5 Excuses to Get Outdoors This Winter in Lake Oswego, Oregon

WinterSometimes we all need a little prodding to get outdoors in the winter here in the Northwest.

Luckily there’s no polar blast sending frigid temps our way like on the East Coast, but it’s also not in the 70s and 80s like my daughter is currently enjoying in Newport Beach, California.

So in case you find yourself feeling like hibernating, here are 5 excuses to get outside this winter.

Cross Country Skiing Trips offered through Adventures Without Limits. Beginners are welcome with lessons to jumpstart the day on Mt. Hood. Register through Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department. $75 Residents/$94 Non-Residents. Dates available Saturdays, February 8 and March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Raptor Road Trip. There are lots of reasons to bird watch in the winter—less foliage makes them easier to spot and chances are they’re more apt to be on the prowl for food sources as they become more scarce. So take advantage of a day put together by the Audubon Society of Portland, Metro, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and HawkWatch International on Saturday, February 8 on Sauvie Island from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visit four locations staffed by raptor experts who will ensure you get the most out of your viewing experience. $10 per vehicle (cash only). Learn more.

Coffee Tour. There’s a reason why the Pacific Northwest gave birth to coffee culture. When the going gets cold, the cold drink coffee. So immerse yourself in it. Third Wave Coffee Tours offer one way to do that with three hour tours that include tasting, entertainment, and education at Portland’s finest micro-roasters/cafes. Choose from different locations throughout Portland or take the Streetcar Tour and hit downtown, the Pearl, Northwest and Northeast. $40/person.

For a do-it-yourself version in Lake Oswego, you can hit  four within about eight blocks of each other downtown. Start at the ubiquitous Starbucks at 47 N. State Street and progress to Peet’s at 345 1st St., #111. Next stop is the drive-through Milestones Coffee Company at 144 A Avenue inside Wizer’s parking lot. End up at Chuck’s Place, a local neighborhood hangout at 148 SW B Avenue.

Winter Walks. The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has lined up a series of walks to fight the hibernation urge. Destinations include the Rosemont Trail (February 6), Irvington District (February 20) and Molalla River State Park (March 13). Check out the full schedule on page 14 in the catalog.

Winter Golf. With reduced fees, winter is a good time to work on your game at Lake Oswego’s 18-hole Par 3 golf course. During the weekdays, 9 holes run $9; $15 for 18. Weekend rates run $12 and $20. Good through February.

LO Reads kicks up gear with lots of offerings this week. Check out  Things to Do in Lake Oswego in the sidebar.

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I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at costellok@hasson.com or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right hand column. I would love to show you around.
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