Being home in Lake Oswego for Spring Break is the perfect excuse to do some of the things you just never get around to doing with your family. There are lots of ways to make this a staycation you’ll remember. Photo opportunities are endless too, perfect for posting on Instagram with the line, “Wishing you were here.”
1. The Search for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie. You may be a house divided between the “crispy on the outside” and the “soft and chewy throughout” camps so set out in search of what you seek. You can keep your exploration local and hit spots like GP Kitchen at 39 B Avenue, Blue Moon Café at 3975 Mercantile Drive and the many offerings at Zupan’s, 16380 Boones Ferry Drive or venture into Portland as well with favorites such as the Pearl Bakery (102 NW Ninth Street) and Café Velo (600 SW Pine).
2. Footgolf. The Lake Oswego Golf Course is one of the few in the area that offers this fast growing sport that is family-friendly. Any soccer players in your family will love the chance to kick the ball into special holes laid out for footgolfers. All you need is a No. 5 soccer ball and athletic shoes. Balls are also available to rent for $5. Course fees are $9 for nine holes; $15 for 18. Hours for footgolf are only on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to closing so call early for your tee time. 17525 SW Stafford Rd., 503.616.2110.
3. Tour the Gallery Without Walls. The Lake Oswego Arts Council is currently taking your vote for this year’s People’s Favorite on-loan sculpture from five nominees. The winning sculpture will then be purchased for the city. Each family member gets one vote so download the ballot and then after your tour, go back online and make it official.
4. Hop at the Hunt. This year Easter falls on the last Sunday of Spring Break, so that means there might be fewer little ones vying for the eggs at the annual Easter egg hunt at the Hunt, meaning more eggs for your crew! Sponsored by the Lake Oswego Hunt and the Hope Community Church of Lake Oswego, the event features 15,000 treasure eggs divided among four age groups, as well as a chance to meet Hop the Bunny, Otis the Pony, climb aboard the Lake Oswego Fire Truck and police cruiser, and ride a pony. Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. 2725 SW Iron Mountain Blvd.
5. Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival. Time for a road trip—but one that’s short enough you’ll all still be speaking to each other when you get there! The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is a 30 minute drive from Lake Oswego and will be hosting its annual Tulip Festival during Spring Break. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and activities include strolling through 40 acres of colorful tulips, catching a ride on the cow train, hay rides, wine tasting, wooden shoe making demonstrations, craft market, pony rides and kid activities. Pack a lunch and picnic while you’re there or purchase food onsite. Weekday and weekend schedules vary so check the website before you go and also to get a real-time field report to ensure you hit the tulips when the colors are popping. 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn. 503.634.2243.
I’ll be around during Spring Break so if you want to check out homes for sale or are thinking of selling your home, give me a call at 503.939.9801. I’d love to meet with you.
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