog rides, guided by an Iditarod-veteran musher.
Warm up afterward
at your hotel around a fire pit, or in the heated soaking tub at the
McMenamins Old St.
Francis School.
Sarah Z.
Wexler is on the Oregon beat for Travel + Leisure.
Based in
Portland, you can follow her on Twitter at @SarahZWexler.
Heading to the Pacific Northwest for the holidays? Here's how
to spend a perfect Christmas Day in Portland.

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