Common Ground Wellness Cooperative provides a full spectrum of healing opportunities for mind and body through our bathhouse and various practitioners in the Alberta Arts neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. The bathhouse features a large outdoor hot soaking pool with therapy jets and a dry cedar sauna. They are an all genders and clothing-optional wellness center that offers a safe, non-sexual space to relax and rejuvenate the spirit. They have men-only/women-only hours during the week. They offer a wide range of sessions including massage, naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, counseling, and energy work. They provide a unique healing service called a Massage Sandwich; which combines a visit with a practitioner with time in the bathhouse.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Common Ground Wellness is an intimate beautiful spa with special packages and treatments just for couples.
Meagan's expert tip: Be sure and bring your own towel otherwise you will have to rent one for $2.
Portland Walking Tours offer an assortment of walking tours throughout the Portland area. During each of the tours you learn all kinds of interesting facts about Portland as well as visiting popular spots. Tours range from $23 - $79. For a dive into the drinking scene go on the "We Got Tipsy in Portland" tour where you will learn not only history, but visit lots of cool spots. If you are a foodie then the "Epicurean Excursion" is a must. This culinary tour will show off some of the best local artisan items Portland has to offer. If you are a history buff then step back in time on the "Underground Portland" tour where learn all about the legendary Portland Shanghai Tunnels.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Portland Walking Tours is the fun way to experience the city and spend time with someone.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit their website to see a full offering of their tours.
Majestic and much-photographed, this Columbia River Gorge attraction is one of Oregon's biggest draws. Hiking trails lead up the face of the mountain, and a bridge crossing the waterfall offers an impressive vantage point. Standing in front of the falls can be quite romantic. Legend has it that the falls were created to honor an Indian chieftain's daughter, who threw herself from the precipice to appease the gods and relieve the sickness that plagued her tribe. No matter its origin, visitors are constantly awed by the spectacle. The nearby Multnomah Falls Lodge provides refreshment and a resting place for weary hikers.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Multnomah Falls is beautiful and hiking up to the top can be quite romantic.
Meagan's expert tip: Visit during the week to avoid crowds.
The Kitchen at Middleground Farms is a recreational cooking school located on a family hobby farm just south of Portland in Wilsonville, Oregon. Cooking classes explore fundamental skills in the kitchen and garden, as well as some of the lost arts of handcrafting and preserving food like our grandmothers did. The Kitchen focuses on the traditional methods of cooking, from making the perfect pie, to learning the basics of cheesemaking, to putting up fruits and vegetables for the winter. They will guide you through basic knife techniques and the science behind food and why it behaves the way it does in different situations, helping to instill confidence when cooking in your own kitchen.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Spending quality time together doing an activity like a cooking class at The Kitchen at Middleground Farms can be quite romantic.
Meagan's expert tip: Come hungry, because everything you make you will then enjoy for lunch!
Lan Su Yuan, the garden's official name, means "Garden of Awakening Orchids," and is considered the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China. Having opened in 2000, the garden was a joint project between Portland and its Chinese sister city Suzhou. Set behind a wall, the garden is a tranquil, urban oasis that fills a full city block. As a living work of art, the garden contains a balance of the five traditional garden elements: rocks, water, plants, architecture and literary inscriptions. Paths wind through the courtyards, pavilions and bridges. The Tao of Tea offers visitors a chance to experience a traditional tea service in recreated Ming Dynasty tea house.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Classical Chinese Garden is serene and beautiful. A perfect spot to sit and stroll with a loved one.
Jason's expert tip: In addition to tea, the tea house has great snacks.
The Living Room theater in downtown Portland, Oregon is only of only two theaters of this kind in the United States. Living Room Theater is a perfect place to catch an independent film at a sophisticated yet superbly comfortable environment that combines a European style café and lounge with a relaxing seating. In the intimate theater you will find over sized chairs with foot stools. Their cafe and lounge is a hip place to hang out and serves craft beers and good food. You can decide whether to eat in the cafe or have your food delivered to you in the theater.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Living Room Theater offers an intimate theater with plush seating and will deliver food to your seat.
Meagan's expert tip: Buy your tickets online and the staff will print them out for you when you get there.
A cooperative wellness spa, Blooming Moon is comprised of dedicated practitioners looking to provide the best treatments to the Portland community. The self-employed therapists set their own schedules, which means clients enjoy the thoughtful attention and exceptional care they deserve. The full spa menu includes a range of massage techniques, facial treatments, body wraps and scrubs, waxing, pedicures, manicures, and even acupuncture. They offer an intimate and luxurious massage done in a shared tranquil setting with two therapists. The service provides couples the opportunity to catch up or simply share the intimacy of a deeply relaxing massage in a serene space. Patrons especially love the quality of service they get for the price.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Blooming Moon Wellness spa offers 60 and 90 minute couple massages.
Meagan's expert tip: Try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to have time to checkin and relax.
Officially known as the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, this 62-acre site offers a beautiful place to meditate and to view statuary and gardens. The plaza level, lush with greenery, also houses a rock-carved grotto with a replica of the Piet? (Mary holding the crucified Jesus' body) within. A 10-story elevator ride up the nearby mountain delivers visitors to incredible views, well-maintained gardens, and the stunning meditation chapel. You'll also find reflecting pools, a host of traditionally-styled artwork, and a conference center. There is an extensive Mass schedule; call for times and details. A gift shop and refreshments are available as well.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: The Grotto is a private, intimate garden making it the a perfect place for a romantic walk.
Meagan's expert tip: Around the Christmas holidays go in the evening to enjoy the lights and musin
Edgefield is a destination resort in the Pacific Northwest that blends Oregon's natural beauty with McMenamins' signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, live entertainment and home to Ruby's Spa. You and your loved one could play a round of golf on the par three or listen to some live music in the winery. Even better, splurge and stay the night with a romantic dinner at the Black Rabbit restaurant. Edgefield is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Edgefield has a romantic restaurant, cozy winery, and sexy spa.
Meagan's expert tip: Book a romance package and stay the night.
Cinetopia offers stadium seating in all of their theaters, but the type of seating varies on which theater you visit. The Living Room, for adults only, offers the most romantic seating with couches and oversized chairs you can share to sit in. Not only can you lounge on an oversized couch, but you can also order food right from your seat. Their other theaters offer an adult only section with oversized leather couches and foot stools where you can also order alcohol beverages and food. For those under 21 or with kids, they can sit in the regular stadium seats found at most theaters.
Recommended for Romantic Things to Do because: Cinetopia has cozy couches to cuddle on while you watch a movie.
Meagan's expert tip: Get there early to be seated in the Living Room where you and your loved one can cuddle on a couch.