Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mother's Day Activities She'll Love

Mother’s Day is just around the corner so now is the time to plan something special for mom!  From afternoon tea to a Mother’s Day race, there is something to suit every mom in the Portland area. Check out some of these ideas:


Lady Di's British Store & Tea Room, located in downtown Lake Oswego, offers visitors "British Charm" at its best. The staff, all British ladies, welcome everyone with warm conversation, and a small peak into the British way of life. The tea room is not open on Sunday so schedule a Saturday tea time instead. 

Tea at Hotel deLuxe features custom-blended teas from Smith Teamaker; tableside a la carte cocktail service from Portland’s expert cocktail curators, Bull in China; and a traditional menu of tea sandwiches, house-made scones and pastries. 


Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden Sale - Every year, the lovely Crystal Springs has a sale of colorful rhododendrons at the park itself and the biggest weekend is Mother’s Day. Go for a stroll through the park and take home a plant or two if you’ve been on the lookout for more color for your garden.

Mother’s Day Birds and Blooms of Canemah Bluff - Most moms will welcome a bouquet of flowers, but maybe your special mother is more of the outdoors type. Take her to the flowers with this guided walking tour of wildflowers along the Willamette River in Oregon City. $6/person or $11/family allows you and your family a tour with a naturalist.


Wine tasting and disc golf at Stoller Family Estate - Kids are welcome at this winery and you’ll find a disc golf course for all ages. You can even bring a glass of wine with you while you play. (Wear flats!) Kids will also love the rolling terrain and tire swing, and you can relax while the kiddos play. If you're up for it after you're done tasting, Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark is just ten short minutes away.


Run Mama Run is a fun walk/run for moms and families. It all benefits Family Forward, which works for family-friendly policies. It starts with a light breakfast, followed by a kids’ fun run (free with your registration fee), then a 10k or a 5k walk/run. That should get you hungry for brunch!

The Hippie Chick Quarter & Half Marathon is an all women’s event. It is preceded by a kids’ race and followed by a breakfast at Hillsboro Stadium.  


Dosha Salon Spa - Treat your mom to a spa day! Gift certificates available.

The Allison Spa in Newberg - Pamper your mom at this premier Oregon spa. The award-winning Allison Spa offers an indulgent full-service menu in a luxurious 15,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to your health and wellness.


Mommy and Me Matinees at Kennedy SchoolFor new moms with infants in tow, the Mommy Matinees are just what the doctor ordered for a relaxing afternoon.

Oregon Children’s Theatre: James and the the Giant Peach (Newmark Theatre) If mom’s a Roald Dahl fan, what could be better than a morning or afternoon taking in James the and the Giant Peach as a family? 


La Provence Boulangerie & Patisserie - This charming, French-inspired cafe features delicious baked goods and will have a special brunch menu for Mother’s Day.  Call ahead for seating. 

Mother’s Bistro - Homemade favorites! Each month a “Mother of the Month”  is featured and her special dishes are prepared in their kitchen. Call ahead for Mother’s Day specials. 

Mother’s Day Zoo Brunch - Take Mom to the Portland Zoo for a lavish Mother’s Day Brunch. Does not include or require a zoo ticket.  

Portland Spirit - Take mom for brunch and a river cruise! Boards in Portland or Cascade Locks in the Gorge. 

OpenTable has more restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Every Day is Earth Day in the Pacific Northwest

It’s difficult to imagine living in the Pacific Northwest without having a deep appreciation for nature. Everywhere you look there are sprawling vistas, thundering waterfalls, serene lakes, secret hot springs, and snow-capped mountains…just to name a few.

So let’s all take a moment to celebrate the natural beauty that we have. Take a hike, plant a tree, volunteer for a river cleanup, or visit the Oregon Garden. 

Here's what's happening this weekend:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Immaculate LO Home with Exquisite Yard!

17018 Summer Place in Lake Oswego

Welcome to this beautifully maintained 3 bedroom + bonus + den home in the heart of Summer Woods - one of Lake Oswego's premier neighborhoods! The open, flowing floor plan is ideal with all bedrooms upstairs and living areas on the main floor. Recently updated with a brand new roof, fresh paint updates and hardwood floors, this home shines! The backyard is arguably one of the best you will find! Level, fenced, with a tranquil coy pond and covered patio for entertaining. Quick access to Zupans, Trader Joes, La Provence Bakery & I-5. Easy commute to downtown Portland, Nike & Intel! A true winner!

