Check out these spooky Lake Oswego neighborhoods daring you to come trick-or-treating

This witch will see you on your way out of Village on the Lake.

One way to spot trick-or-treat friendly neighborhoods in Lake Oswego is to drive around looking for homes that have decked themselves out with all things spooky, eerie and scary.

I’ve done some of the homework for you both in a previous blog post and in this scouting report:

Maybe for the month of October we should change the name of Cardinal Drive to “Haunting Row” as neighbors have brought out their eeriest!

If you suffer from arachnophobia then stay away from Kelok.

Treats await you if you can get past this frightful front door in the Palisades neighborhood.

River Run neighbors have put out their Halloween decorations too in case you come calling with little ones.

The First Addition may not have sidewalks but it does have Halloween creatures like this daring you to come by.

The Grim Reaper is ready to haul off any candy you don’t come collecting at the beginning of Cardinal Drive.

You might want to skip this swamp tour on Kelok and just head to the front door!

If you can muster up the courage to pass this gory creature on your way to the front door, you’re in for some treats along Cardinal Drive.

 

Don’t let this witch stop you from trick-or-treating among Westridge homes.

Stroll through Palisades Park and you might find this creature awaiting your visit

Larger-than-life-size creatures await you in the Village on the Lake neighborhood.

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Lake Oswego Gifts for a Lake Oswego Care Package

If you’ve got kids off to college, or grads who have set off in search of their careers, they might be missing their hometown about now. A great cure for homesickness is a care package so here are a few Lake Oswego themed gift ideas for what to include. (Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase)

Lake Oswego t-shirt. Let them wear their hometown with pride with one of these 100% cotton t-shirts. I am the proud owner of one and gifted a couple this past summer to my son and my daughter’s boyfriend. Cost: $15.50.

Vintage Style Light Up Lake Oswego sign. This will be a welcome addition to any dorm room or apartment. $124. Custom made for City Home, 120 A Avenue, 503.888.8717.

Homesick Candle. Flood their senses with the smell of Oregon forests as they breathe in scents of fir needles, pine, hazelnut and pear. $28. City Home,  120 A Avenue, 503.888.8717.

Lake Oswego themed keychains. If your college student still cheers for the home team, then one of these keychains should find its way into your CARE package. Or include a reminder of that zip code they hail from. $7. Wishbone Home & Design, 385 First Street, Suite 121, 503.636.1229.

Lake Oswego greeting cards. Maybe they’ll actually write home once in a while if inspired by these colorful cards created by a young Portland artist. $3.75 each. Wishbone Home & Design, 385 First Street, Suite 121, 503.636.1229.

Lake Oswego Coordinate Book Set. This is the perfect home decor gift for that young adult in his/her first post-graduation apartment. Says, “I’m a grownup” without opening a page. $75.00. Wishbone Home & Design, 385 First Street, Suite 121, 503.636.1229.

Zip Code bottle bag. They’ll get a kick out of whatever you stash inside these 97034 and 97035 bottle bags. Cost: $8. Available at The Grove, 4473 Lakeview Blvd., 503.635.3023.

No Call Too Small. This book will make them the life of the party as they read aloud some of the more entertaining calls our police department receives from reporting baby ducks stuck in a drain hole to a girl who refused to return a borrowed sweater. Cost: $14.95 on Amazon.

Zip Code Pillow. If their dorm room needs a little extra décor, send them one of these pillows letting all their visitors know the zip code they hail from. Cost: $32. Available at The Grove, 4473 Lakeview Blvd., 503.635.3023.

Lake Oswego zippered sweatshirt. Features small lettered Lake Oswego Oregon on the front, with larger branding on the back. $49.95. Lucky Me, 385 1st Street, 503.636.9595.

