5 Date Ideas for the Portland Pet-Lover

June 27, 2018

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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    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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    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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    Sherlock's Secret Escape Room

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    The game is afoot! Can you lend a hand? Sherlock Holmes has gone poof, and things could not be mor(iarty) dire! Assist the venerable Dr. Watson himself; put your powers of deduction to work! Scour the library of the world's greatest sleuth for clues, and solve a series of diabolical puzzles. But don't spend too much time building up the suspense, you've only got sixty minutes to unravel the kaper! Elementary? We think not! Assemble your smartest friends, or team up with savvy strangers. With a success rate of much less than 50 percent, you're going to need all the help you can get!
    Sherlock's Secret Escape Room

    2636 NW 26th Ave, Portland

    • Immerse yourself in an interactive adventure based on Sherlock Holmes
    • See how far your observational and critical-thinking skills will take you
    • Work with your fellow game-players to make your escape before the time is up
    • Spark your imagination with a nail-biting escape from reality
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    Willamette Valley Wine & Waterfalls Tour

    Get the ultimate Oregon experience as you explore the incredible waterfalls of Silver Falls State Park and luscious pinot noirs of the Willamette Valley. Learn how these two Oregon treasures are linked by a fiery natural history while taking to the trails and tasting fine wine with your naturalist guide. Start your morning in Oregon's largest state park, Silver Falls. Breathe in the piney scent of an evergreen tree, pick salmonberries in the summer, and get gently misted by one of the Park's glistening falls. Visit both the North and South Falls, walking with your guide along peaceful nature trails to experience these iconic natural wonders from different angles. Venture along a path that takes you behind the falls, where you can watch the water create a flowing curtain for the cave you're standing in. Spend your afternoon tasting pinot noirs and other fine wines in the intimate settings of three boutique wineries. Take in the rolling hillsides and serene vineyards of the Willamette Valley and learn how the terroir of the land influences the wine in your glass! In between tastings, you'll enjoy Oregon's culinary bounty with a fresh, local lunch at the Coelho Winery in the rustic town of Amity.
    Willamette Valley Wine & Waterfalls Tour

    2305 SE 9th Ave, Portland

    • Embark on interpretative nature walks around and behind waterfalls with your naturalist guide and learn how the landscapes of Silver Falls State Park were transformed from coastline to inland forests by millions of years of volcanic activity.
    • Taste 4-6 wines at each of three boutique wineries, such as Eola Hills, Winter's Hill, Witness Tree, Lady Hill, Rex Hill, Coelho, Anne Amie, Stoller, or Laurel Ridge (tastings included).
    • Try the wine that made the Willamette Valley famous (pinot noir) and experience the arts of viticulture, winemaking, and sustainable farming.
    • Travel through the scenic countryside of the Willamette Valley, hear the natural history of the region, and enjoy a local lunch at Coelho Winery in Amity (included in the price).
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    Three Wineries Tour

    Tour your way through the incredible wine country of Willamette Valley as you discover the secrets to some of the area's best varietals. You'll travel through the stunning counties of Yamhill, Washington, and Marion as your friendly and knowledgeable guide shares information about their rich histories. Along the way, you'll stop at three local wineries where you'll be able to sip on a glass of your favorite blend and discover the secrets to the process behind its creation. Relax and snap some pictures as you take in the beautiful surroundings and learn what makes Oregon wine country so special.
    Three Wineries Tour

    Parking Structure, 420 NE 5th St,

    • Explore the Willamette Valley wine country with an exclusive tour of three wineries
    • Travel through the stunning Oregon countryside
    • Discover what goes into making some of the region's best varietals
    • Sip your favorite blend and relax in beautiful surroundings
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    Painting (The Growlerie)

    Totally unimpressed by the Mona Lisa? Maybe you can do better! Learn to paint during this step-by-step instructional series in which a professional painter will show you how to recreate works of art. These hands-on lessons will give you an understanding of color theory, plus help you build your brush techniques. Classes are designed for all levels, and offer a vibrant, supportive atmosphere in which to learn and expand your creative horizons. Each class features a different work, and once you're finished, you'll have a great new work of art to take home with you ... or maybe put on loan at the Louvre!
    Painting (The Growlerie)

    15151 SouthWest Barrows Road, Beaverton

    • Learn to paint by recreating pieces, following along with an instructor stroke-by-stroke
    • Walk away from the class with a brand new painting you've created yourself
    • Enjoy developing your artistic side in a bright, collaborative atmosphere
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    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

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    Trying to edge your way into the salsa dance scene can be a tricky affair without the proper training. Especially if your background is limited to old [i]Sweating to the Oldies[/i] VHS tapes that you bought for 50 cents at your neighborhood thrift store. But we digress. Immerse yourself in the world of Latin dance with this sampler class, and you'll never be on the outside looking in again! While the focus of your instruction will be salsa, you'll also spend time in class exploring elements of other styles as well, including merengue and bachata. You'll dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor, working on elements of posture, motion, and partnering as you move across the dance floor. Your instructor will delve into both technical and attitudinal aspects of each dance, teach you how to cover up mistakes, and boost your performance confidence so you can focus on having fun, rather than thoughts of tripping over your own two feet! Latin dance is not only a great way to meet others, but a wonderful tool for stress release and fitness as well! With the elements you pick up during this dance class, you'll be opening doors and gifting yourself with an enriching new hobby!
    Salsa and Latin Dance Sampler

    720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland

    • Learn the fundamentals of salsa and other Latin dance styles during an introductory sampler class
    • Grasp the forms and embellishments of each dance under the guidance of an experienced instructor
    • Partner with other students to develop your abilities in leading, following, and improvising
    • Develop your confidence and skill while dancing in an energetic and supportive dance environment
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    Couples Massage 101

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    Enjoy hands-on classes with your significant other? Then you'll be all over this massage class for couples! You'll be learning massage techniques made popular by celebrity masseuse Meagan Holub. Classes are held in a laidback, supportive environment where you'll learn firm, graceful massages that target muscle groups in a safe, healthy manner. You'll focus on learning back, scalp and feet massages that will relax and invigorate your partner. Even better, you'll be getting a massage yourself as your partner in turn practices on you. Its a give and take thing.
    Couples Massage 101

    124 SW Yamhill St. , Portland

    • Participate in an informative and relaxing group massage class with your significant other
    • Learn professional techniques meant to relax the body and stimulate the mind
    • Let your own muscles relax as your partner practices techniques on you
    • Enjoy a bonding experience with your loved one that will pay dividends
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    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    They say it takes two to tango, but baby steps -- let's start with YOU. You are but one, but by the time you take this class you'll be moving so fast onlookers will think there are four of you. So become the Jamie Madrox of dance and step into the groove today. Argentine Tango is known to be a dance of passion and connection. A highly individualistic and improvisational dance, with endless possibilities in its intricately woven steps, this dance provides freedom for musical expression via movement through time. A true social dance, based on the art of leading and following, tango allows the opportunity for layers of connection, creating a lovely present moment Zen between dancers. Some say that tango should have a warning label for how highly addictive it is. Who are these "they's" and "some's?" They're spot-on, if you ask us.
    Argentine Tango (All Levels)

    7981 SE 17th Avenue, Portland

    • Discover the sensual steps and turns of one of the great social dances of all time
    • Practice leading and following to dance with partners of any skill level
    • Learn to make motions second nature so you can improvise on the fly and focus on fun
    • Experience the uplifting joy of dancing an expressive and energetic dance
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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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