You put your nose to the grindstone all year long, squirreling away your precious days off for an end-of-year finale that never materializes. Now what? Use them or lose them — and quick. Herewith, a few daytrip and overnight ideas around Oregon.
OREGON – From bike-and-booze routes and a cyclist's lodge to Scandinavian spa therapies and botanical garden paths, there's plenty to do on your day off in Oregon.
Roll through the countryside: Head out on the Eugene wine trail by on low-trafficked roads through valleys scattered with vineyards, orchards, and farms. Hit the breaks at , an ecofriendly bed and breakfast (vegan, local, sustainable, sans TVs) on the winery circuit. If you're cruising by car, check into the , a short distance from wineries and .
Or cycle the city: Download for sightseeing routes on a road bike. Follow the food carts , , and for cheap bites on wheels. Balance all the savory with crazy sweets from . Hit local bar (for kitsch and Deutsch brews) or (for classy cocktails). Or hit weed dispensary and wellness center , appropriately located at 420 Blair Boulevard.
Feel fresh and so clean: Sweat it out in a cedar sauna at the minimalist and modern , which recently opened a second serene Scandi spa location on NE MLK. Look for the rainbow paneling of the mobile bar and rehydrate with a Miranda smoothie (cacao, maca, goji, coconut milk). Continue the zen theme at , six acres of meticulously cultivated botanicals, stone gardens, serene ponds, and picturesque bridges. Afterward, sip thoughtfully at , a tea company and tasting room in a early 20th-century blacksmith's shop.
Or wind it down with some wine: Williamette Valley, a mere 25 miles south of Portland, offers a stretch of under-the-radar Sonoma-style vineyards, like (for the single-vineyard Pinot), (for the four-hour guided hike through the vines), and (for the Reserve Chardonnay). Follow-up with a five-course, veggie-forward feast at , a charming Victorian in the quaint town of Newburg. Inquire about resting your head in the guest cottage on the premises.