Salt & Straw. Ok, I’m not suggesting you ship ice cream but how about storing a pint of a regional flavor in your freezer for when they come home and sending them a coupon for retrieving it? Sure they may have a Salt & Straw in their college town, but they may not have the Portland flavors. Since the company uses local ingredients, some of the seasonal flavors vary from region to region. So check out the flavors where your child is and compare them to the flavors in the Lake Oswego store. Then buy a pint of whatever is unique to LO, and let them know it’s waiting for them when they come home. (You might want to buy two pints if you can’t be trusted to wait until they get home!). Right now we have a pint of “I Oat You One,” and “Cray Cray Caramel Confetti” waiting for our son when he visits in September. They were two of Portland’s September Student Inventor Series. 100 A Avenue, 503.305.8267.

Lake Oswego Review. A subscription to our local newspaper can help former Pacer and Laker fans keep up with their alma maters as well as get current updates on the goings on via The Police Blotter. Cost: $33/year for digital access. $43/year for print and digital in-state; $80/year for out-of-state.

Bottle of bubbles. What better way to remind them of the bubble they couldn’t wait to get out of but that now they may find themselves missing? Send them a 12-pack and they can share the fun with friends!

Lake Oswego license plate. This 6″ x 12″ automotive metal license plate comes with pre-drilled holes for quick and easy mounting on a wall or door. $14.95 on Etsy with free shipping in the United States.

Oregon rain. Pick up an inexpensive jar with a lid at Michael’s and set it outside during our next rainfall. Collect an inch or two and then label it and include your package. If nothing else, it will bring a smile to your child’s face and remind them of one of the things they may or may NOT miss about Lake Oswego.

Gift card to one of their favorite Lake Oswego restaurants. Give them something to look forward to when they get home. Include a gift card to one of their favorite spots from Bamboo Sushi to Señor Taco—gives them one more excuse to come home!

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12 Ways to Get Spooked in and Around Lake Oswego for Halloween

Waiting for Halloween can seem like forever if you’ve got little kids in the house who are ready to strut their costumed selves in search of goodies. Here are a few Halloween activities to help tide them (and you) over until trick-or-treating day arrives.

VISIT THE SCARECROWS. Checking out the Luscher Farm scarecrows is worth making an annual tradition. From frumpy to spooky to friendly, they come in all shapes and sizes thanks to the inspiration of volunteers who deck them out each year. See if you can find Sneaky Peet hiding out! Scarecrows are up through Halloween. 125 Rosemont Road, 503.534.5284.

ESCAPE ROOM AND PUMPKIN DECORATING. School’s out which can be a spooky thing if you don’t have plans. The Lake Oswego library has you covered for kids in grades six and up with an escape room and pumpkin decorating party. Friday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 706 Fourth Street, 503.636.7628.

ROCKY HORROR SHOW. This musical sci-fi comedy is playing right here in town through October 13, with a Wine on Wednesday performance on the 9th. Purchase a bag of props in the lobby to help you participate in the antics! Tickets online: $39/Adults; $37/Seniors 65 and over; $20/Students 25 and under. Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street, 503.635.3901.

WEST COAST GIANT PUMPKIN REGATTA. Enjoy all things pumpkin including wacky races by costumed characters paddling 1,000 pound pumpkins across the Tualatin Lake of the Commons. Other festivities include a pumpkin weigh-off, pie-eating contest, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin golf and bowling and clown show. October 19. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free. 8325 SW Nyberg Road, Tualatin. 503.691.3076.

SALT & STRAW FLAVORS. This popular ice creamery is counting on the fear factor to dare you to try this month’s seasonal flavors that include: toffee-brittle mealworms and chocolate crickets in their Creepy Crawly Critters and pig’s blood from Portland butcher Nicky USA in Dracula’s Blood Pudding. 100 A Avenue, 503.305.8267.

PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST AND SCARY MOVIE NIGHT for grades 6-12. Get together with friends to carve pumpkins, eat food and watch a scary movie. Friday, October 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lake Oswego Teen Lounge, Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.

HALLOWEEN LIES: AN INTERACTIVE MURDER MYSTERY PARTY for ages 15+. What role will you play in this whodunnit mystery? Sign up early to receive your assignment. $30/person for up to 32 players. Food and beverage extra. Friday, October 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub, 112 SW 2nd Avenue. Tickets online.

