7 Romantic Things to Do When Visiting Portland in 2022
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Whether you’re visiting Portland with your significant other or living there, you might be looking for new romantic things to do in this city. From where to have the perfect romantic dinner to fun spots for a date, here are 7 romantic things to do in Portland.
1. Stroll through a sprawling rose garden
Home to over 10,000 rose bushes, the International Rose Test Garden is the perfect place for a romantic stroll. The garden offers free entry and is open daily. Roses are also available for purchase from the nearby shop, which could make a great gift for your significant other!
2. Enjoy a day at the spa
Looking for a relaxing afternoon with your date? Look no further than the Kiva Tea Cafe Spa. Located on 24th Avenue, this spa offers both a variety of treatments such as massages and facials as well as revitalizing refreshments such as acai bowls and hot tea in their cafe. Even better, they also offer a couples package. Their couples massage will allow you to both choose from one of the available treatments and relax in each other’s company! The spa requires a prior appointment, which can be made online. If you’re just looking to try some tea, however, the cafe is open Wednesday through Monday.
3. Watch a drive-in movie
If you’re ready to get out of town for a bit, the 99W drive-in theater offers a great opportunity for a date night. Located about 30 minutes from downtown Portland, you can enjoy old-world charm while watching a movie here. 99W is unique not only as a drive-in cinema, but also as a historic local business – it was opened by the family that operates it in the 1950s and has continued to show films ever since! The theater is set to open its 69th season in mid-March.
4. Go on a romantic cruise
Enjoy a romantic cruise on the Willamette River by booking an excursion with Portland Spirit Cruises and Events. This group offers a variety of tours both in Portland and nearby in the Columbia River Gorge. In addition to their dinner cruise – perfect for watching the sunset – they also offer a sightseeing tour on the Willamette River as well as a brunch tour in the Columbia Gorge. This variety of options makes it a great option for all kinds of schedules and interests – for early risers, they even offer breakfast options! Although walking guests are permitted if space permits, you’ll likely want to make a reservation in advance to secure your spot.
5. Check out Cookie Dough Coffee
Looking for something fun and a little offbeat to do with your partner? Head to Cookie Dough Cafe to sample edible cookie dough. The cafe offers so much more than your traditional chocolate chip cookie dough – check out flavors like mint brownie batter or confetti cake. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options.
6. Bring out your adventurous side at Portland Rock Gym
Are you your other significant adventure fans? Or just to try something out of your comfort zone? Check out the Portland Rock Gym for a great opportunity for an adventure with no experience necessary. Even if you don’t have any climbing skills, it can still be fun to learn or try it out with your partner – the gym offers day passes as well as introductory rock climbing lessons.
7. Enjoy a meal at Mucca Osteria
If you and your partner are foodies, or just looking for a romantic dinner, you won’t want to miss enjoying a meal at Mucca Osteria. Located in downtown Portland, this restaurant offers delicious Italian cuisine. It also has lovely decor – beautiful exposed brick walls and chandeliers will set the perfect mood for a romantic evening.
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