• 2925 Square ft., built in 1995
• 4 Bedroom, 2.1bath or 3 bedrooms w/bonus
• Beautiful Hardwoods
• Designer’s kitchen w/granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, island with Jen-Air 
  cooktop, pantry, custom paint details, venetian plaster, and glass tile backsplash.
• Family room w/gas fireplace and custom wood grain accent wall.
• Home office w/french doors
• Dining room w/chair rail & crown molding
• Laundry room with utility sink
• Master bedroom w/separate sitting area.
• Master bathroom w/2 walk in closets, jetted tub, custom floor tile, skylight, double sinks.
• Bonus/Media room w/attic access for storage.
• Wrought iron chandeliers throughout
• Extra wide staircase w/iron spindle handrail
• Amazing backyard space with coy pond, covered patio, fenced yard, 
  sprinkler system front and back!
• River Grove Elementary, Lakeridge Middle/High School

Saturday, April 9, 2016

5 Beautiful Spring Hikes

Wildflowers at Cooper Mountain Nature Park

Portlanders have easy access to some of the most beautiful hikes around this time of year showcasing waterfalls, many plant species and beautiful wildflowers blooming early due to unseasonably warm weather. Check out some of these stellar hikes nearby:

Camas wildflowers at the Camassia Natural Area 

1. Camassia Natural Area | West Linn. This Nature Conservancy preserve is named after the common camas (Camassia quamash), a beautiful native wildflower which blooms prodigiously in April and into early May and even beyond. Nestled above the Clackamas and Willamette rivers practically opposite downtown Oregon City, the rocky plateau on which Camassia sits was scraped clean between 12,000 and 19,000 years ago during the Bretz Floods, which deposited glacial erratics – granitic boulders from as far away as Canada – along its path. This 26-acre protected plot of land in West Linn is mostly dry oak-madrone woodland, with some 300 plant species. Low-lying areas include both ponds and seasonal wet meadows, a perfect habitat for camas and many other lovely wildflowers.
Triple Falls

2. Triple Falls, Horsetail falls, Oneonta & Ponytail Falls | Columbia River Gorge, Oregon/Washington.  This is a quintessential western Gorge hike with three sparkling waterfalls (one in which you get to walk behind!), several outstanding Gorge views, and one unique Oneonta Gorge slot canyon all packed in 2.2 miles!

Silver Falls State Park

3. Silver Creek Falls | Silverton, Oregon.  With 10 waterfalls and more than 24 miles of walking trails, this hike might just have it all. Located just outside of Salem, Oregon, this state park is the largest in Oregon. Welcoming all people from beginners to advanced hikers, the South falls is the most visited out of them all.

Dog Mountain

4. Dog Mountain | Columbia River Gorge, on the Washington side between Carson and Bingen The summit can be so dense with blooming balsamroot that yellow can be seen 3,000 feet below from I-84.  At the top you will find panoramic views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.

5. Cooper Mountain Nature Park | Beaverton, Oregon. Cooper Mountain Nature Park has 3.5 miles of gravel surface trails over its 231 acres. The looping trail system covers well at the summit of the 774-foot high butte. If you are quiet, you might catch a glimpse of rare animals such as Northern red-legged frogs and Western gray squirrels. In the prairie habitat you may see alligator lizards, nesting bluebirds and wildflowers in spring. Young visitors can explore a nature-inspired playground, and adventurers with wheelchairs can enjoy a three-fourths-mile loop trail and a demonstration garden with colorful, low-maintenance, wildlife-friendly plants.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Refresh your Home this Spring with these 2016 Home Decor Trends

Private waterfront home just listed in Lake Oswego. Take the Virtual Tour!

Refresh your home by making only a few minor cosmetic changes to your decor style! The following ideas are opinions from various interior design experts regarding 2016 hot home trends.
House Beautiful claims that eccentric light fixtures in the form of pendants and pedestals are thriving decor trends highlighted in “16 Interior Design Trends You’ll Definitely See in 2016.” Adding these decor items are small ways to brighten up a room.

3140 SW Childs Road in Lake Oswego

Check out the 2016 predicted household trends in “25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016” by Mitchell Parker. A few of these trends that stand out are two-toned kitchen cabinets, statement mirrors in bathrooms, and colored stainless steel appliances. Niche appliances like steam ovens promise to cook food more thoroughly and healthily than microwaves and warming drawers give cooks a little more time to deliver hot meals to family and guests. Workhorse kitchen islands are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens with deep storage, prep sinks, additional workspace, and room for seating.

Gourmet kitchen with double islands, 2 walk-in pantries, and high-end appliances.

Interior Design published the article “Design Forecast: 10 Trends to Watch for in 2016” by Ali Morris, which provides insight for trendy colors, materials, and furniture. According to Morris, the Global color authority, Pantone named two colors for the 2016 year forecast, a pastel pink Rose Quirtz and powder blue Serenity. Interior designers have utilized this color combination by painting walls with an ombre effects or ombre style wall paper can be purchased. For those of you who are interested in recreating this look with any combination of colors, DIY Network expert, Laurie March, provides step-by-step instructions to master the ombre painting technique. A list of tools, cost estimate and suggested colors are included in the instructions.