LAKEWOOD’S ANNUAL COSTUME SHOP SALE. Lakewood Theatre Company needs to make room for costumes for upcoming shows so pick up some unique getups that will make you a hit at any party. Clothing is mostly adult sizes. October 25-27 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, 368 S. State Street. 503.635.6338

MARKET IN THE BREEZEWAY: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, AND GOODIES. Bring your costumed characters to Zupan’s for some spooky fun including Halloween-themed games, snacks and ghoulish giveaways. There will be some boo-bbly for mom and dad to enjoy as well. Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Zupan’s Market,16380 Boones Ferry Road, 503.210.4190

WEST LINN PUMPKIN DISPLAY. Get inspired (and maybe a little spooked) by taking in over 200 artistically crafted pumpkins including black-lighted glow pumpkins, flaming and “dancing” ones. Vote for your favorite and win a chance to go home with one of your own. October 26, 27 and 31 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 2885 White Salmon Court, West Linn.

MONSTER MASH for ages 0-12. You know they’re “dying” to wear their costumes so take them over to the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department for some indoor trick-or-treating as well as ghoulish games and creepy crafts. Free. Thursday, October 31 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Christ Church Parish, 1060 Chandler Road.

GO TRICK-OR TREATING IN A LAKE OSWEGO NEIGHBORHOOD. Check out one of my most popular blogs on the best neighborhoods in Lake Oswego for trick-or-treating.

Don’t let buying or selling your home spook you–give me a call at 503.939.9801 and let me put my 30+ years as a Realtor in and around Lake Oswego to work for you. Check out my website and/or fill out the contact form below and I will be in touch. 

 

 

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7 Home Repairs That Might Surprise New Homeowners

I remember the first winter after my wife and I bought our first home and a rainstorm sent our gutters spilling over. No one had ever mentioned that cleaning out your gutters was one of the “joys” of owning a home. One of the first things we did when remodeling our Lake Oswego home was install gutter guards.

We were not alone in our homeownership naïveté. The surprising cost of home maintenance is the biggest regret new homeowners have according to a survey by Bankrate.com.

To help ensure you go into your home purchase with your eyes wide open, here are a few other home repairs that new homeowners (especially first-time buyers) might want to budget for.

1. New locks. You’ve met the sellers and they seem like nice folk, but who else once had a copy of the key to your new home? The housekeeper? The dog sitter? Best to play it safe and get all the locks changed so you can control who has a copy.
2. Fireplace cleaning. If your new home has a fireplace, chances are it will get a lot of use this winter. Even though your home inspection may have signed off on the safety of the fireplace, it may not be as clean as it needs to be. Creosote buildup from previous fires can pose a real fire hazard so take a preventive measure and contact a chimney sweep before you light your first fire.
3. Duct cleaning. This is especially important if anyone in your family suffers from allergies and your previous owners had pets. Contaminants in the ducts can irritate family members who are sensitive so once again, being proactive can make your transition that much smoother.
4. HVAC filters. Changing them on a monthly basis will provide for a more efficiently operating system so you might want to purchase them in bulk. Look for ones with allergy reduction elements if someone in your household is sensitive.
5. Tree maintenance. That lovely tree canopy that may have sold you on the house will require regular maintenance to retain its beauty and maintain its safety. Factor in regular trimming to your annual budget and save up if you plan on removing a tree down the road as tree removal can be expensive. Also be sure to check with the city’s planning department for a tree removal permit before you take that step. If you don’t, you could be facing a fine should neighbors report you which they have been known to do. https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/trees
6. Roof cleaning. With Lake Oswego’s combination of trees, rain, occasional snow and shade, it’s a good practice to have your roof inspected once every two to three years. I know that moss can begin growing on certain sections of my roof and if not taken care off can speed its decline. So even though much of your roof may be out of sight, make sure it’s not out of mind and budget for its maintenance.
7. Do-it-yourself home maintenance tasks. In addition to some of the big jobs mentioned above, there are some smaller ones that you can probably manage on your own. They include:

  • Resealing tile grout to prevent bacteria and moisture from seeping through
  • Testing for water leaks. Take a reading on your water meter followed by a few hours of non-water use. If the meter has edged up in the interim, time to call the plumber.
  • Seal stone countertops. After washing and drying your countertops, apply a sealer, let sit for 15 minute sand then wipe off any excess. As with the tile grout, this helps prevent moisture and bacteria from working its way where you don’t want it.
  • Wash your clothes dryer lint screen. Even though you may remove the lint on a regular basis, the residue from dyer sheets can build up creating a potential fire hazard as well as reducing the dryer’s efficiency. Soak it in hot water and dish soap, scrub, rinse, and air dry before replacing.

If you need any referrals for any of these services above, give me a call at 503.939.9801. After 30 plus years as a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I’ve acquired quite a list of handymen/women in the area and I’d be happy to set you up with.

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11 Spots to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day in Lake Oswego

In a National Drink Beer Day survey the largest majority of respondents (36%) claimed that beer is their favorite beverage when meeting friends at a bar. Which may explain the new additions to Lake Oswego’s beer joints since my roundup last year.

To help you celebrate this year’s holiday on Saturday, September 28, I’ve updated my recommendations.

Roots Public House. This pub lets you drink something good while doing something good. All profits support local charities promoting education, literacy, the arts and fighting hunger.  It’s a family-friendly operation located inside Palisades Market and offering something for everyone on tap. At press time there were 14 beers, 1 hard seltzer, 2 ciders, 2 wines, 3 kombuchas, 1 root beer and a Nitro coffee on its way. Open 2:30 p.m. daily. 1377 McVey Avenue, 503.957.2701.

Duke’s Public House. This casual sports bar is designed to give everyone in the family a place to hang out. Consider these offerings: bar games like corn hole and Jenga, seven flat screen TVs, heated covered outdoor patio with fire pit, 15 taps with locally crafted beer as well as specialty cocktails and Pacific Northwest wine. Bar food runs the gamut from rib eye philly cheese steak to barley salad with smoked corn, apple, carrot, raisins, scallions and honey lime dressing. Call for hours. 506 A Avenue, 503.387.5771.

FlyBoy Taproom. Enjoy your beer here or take it to go. FlyBoy fills growlers and also sells kegs. If you want to stick around, hope you’re good at decision-making. They have a rotating selection of craft beer (including a few of FlyBoy’s own) and hard ciders on tap as well as a couple kombuchas and wine. Pub snacks are offered as well as an oven where you can bake the pizza you buy next door at Papa Murphy’s. Outside food is welcome so don’t stop there—bring your own if you make a killer guac! Happy Hours are 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Hours: Monday11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 15630 Boones Ferry Road, Suite 1A, 503.908.1281.

Hop N Cork. This neighborhood spot on Lower Boones Ferry just celebrated its four year anniversary. Since opening they’ve added patio seating and added a menu that includes appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and some fork and knife offerings. Beer is the star here with 42 rotating taps along with  ciders, wines, and a non-alcoholic draft root beer, in addition to a selection of bottled beer and wine. They like to think that “Every hour is happy hour at Hop N Cork” so stop by during regular operating hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 17450 Lower Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.5903.

Stickmen Brewing Company. If you want your beer with a view, this is your place with outdoor seating on the deck overlooking Lakewood Bay (weather permitting). The 21 Stickmen craft beers on tap are grouped into different categories: Year-round (including the Buona Mattina-Coffee Porter made with cold pressed Illy® coffee), Seasonal, Occasional, and Experimental such as the The Bee’s Knees, a Pilsner malt with fresh Hallertauer hops from Goschie farms and Oregon wild blackberry honey.

You’ll also find beer, wine, and a full bar as well as a full menu ranging from small and big plates to brunch offerings on weekends. Happy Hours are 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with beer, wine, and liquor discounts. Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 40 N. State Street, 503.344.4449.

