8 Things To Do This Winter in Lake Oswego, Oregon
Over the past year, we’ve all grown accustomed to creating new traditions, forming new habits and pursuing unique activities that are COVID-approved yet still allow us to get outside and enjoy the communities in which we live.
And here in Lake Oswego, there is so much to do, whether it’s summer or winter, or whether we’re in the middle of a pandemic or it’s just another ordinary year.
Here are just a few ideas of ways to spend the winter in Lake Oswego, from outdoor adventures in the snow to takeout meals and outdoor dining opportunities around town.
Wine and charcuterie is a timeless and universal pairing, but there’s nothing quite like it during the cold winter months. While Baldwin’s Market & Parlor is closed for dining in at the moment, you can still shop their incredible inventory from the comfort of home — and to be enjoyed in the comfort of home. In fact, you can create an entire spread with their pantry items, which includes crackers and bread, jams and spreads, oils and vinegars, pasta, pickles and condiments, salts and spices, desserts, and much more. Or you can go the extra mile with one of their Baldwin’s Boxes, which includes everything you need for a special date night at home.
Book a Staycation in Portland
One of the perks of living in Lake Oswego is our easy access to Portland and all the big-city amenities it provides. Experience it all up close and personal by booking a weekend getaway just up the road in Portland. The city has a number of spectacular hotels in the midst of it all, including The Heathman, The Nines, McMenamins Crystal, The Hoxton, The Duniway, and more. And of course, take a look at their COVID policies before you book your stay!
Explore George Rogers Park
All year long, George Rogers Park is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. This 26-acre riverside park offers scenic views of the river and wildlife, and has a number of sports fields, a playground, various picnic areas and beach access. It is also home to the Oregon Iron Company Furnace, a historic iron furnace built in 1866 and formerly used by the Oregon Iron Company. Bundle up and explore the park for a dose of fresh air, exercise, sightseeing, and a little history lesson.
Dine Outside at Stickmen Brewing
Stickmen Brewing in Lake Oswego is popular for both its beer and food, yes — but also its incredible view out on the patio. Starting in December, they opened their outdoor seating area for dine-in every day from noon to 8 p.m. It is covered with a large tent to protect you from the elements, but bundle up in warm clothing to stay extra warm! And of course, practice all the regular COVID guidelines, like social distancing and mask wearing while not seated at your table.
Stay at a Luxury Resort in Oregon
There’s nothing quite like an indulgent, relaxing getaway during the winter. And the state of Oregon is dotted with several luxury resorts filled with all the amenities you need for relaxation, rejuvenation and restoration. Take a look at some of the top resorts in the state, extending from the coast to Central Oregon, and other remote locations away from the busyness of life. Be sure to check COVID policies and potential limits and closures on amenities before you book your stay.
Take an Art Class With Drawn2Art
During quarantine, many of us picked up a new hobby or skill, from bread baking to knitting and learning a new language to starting a fitness routine. If you’d like to add “artist” to your list of skills, look no further than Drawn2Art, a studio in Lake Oswego focused on teaching skill-based fundamentals to kids ages 4–12, teens and adults. Students receive extensive step-by-step instruction in the use of each painting medium, including color mixing, painting techniques, and the proper use and care of materials. If you’re interested in trying one of their classes, Drawn2Art offers a free introductory class! Click here for their COVID safety protocols.
Go Wine Tasting in the Willamette Valley
Just down the road, southwest of Lake Oswego, lies the renowned Willamette Valley, home to more than 500 wineries, encompassing over two-thirds of the state’s wineries. The valley has established itself as a major wine destination known throughout the globe, so we are extremely fortunate to be able to access it right in our backyard. The region is also known as one of the best producers of pinot noir in the world, and ‘tis the season for red wine! Take a look at some of the best wineries in the valley (which includes an interactive map!) to create your own self-guided wine tasting tour.
Learn About Local History at the Oswego Heritage House and Museum (Temporarily Closed)
Escape the weather on a rainy, cold day at the Oswego Heritage House and Museum. The museum serves as a historic resource and focal point for our local history, from our Native American roots to current history. As of November 18, the museum temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but is expected to reopen in the near future. When it does, the museum is free and open to the public Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment.
What do you love to do in Lake Oswego during the colder months?