5 Date Ideas for the Portland Pet-Lover

January 24, 2020

We’ve all seen it happen.

One minute you’re standing tall and proud, impressing the people around you with your sharp intellect and witty charm. Then, all of a sudden, a small fluffball comes yapping around the corner. It’s likely one of those mix breed pups -- something that sounds drastically contrived, like a Cockapoo (Cocker Spaniel + Poodle) or a Chiweenie (Chihuahua + Daschund). And don’t even get us started on the Schnoodle.  

The next thing you know, some unknown force pushes you to your knees and your voice climbs seven octaves higher than where it usually sits. Your hands reach forward and you scratch this small, fluffy, mammal whilst squealing a string of endearing phrases. You overutilize rhetorical questions such as “aren’t you just the cutest?” and “I could just eat you up, couldn’t I?”

After minutes pass, you regain your sense of self and stand up to continue your credible points. What just happened? Did you black out?

No, no, no. You’re just a Portland pet lover. As you should be -- because you’re in the city that has designated a whopping 33 off-leash areas for dogs.

Love your pet you might, but there comes a time when the dog, rabbit, cat, hedgehog, or whatever creature you decided to domesticate, must stay behind. Maybe when you’re going on a date, for example.

Well don’t worry -- you may not be able to bring JJ the hedgehog along with you, but we’ve still got the perfect Portland date ideas for an animal lover like yourself.

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    Haunted Pub Tour

    Ghosts and gangsters? Nothing gets in the way of the quest for frothy libations during this Haunted Pub Tour! You'll be exploring Portland's Old Town District, a historic neighborhood awash with 1800s architecture and lined with cobblestone streets. As you walk, your guide will scare you silly with stories of Old Town's shadowed past, when it was considered the most dangerous port city in the United States. Come and hear stories of gangsters, prostitution, gambling, and opium dens, painting a stark contrast to this now charming district. All told, you'll walk for less than a mile over the course of 2.4 hours of thrills and chills. Highlighting the tour is a stop at the old Merchant Hotel, widely considered Portland's most haunted locale, and featured on Travel Channel's "Ghost Adventures." You'll also pay homage to two reportedly haunted pubs, said to be home to the ghosts of a drug dealer, a prostitute, and a fireman (which sounds like the opening to a really good bar joke, but is really no laughing matter). There, you'll have time to soak in the atmosphere while tipping back seven included beer samples for liquid courage. Still, you might want to bring your binky for this one. Beer afraid. Beer very afraid.
    Haunted Pub Tour

    112 SW Second Ave, Portland

    • Tour Portland's Old Town District for a peek at the city's dark past of crime and murder
    • Visit three reportedly haunted locales, including the infamous Merchant Hotel and two historic pubs
    • Enhance the fun and fortify your courage with seven beer samples
    • Enjoy bone-chilling tales of mayhem and tragedy from a local guide
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    Hot Air Balloon Adventure

    Oregon is strange and beautiful. That makes it one of those places where you've just got to go with the flow. Let the wind carry you away on this scenic hot-air balloon ride over the state's burgeoning wine country. You'll be enthralled by the scenic Willamette Valley below and mountain vistas all around as you float languidly along. Since hot air balloons work by becoming lighter than the air around them, balloon rides are gentle and turbulence free. This makes for a serene escape that will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated. This opportunity is also the perfect chance to add some stunning aerial pictures to your photograph collection, flying low over the Willamette River and many vineyards that populate the fertile lands on either side. If you're looking for an genuinely thrilling experience, this is one adventure that isn't over inflated!
    Hot Air Balloon Adventure

    1050 Commerce Pkwy, Newberg

    • Take off on a high-flying and heart-thumping balloon adventure over lush Willamette Valley
    • Capture stunning photographs of the grounds below and mountains in the near distance
    • Follow up your adventure by celebrating with a brunch buffet and champagne toast
    • Indulge your intrepid side with an aerial excursion that will stay with you long after
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    Private Hot Air Balloon Adventure for Two

    Got yourself thrown in the doghouse again, huh? Or maybe you're just that kind of romantic. In either case, there's nothing like several thousand feet of air beneath you to get the endorphins flowing! You'll be making memories to last a lifetime with your significant other in this private balloon ride designed for couples. Take in scenic Willamette Valley below and stunning mountain peaks in the distance. You'll be flying directly above Oregon's wine country, creating a romantic aerial setting over the rich vineyards that populate the fertile lands on either side of the Willamette River. As hot air balloons work by making themselves lighter than the air around them, you'll be in for a turbulence free ride. This makes it the perfect scene for an intimate gesture, and the chance to lift your relationship to new heights!
    Private Hot Air Balloon Adventure for Two

    1050 Commerce Pkwy, Newberg

    • Take off on a high-flying and heart-thumping balloon adventure for two over lush Willamette Valley
    • Capture stunning photographs of the grounds below and mountains in the near distance
    • Follow up your adventure by celebrating with a brunch buffet and champagne toast
    • Make a romantic gesture that will earn you some major relationship points
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