Uptown Market. Whether you’re a beer aficionado or casual drinker, you’ll find something to suit your preferred flavor profile. Of their 30 taps, six usually feature Uptown Brewing creations with the rest dedicated to craft beer, ciders, kombucha and root beer. Discover something you really like, they’ll fill a growler for you. Throughout the week there’s a lot going on to give you an excuse to stop by from Corkage Free Tuesdays and Wednesday Ladies Night offering women $1 off pints and glasses of wine all day long to Thursday night tastings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with guest brewers sampling three to four of their drafts. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 3970 Mercantile Drive, 503.479.8536.

JJ’s Pub. Neighborhood sports bar that features Bellagio’s Pizza as well as a rotating choice of eight craft beers and Coors Light on tap as well as one cider. One recent Yelp reviewer said, “The pizza is awesome and the beer is cold,”—what more can you ask for? Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight or earlier if things are slow. 1399 McVey Avenue, 971.204.7999. https://www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoJJsPub/

Gemini Bar and Grill. This place is an icon in Lake Oswego where many a returning college student who has finally reached legal age has reunited with friends on a Thanksgiving weekend. But you’ll find entertainment here any day of the week from Texas Holdem Poker every Sunday and Tuesday and Trivia Thursdays as well as live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll find drink specials every day of the week including Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and all-day Wednesday. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. 465 N. State Street, 503.636.9445.

Firehouse Pub. Just around the corner on A avenue you’ll find a classic pub that has celebrated Bloody Mary Saturday and National Whiskey Sour Day so chances are you’ll find something special brewing on National Beer Drinking Day. They feature ten beers on tap and have daily specials including Bud Light Saturday and Coors Light Sundays. Five tv’s make sure you don’t miss a thing while enjoying yourself. Happy Hour from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Hours 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 23 A Avenue, 503.697.3903.

Dullahan Irish Restaurant and Pub. If you like your beer with a side of entertainment, check out Dullahan’s music calendar that includes Open Mic Wednesday nights and Irish jam on Thursdays. You’ll find Irish beers included in their taps as well as domestic and imports which rotate monthly. True to their namesake, their menu features traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage and Bangers and Mash as well as usual pub fare like burgers and appetizers. Other specials include “Wine About Monday” offering half off all wine bottles and Happy Hour food and drink discounts from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours: Opens 11:00 a.m. seven days a week. 352 B Avenue, 503.305.8087.

Westlake Public House. Here’s another neighborhood spot making it easy for Westlake residents to stroll down and meet their neighbors for a beer. Food choices include a Beer Swiss Cheese fondue with pretzels as well as their signature Reuben sandwich and miso brined jumbo chicken wings. Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to. 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Happy Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to closing as well as all day Sunday. 14559 Westlake Drive, 971.708.6164.

I’d be more than happy to buy you a beer while we discuss your plans to move to, around or out of Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website

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7 Tips for Enjoying Lake Oswego’s Wine Walk October 5

Lake Oswego’s annual Wine Walk is so popular that it frequently sells out.

That tells you two things:

  • it must be a good time
  • if you plan on going, you need to plan ahead.

So I’ve put together a game plan to ensure that you get the most enjoyment out of this year’s event.

