Would You Try Cosmic Tubing on Mount Hood in Oregon?

You’re sipping a glass of chilled-to-perfection Oregon Pinot; its refreshing pear, honey blossom, and mango notes have you longing for summer. But we have a few months of winter to get through yet. Let’s make the most of them. The best way to do that: cosmic tubing. If you’ve been suffering from cabin fever, this is the cure.

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Your Weekend Plans? This

You haven’t been tubing unless you’ve been cosmic tubing. Ready to take winter to the next level? Yes, that level involves getting out from under the blankets on your couch. We know. It’s hard. And it’s worth it when you get to Mount Hood.

So, what is cosmic tubing? Only the hottest way to spend cold winter weekend nights. Mt. Hood’s Snow Tube and Adventure Park beckons. You’ll find your way courtesy of the 600,000 LED lights and the array of colored, laser, and black lights that shine a spotlight on the fun. Twelve groomed lanes are ready for tubers, and the DJ is pumping out the soundtrack to an amazing night.

The worst part of tubing or sledding? Dragging yourself back up the hill! Don’t worry; a conveyor lift does the hard work and transfers you and your tube back up. Go for another exhilarating ride or stop into the Multorpor Lodge for some quality lounging.

If you want a way to spice up your winter weekends, stop by the Snow Tube and Adventure Park at Mount Hood. After, gather your rosy-cheeked tubing buddies and indulge in  well-earned mugs of hot cocoa, or better yet, glasses of your favorite Willamette Valley wines. See you on the mountain!

Why You Need to See This “Worst Day of the Year Winter Bike Ride” In Oregon

Keep it weird, Portland. In some places, the worst day of the year is one that people shove to the back of their minds. They want to hunker down and then forget. In Oregon, we celebrate it! The “Worst Day of the Year Winter Bike Ride” commemorates two horrible “weather is frightful” days and makes it into one of the Best Days to experience our region.

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It Was the Worst of Times…

While the vines enjoy their winter slumber, Oregon wine country is far from sleepy. This is a great time to visit wineries and sample the best the region has to offer. And if you’re thirsty for something to get your blood flowing, you might want to enjoy the Worst Day.

The coldest day in Oregon history occurred on February 8, 1933: residents bundled up against -54° temps. That same day, 63 years later, we saw our wettest day with 26 inches of rain in just four days. So, naturally, Oregon organizes an outdoor event on or around that date! In 2001, 200 hardy folks showed up for a chilly bike ride. Ten years later, 3000 cyclists (or masochists?) turned out.

The Worst Day of the Year Bike Ride has taken on life of its own. There’s biking, of course, but you can enjoy costume contests, breakfast, lunch, awesome snacks and beverages (bikers can treat themselves to everything from cocoa and cookies to cider and fries to tea and chips with salsa), family, urban, and challenge routes, and plenty of fans to cheer you on.

This year, the event is held on February 11; courses close at 3:00pm. When you hop off your bike, make sure to try Oregon wines and sample some delectable local food. You’ve earned it (even if you didn’t ride! Cheering is thirsty work).

Keep it awesome, Portland!

 

Unconventional Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Love it or hate it (or love to hate it), Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If the thought of spending it doing the same old tired red-roses-and-”romantic” (read: expensive)-dinner” isn’t getting your heart racing, we understand! And we have a few ideas that can help.

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Ditch St. Valentine

If Cupid’s old news, adopt the Bulgarian tradition. On February 14, they celebrate St. Trifon Zarezan Day – a.k.a. Winemakers Day. Lovers toast each other with a glass or two of fine Valentine’s Day wine. We can get behind that! We also love Argentina’s take; instead of a day, they have “Sweetness Week.” A sweet treat will get you a kiss in return. Take your love global with worldwide traditions – and spice up your V-Day date.

 

Get Your Tourist On

Now’s your chance to be a tourist in your own town and take a ton of cute selfies. Take a dogsled tour of Mt. Bachelor, play golf at renowned Bandon Dunes (winter fees are much less pricey, but the quality of play is outstanding), or go to one of our excellent aquariums, museums, galleries, or theaters.

 

Share the Love

Whether you have a sweetheart or are living and loving the single life, Valentine’s Day is about love, baby. Volunteer at an animal rescue organization, send flowers to residents in a retirement home, bake cookies for staff and volunteers at a domestic violence shelter (and make extra for service-users). There are so many ways you can make a loving impact.

 

Have a Very Merry Un-Valentine’s Day

Quirky-alone Day is a celebration of empowerment, gratitude, and love. Rather than a pity party like some Single’s Day affairs, it’s an opportunity to revel in all kinds of love – family, friends, self – and all the possibilities life holds. Pop open a few bottles of Rainstorm wines, invite those you love spending time with (coupled, uncoupled, or anywhere in between) and enjoy!

 

We love unconventional; we love quality; we love living life to its fullest. Whether that means you wine and dine with your love, talk books with your buds, see a movie with your mom, or let your kids have a few extra chocolates, we’ll raise a glass to you this February 14th!