  1. Buy your tickets early. Last year this event has sold out and there is no guarantee for day-of tickets. There are 500 available and at the beginning of September, 200 had already been sold. So follow this link and make sure you’re in for this year’s popular event. Tickets are $40/person and can also be purchased at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, 459 Third Street, 503.636.3634.  And by signing up early, you’ll be sure to receive email confirmation once the wine list has been curated so you can start strategizing your game day timeline.
  2. Get your friends to join you. This is a fun, social event, and the perfect excuse to meet up with friends. Things wrap up at 5:00 making it easy to finish the evening off with dinner at one of downtown Lake Oswego’s restaurants. If that sounds like a good idea, best to make reservations now as those spots on weekend nights fill up too.
  3. Check in early. Check-in starts at 12:00 noon the day of the event at the Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce, 459 Third Street. When the event kicks off at 2:00 you want to be stationed at your first stop. And in case you haven’t had time to identify what wines you want to taste where, this will give you the extra time you need. Put your favorites at the top of your list just in case supplies run out towards the end of the afternoon.
  4. Check the weather and dress appropriately. Past events have run the gamut from sunny and warm to wet and windy so be sure you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature has in store. And bring a tote bag to hold any purchases you may pick up along the way.
  5. Make sure to factor in some water stops along the way since as good as wine is, it does dehydrate you. You’ll thank yourself the next day for making sure you’re sipping water as well as wine on your walk.
  6. Be adventurous. This is the perfect excuse to try new things—from wines you may have never tasted to stores you have never visited. There will be 30 pouring locations, each featuring two different wines as well as a range of food items. The menu is selected by the host and last year the choices ran from Chick-fil-A to gourmet catering. This year a few restaurants are host sites including Chuckie Pies and Five Spice so things are looking promising!
  7. Take pictures. What better way to commemorate the event and also to remember the wines you really liked! That way next time you’re at the store, you can just open up your photo library and know what you want to purchase.

Events such as Lake Oswego’s Wine Walk are just one reason to move to Lake Oswego. Subscribe to my blog to discover more. And once you decide to move here, or even if you just want to check Lake Oswego out as a place to live, give me a call at 503.939.9801 or email me so I can give you the grand tour! I’ve lived here over 30 years and have been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for just as long so would love to put my experience to work for you.

 

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Fall Bucket List for Enjoying the Season in and Around Lake Oswego

Summer was always hard to let go of in our family but it helps when you have something to look forward to. So how about making up a Fall Bucket List to enjoy what Lake Oswego and the Portland metro region has to offer during this beautiful time of year?! Sunbathing gives way to leaf kicking and beach reads trade places with books to snuggle up with by a fire.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  1. Set out in search of everything pumpkin-spiced. The flavor of pumpkin in all our favorite treats from cookies to coffee soften the blow of missing fresh marionberries and peaches. I devoted an entire blog post to the subject a few years ago and included finds like pumpkin chocolate chip cookies at Zupan’s, pumpkin croissants at La Provence, and pumpkin macaroons at St. Honore. I’m sure Salt and Straw will be featuring our favorite squash in at least one of its seasonal flavors.
  2. Take a hike. Warm summer breezes segue into crisp autumn air and what better way to take it all in than on a hike organized by Lake Oswego hikers. You can combine your step-calculating with fall color watching by signing up for the October 8 hike along the Clackamas River Train #723. This 7.8 mile trek will give you the opportunity to see dazzling fall colors and a possible steelhead migration. Check out the full schedule here.
  3. Explore the Hood River Fruit Loop. The official Fruit Loop map lists 29 stops along the 35 miles of orchards, wineries, breweries, farmlands and small communities. From picking apples at Draper Girls Country Farm to pumpkin milkshakes at Apple Valley Country Store to cider tasting at Fox Tail Cider and Distillery, there are lots of reasons to pull over and savor the season.
  4. Catch an Oktoberfest. Put some oom-pah in your step by attending one of the many Oktoberfests hosted in and around Portland:

September 12-15: Mount Angel

September 20-21: Occidental Brewing Company

September 20-21: Oaks Park

September 21: Eastmoreland-Woodstock and McMenamins Kennedy School

September 28: Widmer

  1. Seek out fall colors. I covered where to catch fall colors in and around Lake Oswego in a previous blog but some of the highlights include:

Portland Japanese Garden, 611 SE Kingston Avenue. While beautiful year-round, autumn is really this garden’s moment to shine resplendent with Japanese maples in blazing fall colors.

Lone Fir Cemetery, 2115 SE Morrison Street. You’ll find plenty of sugar maples, big-leaf maples, beech, chestnut and paths for wondering.

Hoyt Arboretum, 4000 SW Fairview Boulevard. Twelve miles of trails will take you by maples, beeches, oaks and magnolias all showing off their autumn display.

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